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  1. Could Hot Cocoa Improve Brainpower in Seniors?

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) -- A preliminary new study links two cups of hot cocoa per day to improved memory skills in seniors who had low levels of blood flow in their brains. So, should you start stocking up on Swiss Miss? Not necessarily. The research i

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  2. Anemia Might Raise Dementia Risk, Study Suggests

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 31 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults suffering from anemia -- lower than normal red blood cell levels -- may be at increased risk for dementia, a new study suggests. Anemia affects as many as 23 percent of seniors, the researchers say. "We found a

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  3. Living Long & Healthy After 65 Depends on State

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- Place and race influence healthy life expectancy at age 65, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Blacks across the country and whites in the South have the lowest healthy life expectancy after age 65, according to 2007-2009

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  4. Too Little Vitamin D Speeds Disability as You Age?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- Older people with vitamin D deficiency may struggle with daily physical activities such as dressing or climbing stairs, a new study shows. It's estimated that as many as 90 percent of older people are vitamin D-deficient. The

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  5. Memory Worries May Be Early Sign of Alzheimer's

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who notice new problems with balancing the checkbook or reading the newspaper may be at increased risk of dementia in the coming years, according to four new studies. The research, being presented this week at the A

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  6. Today's 90-Somethings Sharper Than Predecessors?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- People in their 90s today are mentally sharper than those who were in their 90s a decade ago, a new study contends. The Danish researchers compared 2,262 people who were born in 1905 and still alive in 1998 (aged 92 to 93) wit

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  7. U.S. Lagging Other Countries on Many Health Measures

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- Life expectancy has increased in the United States over the last two decades, but Americans are also spending more of their lives in poor health, a sweeping new study finds. And despite being the biggest spender on health ca

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  8. The Social Toll of Hearing Loss

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- Straining to catch the gist of conversations is frustrating enough, but a new study shows that seniors with hearing loss are also at increased risk for hospitalization, illness, injury and depression. Researchers analyzed data

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  9. Video Game May Help Keep Aging Brains Sharp

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- Keeping the brain nimble in older adulthood may be as simple as playing a video game, according to researchers who compared the thought-process benefits of crossword puzzles with a computer program that increased users' menta

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  10. 'Western' Diet Not the Way to Age Well

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 17 (HealthDay News) -- A new British study provides further evidence that eating a so-called "Western" diet may not be good for you in the long run. People who eat this kind of diet -- which includes fried and sweet foods, processed and red meat,

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