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Loss Of Balance Is Leading Cause Of Elderly Falls

Researchers say falls often happen when the elderly are not using a walker or wheelchair. Though 75 percent of patients in a recent study used one to get around, only 20 percent were using one when they fell.

Take Shots With You, Please

NPR's health blog, Shots, has a new look and feel to make it easier for you to navigate, particularly on smartphones and tablets. You'll notice bigger photos and graphics in stories, and a lot less clutter. On the landing page, you'll be able to see more stories at a glance.

What's For Dinner? Fueling A Presidential Debate

Both candidates fueled up on potatoes and meat last night as they prepared for the debate at separate Marriotts near Hofstra University. But did what they choose to eat help their performance? We asked an expert to weigh in.

Insurance Exchanges Can Aid Some Medicare Beneficiaries

As the long, slow demise of company-sponsored retiree health insurance continues, some firms are contracting with Medicare exchanges to try to ease the transition for their former employees.
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Henry Kellerman: "Personality: How It Forms"

A psychologist explains why the way we learn to manage anger as a child is so critical to our personalities as adults.


Poor Sleep May Lead To Too Much Stored Fat And Disease

Researchers have found that fat cells become less responsive to insulin when sleep is lost. Over the long-term, fat accumulation can set the stage for Type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease and weight gain.