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Fitness Lowers Odds of Death from Dementia, Study Finds

A recently published study has found that when approximately 60,000 adults were tested and ranked — as high, middle or low — for their level of cardiorespiratory fitness, those with medium or high levels of fitness had less than . . . → Read More: Fitness Lowers Odds of Death from Dementia, Study Finds

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Red Meat Increases Risk of Death; Fish or Poultry Lowers Risk, New Study Finds

A new study by scientists at Harvard and the Cleveland Clinic has found that the more red meat one eats, the higher the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cancer, and all causes, while substituting fish, poultry and other . . . → Read More: Red Meat Increases Risk of Death; Fish or Poultry Lowers Risk, New Study Finds

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Exercise Changes DNA for the Better, New Study Finds

A new study has found that even 20 minutes of exercise by sedentary adults actually changed the DNA in their muscle cells within minutes. The DNA was changed in a way that helps the muscles work better for further . . . → Read More: Exercise Changes DNA for the Better, New Study Finds

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Celebrate Brain Awareness Week March 12-18

Brain Awareness Week, a global campaign to raise public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research, including research into the causes of Parkinson’s disease and other problems of the brain and nervous system and how to treat . . . → Read More: Celebrate Brain Awareness Week March 12-18

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Vitamin E Supplements May Weaken Bones, New Mouse Study Suggests

A new study by researchers at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, has found that mice fed Vitamin E supplement in a quantity similar to that consumed by many people taking Vitamin E supplements lost bone mass, while those bred . . . → Read More: Vitamin E Supplements May Weaken Bones, New Mouse Study Suggests

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Dietary Trans Fats Markedly Increase Stroke Risk Among Older Women, New Study Finds

A large new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that postmenopausal women whose diets were high in trans fats (and who did not take aspirin) had a 66% higher risk of . . . → Read More: Dietary Trans Fats Markedly Increase Stroke Risk Among Older Women, New Study Finds

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Sleep May Improve With Age, New Study Finds

A new study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, analyzing data from a survey of 155,877 participants, has found that contrary to popular belief, people in their 70s and 80s actually reported better sleep — less sleep disturbance . . . → Read More: Sleep May Improve With Age, New Study Finds

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Omega-3 in Fish & Other Foods May Keep Your Brain Sharper, New Study Finds

“People with lower blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids had lower brain volumes that were equivalent to about two years of structural brain aging,” said Dr. Zaldy S. Tan, MD, MPH of the University of California, principal author of . . . → Read More: Omega-3 in Fish & Other Foods May Keep Your Brain Sharper, New Study Finds

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Daily Diet Soft Drinks Linked to Higher Heart Attack & Stroke Risk, New Study Finds

A new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine has found that older adults who drank daily diet soft drinks were 43 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke over a ten-year period than . . . → Read More: Daily Diet Soft Drinks Linked to Higher Heart Attack & Stroke Risk, New Study Finds

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Eating Too Much May Increase Memory Loss in Older People

A new study from the Mayo Clinic suggests that eating too much may double the risk of memory loss in people over 70 years old. Watch study author Yonas E. Geda, M.D., MSc, associate professor of neurology and psychiatry . . . → Read More: Eating Too Much May Increase Memory Loss in Older People

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Eating Citrus Fruit May Lower Stroke Risk, New Study Suggests

A new study published in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association, has found that eating citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruit, may lower your risk of stroke, due to a compound called “flavanone” found in citrus . . . → Read More: Eating Citrus Fruit May Lower Stroke Risk, New Study Suggests

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Harvard Health Discusses the Pros and Cons of Drinking Coffee

In a new article entitled “What is it about coffee?” the editors of Harvard Health Publications, discuss some of the known benefits and drawbacks of drinking coffee. The new article on coffee is found in Sleep, Hygiene, Quit Smoking . . . → Read More: Harvard Health Discusses the Pros and Cons of Drinking Coffee

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Cleveland Clinic Heart Surgeon & Cardiologist Tackle Misconceptions About Heart Health

In their new book entitled, Heart 411: The Only Guide to Heart Health You’ll Ever Need, two renowned heart experts, heart surgeon Marc Gillinov and cardiologist Steven Nissen, both of the Cleveland Clinic, tackle some prominent misconceptions about heart . . . → Read More: Cleveland Clinic Heart Surgeon & Cardiologist Tackle Misconceptions About Heart Health

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Harvard Issues Updated Report on Low Back Pain: Healing Your Aching Back

Harvard Health Publications has issued a revised and updated version of its Special Health Report on “Low Back Pain: Healing Your Aching Back,” written by experts at Harvard Medical School. According to Harvard Health Publications, “Back pain is one . . . → Read More: Harvard Issues Updated Report on Low Back Pain: Healing Your Aching Back

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86 Million Americans Benefited from Free Preventive Healthcare Coverage in 2011 Due to Affordable Care Act, HHS Reports

According to data in two new reports issued February 15 by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), an estimated combined total of 86 million Americans have benefited in 2011 from the free preventive healthcare coverage provided . . . → Read More: 86 Million Americans Benefited from Free Preventive Healthcare Coverage in 2011 Due to Affordable Care Act, HHS Reports

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Skin-Cancer Drug Gives Preliminary Hope of Alzheimer's Treatment, Mouse Study Finds

A new study conducted on mice has found that a skin-cancer drug may give hope of providing a future effective treatment for Alzheimer’s dementia. The study found that the drug, bexarotene, successfully cleared away the amyloid plaques in the . . . → Read More: Skin-Cancer Drug Gives Preliminary Hope of Alzheimer’s Treatment, Mouse Study Finds

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Eating Too Much May Double Risk of Memory Impairment, Mayo Clinic Finds

A new study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic has found that older adults who ate a high-calorie diet (2,142.5 to 6,000 calories per day) had more than double the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) of those who . . . → Read More: Eating Too Much May Double Risk of Memory Impairment, Mayo Clinic Finds

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Nationwide Events to Promote Heart-Healthy Living Being Held in February

The American Heart Association and other organizations are holding a series of nationwide events in February as part of “American Heart Month.” The purpose of this annual initiative, sponsored by the American Heart Association, is to call attention to . . . → Read More: Nationwide Events to Promote Heart-Healthy Living Being Held in February

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Obama Administration Increases Funding for Alzheimer's Research & Caregiver Support

The Obama Administration announced yesterday a $130 million increase over two years in the funding for Alzheimer’s Disease research, as well as $26 million of additional funding for support of caregivers and other programs toward the prevention and treatment . . . → Read More: Obama Administration Increases Funding for Alzheimer’s Research & Caregiver Support

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New Study Questions Definition of Mild Cognitive Impairment in New Alzheimer's Diagnosis Guidelines

A new study published February 6 in the Archives of Neurology, a journal of the American Medical Association, has questioned the wisdom of a new expanded definition of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), a precursor stage to Alzheimer’s disease. The . . . → Read More: New Study Questions Definition of Mild Cognitive Impairment in New Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Guidelines

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Alzheimer's Spreads in the Brain like a Virus, New Study Finds

A new study published on February 1 in the journal PosS One has found that Alzheimer’s Disease spreads throughout the brain through a distorted protein known as Tau jumping from one cell to another, like a virus. Previously, scientists . . . → Read More: Alzheimer’s Spreads in the Brain like a Virus, New Study Finds

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Four Questions on Simple Questionnaire Found Highly Predictive of Mild Cognitive Impairment & Risk of Alzheimer's

sources indicate that up to 15 percent of people with MCI develop Alzheimer’s within one year. However, studies have shown that preventive interventions such as exercise and changes in lifestyle factors can be effective in staving off mental decline. . . . → Read More: Four Questions on Simple Questionnaire Found Highly Predictive of Mild Cognitive Impairment & Risk of Alzheimer’s

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Fruits, Vegetables & Fish May Keep Brain from Shrinking, New Study Finds

People with diets high in several vitamins found in fruits and vegetables or in omega 3 fatty acids found in fish are less likely to have the brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s disease than people whose diets are not . . . → Read More: Fruits, Vegetables & Fish May Keep Brain from Shrinking, New Study Finds

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New Study Associates Silent Strokes with Memory Loss

A new study by scientists at Columbia University Medical Center in New York has found that “silent strokes” are associated with memory loss in the elderly, suggesting that stroke-prevention may help stave off memory loss in the elderly, according . . . → Read More: New Study Associates Silent Strokes with Memory Loss

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Preventing Disease Through Waist Management

According to Dr. Michael Roizen, Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic, watching one’s waist size is more important than watching one’s weight. Watch . . . → Read More: Preventing Disease Through Waist Management

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Which States Have the Best and Worst Health Rankings in 2011?

The 22nd annual America’s Health Rankings® report was released on December 5, 2011, grading and ranking the 50 U.S. states in terms of the level of their overall health and health care, determined by 23 objective measurements. The annual . . . → Read More: Which States Have the Best and Worst Health Rankings in 2011?

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BPA Levels Increase Over 1000% After Eating Canned Soup, New Harvard Study Finds

A new study conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health has found that in subjects who ate canned soup for five days, levels of bisphenol A (BPA) found in the urine increased more than 1000%, compared . . . → Read More: BPA Levels Increase Over 1000% After Eating Canned Soup, New Harvard Study Finds

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Medicare's Free Annual Wellness Visits

Medicare recipients under the Affordable Care Act are entitled to an annual wellness visit with their physician at no cost to them. You can review medications with your doctor and talk about whether any changes are needed. You can . . . → Read More: Medicare’s Free Annual Wellness Visits

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Assistance Dogs Provide Wonderful Help for Those with Limited Mobility

Assistance Dogs (sometimes called “Service Dogs”) provide remarkable help for those with limited mobility. In addition to the salutary love, bond, and companionship that the dogs provide, Assistance Dogs are trained to help with many tasks that make life . . . → Read More: Assistance Dogs Provide Wonderful Help for Those with Limited Mobility

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5 Healthy Lifestyle Factors Significantly Reduce Risk of Stroke, New Study Finds

A new study of 36,686 Finnish men and women, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association, has found that 5 healthy lifestyle factors are associated with significantly reduced risk of stroke. And, . . . → Read More: 5 Healthy Lifestyle Factors Significantly Reduce Risk of Stroke, New Study Finds

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New Study Fuels Controversy Over Benefits of Salt Reduction in Diet & in Processed Foods

A new research report by Danish researchers has claimed to find some adverse consequences of dietary salt reduction primarily in persons with normal blood pressure, fueling a continuing controversy over the benefits of requiring salt reduction in foods. This . . . → Read More: New Study Fuels Controversy Over Benefits of Salt Reduction in Diet & in Processed Foods

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National Association for Continence Offers Free Basic Information Packet for Consumers

The National Association for Continence (NAFC), is offering a free basic information packet on bladder and bowel control problems, for consumers. It includes information on when to seek treatment, the role of diet and daily habits, pelvic muscle exercises . . . → Read More: National Association for Continence Offers Free Basic Information Packet for Consumers

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November is American Diabetes Month

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has declared November as American Diabetes Month. This is an annual event, a time to become informed about diabetes and the importance of diabetes prevention and control. As illustrated in the ADA poster at . . . → Read More: November is American Diabetes Month

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Considerations When Shopping For a Hearing Aid

Some things to consider before buying a hearing aid, such as a telecoil, directional microphone, digital noise reduction, and, of course, one’s lifestyle. Watch a short video from Consumer Reports . . . → Read More: Considerations When Shopping For a Hearing Aid

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Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Explained

Constantly losing things? Having difficulty staying on task? Are projects never finished? Is it ADD or just the symptoms that are the result of other issues such as depression, a mood disorder, or sleep deprivation? Watch Vivien Williams for . . . → Read More: Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Explained

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Harvard Medical School Issues Tips on How to Take Your Own Blood Pressure At Home

Harvard Medical School has recently issued a new HealthBeat report, published by Harvard Health Publications, with practical tips on how to measure your blood pressure at home. “Checking blood pressure at home won’t cure hypertension, but it will help . . . → Read More: Harvard Medical School Issues Tips on How to Take Your Own Blood Pressure At Home

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Warning Signs of a Stroke

According to a Canadian study one in eight strokes is preceded by a warning stroke. Watch Dr. Rishi Gupta, Stroke Expert from the Cleveland Clinic describe the warning signs and suggest some risk factor . . . → Read More: Warning Signs of a Stroke

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New Patient Guides & Treatment Decision Aids Provided by AHRQ

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is providing a new series of Guides for Patients and Consumers. These new Guides for Patients and Consumers include Consumer . . . → Read More: New Patient Guides & Treatment Decision Aids Provided by AHRQ

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FDA Offers Webinar on Prescription Drug Shortages

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “in 2010 there were a record number of shortages of prescription drugs, and … in 2011, FDA continues to see an increasing number of shortages, especially those involving older sterile . . . → Read More: FDA Offers Webinar on Prescription Drug Shortages

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Can Eating Fish Reduce Your Risk of Stroke?

A recent analysis of 15 studies measuring the potential relationship between fish consumption and incidence of stroke in a combined total of 383,838 participants, found that eating fish at least three times per week was associated with a slightly . . . → Read More: Can Eating Fish Reduce Your Risk of Stroke?

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September 29 is World Heart Day -- One World, One Home, One Heart

September 29, 2011 marks the 11 year anniversary of celebrating World Heart Day, an international campaign created in 2000 by the World Heart Federation, a non-governmental organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, to increase public awareness about the threat of . . . → Read More: September 29 is World Heart Day — One World, One Home, One Heart

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September is World Alzheimer's Month; September 21 is Alzheimer's Action Day

The Alzheimer’s Association has declared September “World Alzheimer’s Month,” a time to place focus on Alzheimer’s and the need for public education, awareness and action to combat the “Alzheimer’s Epidemic” that threatens the world as populations age. As part . . . → Read More: September is World Alzheimer’s Month; September 21 is Alzheimer’s Action Day

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Diabetes Doubles The Risk of Getting Dementia, Study Finds

A new study of over 1,000 adults age 60 and above, conducted by researchers in Japan found that those with diabetes had about twice the risk of developing Alzheimer’s dementia and 1.74 times the risk of developing dementia of . . . → Read More: Diabetes Doubles The Risk of Getting Dementia, Study Finds

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HHS & Public-Private Partners Aim to Prevent 1 Million Heart Attacks & Strokes in 5 Years

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) yesterday announced a new “Million Hearts” campaign being launched by a public-private partnership of several government and private sector organizations, with the aim of preventing 1 million heart attacks and . . . → Read More: HHS & Public-Private Partners Aim to Prevent 1 Million Heart Attacks & Strokes in 5 Years

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Parkinson's Moving Day - Walk and Move for Parkinsons

The National Parkinson’s Foundation has announced that Katie Couric has been appointed Honorary National Chair of Parkinson’s Moving Day, a series of events when people engage in fundraising walks and other activities for Parkinsons to bring awareness to the . . . → Read More: Parkinson’s Moving Day – Walk and Move for Parkinsons

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5 Healthy Lifestyle Factors Incrementally Reduce Risk of Diabetes, Study Finds

A new study has found that each of five healthy lifestyle factors incrementally lowered one’s risk of getting diabetes by an additional 31% to 39% in a large 11-year study of approximately 207,000 men and women aged 50 to . . . → Read More: 5 Healthy Lifestyle Factors Incrementally Reduce Risk of Diabetes, Study Finds

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Obesity Alert: Scientists Warn of Alarming Health Costs, Discuss Cures

In a series of four scientific papers published today in The Lancet medical journal, noted scientists from several countries have examined in detail the worldwide obesity epidemic, its present and projected impact in the U.S. and the UK, and . . . → Read More: Obesity Alert: Scientists Warn of Alarming Health Costs, Discuss Cures

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Potential for New Treatment of C-Diff Based on Body's Own Defense Mechanism

In a new study released on Sunday, August 21, 2011, Scientists from the University of Texas, Case Western Reserve, and Tufts said they may have discovered a natural defense mechanism in cells that fights off the invasion of C. . . . → Read More: Potential for New Treatment of C-Diff Based on Body’s Own Defense Mechanism

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2011 Johns Hopkins Arthritis Whitepaper Released

Johns Hopkins has released its 2011 Arthritis Whitepaper, with in-depth consumer information on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of various different conditions that fall under the heading of “arthritis.” The paper features several diet, exercise and other wellness strategies, . . . → Read More: 2011 Johns Hopkins Arthritis Whitepaper Released

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The Importance of a Second or Even Third Opinion

Reluctant to ask for a second opinion from another Doctor? Watch Dr. Bruce Lytle, Chairman, Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic, discuss the importance of a second or even third . . . → Read More: The Importance of a Second or Even Third Opinion

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Can a New Blood Test Detect Alzheimer's?

Scientists in New Jersey now say they have developed a new, simple blood test that can identify the presence of Alzheimer’s with 96% accuracy, and rule out the presence of Alzheimer’s with 92.5% accuracy, in a sample of persons . . . → Read More: Can a New Blood Test Detect Alzheimer’s?

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Is Heart Disease Genetic?

Can risk factors of heart disease be modified? The common myths regarding heart disease are dispelled by Dr. Curtis Rimmerman, cardiologist and author of “The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Speaking With Your Cardiologist.” . . . → Read More: Is Heart Disease Genetic?

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Optimism Lowers Risk of Stroke, Study Finds

A new study by researchers at the University of Michigan has found that higher optimism was associated with lower risk of stroke among a study sample of 6,044 adults age 50 and over, who were followed for 2 years. . . . → Read More: Optimism Lowers Risk of Stroke, Study Finds

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Half of Alzheimer's Cases Attributable to 7 Risk Factors Preventable by Lifestyle Changes, Study Finds

A new study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, has concluded that up to half of Alzheimer’s cases worldwide and in the US may be attributable to seven risk factors that are potentially preventable through simple . . . → Read More: Half of Alzheimer’s Cases Attributable to 7 Risk Factors Preventable by Lifestyle Changes, Study Finds

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FDA Warns: Osteoporosis Drugs Under Review For Potential Increased Risk of Cancer of Esophagus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Drug Safety Communication today, notifying healthcare professionals and patients that the FDA is conducting “an ongoing review of data from published studies” to evaluate whether taking oral osteoporosis drugs (generically . . . → Read More: FDA Warns: Osteoporosis Drugs Under Review For Potential Increased Risk of Cancer of Esophagus

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Updated Information on Prescription Drugs Provided by US Govt Websites

The U.S. Government’s official web portal, USA.gov, indicates that as of July 20, 2011, updated information has been added to several government websites providing information and resources on prescription medications, drug interactions, and coverage of prescription drug costs. Many . . . → Read More: Updated Information on Prescription Drugs Provided by US Govt Websites

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Regular Exercise Slows Mental Decline With Aging, Studies Find; May Make You Cognitively Younger by 5 to 7 Years

Two studies published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association, have found that engaging in regular physical activity is associated with less decline in cognitive function in older adults. In fact, one . . . → Read More: Regular Exercise Slows Mental Decline With Aging, Studies Find; May Make You Cognitively Younger by 5 to 7 Years

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Overall Health May Predict Dementia Risk Better Than Previously Identified Risk Factors

A new study of data on 7,239 Canadian adults aged 65 and older has found that overall health, measured by a combination of health factors not traditionally associated with dementia, such as denture fit, vision, hearing, and 16 others, . . . → Read More: Overall Health May Predict Dementia Risk Better Than Previously Identified Risk Factors

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Diabetes Pandemic Linked to Obesity Epidemic; Study Finds Early Diet Intervention Helps

New statistics show an alarming increase in type 2 diabetes of pandemic proportions worldwide, which is linked to the continuing, dramatic increase in obesity now being widely reported in the U.S. and worldwide. Addressing this worldwide “diabetes pandemic,” a . . . → Read More: Diabetes Pandemic Linked to Obesity Epidemic; Study Finds Early Diet Intervention Helps

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Can a Patient Know Too Much? Are You Annoying Your Doctors?

Recently controversy has swirled around a website, QuantiaMD, which provides a physician-to-physician educational presentation entitled, “Managing the Difficult Patient.” This controversy has raised questions about how patients can make the most constructive and helpful use of the vast quantity . . . → Read More: Can a Patient Know Too Much? Are You Annoying Your Doctors?

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Healthy Lifestyle Associated With 92 Percent Lower Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

A new study by Harvard researchers has found that adhering to a healthy lifestyle, including not smoking, exercising regularly, having a low body weight and eating a healthy diet, lowered by 92 percent the risk of sudden cardiac . . . → Read More: Healthy Lifestyle Associated With 92 Percent Lower Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

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Motivational Talk Therapy After Stoke May Increase Chances of Survival & Reduce Depression

A new study has found that stroke patients who, in addition to receiving standard stroke care, met with therapists to discuss recovery, life expectations, and potential obstacles, within one month after stroke experienced a 50% lower death rate, and . . . → Read More: Motivational Talk Therapy After Stoke May Increase Chances of Survival & Reduce Depression

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Calcium + Vitamin D Reduced Melanoma Risk by 57% in Women with History of Other Skin Cancer

A new study led by scientists at Stanford has found that a daily supplement of 1,000 mg of calcium plus 400 IU of vitamin D3 lowered the risk of getting melanoma by 57% in women with a history of . . . → Read More: Calcium + Vitamin D Reduced Melanoma Risk by 57% in Women with History of Other Skin Cancer

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Screening for Melanoma Found Most Effective in Patients 50 Years or Older

June, 2011 issue of the Archives of Dermatology, a Journal of the American Medical Association, concluded: “Screening and surveillance efforts should focus on patients 50 years or older and those with a personal history of skin cancer or a . . . → Read More: Screening for Melanoma Found Most Effective in Patients 50 Years or Older

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May is Healthy Vision Month

The National Eye Institute, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), has declared May as “Healthy Vision Month.” The purpose of Healthy Vision Month is to “encourage people and organizations around the world to recognize the value . . . → Read More: May is Healthy Vision Month

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Social Isolation/ "Constricted Life Space" Linked to Higher Risk of Alzheimer's for Seniors

A recent study has found that seniors who were housebound or socially isolated (scientifically called “constricted life space”) were significantly more likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease or Mild Cognitive Impairment, and experience more rapid cognitive decline, than seniors who . . . → Read More: Social Isolation/ “Constricted Life Space” Linked to Higher Risk of Alzheimer’s for Seniors

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Studies Find Calcium Supplements May Increase Risk of Heart Attack

New studies, conducted by medical researchers at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, found that post-menopausal women taking calcium supplements (with or without Vitamin D) may be at increased risk of heart attack. . . . → Read More: Studies Find Calcium Supplements May Increase Risk of Heart Attack

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New Guidelines for Diagnosis of Alzheimer's

For the first time in 27 years, the clinical criteria and guidelines for diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease have been revised. The new Guidelines recognize that the development of Alzheimer’s begins 10 or more years before clear symptoms of the . . . → Read More: New Guidelines for Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

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Study Finds Common Alzheimer's Drug Not Effective To Treat Early to Moderate Alzheimer's

Attention caregivers for patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease: A new study published in the Archives of Neurology found that memantine, a drug commonly prescribed (under the brand name Namenda) for Alzheimer’s patients, was not effective to treat . . . → Read More: Study Finds Common Alzheimer’s Drug Not Effective To Treat Early to Moderate Alzheimer’s

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Are You At Risk for Type 2 (Adult-Onset) Diabetes?

If you have a family history of diabetes, are obese, are over age 45 and get little or no exercise, or belong to certain racial or ethnic groups you may be at risk. Take a simple quiz provided by . . . → Read More: Are You At Risk for Type 2 (Adult-Onset) Diabetes?

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Arthritis Tutorial

Arthritis is a common condition that affects one in six Americans. To learn basic facts about arthritis, click the link below to take a tutorial provided by the Patient Education Institute of the U.S. Library of Medicine, National Institutes . . . → Read More: Arthritis Tutorial

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Nearly 15 Million Americans Are Now Caring for Someone With Alzheimer's Disease - A Number Rapidly Growing

Nearly 15 million Americans are now caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia, an increase of 37 percent over the number at this time last year, according to a significant new report released . . . → Read More: Nearly 15 Million Americans Are Now Caring for Someone With Alzheimer’s Disease – A Number Rapidly Growing

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Check Out Your Estimated 10-year Risk of Having a Heart Attack - New Quiz/ Assessment Tool Posted by NIH

Take this Quiz — a new assessment tool to estimate your 10-year risk of having a heart attack, posted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on its Health Information website.  Called the ” Risk Assessment Tool for Estimating . . . → Read More: Check Out Your Estimated 10-year Risk of Having a Heart Attack – New Quiz/ Assessment Tool Posted by NIH

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New Study: Eating Fish & Omega-3 May Reduce Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Women

A new study conducted by scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Divisions of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, found that regular consumption of fish and omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish is associated . . . → Read More: New Study: Eating Fish & Omega-3 May Reduce Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Women

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Swedish Study Suggests Drinking Coffee Associated with Lower Stroke Risk

A new study analyzing data collected from 34,670 Swedish women, aged 49 to 83, found that those who reported drinking from 1 to 5 cups of coffee daily had a 22 to 25 percent lower risk of stroke than . . . → Read More: Swedish Study Suggests Drinking Coffee Associated with Lower Stroke Risk

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Diseases and Conditions – MayoClinic.com

Link to Mayo Clinic’s Information on Medical Conditions and Diseases -  A to Z. This is a good place to start in your research of the various medical conditions with which your senior loved one may be challenged. Get . . . → Read More: Diseases and Conditions – MayoClinic.com

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New Study Finds Alzheimer’s Disease Misdiagnosed in 50% of Cases

A new study to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 63rd Annual Meeting April 9 to April 16, 2011, found that Alzheimer’s Disease was misdiagnosed in 50% of cases, according to a press release issued by the . . . → Read More: New Study Finds Alzheimer’s Disease Misdiagnosed in 50% of Cases

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Worst Ever Prescription Drug Shortages Alarming Hospitals & Medical Professionals - Why is This Happening?

Several reports have recently highlighted the fact that hospitals throughout the U.S. are running out of key drugs, including anesthetics needed in surgeries, chemotherapy drugs needed to treat cancer, and common antibiotics required to treat a multitude of diseases. . . . → Read More: Worst Ever Prescription Drug Shortages Alarming Hospitals & Medical Professionals – Why is This Happening?

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Updated Heart Disease Prevention Guidelines for Women Issued by American Heart Association

On February 15, 2011, the American Heart Association (AHA) issued updated Heart Disease Prevention Guidelines specifically for women. The updated guidelines for women focus more on practical medical advice that works in the “real-world” rather than recommendations based only . . . → Read More: Updated Heart Disease Prevention Guidelines for Women Issued by American Heart Association

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Study Suggests Link Between Hearing Loss & Dementia

A new study conducted by scientists as Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the National Institute on Aging has found a correlation between hearing loss and development of Alzheimer’s Disease. “This work suggests that there is a strong . . . → Read More: Study Suggests Link Between Hearing Loss & Dementia

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CDC Reports Number of Americans with Diabetes Or Prediabetes Has Risen Dramatically; Losing Weight & Exercise Can Prevent or Delay the Disease

According to the National Diabetes Fact Sheet for 2011 newly released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 26 million Americans (8.3% of all Americans or 11.3% of adults age 20 and older) now have . . . → Read More: CDC Reports Number of Americans with Diabetes Or Prediabetes Has Risen Dramatically; Losing Weight & Exercise Can Prevent or Delay the Disease

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Traffic Noise May Lead To Higher Stroke Risk Among Seniors

A new Danish study, published in the European Heart Journal has found a clear correlation between noise levels and stroke risk for seniors. The louder the noise, the higher the risk of stroke. In fact, the researchers reported that . . . → Read More: Traffic Noise May Lead To Higher Stroke Risk Among Seniors

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FDA Advisory Committee Recommends Approval of a New Brain Scan Test to Detect Alzheimers

On Thursday, January 20, 2011, an Advisory Committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unanimously recommended FDA approval of a new brain dye product that would for the first time enable a brain scan to show whether . . . → Read More: FDA Advisory Committee Recommends Approval of a New Brain Scan Test to Detect Alzheimers

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Private Hospital ICU Rooms Found to Reduce Infection Rate Significantly

Patients in Hospital Intensive Care Units (ICU) often acquire infections, imposing a heavy human and financial burden. A new study published January 10, 2011 in the Archives of Internal Medicine found and documented that private rooms in hospital intensive . . . → Read More: Private Hospital ICU Rooms Found to Reduce Infection Rate Significantly

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Study finds ability to ride a Bike better diagnostic test than others to distinguish standard Parkinson’s from atypical Parkinson’s

A team of doctors from the Neatherlands has found that asking a Parkinson’s patient whether he or she is still able to ride a bike is a more valuable tool than many diagnostic tests to determine whether the patient . . . → Read More: Study finds ability to ride a Bike better diagnostic test than others to distinguish standard Parkinson’s from atypical Parkinson’s

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Tooth Loss May Lead to Memory Loss

According to a new study published in Behavioral and Brain Functions, seniors who lose their teeth may be at increased risk for dementia/ Alzheimer’s. The study, conducted in Japan, included more than 4,000 participants who were 65 and older.  . . . → Read More: Tooth Loss May Lead to Memory Loss

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Study Finds Protein Marker in Blood of Alzheimer’s Patients; May Lead to Future Ability to Diagnose Alzheimer’s by a Blood Test

A study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and published in the Jan. 7 issue of Cell, found the presence of a protein antibody in the blood of Alzheimer’s patients that was not present to the same . . . → Read More: Study Finds Protein Marker in Blood of Alzheimer’s Patients; May Lead to Future Ability to Diagnose Alzheimer’s by a Blood Test

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Study Shows Alzheimer’s Hits Women Hardest

From VoA:  A new study produced by the Alzheimer’s Association and Maria Shriver, shows that women end up bearing most of the burden of Alzheimer’s Disease – as caregivers, advocates for those with the disease and as victims of . . . → Read More: Study Shows Alzheimer’s Hits Women Hardest

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Alzheimers Has Hefty Global Price Tag: World Alzheimer Report Findings

A recent international report about Alzheimer’s disease suggests that the global economic impact of dementia costs about $604 billion or 1% of the global Gross Domestic Product, indicating that the financial toll of caring for patients with Alzheimer’s is . . . → Read More: Alzheimers Has Hefty Global Price Tag: World Alzheimer Report Findings

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Alzheimer’s Warning Sign: Money Problems Predict a Vanishing Mind

According to a recent article in the New York Times, new research indicates that one of the first signs of developing dementia/Alzheimer’s is an inability to understand money, credit, contracts and agreements.  This severly affects not only the person’s family, but . . . → Read More: Alzheimer’s Warning Sign: Money Problems Predict a Vanishing Mind

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Link Between Diabetes, Alzheimers Disease Strengthened

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 25 Newsweek — New research suggests that having insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes raises your risk of developing the brain plaques associated with Alzheimers disease.  A study in Japan found that those with the highest levels . . . → Read More: Link Between Diabetes, Alzheimers Disease Strengthened

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Spinal-Fluid Test Is Found to Predict Alzheimer’s

Researchers find that a spinal-fluid test can be 100% accurate in predicting early on-set of Alzheimer’s.  Read more in NYTimes.com.. Spinal-Fluid Test Is Found to Predict Alzheimer’s – NYTimes.com.

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Help for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Many government and private orgainzations offer help for caregivers to patients with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  Read the story reported in the Los Angeles Times:  Help for Alzheimer’s caregivers – . . . → Read More: Help for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

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Drug Trials Test Bold Plan to Slow Alzheimer’s – NYTimes.com

Drug Trials Test Bold Plan to Slow Alzheimer’s. For the first time, a drug to attack Alzheimer’s is being tested in patients who seem to be in a very early stage of Alzheimer’s. The idea is to attack the . . . → Read More: Drug Trials Test Bold Plan to Slow Alzheimer’s – NYTimes.com

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