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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Musical Exercise Program Cuts Falls in Elderly

    Nov. 22, 2010 -- Exercising to piano music may help improve balance and prevent falls among the elderly. A new study shows older men and women who participated in a piano-music-based exercise program were less likely to suffer a fall than those who didn't. Those who exercised to piano music also sho

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  4. 8 Common Surgery Complications

    Nobody looks forward to surgery. Who, after all, wants to go under the knife? But there is more to be concerned about than being cut open. All surgical procedures come with a risk of complications. They range from energy-sapping fatigue to potentially fatal blood clots. Here are eight of the most co

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  5. Walking Test May Predict Heart Surgery Risks

    Nov. 1, 2010 -- A simple walking-speed test may help predict the risk of complications for elderly people about to undergo heart surgery. A new study shows elderly people who walk slowly, as determined by a simple gait-speed test, are three times as likely to experience complications or death follow

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  6. Sepsis Linked to Dementia in Elderly

    Oct. 26, 2010 -- Sepsis is a leading cause of death in hospital ICUs, and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to the life-threatening blood infection. The thinking had been that once the crisis is over, older people who survive sepsis make full recoveries. But new research finds the opposite to

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  7. Medical Errors Persist Despite Safeguards

    Oct. 18, 2010 -- Serious medical mistakes, like performing a medical procedure on the wrong person or wrong site, continue to occur despite recently implemented preventive measures. A new study shows 25 cases of procedures performed on the wrong person and 107 cases of procedures performed on the wr

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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