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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Antioxidant Diet May Not Prevent Stroke, Dementia

    By Carina Storrs HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Antioxidants are celebrated as "brain foods" and "super foods," but a new study suggests that not all diets high in antioxidants reduce the risk of dementia and stroke. The study involved more than 5,000 people in the Netherl

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  7. Baby Boomers' Health Worse Than Their Parents'

    Feb. 5, 2012 -- Today's baby boomers may live longer than their parents, but they are less healthy overall, a new study finds. “U.S. baby boomers have higher rates of chronic disease, more disability, and lower self-rated health than members of the previous generation at the same age," write the aut

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  8. Midlife Fitness Linked to Lower Dementia Risk

    Feb. 5, 2013 -- Higher fitness levels in middle age are linked with a lower risk of dementia later in life, a new study suggests. "We already know exercise has cardiovascular and many other benefits, but this may give people more incentive to get moving," says researcher Laura F. DeFina, MD, from Th

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  9. A Good Mood May Boost Seniors' Brain Power

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) -- When older people's mood improves, so does their brain power, new research suggests. Being in a good mood appears to enhance decision-making skills and working memory among older adults, according to the study published i

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  10. Hearing Loss Linked to Mental Decline in Elderly

    Jan. 22, 2013 -- Hearing loss and mental decline are two common conditions of aging, and now a new study finds that they may be related. Older people with hearing deficits were more likely than those with normal hearing to develop problems with memory and thinking over the course of the study. On av

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