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    1. What to Ask Your Surgeon Before an Operation

      Getting nervous as the big day approaches? You'll feel more relaxed if you meet with your surgeon beforehand to get your questions answered. He can tell you what to expect and explain how to prepare. Most surgeries used to happen at hospitals, says Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS, a medical director a

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    2. 7 Tips to Help Decide if Surgery Is Right for You

      If you're not sure whether to go ahead with surgery, think about the pros and cons. It may seem like a daunting task, but with your doctor's help, you can lay out the risks and benefits.  These simple steps can make it easier to reach a decision. Ask your surgeon to get specific about how an operati

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    3. Many of Oldest Old Say They're at Peace With Dying

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People well into their 90s are often willing to talk about death, but they're rarely asked about it, a new British study finds. "Despite the dramatic rise in the number of people living into very old age, there is

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    4. Study Asks, What Is a 'Good Death'?

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- At the end of their lives, most people want peace, as little pain as possible, and some control over how they die, a new research review finds. Researchers said the study gives some sense of how people typically define a

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    5. This Diet May Lower Women's Hip Fracture Risk

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Eating a Mediterranean diet may at least slightly lower an older woman's risk for hip fracture, a new study suggests. Women who most closely followed a Mediterranean diet -- one high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes a

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    6. 1 in 6 Seniors Combines Meds, Supplements

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More seniors than ever are taking supplements alongside their medications, a practice that puts them at risk for dangerous drug interactions, researchers report. More than 15 percent of older Americans took potentially

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    7. More Older Women Living With 'Moderate' Disability

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Back in the 1980s, older U.S. women typically lived more years free of disabilities than their male peers did, but a new study shows that pattern appears to be changing. For older men, the news is largely positive, researc

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    8. Treating Elderly for Advanced Colon Cancer

      By Don Rauf HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Expensive drugs are being given far more often to elderly patients with advanced colon cancer, but they offer almost no benefit, a new study suggests. "This research found that there is a trend for elderly late-stage colorec

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    9. Computer Use May Help Seniors' Memory Problems

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who use their computers as little as once a week may help ward off age-related declines in memory and thinking, new research suggests. The study found that those who did use a computer showed a 42 percent lower risk

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    10. Scientists Report Finding 'Gray Hair' Gene

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've pinpointed the first gene linked with gray hair. They said the discovery, culled from a genetic analysis of more than 6,000 people of mixed ancestry in Latin America, proves that genes play a role

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