ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
Acupuncture May Help Restore Lost Sense of Smell
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Safe Toys for Dogs
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Tips to Ease an Aching Back
Almost Half of Adults Will Develop Knee Osteoarthritis by 85
Alcohol Abuse Can Damage Bones
CANCER
Multiple Screening Strategy Boosts Cervical Cancer Detection
Papaya Could Be a Cancer Fighter
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
CAREGIVING
Rapid Infant Weight Gain Linked to Childhood Obesity
When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient
Exercise During Pregnancy May Help Baby
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Holistic Dentistry-My View
DIABETES
Fish Twice a Week Cuts Diabetics' Kidney Risks
Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
DIET, NUTRITION
10 Beginner Tips for Fast Weight Loss, the Low-Carb Way!
More Educated Choose Healthier Foods, But Pay More
Eat Up, But Eat Healthy This Holiday Season
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Think You Are Lead-Free? Check Your Soil
Global Warming Linked to Heightened Kidney Stone Risk
Vitamin D Deficit May Trigger MS Risk Gene
EYE CARE, VISION
Glaucoma Associated With Reading Impairments in Elderly
Don't Lose Sight of Halloween Safety
Nearly 18 Million Will Have Macular Degeneration by 2050
FITNESS
Brisk Walk Can Help Leave Common Cold Behind
FDA Mandates New Warnings for Botox
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
Swine Flu May Have Infected More Than 100,000 Americans
Man Dies of Brain Inflammation Caused by Deer Tick Virus
When Clocks Change, Body May Need Time to Adjust
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Vitamin B3 May Help Repair Brain After a Stroke
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Even Young Kids Can Learn CPR
Music May Temper Pain in Preemies
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
MEN'S HEALTH
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
MENTAL HEALTH
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Reminiscing Helps Build Emotional Strength
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
SENIORS
Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
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Money May Matter, Health-Wise, in Old Age

MONDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) -- People who are wealthy and educated appear to have a better chance of living a longer and healthier life.

Researchers from the British Economic & Social Research Council, who analyzed data from 2002 to 2007, found that that wealthier people lived longer, and those who were richer and better educated were less likely to have depression, high-blood pressure or diabetes or to be obese.

The gap in health and life expectancy caused by socioeconomic status was obvious in all age groups, but it was most pronounced among those in their 50s and 60s.

"Increases in life expectancy raise major challenges for public policy," study leader James Nazroo, a professor in the University of Manchester's sociology department, said in a news release from the council. "Among these is the need to respond to marked inequalities in economic position and life expectancy at older ages."

The researchers also found the retiring early was generally good for one's health -- unless the person had been forced to stop working because of health or economic reasons. Forced retirees were shown to have poorer mental health than others who retired early or at a normal retirement age.

However, seniors who did volunteer work, cared for others or took part in similar non-work activities tended to have a better mental and physical life, as long as they felt their work was been recognized.

"Despite the fact that we are all living longer, many people now stop work before the statutory retirement age, and a large proportion of these still have the potential to provide a positive input into society, the economy and their own well-being," Nazroo said. "Our findings will help us understand how society can help people realize this potential."

More information

The AARP has more about healthy living for older adults.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Economic & Social Research Council, news release, May 7, 2009

Last Updated: May 18, 2009

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