Monthly Archives: August 2012

Survey Explores How Americans Feel About Aging

A recent survey, conducted on behalf of Pfizer, asked more than 1,000 participants over the age of 18 for their perspective on aging. The results show how perceptions and priorities change as we age. For example, participants between the ages … Continue reading

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Social Security Benefits More Than Just Retired Workers

A recently released breakdown of Social Security benefits found that 36 percent of recipients aren’t retired workers but, instead, are children, the disabled, and spouses and survivors of workers. Altogether, nearly one in every six Americans is getting a Social … Continue reading

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Study Finds No Fish Oil Benefit For Diabetics

A study of 12,500 patients with diabetes or pre-diabetes found taking fish oil supplements had no positive or negative effect on their likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke. The research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, … Continue reading

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Census Estimates One In Five Americans Has A Disability

The U.S. Census Bureau’s Americans with Disabilities report estimates that nearly 20 percent of the population has a disability. The statistics, taken from the Survey of Income and Program Participation, show that 56.7 million people reported a disability in 2010, … Continue reading

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Coffee Linked To Reduced Heart Failure Risk

Researchers analyzing five previous studies of coffee and heart failure risk found that moderate consumption may help significantly reduce the likelihood of developing serious heart trouble. The research, published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation Heart Failure, defined moderate … Continue reading

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Low Health Literacy And The Healthcare System

In the past, there have been many studies identifying what patients could do to improve their ability to understand and follow their doctor’s recommendations and instructions. But a new study from the University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco … Continue reading

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Report Ranks Top Cities For Successful Aging

The vast majority of Americans want to grow old at home. In fact, 90 percent of respondents to a recent poll from AARP said they wanted to age in place. But not all areas are equally suited for successful aging. … Continue reading

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Genes Answer Question Of Why Women Outlive Men

Research from the Monash School of Biological Sciences and Lancaster University found that genetic variations in mitochondria may explain why women outlive men by an average of five to six years. Mitochondria exist in almost all animals and help to … Continue reading

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Nearly Half Of Surveyed Americans Say They Aren’t Saving For Retirement

A recent survey of 2,697 Americans found that 49 percent are not contributing to a retirement plan and a majority of younger workers are not saving for their future needs. The survey, conducted by LIMRA Retirement Research, found that less … Continue reading

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Sleep Disturbances May Predict Placement In Nursing Home

According to research from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, fragmented or interrupted sleep may predict future placement in a nursing home or assisted-living facility. The study, published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics … Continue reading

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