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2013-09-19 15:56:02

Change in Weight More Important Than Where You Start Some overweight older adults don’t need to lose weight to extend their lives, but they could risk an earlier death if they pack on more pounds. In fact, the nationwide study found that people who were slightly overweight in their 50s but kept their weight relatively stable were the most likely to survive over the next 16 years. They had better survival rates than even normal-weight individuals whose weight increased slightly, but...

2013-03-05 14:51:35

Marriage may not always be as beneficial to health as experts have led us to believe, according to a new study. Researchers made two discoveries that explain why: First, marriage provides less protection against mortality as health deteriorates, even though it does seem to benefit those who are in excellent health. Secondly, married people tend to overestimate how healthy they are, compared to others. “We believe marriage is still good for the health of some people, but it is not...

2012-02-01 15:46:10

Most studies that have examined growing levels of health disparity in the United States have focused on the gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots” in terms of socioeconomic factors such as education and income. But a new study has found, for the first time, that health disparities have grown dramatically among people in the same socioeconomic groups — often times more than the disparities have grown between groups. For example, researchers found that...

Health Disparity Levels Increased After 1980
2011-12-01 14:14:06

According to new research, levels of health disparity have increased substantially for people born in the U.S. after 1980. The researchers from several universities also found that health disparity tends to increase as people move into middle age, before declining as people reach old age. The two results suggest that the gap between the healthiest and least healthiest people in the U.S. will grow larger for the next one or even two decades as the younger generations grow older and...

2010-09-29 13:05:32

As researchers try to understand how a particular protein sets the stage for the toxic plaques that wreak havoc on the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease, they face a dilemma. This protein, called the amyloid precursor protein, not only begins the damaging process that results in Alzheimer's, it also has a critical biological function in brain development and in the synapse (the junction between nerve cells or nerve and muscle cells). To figure out how this protein causes Alzheimer's,...

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