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 Coffee Consumption Linked to Host of Health Benefits A survey was conducted several years ago that asked people of all ages what they wouldn’t give up for a sip from the “Fountain of Youth.” Among the 64 and over demographic their answer was an emphatic, “Coffee!” As a beverage, coffee…

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 Elderly Bullies Prove That Immaturity Has No Age Limit The word, “bully,” often calls to mind images of meaty youths demanding lunch money from trembling kids in glasses and braces. Because this scene is played out in classrooms across the country, it is usually thought of as the territory of…

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Virtual Reality May Help People with Parkinson’s Virtual reality may be the next frontier in video gaming, but, according to ScienceDaily.com, it may also help people with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s sufferers lose their ability to make swift movements. But researchers from the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan have discovered…

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Consumers Could Save Billions When Drug Patents Expire Over the next year and a half, patents for seven of the 20 most-purchased prescription medications will expire, opening the door for a host of much cheaper generics, according to ABC News. Among the drugs set to go generic soon are Lipitor, Zyprexa and Plavix….

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Working Caregivers Cost Economy $25.2B Each Year, Gallup Says More than one in six Americans working a full- or part-time job also are caregivers of the elderly or disabled, according to the latest Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index survey. And being away from work costs the economy $25.2 billion in lost productivity each…

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Debt-Ceiling Compromise Spares Seniors’ Programs–For Now In the debt-ceiling bill that passed Congress and was signed by President Obama, several programs of interest to caregivers will be protected—at least for now. The programs include Social Security, Medicaid, veterans’ benefits and pensions, civil and military pay and programs for women, infants and children. However, Medicare payments…

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Painkillers and Heart Disease: Proceed With Caution If you’re at risk for heart attack or stroke, be careful how you use over-the-counter painkillers. For instance, aspirin has long been known to be helpful in fending off heart attacks andstrokes. But a new 10-year study of nearly 40,000 people, ages 50 to 84,…

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The average Medicare Part D premium will drop a bit in 2012, federal officials said today. Premium costs for the prescription drug plan will be about $30, down slightly from the $30.76 paid out this year, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials said during an press conference. Agency Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said…

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Europeans Now Living Longer Than Americans Bad habits have eroded the edge that Americans had 40 years ago over Western Europeans in terms of life expectancy. The culprits? Primarily smoking and obesity-related diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. Americans now live about a year-and-a-half less than Western Europeans, and also less than people…

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Avoid Peripheral Arterial Disease With Light Exercise Avoiding peripheral arterial disease (PAD) may be as easy as taking a walk every day, according to a new study published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery. Light exercise, such as a daily half-hour stroll, has long been known to help protect the heart, but also…