Monthly Archives: May 2012

Online Tool Helps Evaluate And Improve Seniors’ Driving Skills

As we age, there are a number of factors that can threaten our ability to continue driving. Certain health conditions, medication, and cognitive impairments can cause driving to become dangerous for older adults. Still, losing the ability to drive means … Continue reading

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Deaths From Heart Attack And Stroke Down Among Diabetics

A study from researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Health found that deaths from heart attack and stroke fell 40 percent among diabetics between 1997 and 2006. The research, which compared 3-year … Continue reading

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Study Says Saturated Fat Is Bad For Brain Function

A new study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that, in addition to being bad for the heart, saturated fat is associated with worse cognitive function over time. The research looked at 6,000 women over the age of 65 and … Continue reading

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Older Americans Falling Into Poverty As They Age

According to an analysis of data from the University of Michigan done by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, poverty rates have increased every year since 2005 for older Americans and are worst among the oldest of the elderly. In 2009, … Continue reading

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How To Properly Dispose Of Unused Prescription Drugs

Though most Americans throw their prescription drugs in the trash after they expire or are no longer needed, concerns over the potential environmental harm that could be caused by the nearly 200 million pounds of medicine that goes unused each … Continue reading

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CDC Recommends All Baby Boomers Get Tested For Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C-related illnesses, such as liver cancer and cirrhosis, result in 15,000 deaths each year. And, because baby boomers account for more than 75 percent of all American adults infected with hepatitis C, most of those deaths occur among the … Continue reading

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Brain Changes May Be Responsible For Decision Making Difficulty

The brain’s white matter acts as a cable, sending signals from one part of the brain to the other. And, according to new research from Vanderbilt University, age-related weakening of those white-matter connections may be responsible for decision-making difficulty in … Continue reading

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Physical Fitness May Help Prevent High Blood Pressure

Having a parent with high blood pressure is one of the biggest risk factors for developing the condition. But new research from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia suggests physical fitness may … Continue reading

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Study Finds Coffee Drinkers Live Longer

A study of 400,000 men and women between the ages of 50 and 71 found that people who drank three or more cups of coffee per day had a 10 percent lower risk of death. The research was conducted by … Continue reading

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Eight Million Seniors Face Threat Of Hunger In America

A new report from James P. Ziliak of the University of Kentucky and Craig Gundersen of the University of Illinois found that one in seven American seniors faced the threat of hunger in 2010. That’s nearly 15 percent or 8.3 … Continue reading

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