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  1. Is This Normal Aging or Not?

    Those first strands of gray hair are a sign of the inevitable. We’re getting older and our bodies are changing. We may grow a little rounder around the waistline, or wake in the night, or feel a little stiffer in the morning. Yet while we adapt to new realities, we shouldn’t discount every symptom a

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  2. Thyroid Drug Linked to Fracture Risk in Elderly

    April 28, 2011 -- Older adults with underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, who take drugs to treat the problem may be at increased risk for fractures, new research suggests. Thyroid hormone deficiency is common in the elderly, especially women. The drug levothyroxine, a synthetic form of the natura

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  3. New Clues to Low-Calorie Diets and Longer Life

    April 27, 2011 -- Research has suggested that very low-calorie diets may increase life expectancy in animals, and now a new study in humans provides some important clues as to why this may occur. In the new study, individuals who had higher metabolic rates -- the amount of energy the body uses for n

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  4. Medscape/WebMD Poll: How Much Are Doctors Paid?

    April 28, 2011 -- A Medscape/WebMD survey of 15,794 U.S. doctors finds that orthopaedic surgeons and radiologists make the most money, while pediatricians and primary care doctors trail the pack. It's not really a surprise that specialists make the most money: Orthopaedic surgeons and radiologists:

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  5. New Guidelines: Treat High Blood Pressure in Over-80s

    April 25, 2011 - New guidelines stress more aggressive treatment of high blood pressure in very elderly patients. It's long been clear that people ages 65 to 79 benefit greatly from treatments that lower blood pressure. But now an expert panel convened by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and

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  6. Music Lessons as Child May Keep Aging Minds Sharp

    April 22, 2011 -- Learning to play a musical instrument as a child may help keep the mind sharp for years after the last note is played. A new study suggests childhood music lessons may improve brain function and combat the effects of aging on the brain. Researchers found older adults who took music

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  7. Multitasking Gets Harder With Age

    April 11, 2011 -- Is multitasking getting harder with age? A new study suggests that older brains behave differently when it comes to switching between two tasks. Researchers found that older people have a more difficult time multitasking not because they have to devote more attention to a secondary

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  8. Double Standard for Doctors?

    April 11, 2011 -- When facing a difficult medical decision, patients often ask their doctors what to do. What the doctor recommends for a patient is likely to be different from what a doctor would decide for himself or herself, according to a new study. It sheds light on what may seem like doctors'

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  9. Elderly Sleep Problems May Be Tied to Hormones

    April 11, 2011 -- Elderly people's reputation as early birds may have a biological and potentially treatable cause. A new study suggests that sleep problems associated with aging, such as going to bed and waking early, may be caused by hormonal changes. Researchers say if further studies confirm the

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  10. Hospital Errors May Be More Common Than Thought

    April 7, 2011 -- Medication errors, infections, and other hospital-related errors may be 10 times more common than previously estimated, according to a study involving a new tracking tool. Medical errors may actually occur in as many of one-third of hospital admissions, according to a new study in t

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