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According to fresh US Census Bureau data, the number of Americans 65 and older is set to double by the year 2050.  By 2030, 20 per cent of the country's population will be over 65.

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You may not need a longitudinal study to tell you that it feels good to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. But mounting evidence shows that the health benefits of being in nature go beyond a simple boost in mood. For example, new research on more than 5,000 older adults in Lithuania shows that living near green space, and using parks more often is significantly linked with a lower incidence of heart disease. The subjects were tracked over more than four years, and even after accounting for body weight, smoking habits and physical inactivity, using a park and living near one was positively correlated with better heart health.

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More evidence that the brain might compensate for nerve damage through retraining: a new study published in the April issue of the journal JAMA Opthalmology found a small but significant degree of vision was restored in glaucoma patients after regular computerized eye exercises.

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A new study this week revealing that four paraplegic men were able to perform voluntary movements with their legs using an electrical stimulation device may eventually help older adults suffering paralysis from stroke or spinal cord injury.

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Getty tinnitus

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The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) are recruiting participants who suffer from tinnitus, as part of a small clinical trial to assess a treatment to reduce or eliminate the sometimes debilitating condition.

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A battery-operated device which aims to prevent the severe pain of migraine headaches has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but it has already amassed a following in some European countries and Canada.

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Unplugged

It may be harder than it sounds: from sundown today to sundown tomorrow, the organizers of the National Day of Unplugging urge you to disconnect, detach, and generally extract yourself from the electronics which rule our daily lives.

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One of the most frustrating side effects of getting older is the extent to which sleep can be fractured. Staying asleep - even for people who have no trouble actually falling asleep - becomes a nightly challenge for many.

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Street ice

Sharon Basaraba

For an avid walker, ice on roads and pathways can really get in the way.  I live in Calgary and this year we've seen an unprecedented number of falls within the community.  While living near the mountains always creates a freeze-thaw cycle that repeats several times over the winter, the temperature has really jumped up and down more than usual this year.  With every big melt comes a rapid freeze, creating skating rink conditions on city sidewalks and streets.

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Nike FuelBand

Like many people, I recently asked myself how much daily movement I was getting, over and above the time I spent exercising at the gym.  A traditional step-counting pedometer could tell me how many steps I logged each day - and according to a 2007 study might succeed in giving me that motivational push to take more steps.  Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the research found a strong link between regular pedometer use and lower Body Mass Index, lower blood pressure and more physical activity in general.

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