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The Checkup Archive: Seniors

Walking speed predicts longevity, study finds

Can the pace at which a person walks predict how long they are going to live? That's what a new study indicates. Stephanie Studenski of the University of Pittsburgh and colleagues analyzed data collected from nine studies conducted between 1986 and 2000 involving 34,485 adults ages 65 and older whose...

By Rob Stein  | January 5, 2011; 12:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Aging, General Health, Seniors  
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Study reveals Americans' sexual activity, condom use

Talk about an interesting read! I've just got my hands on the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (NSSHB). The 118-page report, released this morning in a special issue of The Journal of Sexual Medicine, features research about the sexual activity and behaviors of nearly 6,000 adults and adolescents ages 14 to 94. It's an update of similar research done 20 years ago, and it provides a fascinating snapshot of what we're doing in bed -- and elsewhere.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | October 4, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
Categories:  Family Health, Seniors, Sex, Teens, Women's Health  
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Does mental activity prevent dementia?

We've heard a lot about the idea that one way to protect against Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia is to stay mentally active. In fact, an entire industry has cropped up offering programs of mental exercises that will supposedly keep us sharp. But does doing crossword puzzles, learning...

By Rob Stein  | September 1, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Aging, Alzheimers/Dementia, Neurological disorders, Prevention, Seniors  
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Big study questions 'brain training'

Millions of people spend lots of time and money on computer games that supposedly will make them smarter. But a big new study is questioning the value of these so-called "brain training" games. In the largest study of its kind, Adrian Owen of the Medical Research Council's Cognition and Brain...

By Rob Stein  | April 21, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Alzheimers/Dementia, Mental Health, Neurological disorders, Psychology, Seniors  
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Maintaining a sex life

Here's another reason to try to stay healthy: It extends your sex life as you age, according to a new study. Stacy Tessler Lindau and Natalia Gavrilova of the University of Chicago analyzed data about health and sexual activity collected by two nationally representative surveys. The surveys involved 3,032 adults...

By Rob Stein  | March 10, 2010; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Aging, General Health, Seniors, Sex, Women's Health  
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Poligrip to go zinc-free

In light of a number of lawsuits in which denture users claim they've been harmed by the zinc in their denture adhesive, GlaxoSmithKline has pledged to remove the mineral from its Poligrip products -- even as the company maintains that its product is safe when used as directed. Zinc is...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 22, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Environmental Toxins, General Health, Seniors  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Is that Right? Loud music ruined baby boomers' hearing?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 29, 2010
Ginkgo suffers another blow , Rob Stein , December 29, 2009
The dangers of walking and talking , Rob Stein , November 18, 2009
Preventing Falls Among the Elderly, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 23, 2009
Five Facts about Aortic Valve Surgery, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 9, 2009
Older Drivers, Vision Screening, and Traffic Fatalities, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 14, 2008
Is Googling Good for Your Brain? , Rob Stein , October 16, 2008
Knee Surgery Useless, Study Shows, Rob Stein , September 10, 2008
A Good Excuse to Take Mom to the Mall, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 12, 2008
A Pill to Keep Seniors on Their Feet?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 30, 2008
 
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