Family Trumps Friends in Extending Seniors' Lives

SUNDAY, Aug. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Among older folks, close family relationships appear more important than dear friends in extending life, a new study finds.

Twitter Broadening Discussions About Death, Grief: Study

SATURDAY, Aug. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Twitter and other social media are erasing a 20th century taboo against discussing death and mourning in public, researchers report.

Genes Might Explain Hispanics' Added Longevity

FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanics might carry genetic advantages that allow them to age at a slower rate than other ethnic groups, a new study finds.

Calcium Supplements Might Raise Older Women's Dementia Risk

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Taking calcium supplements with the hope of keeping osteoporosis at bay may raise an older woman's risk of dementia, a new study suggests.

Anemia Boosts Stroke Death Risk, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Older stroke victims suffering from anemia -- a lack of red blood cells -- may have higher odds of dying, researchers report.

Healthy Diet, Exercise May Help Keep Alzheimer's at Bay

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A healthy diet and regular exercise might be the keys to keeping your brain free of changes that lead to Alzheimer's disease, a small study suggests.

Child Abuse May Shorten Some Women's Lives

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who suffered physical or emotional abuse as children often die at a younger age than other women, a new study suggests.

Injected Drug May Help Fight Osteoporosis in Women

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug appears to reduce the risk of bone fractures in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis better than a placebo and the currently available drug, a new study finds.

Unhealthy Habits May Cost Canadians 6 Years of Life

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Poor habits that take a toll on health are also costing Canadians an average of six fewer years of life, new research suggests.

Fewer Advanced Alzheimer's Patients on Feeding Tubes

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The use of feeding tubes for nursing home patients with advanced dementia -- a practice increasingly discouraged by some national organizations -- is declining, a new study finds.