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The Global Gap In Health Care Dollars For Young And Old Is Huge

The United States spends a lot of money taking care of the health needs of old people. In 2010, for example, each person 65 and older received $18,424 in health care services. That’s five times more than the $3,628 in spending per child under 18, and three times more than the $6,125 per working-age adult, according to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. “In the developed world, people live longer with very intense disease — and costly treatment,” says Vegard Skirbekk, professor at Columbia University’s Aging Center. In the…

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6 Anti-Aging Foods That Could Keep You Young and Beautiful

We’ve all grown up listening to the following phrases almost every day of our lives – “age is just a number”, “age doesn’t determine your capabilities”, etc. While it is true that age is limited to being just a number, age does not conceal its arrival when it dawns upon someone. It is easily visible unless the person might have resorted to alternatives such as plastic surgery to conceal signs of ageing of skin and hair. Growing old is often accompanied with wrinkles, dry skin, blemishes or darkened skin. However,…

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Why Heart Attacks Are Increasing Among Young Adults

Myocardial infarction or “Heart attack” as it is commonly known is increasing and now reaching epidemic proportions. Knowledge that heart attack can cause early and unexpected death is now widespread. Many young adults, especially men, come routinely to do a health check-up even if they have no symptoms. Many times this is because someone near or dear has suddenly succumbed to the disease. Despite this, vast majority of youngsters and young adults fail to identify the warning signs, which occasionally leads to tragic outcomes. Heart attacks in the young   Indians have heart attack almost a decade earlier than the west. In a recent study done in a large tertiary…

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‘Young blood’ latest age-fighting fad

Jesse Karmazin, a 32-year-old Princeton graduate and competitive rower who has an MD but no licence to practise medicine, claims he can reverse ageing with transfusions of a young person’s plasma. He is now launching a clinical trial on the potential of “young blood” through his startup Ambrosia. Karmazin claims most participants see improvements within a month of getting the $8,000 one-time infusion of a two litre bagful of plasma, which is blood with the blood cells removed. But many scientists and clinicians say Karmazin’s trial is so poorly designed…

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Choking on grapes can kill young children, doctors warn

Young children can choke to death on whole grapes, warn the authors of a new report. Doctors in Scotland describe three choking cases — two of them fatal — that involved boys aged 5 and younger who were eating whole grapes. “There is general awareness of the need to supervise young children when they are eating… but knowledge of the dangers posed by grapes and other similar foods is not widespread,” according to Dr. Jamie Cooper and colleague Dr. Amy Lumsden. Cooper works in the emergency department at Royal Aberdeen…

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Young women with high-fibre diet may have lower breast cancer risk

“Teenage girls who get their five-a-day cut breast cancer risk by up to 25 per cent,” the Daily Mirror reports. A US study suggests teenagers and young women who eat a high-fibre diet based on eating plenty of fruit and vegetables have a reduced risk of breast cancer in later life. This large and lengthy study tracked around 90,000 US female nurses over 20 years. It found that women whose dietary habits during adolescence and early adulthood placed them in the top fifth highest average fibre intake group (top quintile) were around…

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