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    1. What to Expect When You're Sent Home After Surgery

      Your doctor tells you it's time to say goodbye to the hospital and head back home. You're excited, of course, but also maybe a little worried about the road ahead. You can ease your fears if you take a moment to learn what will happen on the day you get sprung. How will my doctor decide when I can l

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    2. How to Find Out About Your Hospital's Performance

      Before you make a big purchase, you probably do a lot of research. Is it the best product out there? How are the customer reviews? Picking the right hospital shouldn't be any different. When you have an emergency, of course, it's a no-brainer -- you head to the nearest one. But for surgery that you

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    3. Too Few Older Adults Tell Docs About Memory Loss

      By E J Mundell HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Do you worry that forgetting names, or where you put your keys, might be a sign of impending dementia? If you're like most older Americans, you don't bring this up with your doctor, a new study shows. Researchers who looke

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    4. Americans 100 and Older Living Even Longer

      By E J Mundell HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The more than 72,000 Americans who have celebrated 100 birthdays or more are now surviving longer, a new federal report shows. Although death rates for centenarians were on the rise between 2000 and 2008, that has since ch

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    5. Older People May Get Unneeded Cancer Screenings

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many older Americans are unnecessarily screened for breast and prostate cancer, which can lead to treatments they don't need, a new study contends. The practice may also be costing the U.S. health care system $1.2 bill

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    6. Anesthesia After 40 Not Tied to Mental Decline

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Receiving general anesthesia for surgery after age 40 doesn't appear to raise the risk for mild thinking and memory problems later in life, a new study finds. Mayo Clinic researchers followed more than 1,700 people in M

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    7. For Seniors, Poor Sleep May Mean Higher Stroke Risk

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Poor sleep may raise seniors' risk of hardening of the brain arteries, and possibly contribute to the chances of a stroke, a new study suggests. Researchers examined the autopsied brains of 315 people, average age 90, wh

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    8. Low Bicarbonate Levels May Be a Danger for Seniors

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who are healthy but have low blood levels of bicarbonate are at higher risk for premature death, a new study contends. Bicarbonate plays an important role in maintaining the body's pH balance. Fruits and vegetabl

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    9. Could High Vitamin D Harm Seniors Prone to Falls?

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Higher doses of vitamin D don't improve mobility for the elderly, and may actually raise the risk for falls among certain seniors, a new study suggests. The small Swiss study, published in the Jan. 4 issue of JAMA Internal

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    10. Seniors: The New Face of Addiction

      Dec. 2, 2015 -- Meet Jerry. He’s 75. He’s a happily retired grandfather. He’s still married after 50 years. And he’s an alcoholic. After a lifetime of working, a stint in rehab and daily Alcoholics Anonymous meetings weren’t part of his retirement plans. Sure, he drank, but so do lots of people, and

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