Monthly Archives: October 2011

Federal Government Takes Action On Drug Shortages

The Food and Drug Administration, as of July 31, had reported 180 prescription drug shortages, which tops the previous record of 178 recorded last year. Additionally, the American Hospital Association found that 99.5 percent of hospitals have had one or … Continue reading

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Seniors Underestimate Costs Associated With Living Longer

Though more seniors are aware of the costs associated with living longer than in past years, a recent survey found just 45 percent knew they’d need nearly 90 percent of their pre-retirement income to maintain their standard of living and … Continue reading

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Research Finds Link Between Insomnia And Heart Attacks

Insomnia has been linked to higher risk of heart attack before but a recent study of nearly 52,000 adults is the largest of its kind to find a correlation between the sleep disorder and heart health. The study, published in … Continue reading

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Mediterranean Diet May Slow Cognitive Decline

Eating a Mediterranean diet has been shown to lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer but, according to a recent study, may have benefits for your brain as well. The diet, typical of Italians and Greeks, is rich in … Continue reading

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Mental Illness Affects Half Of All American Adults

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention report that half of American adults will develop a mental illness at some point in their life. Among mental illnesses, depression and anxiety were the most common. Nearly 16 percent of adults say … Continue reading

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Baked, Broiled Fish Better For Heart Health

Fish contain many beneficial nutrients including omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to improve blood pressure and blood vessel function. But, according to a recent study from Northwestern University, the type of fish you eat and how its cooked … Continue reading

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Stress Levels And Mortality Rates

Experiencing moderate to high levels of stress consistently over a number of years leads to a 50 percent higher mortality rate, according to a recent study in the Journal of Aging Research. The study followed nearly 1,000 healthy men from … Continue reading

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Majority Of Seniors Say They Don’t Understand Medicare

A survey of baby boomers approaching retirement age found a majority said they don’t understand Medicare, the federal health insurance plan for seniors. Even those past retirement age expressed confusion about the plans and how they work. The survey, conducted … Continue reading

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Study Says Watching TV Shortens Lifespan

A recent study found each hour spent watching television may shorten your lifespan by 22 minutes. Though previous research has linked sedentary behavior to higher risk of death, the authors of the study say its the first to independently measure … Continue reading

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Medicare Open Enrollment Period Begins

Once a year, seniors have an opportunity to make changes to their Medicare plan, whether they have Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage or a Part D prescription drug plan. The Medicare Annual Election Period began October 15 and ends December 7 … Continue reading

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