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A hand is held up to an ear, cupped to try to improve hearing.

Researchers from Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore have found that certain impairments in the senses of older adults are associated with differences in health and life expectancy. 

An African American woman smiles and checks her pulse after exercising.

It is well known that exercise benefits your body from top to bottom, inside and out. And most experts agree you can reap health benefits no matter when you start—whether you have exercised regularly since age 25 or are just beginning at age 85.

A man and a woman toast glasses of wine and beer.

About 10% of seniors are binge drinkers, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Drug for heart failure may be too expensive

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart failure affects over 5.7 million Americans.

Heart failure happens when the heart cannot pump enough blood to supply oxygen to your organs and tissues. It is usually treated with medication and lifestyle changes, including reduced dietary sodium and increased physical activity. 

An smiling older woman holds a plate of meatloaf.

 A new study published in the European Journal of Nutrition shows that women who eat enough protein are less likely to be frail.

Two medical professionals examine an xray of a hip bone.

Having a hip fracture is never good news.  Research shows that up to half of adults have trouble with daily functioning and mobility for months to years after fracturing a hip. About 20% have to live in long-term care facilities. The worst news, however, is about 18% to 33% of older adults who have a hip fracture die within one year.

An older woman uses a vaporizer to produced and consume cannabis vapors.

The 2016 National Survey of Drug Use and Health showed that cannabis use is growing faster in older adults than in any other age group. In fact, the survey found that there has been a ten-fold increase.

Researchers from the University of Buffalo have discovered that ozone may cause and/or speed up damage to arteries that can eventually lead to heart disease and stroke.

Many studies have linked air pollution to chronic disease, but usually particulate matter in the air is implicated. Now, researchers from the University of Buffalo have discovered that ozone may cause and/or speed up damage to arteries that can eventually lead to heart disease and stroke. 

A person washes their hands and lathers up with soap.

Significant efforts have been made to control the spread of so-called superbugs in hospitals over the past couple of decades. Simple but thorough handwashing and the use of hand sanitizers by hospital staff have been found to significantly reduce infection rates among patients.