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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Walking Faster May Lead to a Longer Life

    Jan. 4, 2011 -- A swift stride puts you on the path to a longer, healthier life, researchers say. Scientists reporting in The Journal of the American Medical Association say that older adults who typically walk 1 meter per second or faster live longer than expected. A walking, or gait, speed of 1 me

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  7. Exercise, Vitamin D Reduce Risk of Falls in Elderly

    Dec. 20, 2010 -- A federal task force’s review finds that for Americans 65 and older, exercise and vitamin D supplements can help reduce the risk of falling. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reviewed findings from 54 clinical trials to determine the benefits and possible harmful effects of in

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  8. Move More, Gain Less Weight With Age

    Dec. 14, 2010 -- Keep moving as a young adult and you will likely lessen the dreaded middle-age spread, according to a new study that focused on physical activity and weight gain over time. Young adults who maintained a high level of physical activity gained less weight in middle age, found research

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  9. U.S. Life Expectancy Down

    Dec. 9, 2010 -- Overall U.S. life expectancy dropped a tenth of a year to 77.8. It's down by a fifth of a year in white men and women but up to 70 years for black men -- an all-time high. Meanwhile, lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis are up nearly 8%. They have overtaken

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  10. Elderly Stay Sexually Active, Defying Stereotype

    Dec. 6, 2010 -- New research suggests the elderly may be more interested in sex than commonly believed. A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that about one-third of Australian men in their 70s, 80s, and 90s are sexually active and some wish to have sex more often. “Although there is stil

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