Monthly Archives: May 2012

Retirement Estimate Says Healthcare Costs Up Four Percent From 2011

According to a new estimate, the average couple retiring this year will need $240,000 to cover their medical expenses throughout retirement. The estimate is up 4.0 percent from last year, when the amount was $230,000. In 2011, expenses fell by … Continue reading

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Dementia Patients More Likely To Receive Care At Home

Despite the common assumption that most older adults suffering from dementia live and die in nursing homes, a new study shows that not to be true. The study, led by Christopher M. Callahan, MD, of the Indiana University School of … Continue reading

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Americans’ Emotional Well Being Hits Four Year High

According to a Gallup poll measuring emotional health and well being, Americans reported a higher level of emotional happiness in April than any month since tracking began in 2008. The survey, which asks Americans to report whether they felt enjoyment, … Continue reading

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Study Suggests Statins May Help Prevent Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is a heartbeat irregularity that can lead to stroke. But, according to recent research from Dr. Chen-Ying Hung, statins, widely used for cholesterol, may help prevent heartbeat abnormality in elderly patients with high-blood pressure. The study reviewed the … Continue reading

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Staying Mentally And Physically Active Is Key To Successful Aging

For the most part, science has concentrated on understanding how the brain adapts and changes during age-related cognitive decline. But, more recently, research has proven that some of the cognitive decline once thought of as unavoidable can, in fact, be … Continue reading

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Combination Of Computer Use And Exercise May Protect Memory

Though numerous studies have shown that sitting for prolonged periods of time can be hazardous to health, a new study from the Mayo Clinic found that sitting in front of a computer may actually help protect against memory loss. The … Continue reading

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Research Finds Recession Caused Many Americans To Postpone Retirement

According to new research from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, 40 percent of Americans over the age of 50 postponed their retirement following the most recent recession. Brooke Helppie McFall, an economist at the Institute for Social … Continue reading

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Paper Warns Against Taking Supplements In High Doses

Supplements and vitamins are very popular among health-minded Americans. But a paper co-authored by Elizabeth Jacobs of the University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health warns that, in some cases, high doses of unnecessary supplements could … Continue reading

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Chronic Anxiety Could Lead To Higher Cancer Risk

A new study from Stanford University School of Medicine suggests that chronic anxiety could lead to a higher risk of developing cancer. The research took hairless mice and exposed them to both stressful situations and UV rays meant to mimic … Continue reading

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Fatty Fish, Foods Rich In Omega-3s Protect Against Alzheimer’s

Yet another study has found eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids helps protect the brain and may reduce the likelihood of developing cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease. In the newly published study, researchers found levels of a protein known … Continue reading

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