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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.


Actinic 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.

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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.

doctor and patient discussing advance directives

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.

Couple driving a convertible car

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.

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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 researcher inspecting a mummy

Experts used to think that certain health conditions were largely a result of modern lifestyles—atherosclerosis, for instance.

A row of paperback books

If you’ve always been a bookworm, you may have better memory than people who don’t read regularly.

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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.