Obesity Tied To Trouble Moving Around For Elderly Women

Women sit on a bench in New York's Times Square May 31, 2012. CREDIT: REUTERS/BRENDAN MCDERMID

  NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Maintaining a healthy weight after menopause may improve women’s chances of living into their mid-80s while keeping their health and mobility, a new study shows. Women tend to put on weight after menopause. But not much was known about how extra pounds affect their ability to get around in old […]

Supplements May Not Guard Against Cancer, Heart Disease

Supplements may not guard against cancer, heart disease

NEW YORK  (Reuters Health) – There is little evidence that vitamin and mineral supplements protect people from cancer and heart problems, according to a new analysis. Based on those findings, a U.S. government-back panel issued draft recommendations that echo its previous conclusion: it cannot recommend for or against taking vitamins and minerals to prevent those […]

Smokers’ Skin May Age Faster

Smokers' Skin May Age Faster

  NEW YORK  (Reuters Health) – Smokers are likely to get bags under their eyes and wrinkles around their lips earlier than non-smokers, according to a new study of identical twins. Judges who didn’t know which twin smoked said the smoker looked older 57 percent of the time. That pattern held when both twins were […]

Memory Testing Can Age Older Adults In Minutes

Memory testing can age older adults in minutes (Photo Reuters: Mauricio Lima)

  NEW YORK   (Reuters Health) – Older adults who feel younger than they really are might want to steer clear of memory tests, or risk feeling older, a new study suggests. It’s been known that doing poorly on memory tests influences what age an older adult may “feel,” an effect called subjective aging. But […]

Health Habits Tied To Heart Disease, Arthritis Risk

Health Habits Tied To Heart Disease, Arthritis Risk

  NEW YORK   (Reuters Health) – Older women who exercise regularly and don’t smoke may have a substantially lower risk of late-life disability than their peers with less-healthy habits, say UK researchers. They found that among women in their 60s and 70s, behaviors like smoking, drinking and exercise could account for up to 17 percent […]

Air Pollution Tied To High Blood Pressure In Pregnancy

Air pollution tied to high blood pressure in pregnancy (Photo Henrik Sorensen : Getty Images)

  NEW YORK  (Reuters Health) – Pregnant women who live in neighborhoods with lots of air pollution may be slightly more likely to develop high blood pressure, a new study says. Past research suggests people with high blood pressure have often been exposed to more air pollution in the past than those with normal blood […]

Aircraft Noise Linked To Higher Risk Of Heart Disease And Stroke

Aircraft noise linked to higher risk of heart disease and stroke

  LONDON  (Reuters) – Exposure to high levels of aircraft noise near busy international airports has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease and strokes in two separate studies from Britain and the United States. Researchers in London studied data on noise and hospital admissions around London Heathrow airport while a separate team […]

Slightly Early Birth Tied To Lower Adult Achievement

Slightly early birth tied to lower adult achievement

  NEW YORK  (Reuters Health) – Being born just a couple of weeks early may influence a child’s long-term education and job prospects, hints a new study from Finland. Researchers found that infants born “late preterm” – between 34 and 36 weeks – were more likely to be manual workers and earned less money as […]

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