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Experts Recommend Intermediate Physical Activity Goals, Especially for Older Adults

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The recommendation that adults should get 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week may be too ambitious for many middle-aged and older adults. That’s one recommendation from physical activity and health experts who published a paper this week in the British Medical Journal.

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Sleep Tight and Stay Bright? Invest Now, Baylor Researcher Says

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Sound sleep in young and middle-aged people helps memory and learning, but as they hit their seventh, eighth and ninth decades — and generally don’t sleep as much or as well — sleep is not linked so much to memory, a Baylor University researcher says.

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Sitting for Long Periods Increases Risk of Disease and Death, Regardless of Exercise

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The amount of time a person sits during the day is associated with a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and death, regardless of regular exercise— according to a review study published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Study Suggests Increase in Falls Among the Elderly

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Over a 12-year period, the prevalence of falls among older adults appeared to be on the rise, a new nationally representative study says.

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Bone Stem Cells Shown to Regenerate Bone and Cartilage in Adult Mice

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A stem cell capable of regenerating both bone and cartilage has been identified in bone marrow of mice.

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Depression, Behavior Changes May Start in Alzheimer’s Even Before Memory Changes

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Depression and other behavior changes may show up in people who will later develop Alzheimer’s disease even before they start having memory problems, according to a new study published in the January 14, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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New Book Tackles Financial Vulnerability of Older Adults in the United States

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Many of the 40 million older adults in the United States are struggling financially. They lack the assets to see them through their later years, when they require more health care and other services than they expected. A new book, edited by Washington University in St. Louis faculty, concludes that older adults require financial knowledge and access to financial services in order to build secure lives.

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Scripps Research Institute Scientists Uncover New, Fundamental Mechanism for How Resveratrol Provides Health Benefits

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Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have found that resveratrol, the red-wine ingredient once touted as an elixir of youth, powerfully activates an evolutionarily ancient stress response in human cells. The finding should dispel much of and controversy about how resveratrol really works.

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The Dementia that is NOT Alzheimer’s Disease

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The term Alzheimer's is frequently used to describe all dementias even though there are many different causes for dementia. Lewy body dementia affects 1.4 million American and is frequently misdiagnosed.