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Our survival instinct is strong, so you’d think with all of the advances in medicine that our goal would be to live as long as possible. But surveys show that is not in fact what people in the U.S. really want. The Pew Research Center conducted a survey that asked several questions about medical advances and the ability to live to age 120. The majority of respondents said that they’d...
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A ctinic keratosis is a precancerous skin condition caused by sun exposure. Certain types of these lesions—which appear as small rough and scaly areas of skin—can turn into squamous cell skin cancer, so detecting and treating them early is imperative. People with fair skin; red or blond hair; and blue, green, or hazel eyes are at a higher risk of actinic keratosis. One safe and...
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According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), more than two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaries 65 and older have two or more chronic conditions. To manage these diseases, they see between 4 and 14 physicians, on average. Very often, people walk out of those doctor’s offices with at least one prescription in hand. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that...
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If you have been putting off preparing your advance directives—especially designating a health care proxy—it’s time to make it a priority. A study funded in part by the National Institute on Aging set out to discover how many seniors actually need someone to make health-related decisions for them during a hospitalization. The results were surprising. Almost half! Researchers...
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Worsening eyesight or a chronic health condition could mean you need to give up driving. Many people know that this can put a serious dent in their routine, and now researchers have found out exactly in which areas of life it has the most impact. A University of Missouri study found that when seniors stopped driving, their participation in paid work and volunteer activities decreased the most...
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To be happier and enjoy a better quality of life, pay close attention to your leisure time activities and how you manage your time, researchers say. A study published in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life found that retirees who actively managed their free time enjoyed a sense of peace, happiness, and a better overall quality of life than people who didn’t make many plans...
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Experts used to think that certain health conditions were largely a result of modern lifestyles—atherosclerosis, for instance. Also called hardening of the arteries, this disease occurs when plaque—a sticky substance made up of mostly cholesterol, other fatty compounds, and minerals—adheres to artery walls and blocks blood flow to vital organs. Heart attacks, strokes, and kidney disease are...
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If you’ve always been a bookworm, you may have better memory than people who don’t read regularly. A new study published in the journal Neurology showed that people who frequently participated in reading, writing, and other activities that exercise the brain (such as crossword puzzles) throughout their lives (from childhood to old age) had a 32% reduction in the rate of memory decline than people...
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An accidental discovery in a lab has led to a potential treatment for diabetes. Researchers were using mouse models to take a closer look at how diabetes affects the body when they stumbled upon a hormone called betatrophin. In most cases of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, beta cells in the pancreas either stop producing insulin altogether or produce insufficient amounts. Many people with...