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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. Brain Gains for Older Adults Who Start Exercising

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Beginning an exercise program may help protect older adults' brains or even reverse early mental decline, a small study suggests. Researchers placed 34 inactive people, aged 61 to 88, on an exercise regimen. It included mo

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    10. Too Much TV Linked to Leading Causes of Death

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study links watching too much TV with some of the leading causes of death in the United States. Ninety-two percent of Americans have a TV in their home, according to background information in the study. And 80 perc

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