Monthly Archives: July 2011

Musical Training Protects Against Memory Decline

According to a recent study of musicians and non-musicians ages 45 to 65, musical training helps older adults perform better on memory and attention tests, in addition to improving their ability to hear speech through background noise. The study required … Continue reading

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Knee Pain Is Common But Not Inevitable

More than 6 million men and women over the age of 62 visit a doctor each year for knee pain. But experts agree that, with exercise and a bit of prevention, knee troubles aren’t inevitable. The knee is the largest … Continue reading

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Genes A Greater Risk Factor For Heart Attack Than Stroke

According to new research, family history is a greater risk predictor for heart attack than stroke. Peter M. Rothwell, M.D., Ph.D., senior author of the study and professor of clinical neurology at Oxford University, said the research found the association … Continue reading

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Generic Prescription Drug Prices Drop 7.8 Percent

A new report from AARP’s Public Policy Institute found the price of generic prescription drugs fell by 7.8 percent in 2009 and, on average, retail prices for generic drugs are down 35 percent over five years. During the same period, … Continue reading

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Prevention Focused Health Care Reduces Costs, Hospitalizations

As health-care and prescription drug costs have risen, so have the number of hospital admissions and emergency room visits. Now an emerging trend in health care aims to reduce costs and hospital visits by focusing on preventing disease rather than … Continue reading

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Study Finds Patients Of More Experienced Doctors Worse Off

According to a report published in the American Journal of Medicine, patients of doctors who had practiced for at least 20 years had longer hospital stays and were more likely to die than those whose doctors had started practicing within … Continue reading

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The Seven Most Common Risk Factors For Alzheimer’s Disease

New research suggests that nearly half of all Alzheimer’s cases worldwide could be prevented by reducing the seven most common risk factors associated with the disease. Those risk factors include smoking, obesity, sedentary lifestyles, midlife high blood pressure, depression, diabetes, … Continue reading

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Doctors Debate Necessity Of Drinking Eight Glasses Of Water A Day

Drinking enough water is vitally important, and especially so during hot weather, physical activity, and for the elderly. But according to Dr. Margaret McCartney, the commonly quoted advice that people should drink six to eight glasses of water each day … Continue reading

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Recommendations Aim To Improve Home Health Care

More than 61 million Americans acted as a caregiver for an adult family member or friend in 2009. But, though the increasing number of in-home caregivers allows people in need of medical services to avoid nursing homes and hospitalization, a … Continue reading

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Vast Majority Of Seniors Ignore Heat Advisories

As we age, our bodies lose the ability to handle hot weather. But, even when sweltering summer temperatures spur heat warnings for older Americans, many seniors ignore them because they don’t yet consider themselves old. A recent study conducted by … Continue reading

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