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  1. Alzheimer's Caregivers May Be at Risk for Dementia

    May 13, 2011 -- Husbands and wives who care for a spouse with Alzheimer's disease or another kind of dementia may face an increased risk of mental decline themselves, a new research review shows. "It is incredibly ironic, but also, it makes sense," says study researcher Peter P. Vitaliano, PhD, an a

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  2. Vehicle Accident Deaths Cost States Billions

    May 11, 2011 -- Deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes cost an estimated $41 billion in the U.S. in medical and work-loss expenses in the CDC’s most recent annual estimate. The estimates are from 2005, the most recent year for which cost and crash data are available. The analysis shows that just 10

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  3. 4 in 10 Over Age 85 Have Cognitive Impairment

    May 9, 2011 -- More than four in 10 women over age 85 have some type of cognitive impairment, according to a new study. The results show nearly 18% of women over 85 have dementia and 23% more have mild cognitive impairment, and the prevalence of dementia doubles after age 90 compared to women who ar

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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