Monthly Archives: January 2012

Age-Related Memory Problems More Common In Men

According to a new study published in the journal Neurology, men over the age of 70 are more susceptible to memory loss and cognitive impairment than women. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic examined 1,450 people in their 70s and 80s … Continue reading

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Adjustment Means Higher Social Security Benefits in 2012

The first increase in monthly social security and supplemental security income benefits since 2009 takes effect this year. The cost-of-living adjustment automatically raises benefits based on increases in the Consumer Price Index as measured during the third quarter of each … Continue reading

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CDC Says More Americans Need Cancer Screening

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of Americans being screened for cancer continues to fall below recommended national targets. Sallyann Coleman King of the CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control said … Continue reading

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Risk of Heart Disease Underestimated By Short Term Assessment

Doctors commonly estimate a person’s risk of developing heart disease based on the likelihood of suffering a heart attack or stroke over the next 10 years. But, according to a new study, estimating short-term risk may give patients a false … Continue reading

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Women May Experience Pain Differently Than Men

Research examining medical records for more than 11,000 men and women found women reported higher levels of pain than men did. Men and women were asked to rate their pain on a zero-to-ten scale with 10 being the worst pain … Continue reading

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Top Cities For Quality Hospital Care Named

A report examining patient complications and deaths at nearly 5,000 U.S. hospitals named Baltimore the city with the nation’s best hospitals. The report, produced by HealthGrades, found top-rated hospitals in 38 states and named Phoenix, Cedar Rapids, Richmond, Cincinnati, West … Continue reading

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Magnesium Rich Diet May Lower Stroke Risk

According to research from Swedish scientists at the Karolinska Institute, people who eat foods rich in magnesium have a reduced risk of suffering a stroke compared to people with lower levels of the mineral. Magnesium, which can be found in … Continue reading

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More Americans Saved For Emergency, Retirement In 2011

To better understand Americans’ spending and saving habits and how they’ve been affected by the weak economy, AARP Bulletin conducted a survey of 1,018 adults over the age of 18. According to the results, more than three quarters of Americans … Continue reading

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Genetics Play Large Role In How The Brain Ages

Though a healthy diet, regular exercise, and remaining socially active can help preserve cognitive function as we age, some of how our brain ages is determined by genetics. According to a new study published in Nature, about 24 percent of … Continue reading

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Gov’t Sets Goal For Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease

There are an estimated 5.4 million Americans suffering with Alzheimer’s disease and, by 2050, that number is expected to triple, costing $1 trillion in medical and nursing-home expenses. Because of the staggering numbers associated with the disease, the federal government … Continue reading

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