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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. Decade's Top 10 Public Health Achievements

      May 19, 2011 -- Controlling infectious diseases like AIDS and tuberculosis, doing a better job of fighting tobacco use, improving motor vehicle safety, and reducing heart disease and death have been named by the CDC as being among the 10 top public health achievements of the first decade of the 21st

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    5. Vehicle Accident Deaths Cost States Billions

      May 11, 2011 -- Deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes cost an estimated $41 billion in the U.S. in medical and work-loss expenses in the CDC’s most recent annual estimate. The estimates are from 2005, the most recent year for which cost and crash data are available. The analysis shows that just 10

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    6. 4 in 10 Over Age 85 Have Cognitive Impairment

      May 9, 2011 -- More than four in 10 women over age 85 have some type of cognitive impairment, according to a new study. The results show nearly 18% of women over 85 have dementia and 23% more have mild cognitive impairment, and the prevalence of dementia doubles after age 90 compared to women who ar

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    7. Thyroid Drug Linked to Fracture Risk in Elderly

      April 28, 2011 -- Older adults with underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, who take drugs to treat the problem may be at increased risk for fractures, new research suggests. Thyroid hormone deficiency is common in the elderly, especially women. The drug levothyroxine, a synthetic form of the natura

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    8. Medscape/WebMD Poll: How Much Are Doctors Paid?

      April 28, 2011 -- A Medscape/WebMD survey of 15,794 U.S. doctors finds that orthopaedic surgeons and radiologists make the most money, while pediatricians and primary care doctors trail the pack. It's not really a surprise that specialists make the most money: Orthopaedic surgeons and radiologists:

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    9. New Clues to Low-Calorie Diets and Longer Life

      April 27, 2011 -- Research has suggested that very low-calorie diets may increase life expectancy in animals, and now a new study in humans provides some important clues as to why this may occur. In the new study, individuals who had higher metabolic rates -- the amount of energy the body uses for n

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    10. New Guidelines: Treat High Blood Pressure in Over-80s

      April 25, 2011 - New guidelines stress more aggressive treatment of high blood pressure in very elderly patients. It's long been clear that people ages 65 to 79 benefit greatly from treatments that lower blood pressure. But now an expert panel convened by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and

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