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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. Decline in Senses Affects Nearly All Seniors

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly all older U.S. adults have an age-related decline in at least one of their senses, a new study finds. Researchers checked more than 3,000 people between the ages of 57 and 85. The investigators found that 94 percen

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    4. How to Support Your Loved One's Physical Therapy

      When he decided to give snowboarding a try, 51-year-old Kris Bickell wasn't worried about the challenge. He was already a decent skier. As predicted, it went great -- until he moved off the chairlift. "One foot got stuck in the snow, while the other kept sliding down the slope on the snowboard," Bic

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    5. New Trends in Physical Therapy

      When it comes to rehab from surgery or an injury, it's a whole new ball game these days. Gone are long stretches of bed rest and weeks off from work. Today, doctors want you going right away with a round of physical therapy. That's because research suggests it's safe and leads to a speedier, better

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    6. How to Pay for Physical or Occupational Therapy

      Addie Morgan, a software account executive and part-time wedding planner in Atlanta, has a problem that some women would love to have -- she can only walk in high heels. But it's not because she thinks she's the next Beyonce. It's because of an inflamed Achilles tendon. Morgan went to her doctor abo

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    7. Social Groups May Lengthen Retirees' Lives

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Staying socially active by joining book clubs or church groups may add years to your life after retirement, a new study suggests. The more groups a person belongs to in early retirement, the lower their risk of prematur

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    8. Weak Knees Large Cause of Falls in Older People

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study supports what many American seniors may already know: that knee "instability" boosts their odds for a dangerous fall. "Falls, injury from falls and poor balance confidence are extremely common and deb

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    9. What to Do If It's Hard to Chew or Swallow

      Not long after Debbie McClure was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an immune system disorder that causes dry mouth, she sat down to a roast beef dinner. She was still adjusting to her condition. So she didn’t fully realize how not having enough saliva, which helps move food from the mouth and down

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    10. Depression May Boost Seniors' Risk for These

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Depression increases the risk of heart disease and stroke in older adults, a new study indicates. The researchers looked at more than 7,300 seniors in France with no history of heart disease, stroke or dementia at the sta

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