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Archive for category: Longevity News 2012

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11/26/2012 – Alzheimer's May Progress Differently in Women, Men

Alzheimer’s disease may look and act differently in men and women, new research suggests. An emerging field known as gender-specific medicine has shown pronounced differences among the sexes in terms of heart disease and other conditions. These latest findings — if confirmed by further research — may have significant implications for diagnosing and treating Alzheimer’s […]

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11/21/2012 – Positive Outlook Helps Seniors Heal

Older patients with positive attitudes on aging may be more likely to fully recover from severe disability compared with those who can’t see the bright side of life, a new study found. A positive stereotype about aging was associated with a 44 percent greater likelihood of recovery from severe disability versus negative stereotypes, according to […]

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11/18/2012 – Forgetting Retirement: Most Americans Say They'll Keep Working

More than half of Americans have saved less than $250,000 for retirement, and many are pushing their retirement dates forward. Top concerns include rising health care costs, concern that their retirement assets will not last throughout their lifetime, and that they won’t be able to afford the lifestyle they desire during retirement, according to a […]

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11/14/2012 – Alzheimer’s Tied to Mutation Harming Immune Response

Alzheimer’s researchers and drug companies have for years concentrated on one hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease: the production of toxic shards of a protein that accumulate in plaques on the brain. But now, in a surprising coincidence, two groups of researchers working from entirely different starting points have converged on a mutated gene involved in another aspect […]

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11/14/2012 – A 401(k) That Promises Never to Run Dry

WHILE anything resembling your father’s pension is unlikely to return, one large company has overhauled its 401(k) plan so workers can receive a paycheck for life. Like many large employers, United Technologies, based in Hartford, closed its traditional pension plan to new workers a couple of years ago. The retirement plan that replaced it tries […]

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11/13/2012 – Visible signs of aging signaled increased risk of heart disease, study finds

Certain types of baldness, earlobe creases, fatty deposits around eyes among potential factors, according to researchers Visibly aging but young at heart? Don’t count on it, researchers suggested. In a study following more than 10,000 people over 35 years, the presence of visible signs of aging signaled an increased risk of heart attack and heart […]

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11/13/2012 – The Big Downside of Raising the Retirement Age

Now that the post-election entitlements fights are back in the spotlight, raising the Social Security retirement age will return to center stage as one of the common prescriptions for closing the program’s long-term funding gap. Increasing or entirely lifting the ceiling on taxable wages—set at $113,700 in 2013—is another frequently mentioned proposal. Further down on […]