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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Hearing Loss Is High, but Hearing Aid Use Is Low

    March 1, 2011 -- Almost two out of three U.S. adults age 70 or older have significant hearing loss, according to a new study. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University say that 63% of 717 participants age 70 and over in their study had hearing loss, ranging from mild to severe. But while 64% of white

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  5. Growing Shortage of Some Rx Drugs

    Feb. 18, 2011 -- Hospitals and outpatient centers across the country are scrambling to keep supplies of many essential drugs on hand, as a shortage of some prescription drugs continues to hamper medical practice. Last year, the Drug Information Service at the University of Utah, which tracks drug su

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  6. Hearing Loss May Be Linked to Alzheimer’s

    Feb. 14, 2011 -- Older adults who experience hearing loss may be at increased risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. And the risk of dementia likely increases as hearing loss worsens. Those are among the major findings of a new study aimed at addressing possible solutions to the

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  7. Study: Recalled Devices Had Less Strict FDA Review

    Feb. 14, 2011 -- More than three-quarters of medical devices involved in high-risk recalls in the last five years because they could cause serious harm or death to patients did not undergo FDA premarket approval, which requires clinical testing and inspections, a study shows. Instead, these devices

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  8. U.S. Smoking Rates Keep Life Expectancy Down

    Jan. 25, 2011 -- Life expectancies in the U.S. are now lower than for many other industrialized countries, and the nation’s past love affair with tobacco is largely to blame, government officials say. In a report released Tuesday, a panel commissioned by the National Research Council sought to expla

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  9. Tai Chi May Prevent Falls Among Seniors

    Jan. 13, 2011 -- Updated guidelines from the American Geriatrics Society and the British Geriatrics Society recommend interventions such as the slow-motion Chinese martial art tai chi along with medication reviews to help prevent falls among the elderly. The guidelines, which appear in the Journal o

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  10. Mediterranean Diet May Keep Aging Mind Sharp

    Jan. 7, 2011 -- A new study shows following a Mediterranean style diet rich in vegetables, olive oil, and fish may keep the mind sharp and slow age-related cognitive decline. The diet typified by the Italians, Greeks, and other Mediterranean cultures has already been shown to reduce the risk of hear

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