Misc. Aging News

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10/6/2008
Pneumonia Vaccine Lowers Chances of Heart Attack

50% reduction in risk seen 2 years later in Canadian study

10/2/2008
National Scorecard Ranks Palliative Care Across Country

Availability varies widely, and South comes out worst, researchers say

9/29/2008
Seniors in Poor Areas More Likely to Die After Surgery

Study raises questions about disparities in outcomes, but offers no concrete answers

9/28/2008
Older Problem Gamblers Face Increased Suicide Risk

Over-55 bettors more likely to ask casinos to bar them, fearing self harm if they can't stop

9/26/2008
Active Social Life May Reduce Men's Alzheimer's Risk

Home, family, club activities appear to enhance creation of new brain cells, study finds

9/26/2008
Most Medicare Drug Premiums Same or Lower in 2009

Open enrollment for Part D begins Nov. 15, so review your plan, agency officials say

9/25/2008
Voice Problems in Seniors Undertreated

Many believe it's normal part of aging, so they don't get necessary help, study says

9/24/2008
Boomers Should Add Muscle Before It's Too Late

Resitance training in 60s, 70s wards off loss that weakens posture, balance, study says

9/23/2008
Hormone Therapy Not Best for Older Prostate Cancer Patients

Study found giving it before radiation raised death risk 20% in this group

9/22/2008
Cholesterol Drugs May Raise Post-Op Delirium Risk

Patients on statin medications 30% more likely to experience trouble, study finds

9/22/2008
Caregivers Face Multiple Strains Tending Older Parents

Study confirms health decline in middle-aged adults juggling chores for 2 lives

9/19/2008
Medicare's Monthly Premium Won't Rise in 2009

But deductible for hospital, hospice care will increase, agency says

9/17/2008
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure

Approaches could supplement other therapies to treat the condition, study says

9/17/2008
Healthy Lifestyle Boosts Women's Longevity

Good living can reduce the risk of dying from heart disease and cancer, study shows

9/16/2008
Estrogen Cream No Match for Sun-Damaged Skin

Study of seniors finds it only boosts collagen in skin that has never been exposed

9/13/2008
Changes in Seniors' Sleep Patterns Need Attention

Disrupted rest lasting more than 2 weeks should be brought up with doctor, expert says

9/11/2008
Health Tip: Depression in Seniors

Recognize the warning signs

9/9/2008
Job Loss Has Long-Term Impact on Social Lives

Those displaced more likely to withdraw from clubs, but older workers fare better, study finds

9/8/2008
Vitamin B12 Key to Aging Brain

Deficiency led to more brain shrinkage, study shows

9/8/2008
Fall Risk Higher in Older Women Who Sleep Less

And medications do little to influence the link, study finds

9/5/2008
Almost Half of Adults Will Develop Knee Osteoarthritis by 85

Study finds risk is greatest for those overweight or obese at age 45

9/3/2008
Cholesterol Drugs Lower Stroke Risk in Older People

Atorvastatin as beneficial in those over 65 as in younger patients, study says

9/2/2008
Exercise May Help Prevent Age-Related Memory Loss

Moderate weekly activity showed benefits even a year after routine was stopped, study says

9/2/2008
Breast Cancer Drug Not Tied to Cognitive Decline: Study

Researchers say finding is 'good news' for postmenopausal women taking anastrozole

9/2/2008
Children of Older Fathers at Risk for Bipolar Disorder

Offspring of men 55 and older were 1.37 times more likely to be diagnosed, study finds

9/2/2008
Secrets of Telomerase Revealed

Researchers unlock active region of enzyme involved in cancer, aging

9/2/2008
Daytime Sleeping Linked to Poor Recovery in Older Patients

Study found it predicted outcome months after patient went home

8/29/2008
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease

Compounds likely extend life of retinal cells that fight age-related macular degeneration

8/29/2008
Cataracts World's Leading Cause of Vision Loss

Age a key factor, but group cites other risks during August disease awareness month

8/29/2008
Study Questions Flu Shot's Mortality Protection for Elderly

Canadian study found benefit to be statistically insignificant

8/29/2008
End-of-Life Choices a Complicated Affair

Study shows family wishes, doctor preferences often enter into decisions

8/28/2008
Older Caregivers Prone to Worse Sleep Patterns

Overnight stays with person with dementia led to daytime tiredness, symptoms of depression

8/28/2008
13% of Seniors Report Being Mistreated

Abuse is verbal, financial and physical, especially for the impaired, study says

8/28/2008
Scientists Track Hourly Changes in Alzheimer's Protein

Recovery from brain injury, not injury itself, associated with increased plaque

8/27/2008
Gene Linked to 'Dry' Macular Degeneration

Study also uncovers risks associated with treating 'wet' form of the eye disease

8/27/2008
Mental Skills Can Decline Years Before Dying

Study of seniors found it's not all part of normal aging process

8/25/2008
Antipsychotic Drug Use Up in Elderly Despite Warnings

Canadian study suggests cautions fail to alert docs to effectiveness of alternative therapies

8/21/2008
3.4 Million Seniors Hit Medicare 'Doughnut Hole'

In many cases, enrollees stop taking meds as they reach this coverage gap, study finds

8/21/2008
Dietary Supplements May Pose Risk to Older Cancer Survivors

It's unclear if pills help keep them healthier or put them in danger of disease recurrence

8/19/2008
Medicare Web Site Confounds Many Seniors

Confusing information, complex language makes site hard to use, researchers say

8/19/2008
Cognitive Score Changes Over Time May Hint at Dementia

Study authors stress new method is a complement to current testing

8/19/2008
Living to 100 Doesn't Mean Living Poorly

Staying healthy, independent is what usually gets folks to this advanced age, study finds

8/18/2008
Older Patients Less Likely to Be Taken to Trauma Centers

Authors of new study say aim is to generate awareness of the problem

8/15/2008
Can Physical Cues Signal Dementia?

Research suggests that exercise can benefit the brain as well as the body

8/15/2008
Older Adults Reluctant to Question Surgical Treatment

They only raised about half their concerns, so doctors should listen carefully, study says

8/14/2008
Lack of Energy in Old Age May Foretell Illness

Anergia not just a part of advancing years but could be tied to severe problems, death

8/13/2008
Physical Frailty Could Predict Alzheimer's Disease

Waning of strength, agility tied to brain damage, even in the absence of dementia

8/13/2008
Healthy Sex Life Can Extend Into 80s

But past STDs, med use and relationship issues can derail intimacy, study says

8/11/2008
Run for Your Life

Exercisers live longer and with fewer disabilities, study finds

8/11/2008
Half of U.S. Adults Lack 20/20 Vision

Distance problems, astigmatism becoming more common, study finds