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    50+: Live Better, Longer

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    1. Healthy Aging: What Can You Control?

      When it comes to aging, Bebe Shaw didn't hit the genetic lottery. Her mother died from congestive heart failure, her father of a heart condition. The younger of her two brothers had a heart attack at age 52, and her younger sister is on the verge of congestive heart failure. Shaw, 69, has high chole

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    2. Today's 90-Somethings Sharper Than Predecessors?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- People in their 90s today are mentally sharper than those who were in their 90s a decade ago, a new study contends. The Danish researchers compared 2,262 people who were born in 1905 and still alive in 1998 (aged 92 to 93) wit

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    3. U.S. Lagging Other Countries on Many Health Measures

      By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- Life expectancy has increased in the United States over the last two decades, but Americans are also spending more of their lives in poor health, a sweeping new study finds. And despite being the biggest spender on health ca

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    4. The Social Toll of Hearing Loss

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- Straining to catch the gist of conversations is frustrating enough, but a new study shows that seniors with hearing loss are also at increased risk for hospitalization, illness, injury and depression. Researchers analyzed data

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    5. Video Game May Help Keep Aging Brains Sharp

      By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- Keeping the brain nimble in older adulthood may be as simple as playing a video game, according to researchers who compared the thought-process benefits of crossword puzzles with a computer program that increased users' menta

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    6. 'Western' Diet Not the Way to Age Well

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 17 (HealthDay News) -- A new British study provides further evidence that eating a so-called "Western" diet may not be good for you in the long run. People who eat this kind of diet -- which includes fried and sweet foods, processed and red meat,

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    7. Mental, Physical Workouts May Keep Seniors Sharp

      By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 1 (HealthDay News) -- A little exercise and some mental stimulation may go a long way toward helping seniors stay sharp, a new, small study suggests. Researchers found the memory and thinking skills of 126 inactive older adults improved after they were

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    8. The Secret to Healthy Aging

      Who doesn't wish for a fountain of youth? Magical youth-restoring springs exist only in legend, but science does point to a few simple, healthy habits that can help extend your life. Heather Whitson, MD, associate professor of medicine (geriatrics) at Duke University School of Medicine, shares the m

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    9. Checklist Predicts if You'll Be Alive in 10 Years

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) -- A simple checklist could help doctors estimate whether an older patient will be alive 10 years from now, according to a new study. Researchers hope the findings, reported in the March 6 Journal of the American Medical Association,

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    10. How to Ease the Financial Pain of Sports Injuries

      Playing sports is good for you in many ways. It's a great way to be active, connect with friends, ease stress, and enjoy your free time. Still, injuries can happen. If you've had a sports injury, here are five ways to minimize the impact on your wallet. Have you had a doctor check out your injury? T

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