Falls Among Elderly Cost $50 Billion Annually

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Falls by older Americans have devastating medical and economic consequences, reaching $50 billion a year, a new study finds. “Falls among men and women 65 and older are a common, costly and growing public health problem,” said lead researcher Curtis Florence, a health economist with the U.S. Centers…

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Why 'False News' Spreads Faster Than Truth

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Amid growing concerns about the impact of “fake news,” a new study finds that false stories take off much faster than truth on Twitter. The study, of news and rumors shared by 3 million Twitter users, found that false information spreads more quickly and further than accurate information.…

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Exercise an Antidote for Aging

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you want to counter the physical costs of getting old, regular exercise might be your best option, researchers report. The findings “debunk the assumption that aging automatically makes us more frail,” said researcher Janet Lord. She is director of the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing at the…

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Is Bariatric Surgery for You?

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’ve been struggling with your weight for some time, you might be wondering if bariatric surgery is the answer. This surgery, which involves reducing the size of your stomach to limit how much food you can take in, isn’t for moderate weight loss. You need to be…

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After Knee Replacement, Play On

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Knee replacement patients can continue to enjoy sports — such as skiing, tennis and dancing — without worrying that high-impact activities might compromise their new joint, a small, new study finds. The researchers tracked patients for between five and 15 years after knee replacement surgery, known as total…

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