5.5 Million Die Early From Air Pollution Worldwide

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Every year, poor air quality claims 5.5 million lives prematurely worldwide -- more than half of them in China and India, two of the world's fastest-growing economies, according to new research.

New Mental Challenges Can Sharpen Aging Brain: Study

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New mental challenges might help your mind stay sharp as you age, according to a small study.

Impotence Not an Inevitable Part of Aging

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While the risk of impotence -- erectile dysfunction -- increases with age, men should know it's not an inevitable part of growing older, experts say.

U.S. Dementia Rates Seem to Be Falling, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. seniors may be developing dementia less often and at later stages of life, a decades-long study suggests.

Weight-Loss Surgery May Lengthen Older People's Lives: Study

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged and even older people seem to gain a survival boost from gastric bypass surgery -- good news for obese older folks who may wonder if the weight-loss surgery is worth the risk, a new study suggests.

Smog's Health Effects Persist for Decades, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution can increase the risk of premature death, even decades later, one of the longest running air pollution studies suggests.

Homemade 'Dewshine' Can Be Deadly

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Experts are warning about the dangers of a potentially deadly homemade concoction known as "dewshine," which is a mixture of racing fuel and Mountain Dew, a soft drink.

Why Americans Have Shorter Lifespans Than People in Similar Nations

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Car crashes, shootings and drug overdoses, which cause more than 100,000 deaths a year in the United States, may explain why Americans' life expectancy is lower than in similar countries, a new study suggests.

Many in Hospice Don't Get Medical Visit in Last 2 Days of Life: Study

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In the last two days before dying, many hospice patients cared for at home or in a nursing home were not seen by a doctor, nurse or social worker, a new study finds.

Surviving Spouse Still Influenced By the Other

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The influence of a husband or wife on their spouse's quality of life remains strong even after death, a new study says.