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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Death Rate Declining for Elders With Heart Failure

    April 5, 2011 -- Death rates after hospitalization for patients 80 and older with heart failure have dropped significantly in the past decade, but readmissions for the disorder -- common among the elderly -- are frequent, a new study shows. Heart failure is one of the most common reasons older patie

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  7. Dueling 'Best Hospital' Ratings

    March 29, 2011 -- U.S. News & World Report has released its list of the best hospitals in 52 U.S. cities on the heels of Thomson Reuters' "100 Top Hospitals" list.  The two companies have released dueling "best-hospital" lists for years. U.S. News & World Report releases its top-hospitals list over

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  8. U.S. Death Rate Hits Record Low

    March 16, 2011 -- U.S. adults are living longer than ever before and fewer infants are dying, according to data released today by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). “Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2009,” is based on a review of nearly all death certificates reported to NCHS in 200

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  9. Survey Reveals the Nation's Happiest States

    March 8, 2011 -- People in Hawaii apparently feel they have a lot to laugh and smile about. That state ranks highest in the country in a rating of emotional health, helping it achieve the top rating for overall well-being in the U.S., according to a new survey. Hawaii scored highest in three of six

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  10. Your Elderly Parents: Should They Still Be Driving?

    When Nancy Levitt's mother was first diagnosed with dementia 14 years ago at age 78, the doctor told her she could safely drive to familiar places. But Levitt, 61, who volunteers at UCLA's Center on Aging in Los Angeles, was still nervous. Unexplained nicks and dents started appearing on her mother'

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