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Why It’s So Hard to Kick the Habit

Cigarette smoking is a leading cause of preventable death worldwide and is associated with approximately 440,000 deaths in the United States each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population continues to smoke cigarettes. While more than half of U.S. smokers try to quit every year, fewer than 10 percent are able to remain smoke-free. Relapse commonly occurs within 48 hours of smoking cessation. However, learning about withdrawal and the difficulty of quitting can lead to more effective treatments to help smokers quit.

Anticipating “Experiential” Purchases Makes Us Happy

The enjoyment we derive from “experiential purchases” such as buying tickets to shows or booking hotels for a vacation may begin even before we buy, according to a study done atCornell University and the University of California, San Francoosco and published in September 2014 in Psychological Science.

A release from Cornell quotes psychology researcher and study author Thomas Gilovich as saying that this research offers important information for consumers who are trying to "decide on the right mix of material and experiential consumption for maximizing well-being."

The Global Alzheimer's Crisis: Are You Ready to Take Action?

By Nancy Wurtzel

I’ve been surrounded by Alzheimer’s disease my whole life. Decades ago, both of my grandmothers had the disease. When I was in my early 40s, the illness claimed my father. Then, in 2011, I uprooted my life, moving across country and returning to the small farm town where I grew up to help care for my mother. Mummy, as we called her, lost her battle late last year after living with Alzheimer’s disease for the better part of a decade.

Now I wonder if I’ll also succumb to Alzheimer’s. It is my biggest fear.

Solve the Medical Riddle: The Patient Is No Longer “Regular”, Fourth Week



By Marie Savard MD

Editor’s note: Welcome to our ThirdAge feature that gives you a chance to play medical sleuth as we share the details of what happened when a patient presented with a problem that stumped the physician at first.

Eating Fish May Help Avoid Hearing Loss

We already know that eating fish regularly can help reduce the risk of heart disease, but now research shows that it’s associated with a lower risk of hearing loss in women.

Investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston looked at statistics from the Nurses’ Health Study II. In the study, 65,215 women were followed from 1991 to 2009, and 11,606 cases of hearing loss were reported.

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