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Taxpayers Beware: IRS Scams Abound During The Holiday Season

Data thieves don’t take a break during the holidays. In fact, the IRS warns taxpayers that the agency is seeing a large increase in bogus email schemes that seek to steal money or tax data.

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Living With Prostate Cancer: More Men Opting For No Surgery

Of the 165,000 men in the U.S. expected to be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society, about half will have low-risk disease. Many of those patients—about half, according to a 2016 study published in JAMA Oncology—will opt for active surveillance rather than surgery.

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Serious Illness, Affordable Healthcare Growing Problem for Women

The Washington, DC-based public health advocacy group Families USA commissioned original research analyzing 20 years of national survey data documenting the prevalence of serious health problems and barriers to health care access.

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Age, Appearance, and Beauty – The Face in the Mirror

The following article appears in Aging News Alert courtesy of Naomi Woodspring, Ph.D., author of Baby Boomers, Age and Beauty. Here, Dr. Woodspring shares a bit of her new book with our audience...

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Does Where You Live Affect Life Expectancy? You Bet It Does!

For the first time, the government is making data publicly available that let people across the United States see how where they live -- down to the census tract level -- affects how long they may live.

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Most Older Drivers Aren’t Talking About Driving Safely

If you’re an older driver, there is better than an 80% chance you have never talked with a physician or a family member about your ability to drive safely. At least, that’s what the latest research from AAA says.

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Aging Gracefully: You’re Only As Old As You Think And Do

Could increasing your physical activity or feeling more in control of your life be the secret to staying young? Employing these simple strategies may help older adults feel younger and that, in turn, could help improve their cognitive abilities, longevity and overall quality of life, according to research presented this past week in San Francisco at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.

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Results Of National Poll Underscore Dangers Of Opioids

The University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging asked a national sample of adults age 50–80 about their use of opioids for pain management, the education they received, how they disposed of unused medications, and perceptions of current and proposed policies related to opioid disposal and prescribing. The results were surprising.

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Aging Can Make It More Difficult To Swallow

As adults age, they all experience a natural loss of muscle mass and function. A new study finds that as the loss of muscle and function in the throat occurs, it becomes more difficult for efficient constriction to occur while swallowing – which leads to an increased chance of food and liquids being left over in the throat.

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Feds Hailed For Nabbing Players In Massive Telephone Scam

Sen. Susan Collins, chair of the Senate Aging Committee, is hailing the work of the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, which recently resulted in the conviction of 21 members of a massive India-based fraud and money laundering conspiracy. The conspirators were responsible for bilking thousands of U.S. residents out of hundreds of millions of dollars.

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