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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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ACCORDING to a recent large study, more than 25 million Americans suffer from some degree of pain on a daily basis, and that nearly 40 million experience severe pain — which many of us try to relieve by reaching for over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers, says the November 2015 issue of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Focus on Healthy Aging.

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BEING aware of the warning signs of cancer cannot be overemphasized since, according to Mount Sinai geriatrician Patricia Bloom, many cancers have a high cure rate if treatment starts early in the disease process, before cancer spreads to other parts of the body, says the August 2015 issue of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Focus on Healthy Aging.

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WHILE annoying but essentially harmless age-related memory impairment is common, pinpointing the cause isn’t easy — however, considering common and often reversible causes of memory problems could lead to a more productive discussion with your physician, says the June 2015 issue of the Harvard Medical School Harvard Men’s Health Watch.

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