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Losing his foot and ankle to a land mine couldn't stop 50-year-old Todd Reed. He's a Mesa, Arizona police officer and plays o…

  • It's no secret to any of us that with age comes health problems; some more common and more serious than others. But if you're wondering which ones are the most likely conditions to be diagnosed, here they are:

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    Carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, and you're probably going to feel it in that general region as well, along with your neck and upper back.

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    Stress, no matter where it comes from, tends to linger in the shoulders and neck, creating an achy sensation that can be hard to relieve. What can be done to release this pesky pressure? Zeel Experts in the field of bodywork and massage respond.

    Be aware.
    Try to bring awareness to the times when you tense up, especially if you tend to clench your jaw or tighten your muscles. Managing tension can help to prevent neck pain.

    Relax.
    Easier said than done, right? Be proactive and test relaxation techniques, like meditative yoga, to explore different ways of letting go.

    Gentle movements.
    Slow range-of-motion exercises can help to loosen the muscles and provide a gentle stretch. Carefully move your head up and down, look side to side and tilt your ear toward your shoulder.

    Myofascial release. Neck and shoulder p

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    One of the ways in which menopause changes your body is that your bone density decreases to some extent. Almost all postmenopausal women have a condition called osteopenia that can be detected with a simple X-ray test called a Dexa-Scan. The good news, though, is that osteopenia only slightly increases your risk of fractures. And the even better news is that osteoporosis, the more advanced form of bone loss that makes you prone to broken bones and a "Dowager's hump," is not inevitable as you age. Even if osteoporosis runs in your family, there is plenty you can do to make sure your bones stay as strong as possible.

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    According to the Mayo Clinic, three key factors affect your bone health throughout your life:

    • Whether you get adequate amounts of calcium
    • Whether you get adequate amounts of vitamin D
    • Whether you exercise regularly
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  • When it comes to judging someone's chances at living a long, healthy life, some clues are more obvious than others. Most of us would put our money on the guy who runs two miles a day and eats plenty of vegetables over the seriously overweight smoker, for instance. But some predictors of longevity you might not guess as easily. Here are a few unusual ways that may determine your likelihood of getting seriously sick.

    1. Finger length. Other researchers at ICR compared more than 1,500 men with prostate cancer to more than 3,000 random men. Ignoring family history and other factors, men older than 60 years with an index finger that was longer than their ring finger were 33 percent less likely on average to develop prostate cancer. Younger men with a longer index finger fared even better, with an 87 percent average reduction in risk.

    2. Birth order. While there's no definitive proof, several studies indicate that first-born boys are exposed to higher levels of estrogen at bir

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  • Why can't you remember what you were looking for?

    Why can't you remember what you were looking for?

    How many times have you walked into a room to get something, only to promptly forget what you were looking for once you got there? We chalk it up to aging, adult ADD, or even "Mommy Brain," but it turns out that there's actually a link between walking through a doorway and short-term memory lapses, according to psychologists at the University of Notre Dame.

    "Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an 'event boundary' in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and files them away," said Gabriel Radvansky, whose study was published in the
    Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. "Recalling the decision or activity that was made in a different room is difficult because it has been compartmentalized."

    In a series of three experiments, Radvansky had college students move colorful objects from one table to another. Some of them had to take an object from one room, leave it on a table in another room, and then return to the first room with a different object; a contro

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