Liberals, Independents Win Life Span Sweepstakes, Study Claims

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Liberals are in luck when it comes to longevity, new research contends.

Study Underscores Power of Placebo Effect

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study -- this one involving patients with Parkinson's disease -- adds another layer of insight to the well-known "placebo effect." That's the phenomenon in which people's symptoms improve after taking an inactive substance simply because they believe the treatment will work.

Muscle Weakness Affects 1 in 5 Americans Over 80

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 1 in 5 Americans 80 and older has weak strength in their muscles, according to new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Seniors May Keep Falls a Secret

TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many seniors don't tell their doctors they've had a fall because they're worried they'll be told they can't live on their own anymore, a physician says.

'Long Life' Gene Might Make Some Smarter, Too: Study

TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A gene variant believed to "wire" people to live longer might also ensure that they keep their wits about them as they age, a new study reports.

Good Sleep in Middle Age May Pay Benefits Later

TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Sleeping well during middle age may be an "investment" that leads to better mental functioning later in life, a new review finds.

Prostate Cancer Patients Who Smoke Fare Worse, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking doubles the chances that a prostate cancer patient will see his disease spread and that he will eventually die from his illness, a new study finds.

Use of Certain Allergy, Depression Meds Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term and/or high-dose use of a class of medications used for hay fever, depression and other ills has been linked in a new study to a higher risk of dementia.

Stroke Survivors Who Live Alone Face Higher Risk of Early Death: Study

FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Stroke survivors -- especially men -- who live alone are at increased risk for premature death, a new study suggests.

Leaks in Brain May Contribute to Dementia

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Age-related blood vessel leaks in the brain may contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, according to a new study.