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Life Expectancies Declining for Poor, Rising for Rich
Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2008
Between 1961 and 1999 life expectancies in the United States increased by between six and seven years for both men and women. A recent Harvard Medical study has found that these are unfortunately just general trends, and in certain parts of the country, most notably poorer areas, life expectancies actually declined or remained constant in these "counties".

Heavy Drinking and Smoking Leads to Earlier Alzheimer's Development
Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Drinking and smoking in high doses leads to an earlier onset of Alzheimer's disease, new research has shown. Compared to people who did not smoke or drink in excess, heavy drinkers and smokers developed Alzheimer's nearly five years faster, and had a much higher occurrence of the disease as well.

Big-Belly Might Lead To Dementia
Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2008
Middle aged individuals who are overweight appear to be at higher risk for developing dementia later in life. A recent study has shown that being overweight (specifically in the abdominal region) in one's forties makes them almost three times more likely to develop dementia by age 70 than healthy middle aged individuals.

Insulin's Role in Aging and Long Life
Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2008
New research on insulin shows it plays an important role in aging and lifespan.

Physical Activity Increases Effectiveness of Beta-Cells
Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Sedentary older people at risk of developing diabetes showed significant improvement in the function of their insulin-making beta cells after just one week of exercise.

Prompt Primary Care Reduces Need For Hospitalization
Posted: Saturday, March 08, 2008
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA, a near complete deficiency in insulin), digestive haemorrhage and chronic bronchitis, are three very common conditions experienced by the elderly community, often requiring hospitalization. A recent study has found that prompt and efficient primary care for these conditions reduces the need for hospitalization by more than 50%, while other conditions are affected significantly, but to a lesser degree.

Low-Dose Aspirin Lowers Risk for All-Cause Mortality in Women
Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Use of low-dose aspirin is linked to lower risk for all-cause mortality in women, especially older women and those with cardiac risk factors, according to the results of a study.

Studies Identify Modifiable Factors Associated With Exceptionally Long Life
Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2008
A healthy lifestyle during the early elderly years, including weight management, exercising regularly and not smoking, may be associated with a greater probability of living to age 90 in men, as well as good quality of life.

Endocrinologist Shortage Represents Significant Threat to Public Health
Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2008
A new analysis supports what many in the healthcare field already suspect, that demand for endocrinologists in the United States far exceeds supply, and this shortfall in medical care will only get worse in the coming years.

Testosterone Reduces Visceral Fat Gain in Nonobese Older Men
Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2008
Researchers report, that testosterone therapy lessens the gain in visceral adipose tissue and the loss of skeletal muscle in aging men who are not obese.

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