Misc. Aging News

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3/5/2014
Boomers Should Consider Shingles Vaccine, Physician Says

Painful condition, caused by same virus responsible for chicken pox, can last several weeks

3/4/2014
High-Protein Diets in Middle Age Might Shorten Life Span

But same study found the reverse was true when people reached old age

2/21/2014
Walking May Help Older Men Sidestep Hip Fractures

Even when the pace was relaxed, long-term study found benefits

2/20/2014
Could Thyroid Activity Raise Depression Risk in Seniors?

Mood changes noted even when thyroid levels remained within normal range, researchers say

2/19/2014
Instructional Video Improves Skin Cancer Diagnoses in Older Men: Study

Whole-body exams more common among film viewers

2/19/2014
Many U.S. Seniors Get Prescription Painkillers From Multiple Doctors

Overuse raises risk for hospitalization, study finds

2/19/2014
Too Much Sitting After 60 May Lead to Disability, Study Says

For each extra sedentary hour per day, researchers found a 50 percent increased risk

2/18/2014
Antidepressant Celexa May Help Ease Alzheimer's-Linked Agitation

Study finds it might be safer alternative to standard antipsychotics

2/17/2014
Scientists Get Closer to Rejuvenating Aging Muscles

In mouse studies, Stanford researchers uncover potential reason behind muscles' decline in old age

2/14/2014
Three Groups Miss Out on Colon Cancer Survival Gains, Study Says

Blacks, Hispanics and elderly have benefitted less from treatment advances

2/13/2014
Could Infections Harm Memory in Older Adults?

Early study found connection between exposure to microbes, poorer scores on mental-ability tests

2/10/2014
Sex Is Important to Many Midlife Women

Study finds some challenges with sexual function that can be remedied

2/4/2014
Climate Change Predicted to Boost Heat-Related Deaths

Growing elderly population most at risk from extreme temperatures, U.K. researchers warn

1/31/2014
Childhood Cancer Report Brings Mixed News

While treatment advances mean more children are surviving, long-term problems persist into adulthood

1/29/2014
High Estrogen Levels Plus Diabetes May Boost Dementia Risk

Study of older women found having more of hormone from fat tissue after age 65 unwise

1/28/2014
Hearing Loss Tied to Faster Brain Shrinkage With Age

Follow-up studies needed to show whether treating hearing problems could delay mental decline, experts say

1/28/2014
Falls Top Car Crashes as Leading Cause of U.S. Spinal Injuries

Rates rising fastest among seniors, study finds

1/27/2014
Screen Older, Male Smokers for Type of Aneurysm, Experts Say

Abdominal aortic aneurysms are bulges in a major artery that can burst without warning

1/24/2014
My Father's Keeper: Caring for a Parent With Dementia

With no training and no pay, an army of informal caregivers provides a billion dollar service

1/24/2014
Risk of Glaucoma Blindness Drops by Half: Study

Regular eye exams are best way to diagnose the condition, expert says

1/23/2014
For Seniors With Dementia, the Choice to Live Alone Can Be a Risky One

Study identifies safety issues, lack of social activities and health care

1/22/2014
Fish Oil Might Guard Against Loss of Brain Cells

Study found women who ate the most omega-3s had greater brain volume

1/20/2014
Zest for Life Can Be a Moving Experience

Happier seniors preserved their mobility in greater numbers than their glum peers, study found

1/17/2014
Too Much Sitting May Be Harmful for Older Women

12-year study of 93,000 women found higher risk of early death for least active

1/15/2014
Heavy Drinking in Middle Age May Speed Memory Loss for Men

Study found those consuming at least 2.5 drinks daily showed mental decline earlier than lighter drinkers

1/15/2014
Veteran Firefighters May Develop Heat Resistance

Study counters argument that aging impairs ability to combat flames

1/13/2014
Humans, Other Primates Burn Fewer Calories Than Other Mammals

Finding could shed light on metabolism and longevity, researchers say

1/13/2014
Gains of 'Brain Training' for Elderly Seen 10 Years Later

Problem-solving ability surpassed memory, study finds

1/10/2014
Aging Brains Can Still Make 'Childlike' Connections: Study

Researchers say that ability may help adults learn new skills, make new memories

1/8/2014
Fitness in Teen Years May Guard Against Heart Trouble Later

Swedish study found link between aerobic fitness at 18 and lowered heart attack risk in middle age

1/7/2014
Health Tip: Understanding Age Spots

Usually due to sun exposure

1/6/2014
Americans Living Longer Than Ever: CDC

A child born in 2009 is expected to reach 78.5 years, but one expert says longer life may not mean better life

1/2/2014
Novel Osteoporosis Drug Could Change Treatment: Study

Early results indicate romosozumab can rebuild bone

12/31/2013
Daily High-Dose Vitamin E Might Delay Alzheimer's

Although study showed a small effect, experts note the nutrient doesn't attack underlying cause

12/27/2013
Portable Bed Rails Can Pose Safety Hazard, FDA Says

Agency explains how to reduce potential for falling or being trapped

12/26/2013
Concussions Linked to Alzheimer's Risk in Study

Brain scans found seniors with both poor memory and prior head injury have more plaque buildup

12/20/2013
Simple Steps Could Keep People With Dementia at Home Longer: Study

Addressing safety, medical issues key to independent living, researcher says

12/19/2013
Old-Age Specialists May Boost Recovery Among Injured Seniors

Consultation with geriatrician in hospital linked with greater return to independence in study

12/19/2013
Warfarin May Up Stroke Risk in Those With Irregular Heartbeat: Study

But the risk is temporary as blood thinner use starts, and could be overcome by other means, experts say

12/17/2013
Older Women May Spend Two-Thirds of Their Day Sitting

But, study also found they frequently get up and move about

12/14/2013
Snow-Shoveling Health Tips as Winter Looms

Combination of exertion and cold weather poses heart attack risk, expert warns

12/13/2013
Low Vitamin B-12 Levels Tied to Bone Fractures in Older Men

Study followed Swedish seniors for six years

12/12/2013
Two-Thirds of Seniors Need Help With Some Part of Daily Living

Study finds they rely on other people or special devices to complete routine tasks

12/10/2013
Could Poor Dental Health Signal a Faltering Mind?

Study found tooth loss, bleeding gums in middle age were associated with lower scores on thinking tests

12/10/2013
Heartening Drop in Diabetes Complications Seen Among Seniors

But low blood sugar, a side effect of treatment, remains a concern, study authors say

12/6/2013
Vitamin D Supplements Won't Help Prevent Disease: Review

Low levels of 'sunshine vitamin' could be a sign of illness, rather than a cause, studies suggest

12/5/2013
Age-Related Colon Condition Not Cause for Alarm, Study Says

Chances of diverticulosis developing into serious disorder are slimmer than thought

12/5/2013
135 Million People Worldwide Will Have Dementia by 2050: Report

More aggressive research, social support systems needed, experts say

12/2/2013
Chickenpox Vaccine Not Responsible for Rise in Shingles, Study Says

39 percent increase over 18 years remains unexplained

12/2/2013
Health Tip: Choosing Walking Shoes

Suggestions for seniors