Why The Retirement Age Should Be Raised Even More

Researchers say that the age to receive full Social Security benefits should be closer to 70. But that might not be fair to people with shorter life expectancies.

“We’re living longer and healthier than ever before, but the statutory age of retirement for receiving Social Security benefits doesn’t reflect that,” says lead author S. Jay Olshansky, professor of epidemiology in the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.

The study was published in the journal Daedalus.

5 Mistakes That Can Torpedo Your Finances

The investment world comes with such a maze of options and pitfalls that it’s little wonder people routinely become entangled in monumental and costly mistakes. Tax implications lurk behind nearly every move. Investment risks vary from negligible to moderate to great.

Myths and Facts About Mental Illness

Although most of us are perfectly fine with discussing physical health, mental health is another matter. The truth about mental health is often lost in a fog of fear, anger and ignorance. Here, the experts at , a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, separate mental-health facts from myths:

Myth: Mental health problems don't affect me.

Viagra and Related Drugs Are Not a Panacea for ED

Viagra and related drugs are not a universal cure-all for impotence, according to a study from The University of Manchester and NatCen Social Research published in April 2015 in the International Journal of Impotence Research.

A release from the university notes that drugs, clinically known as oral phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5i), have become the first-line medical treatment option for sufferers of erectile dysfunction (ED) - also known as impotence - since entering the UK market in 1998.

Helping a Stroke Patient Recover 3D Vision

Impaired vision is one of the most common consequences of a stroke. In rare cases, patients may even lose their ability to perceive depth. Such patients see the world around them as flat, like a two-dimensional picture. This makes it impossible for them to judge distances accurately - a skill they need, for instance, when reaching for a cup or when a car is approaching them on the street.


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