Misc. Aging News

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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

8/11/2008
Gene Treatment in Mice Makes Old Liver Cells Young

Better 'waste disposal' could one day help treat human illnesses such as Alzheimer's, study says

8/11/2008
One in 5 Young Men Had Prostate Screen in Past Year

Analysis may aid in guiding recommendations on who should get screened and when

8/11/2008
Married Folks Still the Healthiest

But long-time bachelors are making gains, study finds

8/10/2008
More Than Temperature Puts Elderly at Risk in Heat

Medications, lifestyle are also contributing factors to hyperthermia, agency warns

8/9/2008
2 Checklists Aid Those Over 50 With Medical Decisions

Brochures help patients, doctors discuss tests to maintain healthy lifestyle

8/8/2008
New Therapy Freezes Out Esophageal Cancers

Cryoablation attractive option for older patients with other medical issues, team says

8/8/2008
Fat Cell Protein Boosts Heart Attack Risk in Elderly

Higher adiponectin levels may indicate underlying disease, study finds

8/6/2008
ER, Doctor Visits Topped 1 Billion in 2006

As America grows older, that's an average of 4 a year per person, CDC report says

8/6/2008
Light Exercise Prevents Atrial Fibrillation in Elderly

Walking a few blocks or gardening protects against the abnormal heartbeat, study finds

8/5/2008
Fish May Ward Off Dementia and Stroke

Those rich in omega-3 fatty acids can reduce risk by 26%, study finds

8/4/2008
New Guidelines Rule Out Prostate Screening for Men Over 75

The hazards outweigh benefits, government task force reports

8/2/2008
Flu Vaccine Doesn't Protect Seniors From Pneumonia

Older, frail folks are more susceptible to flu and its complications, researchers say.

8/1/2008
Centenarians Offer Long-Life Secrets

Many 100-year-olds embrace modern technology to stay young, survey finds

7/30/2008
Family History May Add to Alzheimer's Puzzle

Genes play only a part of underlying risk for dementia, study suggests

7/29/2008
Aging Hinders Memory Storage During Sleep

Study in rats suggests brain needs 'experience replay' during slumber

7/29/2008
Thyroid Hormone May Boost Women's Alzheimer's Risk

Low and high thyrotropin levels associated with disease incidence, but not in men

7/28/2008
Rates of Mild Cognitive Impairment Higher Than Expected

More men, women may develop Alzheimer's than previously thought, researchers say

7/28/2008
Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Might Help Prevent Alzheimer's

In one study, use of statin medications halved the risk

7/28/2008
Alzheimer's Treatment Trials May Have Special Challenges

Studies may need larger pools of participants to accurately assess if drugs are effective

7/28/2008
Health Tip: Dental Care for Seniors

Suggestions for brushing

7/28/2008
Blood Pressure Drugs May Protect Against Alzheimer's

Patients taking ARBs 45% less likely to have delirium, be in nursing homes, die

7/28/2008
Most Fit Have Less Brain Atrophy From Alzheimer's

Even moderate exercise, done regularly, improves quality of life

7/25/2008
HIV Patients Living Longer

Antiretroviral therapy has increased life expectancy by 13 years, researchers say

7/24/2008
Sleep Needs May Decline With Age

Study suggests what some think is insomnia is really natural part of getting older

7/24/2008
Worm Study Challenges Prevailing Theory of Aging

May not happen in humans, but genes may determine course of the process

7/24/2008
Pet Doors Opening at Assisted Living Centers

The health benefits of an animal's companionship can be significant, experts say

7/22/2008
Memory Problems Tied to Sound Processing Disorder

Inability to filter out background noise may be indicator of mild impairment, study says

7/22/2008
Donor's Age Not Linked to Poor Outcomes in Liver Transplants

Even recipients with hepatitis C had good five-year survival rates, study finds

7/20/2008
Varicose, Spider Veins May Be Inevitable for Some

It may seem just cosmetic, but condition can lead to more serious problems, doctor warns

7/19/2008
Falls Are Top Cause of Injury, Death Among Elderly

Not all homes are the same, but common sense measures can reduce the risk, expert says