Health A-Z

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Skin cancer

The Skin-Cancer Gender Gap

Skin cancer can affect anyone, regardless of age, race or gender. When it comes to skin cancer prevention and detection, however, it seems that men need to brush up on their knowledge.

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Breast Cancer

Innovative Technique for Reconstructing Breast after Mastectomy

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center plastic surgeons have developed a new breast reconstruction technique that combines advantages of two different types of microsurgical procedures usi Read More >

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Bone Health

Osteoporosis: Get Checked

Nearly 56 million American adults have osteoporosis or low bone density. Each year, osteoporosis causes two million broken bones in the U.S. alone. These fractures result in more than half a millio Read More >

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Pain Management

Opioid Use: A Public Health Crisis

In response to concerns about overdose deaths in the U.S. due to prescribed opioid pain killers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines to help primary care d Read More >

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Vision Health

Bananas Could Help Prevent Blindness

Carotenoids, which are found at various levels in different banana cultivars — plant varieties that have been produced by selective breeding — are important vitamin precursors for eye h Read More >

Living Well

Affordable Care Act
Money Matters

Affordable Care Act Payment Reform Achieves Early Gains

Accountable care organizations that joined the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) when it launched in 2012 achieved modest savings while maintaining or improving performance on measures of qual Read More >

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Money Matters

The Road to Financial Literacy: Three Minuses, Three Pluses

Financial literacy isn’t something we learn in school, and most parents admit they feel unqualified or incapable of teaching their children about money. As a result, most of us are self-taught wh Read More >

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Aging Well

A Vitamin That Stops the Aging Process of Organs

Nicotinamide riboside (NR) is pretty amazing. It has already been shown in several studies to be effective in boosting metabolism. And now a team of researchers at EPFL’s Laboratory of Integr Read More >

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Money Matters

Why Your Retirement Plan Is Bigger than You

The big story in financial planning has been and will continue to be affording retirement, which makes ample sense with the retirement of tens of thousands of baby boomers expected every week for s Read More >

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Aging Well

Researchers Define the Elements of a “Good Death”

For most people, the culmination of a good life is a “good death,” though what that means exactly is a matter of considerable confusion. Researchers at the University of California, San Read More >

Food

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Diet & Nutrition

Did Butter Get a Bad Rap?

A research team led by scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health has unearthed more evidence that casts doubt on the traditional “ Read More >

Magnesium

Magnesium

What is Magnesium and What Does it Do?

Magnesium, a mineral found abundantly in the body, is naturally present in many foods, available as a dietary supplement, and an ingredient in medicati Read More >

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Vitamin D

What is Vitamin D and What Does it Do?

Vitamin D is one of the most versatile vitamins for improving your overall health. There are two forms of vitamin D: Vitamin D2, which is commonly fou Read More >

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Diet & Nutrition

Fast food May Expose You to Harmful Phthalates

People who reported consuming more fast food in a national survey were exposed to higher levels of potentially harmful chemicals known as phthalates, according to a study published April 13th 2016 Read More >

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Diet & Nutrition

Conquering Food Cravings

Most of us want to stay at a healthy weight, or get there. But we also face daily – and sometimes hourly – temptations in the form of high-fat, low-nutrition junk food. Is there anything we can Read More >

Fitness

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Exercise

A Newly Discovered Benefit of Strength Training

Older adults who followed strength-training guidelines had lower odds of dying than those who weren’t as physically active, according to researchers at Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Read More >

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Exercise

Just 1 Minute of Intense Exercise Produces Health Benefits

Researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario have found that a single minute of very intense exercise produces health benefits similar to longer, traditional endurance training. The find Read More >

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Exercise

Get Your Spring Fitness Game On

Hi, thirdAGE readers. I’m so excited to be joining you on a monthly basis to bring you some of my best discoveries in fitness and healthy lifestyle. As a woman who is approaching her third ag Read More >

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Exercise

Greek Dancing Improves Jumping Ability of Elderly Heart Failure Patients

As a thirdAGE visitor, you probably remember the sirtaki danced in the 1974 movie “Zorba, the Greek”. Now a study done at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece has shown Greek dancing im Read More >

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Exercise

Questions over Safety of Whole Body Electrical Stimulation

It’s time to regulate the use of whole body electrical stimulation, argue doctors in a paper published March 30th 2016 in The BMJ. The physicians had treated several people for muscle damage Read More >

Family

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Caregiving

Ten Tips for Caregiving Daughters - and Their Mothers

As Mother’s Day approaches, many older women in a mother/daughter caregiving relationship may find it a bittersweet holiday. No matter how strong their relationship is with their mother, caregivi Read More >

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Relationships & Love

The 8 New Relationship Rules Every Couple Should Follow

Want a great love? Then don’t be afraid to:

Rock the Boat. Don’t hold back when something is bothering you because you’re afraid to make waves in your relationship. Think about ways y Read More >

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Dating

7 Tips for Overcoming First Date Jitters

Whether you’re 15 or 50, first date jitters are real and can even be uncomfortable. How can you better handle them? How can you reduce your anxiety and have a better first date? However, there ar Read More >

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Marriage

High Standards Produce Mixed Effects on Marriages

There is a tension between what spouses demand from their marriages and what they are capable of attaining from those marriages, according to recent psychology research. The results are published i Read More >

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Grandparenting

10 Things Grieving Children Want You to Know

One in 20 children will lose a parent by the age of 18. Most Americans will experience the death of someone close to them before graduating high school.

Death is a part of life, and loss is Read More >

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