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  1. Women's Secret to Longevity?

    Dec. 2, 2009 -- Sperm genes may shorten the lifespan of males compared to females, at least in animals, according to Japanese researchers. The researchers produced female mice by using genetic material from two mothers but no fathers -- and then found these mice, which they call bi-maternal or BM, l

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  2. Obesity Rise Trumps Smoking Decline

    Dec. 2, 2009 -- Over the next decade the health benefits achieved because fewer Americans are smoking will be more than overshadowed by the negative health effects of the unchecked rise in obesity, new research suggests. As a population, Americans are smoking less but weigh more than they have in ma

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  3. Boomers Doomed to Disability?

    Nov. 12, 2009 -- Baby boomers are entering their 60s just in time for a new trend: disability. One in five 60-somethings need help with basic daily activities -- up from 13% just a decade ago. Various disabilities are up 40% to 70% in 60- to 69-year-olds, UCLA researcher Teresa E. Seeman, PhD, and c

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  4. Survey Shows Risks of Borrowed Medicine

    Nov. 11, 2009 -- Everyone knows borrowing prescription medicines from family or friends isn't wise, yet the practice is common. But about one in four who take a borrowed prescription medicine will have a side effect, according to new research. "We'd seen in preliminary studies that one in five peopl

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  5. Older People Get Brain Boost From Internet

    Oct. 19, 2009 -- Surfing the Internet may be the latest way to teach an old dog new tricks. A study shows older adults who learn to use the Internet to search for information experience a surge of activity in key decision-making and reasoning centers of the brain. "We found that for older people wit

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  6. Stay Healthy in Retirement With Work

    Oct. 16, 2009 -- People who continue to work after retirement have fewer diseases and fewer functional limitations than people who quit completely, a study shows. The study shows that "bridge employment" -- which researchers define as a part-time job or self-employment -- is in general good for heal

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  7. Hip Fractures on the Decline in U.S.

    Oct. 12, 2009 -- Hip fracture rates and deaths related to such injuries are decreasing in the U.S. among people aged 65 and older, a new study shows. Scientists reporting in the Oct. 14 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association say the reasons for the declining fracture and death rate

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  8. Vermont Tops List of Best Health Systems

    Oct. 8, 2009 -- As the debate over health reform rages on, Vermonters can rejoice: Their state has the best-performing health system in the nation. Meanwhile, states across the South and West are still struggling with high rates of uninsured residents, poor quality of health care, and wasteful spend

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  9. Convertibles Hazardous to Your Hearing?

    Oct. 6, 2009 -- Convertible lovers who take to the open road with the top down may be risking hearing damage, according to a new study out of the U.K. "If you are exposed for long periods above 85 decibels [of sound], you have the potential for hearing loss," says Philip Michael, MD, an ear-nose-thr

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  10. Vitamin D May Help Prevent Falls

    Oct. 2, 2009 -- Taking vitamin D supplements, at a dose of 700-1,000 international units per day, may make falling 19% less likely for people aged 65 and older. That news comes from a research review published online in BMJ, formerly called the British Medical Journal. The review is based on eight s

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