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  1. Hispanics Have Highest Life Expectancy in U.S.

    Oct. 14, 2010 -- Hispanics in the U.S. tend to live longer than non-Hispanics, a study shows. The study shows that life expectancy for Hispanics is 80.6. Life expectancy is 78.1 for Non-Hispanic whites and 72.9 for non-Hispanic blacks. Overall, the life expectancy at birth for all Americans is 77.7.

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  2. Walking May Ward Off Memory Loss

    Oct. 13, 2010 -- Walking 6 miles or so every week is not only good for the heart, but for the brain, preventing shrinkage and possibly dementia down the road, new research indicates. “Brain size shrinks in late adulthood, which can cause memory problems,” study researcher Kirk I. Erickson, PhD, of t

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  3. Why Older People Are Forgetful

    Sept. 15, 2010 -- Abnormal brain tissue changes called brain lesions may be more at fault than previously thought in forgetfulness in older people, new research shows. Scientists at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago say the same brain lesions that are associated with dementia in old age may

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  4. Strong Grip May Mean Longer Life

    Sept. 10, 2010 -- If your grip is strong and you’re able to raise from a chair quickly, walk fast, and balance on one leg, chances are you’ll live longer than people who have difficulty doing such things, says a study published in BMJ, formerly the British Medical Journal. Researchers in the United

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  5. Helping the Elderly Avoid Falls

    Sept. 8, 2010 -- The risk factors for indoor and outdoor falls among the elderly differ, and not all falls indicate poor health, a study shows. Researchers found that risk factors for indoor falls include being a woman and having an inactive lifestyle. Risk factors for outdoor falls include being a

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  6. Healthy Living Is the Real Fountain of Youth

      You won't find a miracle age eraser in a bottle or magic pill. There's only one secret to looking and feeling younger, and that's better living. These seven simple steps from WebMD's top women's health experts will reinvigorate every part of your body, helping you feel stronger, more energized, an

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  7. Bad News About Youth Boosts Elders' Esteem

    Sept. 1, 2010 -- People over 50 get a self-esteem boost when they read negative news about young adults, a study shows. Researchers also say young people, when given the choice, would rather read about people their own age and aren't very interested in stories about their elders, whether the article

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  8. Keeping Seniors Safe in Their Own Homes

    Does your home seem less accommodating than it used to? Join the club. That tends to happen as we age. Toilets are suddenly too low, cabinets too high, and steps and loose rugs make getting around perilous, especially if you have stiff, arthritic joints. Karen Kassik discovered this in 2002, when sh

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  9. Poll: Patients Unhappy With Rx Drugs

    Aug. 24, 2010 -- Nearly half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug on a regular basis, and they have concerns ranging from economics to safety to whether the doctor prescribing the drug is unduly influenced by pharmaceutical companies, according to a new poll. Consumer Reports Nationa

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  10. Berries May Slow Mental Decline From Aging

    Aug. 23, 2010 -- Compounds found in various berries and possibly in walnuts may slow down natural aging processes in the brain, new research indicates. What's more, blueberries, strawberries, and acai berries may help the aging brain in a crucial but previously unrecognized way, according to a study

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