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    50+: Live Better, Longer

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    1. Americans Living Longer, Healthier Lives

      Oct. 6, 2011 -- Americans are living a full year longer than they were a decade ago. “Within one decade, U.S. life expectancy from birth increased to 77.8 from 76.8,” says Carter R. Blakey, acting director of disease prevention and health promotion at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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    2. Poor Self-Rated Health Linked to Dementia

      Oct. 5, 2011 -- Think you're unhealthy? You could be right, and your brain may be trying to tell you something. A new study shows that people aged 65 and over who rated their own health as poor were 70% more likely to develop dementia than those who felt they were in good health. Researchers say the

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    3. Low Vitamin B12 May Speed Brain Shrinkage

      Sept. 26, 2011 -- Older people with low levels of vitamin B12 may be more prone to age-related memory declines and brain shrinkage. That finding, reported in Neurology, comes from researchers at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center. They found that older people with blood markers associated with

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    4. The Best and Worst States for Long-Term Care

      Sept. 8, 2011 -- Geography determines the type of long-term care available to Americans, a new report suggests. The "scorecard" report finds that states vary widely in the services they provide to the elderly, to disabled adults, and to the family caregivers who support them. "Our intention is that

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    5. Study: Memory Loss Boosts Risk of Death

      Sept. 6, 2011 -- Older adults who have thinking and memory problems known as cognitive impairment are at a higher risk of death, new research has found. "The association between cognitive impairment and death risk was found even for mild impairment," says Greg A. Sachs, MD, professor of medicine and

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    6. Are Signs of Old Age Really Something More Serious?

      Aug. 31, 2011 -- Shaky hands, a stooped posture, and slower walking are often written off as normal signs of aging, but they may be more than that. These symptoms may be signs of tiny blocked blood vessels in the brain. “What we think of as normal aging may not be so normal after all,” says research

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    7. 4 Keys to a Long Life

      Aug. 18, 2011 -- Healthy living translates to longer life. That's the conclusion of a new CDC report published today in the American Journal of Public Health. Using federal health survey data collected from 1988 to 2006, researchers determined that people ages 17 and older who don't smoke, exercise

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    8. Does Watching TV Shorten Your Life Span?

      Aug. 15, 2011 -- Watching six hours or more of TV per day could shorten the average life expectancy by nearly five years, a study suggests. Researchers say it's the first study to look at the loss of life associated with this sedentary activity. "TV viewing time may have adverse health consequences

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    9. Hib Disease Increasing Among Adults

      Aug. 11, 2011 -- Hib diseasemay beon the rise among adults, according to a new study. The study published in Emerging Infectious Diseases looked at Utah residents. Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) disease is a bacterial illness that can cause pneumonia, meningitis, and blood infection and can som

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    10. Steep Decline in Autopsy Rate Since 1970s

      Aug. 4, 2011 -- The autopsy rate in the U.S. has declined dramatically since 1972, mainly because fewer autopsies are being done on people who die of disease, according to a new CDC report. Overall, the percentage of deaths for which autopsies were performed declined from 19.3% in 1972 to 8.5% in 20

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