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    Study: Drinking Coffee May Lower Death Risk

    Another study shows higher coffee consumption is associated with lower risk of death. Doctor Debbie Plate with the Cleveland Clinic didn't participate in the study, but says evidence shows an extra…

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    Mental Illness Getting Attention This Month

    The problem of mental illness in America is getting extra attention this month. Doctor Husseini Manji at the drugmaker Janssen says as many as 18% of American adults and 20% of children suffer from…

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    Cleveland Clinic Doctor Talks Artificial Sweeteners

    Did you know that artificial sweeteners can lead to obesity and disease? Doctor Mark Hyman is with the Cleveland Clinic.

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    Beware Of Decorative Lenses This Halloween

    Doctor Allison Babiuch with the Cleveland Clinic says using Halloween-themed contact lenses off the shelf without a prescription or proper fitting can be scary.

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    Cleveland Clinic: Helping Others Helps You

    Doctor Joseph Rock with the Cleveland Clinic explains how helping others in times of crisis can actually help us feel better too.

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    Silver Tsunami Of Baby Boomers Wants To Age In Place

    A so-called "silver tsunami" of baby boomers wants to age in place.

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    Poison Ivy In The Fall

    Health officials are warning that you can still have an allergic reaction from touching poison ivy plants after they shed their leaves during the fall. Doctor Amy Kassouf with the Cleveland Clinic…

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    Study: Teens Are About As Active As Seniors

    A new study says many teens are getting less exercise than the average adult.

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    Avoiding Asthma Flares To Start School Year

    Doctor Giovanni Piedimonte with Cleveland Clinic Children's says for many children with asthma, the best way to avoid a back-to-school flare is to be prepared before it happens.

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    5 Hearing Aid Trends You'll Want to Hear About

    Take a look at five of the latest trends in hearing care and why patients should be excited about them:

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    Cleveland Clinic: Ragweed Pollen Typically Peaks Around Labor Day

    If you find yourself struggling with sneezing and watery eyes, a ragweed allergy may be to blame.

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    Cleveland Doctor Discusses Orthorexia Nervosa

    A growing trend known as orthorexia nervosa has more health professionals seeing people take healthy eating to the extreme.

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    Study: Too Much Vitamin B Increases Men's Lung Cancer Risk

    A new study shows too much Vitamin B can dramatically increase a man's risk of lung cancer.

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    Back-To-School Time Puts Attention On Head Lice

    Back-to-school time is once again putting attention on the age-old problem of head lice and Washington is one of the top 25 states for it.

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    Cleveland Clinic: Walk Your Dog For Better Health

    A recent study shows almost half of dog owners do not walk their dogs regularly despite the known health benefits of doing so.

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Aging Expert: Seniors Need To Plan To Age In Place

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One in five Americans will be over the age of 65 by 2030. Surveys have shown that most want to age in place, but aging expert Lee Lindquist says many aren't planning properly.

Dr. Lindquist, who's Chief of Geriatrics at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, says seniors need to develop concrete strategies for dealing with age-related disabilities and home health needs.

She says end-of-life planning, including a medical directive and power of attorney, are important but don't necessarily cover the last ten to 20 years of life. Northwestern researchers have created a website called PlanYourLifeSpan.org that Dr. Lindquist says help seniors make choices that ease the burden on families in case of a health crisis.

Dr. Lee Lindquist says many seniors fail to focus on the ten or 20 years before they die which can leave family members scrambling if there's a health emergency. 

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