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    1. 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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    2. Very Old Don't Always Have Healthy Habits

      Aug. 3, 2011 -- Forget the stereotype pairing up longevity with clean living. Men and women who live to age 95 and beyond, it seems, are overall no better than the general population when it comes to health habits such as watching their weight, eating well, and exercising, according to a new study.

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    3. Many Older Americans Have Mild Memory Loss

      July 22, 2011 (Paris) -- Mild memory loss is relatively common, affecting between 10% and 20% of older adults in the U.S., new data suggest. In addition to getting older, a new study shows that diabetes, stroke, and obesity increase the likelihood of mild memory loss. The ApoE4 gene, which has been

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    4. Hearing Loss May Skew Alzheimer's Test Results

      July 21, 2011 (Paris) -- If you're going to take your elderly parents in for a memory checkup, you may want to have their hearing tested first. So suggest researchers who found that a substantial number of people may have false-positive results on cognitive tests designed to detect dementia due to u

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    5. Exercise Sharpens Older Minds

      July 20, 2011 (Paris) -- Two new studies add to growing evidence that physical activity helps to keep older people's brains sharp. Neither study shows cause and effect, only that there is an association between exercise and cognitive health. But in both studies, participants who exercised the most w

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    6. Omega-3s Linked to Lower Dementia Risk

      July 20, 2011 (Paris) -- A diet rich in certain omega-3 fatty acids may lower the risk of developing dementia, researchers report. In a study of more than 2,000 older women and men followed for nearly five years, the more omega-3-rich oily fish they ate, the lower their risk of developing dementia.

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    7. Report Calls for Improvement in Home Health Care

      July 18, 2011 -- Home health care is a growing trend, allowing many people in need of medical services to avoid hospitalization and nursing homes. But improvements are needed to be sure that care at home is safe and effective, according to a new report from the National Research Council. "There is a

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    8. Survey: Hospital Drug Shortages Hurt Patient Care

      July 14, 2011-- Hospital drug shortages cost hospitals millions each year and may adversely affect patient care, according to a new survey. ''Drug shortages are essentially touching health care systems across the board," says researcher Burgunda V. Sweet, PharmD, director of the drug information and

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    9. Maintaining Good Health May Reduce Dementia Risk

      July 13, 2011 -- Canadian researchers have found an association between dementia and the combined impact of 19 other health problems. The “frailty index” used by the researchers to assess dementia risk included arthritis, skin problems, difficulties with hearing and vision, and whether or not dentur

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    10. 'Dignity Therapy' Gives Comfort to Dying Patients

      July 6, 2011 -- Dignity therapy -- a short course of psychotherapy that focuses on helping patients with terminal illnesses to go over things that are most meaningful to them and document their legacy -- can improve the end-of-life experience, a study shows. "Dignity therapy can bring comfort and en

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