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SCIENTISTS are finding that gratitude, when exhibited as a regular part of life not only helps explain a high sense of well-being but also can be fostered in simple ways to increase happiness and fulfillment, says the March 2015 issue of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter.

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THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last December gave the green light to doctors to use a simple non-fasting blood test, called the PLAC test, that predicts heart attack in individuals with no history of heart disease because, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost two-thirds of women and one-half of men who die suddenly of a heart attack or other event caused by coronary heart disease (CHD) have no previous symptoms of heart disease, says the April 2015 issue of the Johns HopkinsScientific American — healthafter50.

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TO try to better align treatment goals with the best available evidence, a panel of experts recently revisited national high blood pressure guidelines - their conclusions offer a few tweaks directed especially at older adults and those with diabetes and kidney disease, says the Mayo Clinic Health Letter.

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WHILE age may bring a decline in efficiency in learning new information and forgetting may be frustrating, you don’t have to resign yourself to it as a part of old age, since many parts of the brain generally remain untouched, says the February 2015 issue of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter.

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DURING the winter months, many of us hesitate to turn the temperature up in our homes, to keep the bills down - however, a recent study shows that not adequately heating a home can have an unforeseen effect: lower mobility and a higher risk of falls, says the February 2015 issue of the Johns Hopkins Medicine HealthAfter 50.

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