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You’ve seen the commercials about high-tech devices you can use to call for help in an emergency situation, such as a fall. There are several available, including wristbands, home sensors, and pendants. They seem like a good idea and could be a lifesaver for many seniors.

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Wound dressings have become more effective as the medical community discovers more about the healing process. Now researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences along with the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have taken another step toward fast and scar-free healing.

A new poll indicates that of those whose doctors recommended unwanted tests or prescriptions, only about half of patients complied.

A new poll shows that when it comes to medical tests or medicines, few people over age 50 think more is better.

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Going to a nursing home for short-term rehabilitation or long-term care is a decision not to be taken lightly. Since 2009, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has helped people make that choice by offering the Nursing Home Compare website. 

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Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder, affects 1% of people over 60 in the U.S., according to the Parkinson’s Foundation. While that number may seem low, the disease is considered to be fairly common, and prevalence is expected to rise.

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Scientists have long suspected that flies can carry and spread disease. Finding proof about the mechanisms of transmission and extent of the threat to humans, however, has been hard to come by. 

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Getting out of the house may help you live longer, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Using data from the Jerusalem Longitudinal Study, researchers observed that adults ages 70 to 90 years old who left the house at least once a day had improved survival rates compared to peers who went out less frequently.

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Getting tested for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) used to mean a sleep study (polysomnography), which could only be conducted in a specialized laboratory. But now, technology has caught up, and there is a home-based system available. This system, called a home sleep apnea test (HSAT), is not appropriate for everyone. 

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Falls are a major threat to the health and well-being of seniors. New information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that over 800,000 people are hospitalized for falls each year, and 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling. In addition, falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries. 

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