Monthly Archives: November 2012

Research Identifies Existing Drugs That May Slow Dementia

A new study from King’s College London has discovered four existing medications, used to treat conditions such as hypertension and diabetes, that may help slow the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The study’s lead author, Professor Clive Ballard, said … Continue reading

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Doctors Often Mistake Patient Treatment Preferences

According to a paper authored by Albert Mulley of the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, doctors often recommend treatments for their patients without an understanding of their preferences and priorities. For example, a recent study found that doctors … Continue reading

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Healthy Lifestyle May Add 14 Years To Lifespan

A new study from Northwestern Medicine finds that maintaining optimal heart health in middle age may add up to 14 years to your lifespan. The study looked at data collected for the Cardiovascular Lifetime Risk Pooling Project and tracked risk … Continue reading

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Survey Finds Further Evidence Of Retirement Anxiety

A survey of 2,307 adults conducted by Harris Interactive found that nearly three-fourths of Americans are concerned that they won’t have enough money to retire and an equal amount expressed concerns about paying for healthcare expenses if, and when, they … Continue reading

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Winter Raises Risk Of Heart Deaths Regardless of Climate

Cold winter weather was long thought to be the primary cause of seasonal increases in heart-related deaths. But, according to new research, circulatory deaths, including heart attack, heart failure, cardiovascular disease, and stroke, rose up to 36 percent during the … Continue reading

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Americans Spend More Fighting Aging Than Disease

Americans are now spending more money on medication used to treat conditions that were formerly considered part of the normal aging process than they are on drugs to fight chronic diseases. The research, presented at the American Public Health Association’s … Continue reading

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Study Uncovers New Patterns In Aging, Disability

According to the findings of a new study funded by the National Institute on Aging, the rate of disability is improving among the oldest Americans but increasing among people between the ages of 55 and 64. The results represent a … Continue reading

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Debate Continues Over Using Aspirin In Cancer Fight

Recent studies showing aspirin may play a role in preventing colorectal cancer have started a debate over whether recommending a daily dose is or isn’t a good idea. According to one side of the argument, the benefits outweigh the risks. … Continue reading

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Eating Fish Twice A Week Lowers Risk Of Stroke

A study published on the British Medical Journal’s website found that eating at least two portions of fish a week led to a significant reduction in risk of stroke or mini-stroke. According to the research, oily fish like mackerel and … Continue reading

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Caffeine May Help Strengthen Elderly Muscles

A gradual decline in muscle strength is part of the natural aging process. And, though keeping physically fit is the primary defense against weaker muscles, a new study from the Society for Experimental Biology has found that caffeine may also … Continue reading

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