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Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
New Insights Show Ginseng Fights Inflammation
Higher Vitamin D Intake Could Cut Cancer Risk
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Soccer's a Winner for Building Bone Health in Girls
Healthy adults have potential autoimmune disease-causing cells
Using a Balloon to Repair a Broken Back
CANCER
Immune Therapy May Aid Kids With Neuroblastoma
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Where You Live May Affect Your Cancer Diagnosis
CAREGIVING
UV Lights, Fans May Curb TB Spread in Hospitals
Rapid Infant Weight Gain Linked to Childhood Obesity
More Than 60,000 Patients Risked Hepatitis Infections
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Secondhand Smoke Quickly Affects Blood Vessels
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
DENTAL, ORAL
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
DIABETES
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
Laughter May Lower Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
'Organic' May Not Mean Healthier
HELP TO LOSE WEIGHT ON A LOW CAL BUDGET
Proven Strategies for Avoiding Colds and the Flu
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Walkable Neighborhoods Keep the Pounds Off
U.S. Diet Needs Heart-Felt Overhaul
Smog Tougher on the Obese
EYE CARE, VISION
Half of U.S. Adults Lack 20/20 Vision
Americans Losing Sight of Eye Health
Kids' Eye Injuries From Golf Clubs Rare But Severe
FITNESS
Seniors Who Exercise Help Their Health
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Showerheads Harbor a Bounty of Germs
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Coffee Cuts Liver Scarring in Hepatitis C
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
How Weight Loss Can Help the Heart
B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease
Implanted Defibrillators Boost Long-Term Survival
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Fussy Babys Could Be Out Of Your Control
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
Don't Leave Your Kids In The Car !
MEN'S HEALTH
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
MENTAL HEALTH
Optimism May Boost Immune System
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
Green Spaces Boost the Body and the Mind
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
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PREGNANCY
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
SENIORS
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
Flame-Retardant Chemical Linked to Conception Problems
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For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better

(HealthDay News) -- Highlighting the importance of staying fit in old age, a French study has found that seniors who walk slowly are three times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than are fast walkers.

The researchers measured the walking speed of the participants -- 3,208 men and women, ages 65 to 85 -- and collected medical and demographic information on them at the start of the study. Follow-up exams were performed at regular intervals over the next five years.

After adjusting for a number of baseline characteristic, the researchers found that seniors with the slowest walking speed were 44 percent more likely to die than the fastest walkers. The slowest walkers also had a three-fold higher risk of cardiovascular death.

The increased risk of cardiovascular death was found in both women and men, in younger as well as older seniors and in those with low or usual physical activity levels.

There was no link between walking speed and risk of death from cancer.

"These findings show that assessment of motor performances in older people using simple measures such as walking speed can be performed easily and that the role of fitness in preserving life and function in older age is important," the researchers wrote.

The study was published online Nov. 10 in BMJ.