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Common Food Additive Found Culpable For ‘Couch Potatoes’

Inorganic phosphate, a food additive and preservative used in up to 70% of food in the American diet, may be contributing to couch potato behavior.

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Do Insurance Cards Matter If You’re Having A Heart Attack?

Medicaid reimbursement to health care facilities on ST-elevation myocardial management -- a.k.a. STEMI, a serious form of a heart attack -- is often lower when compared with the reimbursement rate of private insurance, according to a new study.

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Researchers Explore The Immune System’s Fountain Of Youth

If only we could keep our bodies young, healthy, and energetic, even as we attain the wisdom of our years. New research at the Weizmann Institute of Science, a public research university in Rehovot, Israel, suggests this dream could be at least partly obtainable in the future.

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Moderate Drinking Found Not Harmful For Older Heart Patients

A new study suggests that people over age 65 who are newly diagnosed with heart failure can continue to drink moderate amounts of alcohol without worsening their condition.

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Research Shows How Brain Cells Filter Information

“The selectivity of neurons was thought to be stable, but our work has shown that the filtering properties of neurons are much more flexible than was previously thought,” adds study first author Ambarish Pawar, a postdoctoral researcher at Salk.

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Researchers Explore Possible Ways To Predict Healthy Aging

Developing a better understanding of the biological processes of aging could eventually help to address health conditions that are more common in old age, such as heart disease and dementia.

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Study Finds ‘Clean Plate’ Mentality Drives Us to Overeat

Just in time for the holidays, new research explores our tendency to overeat when we only have a little bit of food left over -- and how we justify it by convincing ourselves that it’s not as unhealthy as it is.

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FDA Grants Fast Track Approval Of New Leukemia Treatment

Older patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) often aren’t healthy enough to receive intensive chemotherapy, and gentler treatments aren’t very effective in treating this aggressive blood cancer. But a new option – a combination of a standard drug and the novel agent venetoclax – has been granted accelerated approval by the Food and Drug Administration for such patients after a large, multicenter phase 1 clinical trial showed the combination had “promising efficacy” and was well tolerated in older AML patients.

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Experiments With Ultrasonic Waves Show Therapeutic Promise

The Salk Institute scientist who pioneered the idea of using ultrasonic waves to stimulate neurons and coined the term "sonogenetics" will participate in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) ElectRx program, aiming to take his lab’s work to the next level with $750,000 in new funding.

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Older Women Experiencing Incontinence Don’t Tell Their Docs

The National Poll on Healthy Aging, which included 1,027 women between 50 and 80, found 43% of women in their 50s and early 60s said they had experienced urinary incontinence, as had 51% of those 65 and older. However, 66% had not spoken to a doctor about it, and just 38% noted they perform exercises to strengthen the muscles that can help retain urine.

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