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  1. The Social Toll of Hearing Loss

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- Straining to catch the gist of conversations is frustrating enough, but a new study shows that seniors with hearing loss are also at increased risk for hospitalization, illness, injury and depression. Researchers analyzed data

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  2. Video Game May Help Keep Aging Brains Sharp

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- Keeping the brain nimble in older adulthood may be as simple as playing a video game, according to researchers who compared the thought-process benefits of crossword puzzles with a computer program that increased users' menta

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  3. 'Western' Diet Not the Way to Age Well

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 17 (HealthDay News) -- A new British study provides further evidence that eating a so-called "Western" diet may not be good for you in the long run. People who eat this kind of diet -- which includes fried and sweet foods, processed and red meat,

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  4. Mental, Physical Workouts May Keep Seniors Sharp

    By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 1 (HealthDay News) -- A little exercise and some mental stimulation may go a long way toward helping seniors stay sharp, a new, small study suggests. Researchers found the memory and thinking skills of 126 inactive older adults improved after they were

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  5. The Secret to Healthy Aging

    Who doesn't wish for a fountain of youth? Magical youth-restoring springs exist only in legend, but science does point to a few simple, healthy habits that can help extend your life. Heather Whitson, MD, associate professor of medicine (geriatrics) at Duke University School of Medicine, shares the m

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  6. Checklist Predicts if You'll Be Alive in 10 Years

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) -- A simple checklist could help doctors estimate whether an older patient will be alive 10 years from now, according to a new study. Researchers hope the findings, reported in the March 6 Journal of the American Medical Association,

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  7. Improve Your Odds for a Long and Healthy Life

    You know the story: Somebody's 99-year-old aunt never exercised, smoked her whole life, and lived on a diet of red meat and ice cream. So why bother with healthy living, right? "For every one person who lives a long life of unhealthy choices, there are countless others who die prematurely because of

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  8. How to Ease the Financial Pain of Sports Injuries

    Playing sports is good for you in many ways. It's a great way to be active, connect with friends, ease stress, and enjoy your free time. Still, injuries can happen. If you've had a sports injury, here are five ways to minimize the impact on your wallet. Have you had a doctor check out your injury? T

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  9. Leading Causes of Disability

    Your odds of becoming disabled before you retire are about 1 in 3. And some of the causes of disability might surprise you. Some conditions that cause people to miss work include: Arthritis Back pain Heart disease Cancer Depression Diabetes Here's a closer look at some of the most common disabling c

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  10. Heart Disease: What Are the Medical Costs?

    Heart disease can affect more than your health. It can have an impact on your finances, too. Here's a rundown of the costs of heart disease -- and some advice about how you can protect your wallet. In 2010, the cost of cardiovascular disease in the U.S. was about $444 billion. That includes costs fo

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