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THE U.S. Department of Agriculture released its Dietary Guidelines for Americans — advice to encourage healthier eating patterns based on the latest nutritional science — every five years, says the April 2016 issue of the Harvard Medical School Harvard Men’s Health Watch.

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WHILE a total knee replacement can ease pain and improve function in individuals who suffer the pain of arthritis with every new day and with every step, sometimes even keeping them up at night — before you consider a knee replacement, understand the pros and cons of the procedure and whether you’re a good candidate for it, says the March 2016 issue of the Cleveland Clinic Men’s Health Advisor.

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WHILE there is no single way to train your brain, there is an important concept to keep in mind — “My motto is train but don’t strain your brain,” says Gary Small, M.D., director of the UCLA Longevity Center, in the March 2016 issue of the UCLA Health HEALTHY Years.

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WHILE there’s no guarantee you can prevent cancer, you can reduce the risk of developing it by making lifestyle changes, says the September 2015 issue of the Harvard Medical School Harvard Health Letter.

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WITH age, taking a tumble can have greater consequences, including hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries — each year, one in three seniors falls, and one in five of those falls results in a serious injury, says the December 2015 issue of the Harvard Medical School Harvard Women’s Health Watch.

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