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Why Your Sweet Tooth Might Make You Age Faster

Did you know that your sweet tooth could make you age faster? Here's what you need to know about a process called the cross-linking theory of aging— …

Atoms

Dance class helps people with Parkinson's disease find their rhythm

Tom Leung's face lights up as he takes his wife Kathy for a spin around the dance floor.<p>Today is their 49th wedding anniversary and their friendship …

Dance

Treating lower back aches without drugs and surgery by 'rethinking pain' - Health - ABC News

You're worn down by intermittent back pain. It's an unpredictable beast. It can come on so strongly you cannot walk, or sit.<p>Key points<p>Key points:<p>New …

Reversing atherosclerosis with one shot

New research demonstrates that injecting synthetically designed nanofibers in mice helps to break up the arterial plaque that is a hallmark of …

'Memory transplant' achieved in snails

<b>Memory transfer has been at the heart of science fiction for decades, but it's becoming more like science fact.</b><p>A team successfully transplanted memories by transferring a form of genetic information called RNA from one snail into another.<p>The snails were trained to develop a defensive reaction.<p>When …

How to spot the signs of Alzheimer's in your friends and loved ones

It was revealed today that Dame Barbara Windsor has Alzheimer's. The EastEnders and Carry On actress's husband, Scott Mitchell, broke the news after growing rumours of her worsening health.<p>Windsor was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2014, and the symptoms have gradually deteriorated. "Since her 80th …

Australians are 'too busy' for bowel cancer screening. Here's why you should make time - Health - ABC News

Bowel cancer kills conversation, but it doesn't have to kill you.<p>That's the message behind a new campaign urging Australians aged 50-74 to use their …

Alzheimer’s memories could be switched back on with implant

Alzheimer’s sufferers could once again remember the faces of loved ones, or find their way back home, after scientists developed a way to boost memories.<p>In a groundbreaking pilot study, US researchers recorded memories as they were being formed and then later played them back into the brains of 10 …

Shingles Is Nasty, And The New Vaccine Works Well. Why Do Adults Avoid Shots?

Federal officials have recommended a vaccine against shingles that is more effective than an earlier version at protecting older adults from the painful rash. But persuading many adults to get this and other recommended shots continues to be an uphill battle, health providers say.<p>"I'm healthy; I'll …

Public Health

What does it mean when you see stars?

Seeing stars or flashes in vision may be alarming, especially if it has never happened before. Many people say they 'see stars' when flashes of light …

Neurology

Doctors Have Restored The Sight of Two People in a Monumental World First

This could end one of the most common forms of blindness.<p>British physicians have successfully used stem cells to repair the degenerating tissue at …

Cell Biology

How to build muscle as age tears it down

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you are in your 40s or 50s, chances are that you are starting to notice some changes in your body, including muscle loss and diminishing strength, even if you exercise fairly regularly.<p>Reduced levels of physical activity, increases in sedentary behavior and doing less intense exercise …

Nutrition

Could vitamin D lower cardiovascular death risk?

People who have cardiovascular disease can reduce their risk of death by almost a third simply by maintaining normal vitamin D levels. This is the …

Tip: The Ridiculous Truth about Salt

Is there really a link between sodium and hypertension? Here are the facts.<p>You know how every time you have dinner with your family, someone, usually …

This year’s flu vaccine is only 36 percent effective—and that’s great news

Yes, you should still get your flu shot.<p>In the last decade, only one flu shot has reached the 60 percent efficacy mark. Three others have gotten over 50 percent. The lowest: 19.<p>So when the Centers for Disease Control says this year’s flu vaccine is 36 percent effective, that’s not terrible news. …

Psoriasis drug may lower heart disease risk

A drug used to combat the common skin condition psoriasis may help to protect the heart. A new study shows that it can reduce aortic inflammation, a …

It's official: Pets benefit our mental health

A new meta-analysis of 17 academic papers finds evidence that having a pet benefits people with mental health problems. The research also reviews the …

Osteoarthritis: Could researchers have found the key to prevention?

A new study may have revealed a possible new prevention and treatment strategy for osteoarthritis, which is one of the most common and debilitating …

Blood-thinning drugs designed to cut stroke risk may actually increase it

Blood-thinning drugs may increase rather than cut the risk of stroke in some people over 65 who have an irregular heartbeat and also chronic kidney disease, according to a new study.<p>The researchers are calling on doctors to be more cautious in prescribing the drugs, called anticoagulants, until …

Medicine

Japan lays groundwork for boom in robot carers

Japanese government wants to increase acceptance of technology that could help fill the gap in the nursing workforce<p>Japan’s elderly are being told to get used to being looked after by robots.<p>With Japan’s ageing society facing a predicted shortfall of 370,000 caregivers by 2025, the government wants …

Japan

Parkinson's disease symptoms improve with singing, study finds

They say laughter is the best medicine, but singing is just as good, according to a group of people with Parkinson's disease who took part in an …

New Patch Can Heal Heart Muscle After Heart Attack

A patch that reinforces the heart after a heart attack seemed to work well in a recent clinical trial involving pigs. How will it work in humans?<p>A …

3 Signs Of Prostate Cancer You Should Never Ignore

Catch it early when it's much more curable<p>Prostate cancer is the third most common form of cancer in the U.S., with more than 160,000 men diagnosed with it each year, according to the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER).<p>The good news is, as far as …

5 simple ways to slow down aging

Aging is largely your chromosomes' fault. That's what Nobel-prize winning biologist Elizabeth Blackburn discovered when she started exploring the world of the invisible, threadlike cellular strands that carry our genetic code.<p>"It's the over-shortening of telomeres that leads us to feel and see …

These annual checkups help seniors not only survive but thrive

Bea Lipsky shuffled into her wellness coach's office one morning this fall and parked her walker by the wall. Lipsky, 89, had had a trying year, enduring a hernia operation and two emergency room visits for heart problems. She's losing her hearing, and recently gave up her dream of riding in a hot …

Health

Nanoparticles detect and track cancer months before traditional imaging techniques

A team from Rutgers University has devised a ground-breaking new method for detecting tiny cancerous tumors. Using light-emitting nanoparticles the …

Cancer

'You can't be lonely and be a healthy person.' How seniors can combat isolation

Kathy Seguin is an older adult — she really dislikes labels such as senior citizen and elder orphan — who was a prime candidate for the kind of isolation that increasingly is considered injurious to mental and physical health and a challenge for communities across the country.<p>She lost her husband …

Half of people aged 40 to 54 have hardened arteries, study finds

Half of middle-aged people who are normal weight and don’t smoke or have diabetes may have clogged arteries, researchers said Thursday, urging …