Monthly Archives: November 2011

Poverty Rate Rises Among The Elderly

The U.S. Census Bureau’s official poverty measure focuses on food budgets and the wages of the poor but a new formula for calculating the poverty rate in America, which takes into account taxes, medical and housing costs, hopes to offer … Continue reading

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Study Says Sense Of Smell Changes With Age

According to research from the Center for NeuroScience at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, our ability to distinguish between specific odors deteriorates as we age. Professor Diego Restrepo, Ph.D., the study’s lead researcher, said, when presented with two … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Helps Regulate Blood Sugar, Curbs Cravings

Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of the cinnamon tree, native to south east Asia. In ancient times, the spice was so expensive and exotic it was offered as a gift to both monarchs and gods. These days, there is … Continue reading

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The Cost Of Heart Disease In America

Through taxes and health-insurance premiums, the average American pays $878 per year for costs associated with cardiovascular disease, whether or not they personally have heart problems. In fact, heart disease, including stroke, peripheral artery disease, and high blood pressure, costs … Continue reading

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Seniors Use Of Alcohol And Tobacco Increases With Financial Strain

A study published in the November issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs has found higher rates of alcohol and tobacco use among seniors suffering from financial stress. The researchers followed 2,300 Americans over the age of … Continue reading

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Recovering From Recession Harder For Older Americans

The aftermath of the most recent recession has been particularly hard on older Americans, according to a recent survey. Participants of the survey, conducted by AARP, reported substantial decreases in the value of their home, problems keeping up with credit-card … Continue reading

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How To Stay Healthy This Winter

There are many reasons why people tend to get sick during the winter but following a few common-sense steps can go a long way toward keeping you from catching the common cold or flu. Though it’s tempting to stay indoors … Continue reading

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Plant Extract May Fight Inflammation, Slow Aging

Resveratrol, a plant extract found in red grapes, blueberries, wine, and cranberries, may slow aging in humans, according to a recent study. The research, from the University of Buffalo, found that resveratrol reduces inflammation that could lead to heart disease, … Continue reading

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Hours Spent Sitting Can Be Hazardous To Health

There is increasing evidence that sitting too long can be a detriment to your health, leading to strained muscles, obesity, slowed metabolism, and an increased risk of heart disease and premature death. A recent study followed 70,000 healthy women for … Continue reading

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Study Says Happiness Is Key To Longevity

Happier people live longer, according to a new study from researchers at University College in London. The study followed 4,000 participants between the ages of 52 and 79 for five years and asked them to rate their feelings on a … Continue reading

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