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Risk of death among elderly men lowered by increasing physical activity

A new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine links half an hour of physical activity, 6 days a week, with a 40% lower risk of death among elderly men.

Genetic clues to brighter brains past the age of 45

Scientists have identified a part of our genetic code linked to the brain's power to process information, in what they say is the first such link to have been found in the human genome.

CMS gives details on early submitting staffing data for quality ratings

Sooner or later, skilled nursing providers will have to submit staffing data tied to payroll. Those who want to get a jump on working out kinks can start submitting their data voluntarily this October, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said Thursday.

A national network of seniors help identify and combat Medicare fraud

Retiree Bob Lapp spent his career working in the healthcare industry, first as a hospital administrator and later as a consultant. The Medicare fraud he saw left him incensed. “What really got me is so much money is wasted on fraud,” he says. “Billions of dollars are wasted on healthcare fraud every year, and that’s money that could do much more good going to the right people.”

Hard to find in parts of Texas: A top-rated nursing home

The call from the nursing home came just before dawn, jolting Martha Sherwood awake. During the night, fire ants had swarmed over her 85-year-old mother, injecting their stinging venom into Natalie Sealy’s face, arms, hands and chest.

Study links long-term depression in later years to higher chance of stroke

In a study of more than 16,000 average Americans over the age of 50 years, participants who had persistently elevated depressive symptoms for 4 years experienced double the risk of a first-time stroke compared with those who had consistently low depressive symptoms.

Can diet and exercise prevent muscle loss in old age?

Scientists at the University of Southampton have shown that although some studies find diet can enhance the effects of exercise to prevent muscle loss in later life, current evidence about what works is inconsistent.

More than 1 in 3 nursing homes received relatively low overall ratings on Nursing Home Compare

More than one third of the nation’s 15,500 nursing homes, accounting for 39 percent of all nursing home residents, received relatively low ratings of 1 or 2 stars under the federal government’s recently revamped Five-star Quality Rating System, according to a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.