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  1. Mediterranean Diet May Keep Aging Mind Sharp

    Jan. 7, 2011 -- A new study shows following a Mediterranean style diet rich in vegetables, olive oil, and fish may keep the mind sharp and slow age-related cognitive decline. The diet typified by the Italians, Greeks, and other Mediterranean cultures has already been shown to reduce the risk of hear

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  2. Walking Faster May Lead to a Longer Life

    Jan. 4, 2011 -- A swift stride puts you on the path to a longer, healthier life, researchers say. Scientists reporting in The Journal of the American Medical Association say that older adults who typically walk 1 meter per second or faster live longer than expected. A walking, or gait, speed of 1 me

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  3. Exercise, Vitamin D Reduce Risk of Falls in Elderly

    Dec. 20, 2010 -- A federal task force’s review finds that for Americans 65 and older, exercise and vitamin D supplements can help reduce the risk of falling. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reviewed findings from 54 clinical trials to determine the benefits and possible harmful effects of in

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  4. Move More, Gain Less Weight With Age

    Dec. 14, 2010 -- Keep moving as a young adult and you will likely lessen the dreaded middle-age spread, according to a new study that focused on physical activity and weight gain over time. Young adults who maintained a high level of physical activity gained less weight in middle age, found research

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  5. U.S. Life Expectancy Down

    Dec. 9, 2010 -- Overall U.S. life expectancy dropped a tenth of a year to 77.8. It's down by a fifth of a year in white men and women but up to 70 years for black men -- an all-time high. Meanwhile, lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis are up nearly 8%. They have overtaken

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  6. Elderly Stay Sexually Active, Defying Stereotype

    Dec. 6, 2010 -- New research suggests the elderly may be more interested in sex than commonly believed. A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that about one-third of Australian men in their 70s, 80s, and 90s are sexually active and some wish to have sex more often. “Although there is stil

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  7. Musical Exercise Program Cuts Falls in Elderly

    Nov. 22, 2010 -- Exercising to piano music may help improve balance and prevent falls among the elderly. A new study shows older men and women who participated in a piano-music-based exercise program were less likely to suffer a fall than those who didn't. Those who exercised to piano music also sho

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  8. Walking Test May Predict Heart Surgery Risks

    Nov. 1, 2010 -- A simple walking-speed test may help predict the risk of complications for elderly people about to undergo heart surgery. A new study shows elderly people who walk slowly, as determined by a simple gait-speed test, are three times as likely to experience complications or death follow

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  9. Sepsis Linked to Dementia in Elderly

    Oct. 26, 2010 -- Sepsis is a leading cause of death in hospital ICUs, and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to the life-threatening blood infection. The thinking had been that once the crisis is over, older people who survive sepsis make full recoveries. But new research finds the opposite to

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  10. Medical Errors Persist Despite Safeguards

    Oct. 18, 2010 -- Serious medical mistakes, like performing a medical procedure on the wrong person or wrong site, continue to occur despite recently implemented preventive measures. A new study shows 25 cases of procedures performed on the wrong person and 107 cases of procedures performed on the wr

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