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Your Chronological Age is Different from Your Biological Age A groundbreaking new study confirms that people age at different rates. Rejoice, for your chronological age is, in fact, just a number! However, your biological age can reveal a great deal about your general health and the rate at which you…

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 The Dangerous Dementia Symptom That Isn’t Memory Loss When most people think about the telltale signs of dementia, memory loss is often top of mind. But while it’s true that trouble with short term memory is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease—the most common form of dementia—other categories of chronic cognitive…

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 Traumatic Brain Injury Could Increase Dementia Risk Traumatic brain injury can possibly increase the risk of dementia, according to two new studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Paris. One study showed that aging veterans who had had traumatic brain injury (TBI) had a two-fold increase in the risk of developing…

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What Puts Some People At Risk for Heart Attack Death? Doctors may soon have a list of risk factors that could help them determine whether or not a person is likely to survive a first heart attack. Wake Forest University researchers analyzed data from more than 18,000 people participating in cardiovascular studies…

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Depression May Elevate Stroke Risk in Older Women New research shows that depression in older women can have a deadly, often-overlooked symptom—an increased risk for stroke. Harvard University researchers published a study in the journal Stroke indicating that elderly women who are depressed are more likely to have a stroke than their happier…

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Health Groups Oppose Medical Record Access Rule Some 20 medical groups are opposing a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to give patients the right to see who has looked at their health information in the past three years, according to MedPageToday.com. Right now,…

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For many people, reading is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and possessing a library card is like holding a perpetual winning lottery ticket! Whether you favor poetry, other-worldly science fiction, heart-pounding mysteries, non-fiction books on everything from aardvarks to Zoroastrianism, sweeping histories of countries and epochs, or biographies of the…