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For the Health of Marriage

Turns out marriage can do more for your heart than fill it with love. A recent study found that, among other health benefits, married people have a higher probability of surviving a stroke. They are also more likely to survive major surgery, have fewer heart attacks, be less likely to have advanced cancer when diagnosed…

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Use this simple mental exercise to help boost your mood

In a Rut? This quick trick can make you happier.  According to an article in Reader’s Digest, the secret to happiness is only a few minutes away with this simple mental exercise:  THINK HAPPY THOUGHTS! The article cites a study in which, before going to bed, German volunteers listed nine beautiful things they’d seen during the…

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Hearing Aids Go High Tech

Here’s the thing about hearing aids: They amplify sound. So if you’re having a conversation with someone, you hear their words louder than the volume at which they’re actually speaking. If they mumble or have an odd accent, that sound won’t be any clearer — just louder. If there’s a lot of background noise, that…

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The Downside of Multi-Tasking

Do you ever find that by the time you finish that last cup of coffee in the morning, you’re already exhausted? According to researchers, it’s because we use our relaxing coffee time to multi-task: Check emails, pay bills, peruse headline news, etc. The more challenging the tasks, the more energy-drained we feel. Actually, scientists say…

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Pre-Retirement Lifestyle Tips

They say you’re never fully prepared to have children; the same could possibly be said for retirement. Life still gets in the way of plans, but one way to work out the kinks is to “test-drive” some of your retirement plans while you’re still employed. Consider the following tips to help prepare for retirement. Spousal…

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Making Waves in Hearing Restoration

The condition of losing hearing later in life is called presbycusis. It affects about two-thirds of people age 70 and older and four-fifths of those 85 and up. According to the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at Columbia University, a common cause of hearing loss has to do with inner ear hair cells. We are…

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Tempering the Type A Personality

There are pros and cons to being a Type A personality, but some of those traits can be detrimental to your health. Here are a few characteristics: Competitive Persistent sense of urgency in everything they do Have difficulty relaxing because it’s not a measurable goal Try to squeeze a task into every possible minute Measure…

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Fast Food Companies Investing in Healthy Choices

Fast food is making a push to get healthier — and also more upscale. Fast food joints like McDonald’s and Burger King have already added some healthier options to their menus, while national chains like Panera are gaining market share as the population leans toward healthier food choices. Panera has been swift to accommodate to…

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Does Brain Training Help?

There’s some debate over the plasticity of the brain and whether it’s possible to train the brain to ward off age-related cognitive issues like dementia. One research physician recently explained that cognitive decline is a result of the brain getting smaller as people age. There are several reasons the brain shrinks over time, and some…

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A Vision of Health

Gradual vision loss is part of the aging process, but it affects people of all ages. In fact, about 75 percent of all adult Americans use some sort of vision correction: 64 percent wear glasses; 11 percent wear contacts. On top of that, 14 percent use non-prescription glasses for reading. Research has found that eating…

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