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  1. Good and Bad Health Habits in U.S.

    March 16, 2010 -- Regular drinkers outnumber regular exercisers, says a new report on health behaviors in the U.S. The CDC study shows that six in 10 American adults were regular drinkers in 2005-2007, but only about three in 10 regularly exercised. The report details a range of good and bad health

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  2. Hip Fracture Risks Linger After Recovery

    March 15, 2010 -- The risks associated with hip fractures may linger long after the initial recovery period is over, especially for men. A new report shows the risk of death is five to eight times higher in the first three months after hip fracture for older adults. This risk diminishes substantiall

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  3. Hospital Stays Raise Dementia Risk

    Feb. 23, 2010 -- Seniors who have been hospitalized may be more likely to develop dementia and mental decline than seniors who have not been hospitalized, a new study shows. William J. Ehlenbach, MD, MSc, of the University of Washington in Seattle, and colleagues analyzed data from a study on mental

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  4. Hospital Infections Kill 48,000 Each Year

    Feb. 22, 2010 - Every year, 48,000 Americans die of infections they caught while in the hospital -- and that's a conservative estimate, a new study finds. These aren't infections people would have caught anyway. They are mistakes that cost lives, says study researcher Ramanan Laxminarayan, PhD, MPH,

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  5. Life Expectancy Up, but So Is Poor Health

    Feb. 17, 2010 -- Life expectancy is up, but so is poor health, even though personal health care cost each American $6,219. That's just a small taste of the 574 pages of data today served up in the CDC's 33rd annual "State of the Nation" report on U.S. health. What's new? That depends on a number of

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  6. Elevator Injuries Common Among Elderly

    Feb. 11, 2010 -- Elevators may be one of the safest forms of transportation, but a new study shows they can be a potentially dangerous location for accidents and injuries among the elderly. Researchers found more than 2,600 older adults wind up in the emergency room each year as a result of an eleva

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  7. Overweight Older People Live Longer

    Jan. 28, 2010 -- People who carry a few extra pounds after age 70 tend to live longer than people who don’t, new research finds. Overweight older adults who took part in the Australian study had a clear survival advantage over those who were normal weight, underweight, or obese. The findings suggest

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  8. Bit of Alcohol May Benefit Aging Brain

    Jan. 28, 2010 -- A drink or two a day may help older people stay mentally sharp, but moderation is the key, a new study finds. Researchers in Brazil asked people 60 and older about their use of alcohol and tested them for dementia and other age-related mental impairments. Study participants who were

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  9. New Airport Scanners: Radiation Risk Tiny

    Jan. 8, 2010 -- Air travelers going through whole-body scanners don't need to worry about radiation from the devices, according to the American College of Radiology. Two kinds of devices are being deployed: Millimeter wave technology uses low-level radio waves. Two radio antennas rotate around the b

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  10. Wealthy Areas Attract Assisted-Living Homes

    Jan. 5, 2010 -- Assisted-living facilities are more likely to be located in wealthier neighborhoods, according a new analysis published in Health Affairs.  Researchers compared the penetration of assisted-living facilities nationally with county data from 2007 on education, median household income a

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