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WHILE we’ll wear glasses to read the newspaper and take NSAIDs to ease our joint pain, many of us are reluctant to wear the hearing aids that can tune us in to the sounds we’re missing - only 25 percent of the people who need hearing aids actually own them, which means the other 75 percent could be working too hard to hear, and missing out on much of the world around them as a result, says the April 2014 issue of the Harvard Medical School Harvard Women’s Health Watch.

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AS you age, you may realize the time you could drift off to sleep and remain in a state of fitful slumber well past breakfast the next day is over - and now your sleep is likely to be lighter and more fitful, leaving you not always feeling refreshed when you wake up the next morning, says the February 2014 issue of the Harvard Medical School Harvard Women’s Health Watch.

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WITH February designated as American Heart Month, there is no better time to focus on these important steps you can take to reduce your cardiovascular risk - smart eating and staying active as recommended by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA), says the special report of the February 2014 issue of the Tufts University’s Health & Nutrition Letter.

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WHILE most of us want to maintain our independence in our own home as we age, if you need help caring for yourself but you’re not ready to move to an assisted living facility, the answer for many individuals is to have someone come to the home and provide that care, says the January 2014 issue of the Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Health Letter.

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ALTHOUGH rehab is considered an extremely safe, proven treatment to reduce risk factors for heart disease - besides being covered by Medicare and most insurance plans - an expert medical association calculates that only 14 percent to 35 percent of heart attack survivors and only 31 percent of bypass patients get it, says the November 2013 issue of the Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Heart Letter.

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