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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Ginkgo Biloba Doesn't Slow Mental Decline

    Dec. 29, 2009 - The hot-selling herbal supplement ginkgo biloba doesn't slow age-related mental decline, a six-year clinical study shows. The study has already shown that ginkgo does not prevent dementia or Alzheimer's disease in the elderly. Now study leader Steven T. DeKosky, MD, and colleagues ha

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  9. Looking Young May Help You Live Longer

    Dec. 14, 2009 -- If you look young for your age, chances are you’ll live longer than if you’re haggard and appear worn out, new research indicates. A team of researchers led by Kaare Christensen, DMSc, from the University of Southern Demark studied photographs and data on 1,826 Danish twins aged 70

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  10. 1 in 3 Adults in U.S. Is a Caregiver

    Dec. 11, 2009 -- About one in three adults in the United States cares for a loved one who is elderly, sick, or has special needs. And two out of three unpaid caregivers are women, a new report finds. More often than not, caregivers are raising families and working outside the home in addition to car

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