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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. '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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    5. Hiding Your Age? Don't Spit

      June 22, 2011 -- If you want to hide your age, don't spit. UCLA researchers' new saliva test can tell a person's age within five years -- so far, the most accurate test for age. "With just a saliva sample, we can accurately predict a person's age without knowing anything else about them," Eric Vilai

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    6. FDA Prepares for Nanomedicine Revolution

      June 21, 2011 -- New technology now makes it possible to create atomic-scale drug particles, diagnostic tools, and biological medical devices -- and the FDA is struggling to regulate the fast-growing field. Noting the "critical need to learn more" about the impact of nanotechnology on medicines and

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    7. Olive Oil Linked to Reduced Stroke Risk

      June 15, 2011 -- Cooking with heart-healthy olive oil and using it for salad dressing may cut stroke risk, according to new research published online in Neurology. In the new study, seniors who regularly used this healthy monounsaturated fat had a 41% lower risk of stroke compared to their counterpa

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    8. U.S. Life Expectancy Lags Behind

      June 15, 2011 -- The life expectancy in most counties in the U.S. lags substantially behind those in the nations with the best life expectancy, according to a new report. In some counties, the life expectancy is similar to that in much less developed countries, the researchers found. ''It is a wake-

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    9. Scientists Find New Clues to Aging

      June 13, 2011 -- A mutant protein known to be involved in the rare premature aging condition known as progeria appears to play a role in normal aging, too, scientists report. The mechanism that triggers premature aging also seems to trigger normal cell aging. The finding is expected to offer new clu

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    10. Testosterone Decline: Not Inevitable With Age?

      June 7, 2011 -- Testosterone decline is not inevitable with age, according to Australian scientists. Older men in excellent health can maintain their hormone levels, they say. ''What we found was, when you consider all the possible influences, age had no effect on testosterone levels in these very h

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