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May 23, 2006

Lloyd Bentsen Has Died at 85

Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr., a Texas patrician who made a sizable fortune in private business and an even bigger name in national government as a U.S. senator and Treasury secretary, has died, family members said today. He was 85. (

Posted by news editor at 08:24 AM

May 04, 2006

World's Oldest Person is 128

According to national records, Cruz Hernandez was born on May 3, 1878, in one of the central provinces of El Salvador, where she gave birth to 13 children. She now has 60 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great grandchildren. On Wednesday she celebrated her 128th birthday, a milestone that might make her the world's oldest person. (REUTERS)

Posted by news editor at 01:48 PM

May 02, 2006

Walking Test Predicts Future Health of Seniors

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh report that for people in their 70s, the ability to walk a quarter-mile may predict their risk of developing heart disease, becoming disabled, and dying.

"The ability to complete this walk was a powerful indicator of health outcomes," Newman says in a University of Pittsburgh news release. "In fact, we found that the people who could not complete the walk were at an extremely high risk of later disability and death. (

Posted by news editor at 04:48 PM