Monthly Archives: September 2011

Saw Palmetto Study Casts Doubt On Effectiveness

Though the majority of men experience prostate gland growth as they age, most have no obvious symptoms. Those that do suffer from urinary-tract symptoms associated with the mostly harmless enlargement have been told, for years, that the herbal extract saw … Continue reading

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Senior Survey Finds Satisfaction With Reverse Mortgages

A poll of 1,800 seniors and their adult children conducted on behalf of the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association found that more than 80 percent of respondents said they’d prefer to stay in their own homes throughout their retirement years … Continue reading

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Marriage Improves Survival Rates After Heart Surgery

Recent research found married men and women have better survival rates following coronary bypass surgery than unmarried people. The study, which followed 225 patients preparing to have bypass surgery between 1987 and 1990, showed that 15 years after their surgery, … Continue reading

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Americans Losing Confidence In Their Ability To Afford Retirement

According to the 2011 Retirement Confidence Survey from the Employee Benefit Research Institute, Americans’ confidence in their ability to afford a comfortable retirement has hit a new low. The number of surveyed workers who said they were not at all … Continue reading

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Some Memory Loss May Signal Higher Risk Of Cognitive Impairment

Over the next two decades, the number of Americans age 65 and older is expected to double. And, as the number of older Americans increases, so will cases of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. But according to a … Continue reading

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Walking Pace May Be Indicator Of Longevity

According to recent research, how fast you walk may indicate how long you’ll live. The research found that people who walked 1 meter per second or faster lived longer than those who walked more slowly, regardless of age and sex. … Continue reading

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Eating Your Way To Better Eyesight

Diet and nutrition can play a big role in preserving and improving eyesight. Foods rich in carotenoids, such as lutein, lycopene, and zeaxanthin have been shown to be effective in preventing and reducing the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, … Continue reading

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Height Loss And What It Means For Your Health

After age 40, adults generally begin to get shorter due to natural changes in muscles, bones, and joints. Women, on average, lose three inches by the age of 80 and men lose two inches. Adults lose height at a rate … Continue reading

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How To Negotiate Medical Costs And Avoid Debt

According to a study from the Federal Reserve, unpaid medical bills make up at least half of all collection accounts found on credit reports. Experts advise negotiating with your doctor or hospital for better prices and, most importantly, communicating with … Continue reading

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Patients Often Hide Depression From Their Doctors

Adults suffering from depression often hide their symptoms from their doctors because they fear their doctor will recommend antidepressants, because they feel it isn’t their primary care physician’s job to deal with emotional issues, or because they worry their medical … Continue reading

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