Misc. Aging News

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Genes Give Clues to Age-Linked Eye Trouble

Macular degeneration is a major cause of vision loss, blindness

Pneumonia Vaccine Lowers Chances of Heart Attack

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

National Scorecard Ranks Palliative Care Across Country

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

Seniors in Poor Areas More Likely to Die After Surgery

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

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

Active Social Life May Reduce Men's Alzheimer's Risk

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

Most Medicare Drug Premiums Same or Lower in 2009

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

Voice Problems in Seniors Undertreated

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

Boomers Should Add Muscle Before It's Too Late

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

Hormone Therapy Not Best for Older Prostate Cancer Patients

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

Cholesterol Drugs May Raise Post-Op Delirium Risk

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

Caregivers Face Multiple Strains Tending Older Parents

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

Medicare's Monthly Premium Won't Rise in 2009

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

Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure

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

Healthy Lifestyle Boosts Women's Longevity

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

Estrogen Cream No Match for Sun-Damaged Skin

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

Changes in Seniors' Sleep Patterns Need Attention

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

Health Tip: Depression in Seniors

Recognize the warning signs

Job Loss Has Long-Term Impact on Social Lives

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

Vitamin B12 Key to Aging Brain

Deficiency led to more brain shrinkage, study shows

Fall Risk Higher in Older Women Who Sleep Less

And medications do little to influence the link, study finds

Almost Half of Adults Will Develop Knee Osteoarthritis by 85

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

Cholesterol Drugs Lower Stroke Risk in Older People

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

Exercise May Help Prevent Age-Related Memory Loss

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

Breast Cancer Drug Not Tied to Cognitive Decline: Study

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

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

Secrets of Telomerase Revealed

Researchers unlock active region of enzyme involved in cancer, aging

Daytime Sleeping Linked to Poor Recovery in Older Patients

Study found it predicted outcome months after patient went home

Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease

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

Cataracts World's Leading Cause of Vision Loss

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

Study Questions Flu Shot's Mortality Protection for Elderly

Canadian study found benefit to be statistically insignificant

End-of-Life Choices a Complicated Affair

Study shows family wishes, doctor preferences often enter into decisions

Older Caregivers Prone to Worse Sleep Patterns

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

13% of Seniors Report Being Mistreated

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

Scientists Track Hourly Changes in Alzheimer's Protein

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

Gene Linked to 'Dry' Macular Degeneration

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

Mental Skills Can Decline Years Before Dying

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

Antipsychotic Drug Use Up in Elderly Despite Warnings

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

3.4 Million Seniors Hit Medicare 'Doughnut Hole'

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

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

Medicare Web Site Confounds Many Seniors

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

Cognitive Score Changes Over Time May Hint at Dementia

Study authors stress new method is a complement to current testing

Living to 100 Doesn't Mean Living Poorly

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

Older Patients Less Likely to Be Taken to Trauma Centers

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

Can Physical Cues Signal Dementia?

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

Older Adults Reluctant to Question Surgical Treatment

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

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

Physical Frailty Could Predict Alzheimer's Disease

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

Healthy Sex Life Can Extend Into 80s

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

Half of U.S. Adults Lack 20/20 Vision

Distance problems, astigmatism becoming more common, study finds