Misc. Aging News

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4/12/2010
Docs Issue Guidelines for Drivers With Dementia

Memory test, input from family best gauge for who's no longer safe on the road

4/12/2010
Study Questions Use of Heart Device Implants in the Very Old

One-fifth of procedures performed in patients aged 80 and older, researchers say

4/12/2010
Gene Variant May Raise Risk of Common Eye Disease

'Good' cholesterol levels linked to age-related macular degeneration, studies show

4/8/2010
Simple Memory Test May Detect Early Alzheimer's

A brief self-assessment that patients can take in the waiting room may lead to earlier diagnosis, better treatment

4/7/2010
Middle-Age Americans Less Mobile Than Ever

Health experts see this as troubling individually and for society

4/5/2010
With Age Comes Wisdom: Study

Seniors better able to see other points of view and seek compromise to smooth social conflicts

4/2/2010
Start Talking About Life's End Well in Advance

Though uncomfortable for some, conversations should be ongoing, too

3/31/2010
Advance Directives Help Assure End-of-Life Wishes Are Honored

Nearly one-third of those dying needed someone else to make decisions, research finds

3/30/2010
Obesity, Alcohol Among Factors Linked to Women's Gout Risk

Aging, hypertension also contribute to raised odds of disease, research shows

3/30/2010
More Family Support Can Raise Fears For Some Elderly

In British study, anxieties over dying rose among older people cared for in minority households

3/30/2010
Many With Arthritis Find Simple Solutions for Relief

But they would benefit more if they sought advice from doctors, pharmacists, study says

3/29/2010
Women, Diabetics Fall Fast Into Medicare 'Doughnut Hole'

Dementia patients are also at high risk for coverage gap, study finds

3/26/2010
Big Smiles, Longer Lives?

Folks with widest grins in photos outlived others, suggesting happiness extends life

3/24/2010
New Study Refutes Bone Drugs' Link to Fractures

Benefits of Boniva, Fosamax and Reclast far outweigh any risk, experts say

3/24/2010
Gene Holds Key to Embryonic Stem Cell Rejuvenation

Discovery could pave way for advances in cancer and aging research, report suggests

3/23/2010
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain

Walking, biking, dancing can all help normal-weight women as they age, study finds

3/23/2010
Healthy Living Adds Years to Life

But disparities in longevity still tied to geography, race and income, study shows

3/22/2010
Brain Function May Drop Quickly Before Alzheimer's

More attention should be paid to early memory loss, expert says

3/19/2010
For Elderly, Giving Up Driving Can Be Tough

It's a wrenching decision that doesn't necessarily depend on age, experts say

3/17/2010
Could Lowering Blood Pressure Help Stop Dementia?

Major U.S. trial will enroll thousands to examine links between hypertension, Alzheimer's

3/16/2010
Older Colon Cancer Patients Less Likely to Get Chemo

Study found one in two went without, while 87% of younger patients got it after surgery

3/15/2010
Risk of Death Persists After a Hip Fracture

Older people who suffer a break up to eight times more likely to die, study finds

3/15/2010
Driving With Early Alzheimer's May Be Ill-Advised

Even a drive to the local store can end in getting lost, hurt, study finds

3/11/2010
Long-Term Use of Osteoporosis Drugs Linked to Fractures

Drug 'holiday' may be the answer, but more study needed, researchers say

3/11/2010
New Knee May Improve Balance

Replacement joint seems to help prevent falls among elderly, study finds

3/10/2010
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex

Association held true for people well into their 80s, study found

3/5/2010
Identifying Older Drivers at Risk of Crashes

Occupational therapists may be of help, researchers say

3/5/2010
Air Travel Could Raise Risk for Heartbeat Irregularities

Older people with heart disease most susceptible to potential problems, small study suggests

3/4/2010
Hearts of Hospice Patients Being Needlessly Shocked

Researchers say defibrillators can be turned off on admission

3/4/2010
Shoulder Dislocations a Sports Hazard

Young men most at risk, but elderly women are too, study finds

3/3/2010
High Hormone Level Linked to Cancer Death in Older Men

More study needed to see if IGF-1 readings can predict risk

3/2/2010
A Purposeful Life May Stave Off Alzheimer's

Feeling good about yourself can lower your risk more than twofold, study suggests

2/24/2010
New Bone Drug May Prevent Fractures But Raise Clot Risk

It's too soon to say if it outperforms existing drugs, expert says

2/19/2010
When Seniors Tutor Kids, They Sharpen Their Own Minds As Well

New research suggests it might delay signs of aging in the brain

2/18/2010
Screens, Vaccine for HPV Less Beneficial in Older Women

Rate of new infections declined with age, study found

2/18/2010
Kidneys From Older Donors Suitable for Seniors

More could be transplanted if doctors would put them on the list, study suggests

2/11/2010
Fitness a Factor in Snow Shoveling Injuries

Some people just aren't in good enough shape to do it themselves, expert warns

2/9/2010
Too Many With End-Stage Dementia Get Feeding Tubes

Study found larger, for-profit hospitals more likely to insert them

2/8/2010
High Blood Pressure May Predict Dementia in Some Seniors

Link seen in those with trouble organizing thoughts, but not memory loss

2/8/2010
Older Stroke Patients Are Getting Better Treatment

More get recommended therapies, study finds

2/8/2010
Handgrip Strength Helps Predict Death Risk in Elderly

As grip declines, so does survival, study finds

2/8/2010
Scientists Spot Genes Tied to Aging

Some people are programmed to age at a faster rate, study says

2/4/2010
Too Few Adults Get Recommended Vaccinations

Shots could save thousands of U.S. lives each year, report authors say

2/1/2010
Obama Proposes $911 Billion for Health and Human Services

Highlights include efforts to improve food safety, expand child care and boost research

1/29/2010
1/28/2010
Over 70 and Overweight May Add Years to Life

Normal weight not always a benefit, study of seniors suggests

1/27/2010
Raising Co-Pays for Doctor Visits Raises Seniors' Hospital Use

Study suggests higher cost-sharing for outpatient visits may increase overall spending

1/27/2010
Too Much Alcohol Impairs Seniors' Thinking

Effects are more evident in women, researchers say

1/27/2010
Aging of Blood Stem Cells May Be Reversible

Older mice 'rejuvenated' when treated with blood factors from younger mice, researchers found

1/26/2010
Premature Aging of the Brain Seen in HIV Patients

With AIDS growing among seniors, decline in brain function a serious concern, researchers say