Senior Citizen News

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2/3/2016
When Seniors Stop Driving, Poorer Health May Be a Passenger

Depression and mental, physical declines stood out in research review

2/1/2016
Older, Sicker Patients Admitted to Hospitals on Weekends, Study Says

This could contribute to higher death rate between Friday, Monday

1/27/2016
Brain Protein Might Offer New Clues to Alzheimer's Treatment

High levels of BDNF appear to slow mental decline, researchers say

1/27/2016
Seniors Need to Take Extra Care in the Cold

U.S. National Institute on Aging warns about hypothermia

1/26/2016
After Heart Surgery, House Calls by Physician Assistants Help

Patients who had two visits were less likely to need hospital readmission, study says

1/22/2016
Majority of Americans Wants Medicare to Cover Obesity Treatments

Survey finds about three-quarters support expanding care to cover weight-loss drugs

1/22/2016
Clot-Busters Might Be Useful for 'Previously Dependent' Stroke Patients

Study finds favorable results among older adults who already had health problems

1/21/2016
Many Older Americans May Get Unneeded Breast, Prostate Cancer Screenings

Seniors shouldn't be checked if they have less than 10 years to live, but study found almost 16 percent do

1/21/2016
Frail Seniors Face Increased Death Risk After Surgery, Study Suggests

Patients and physicians should consider overall health before elective procedures, researchers say

1/19/2016
Screen Nursing Home Residents for B12 Deficiency: Researchers

Medications can block absorption of the vitamin, causing mental harms

1/14/2016
For Seniors, Poor Sleep May Mean Higher Stroke Risk, Study Suggests

Researchers found those who woke up the most were more likely to have hardening of brain arteries

1/7/2016
Regular Mammograms Worthwhile for Elderly Women

New study shows screenings helped lower breast cancer deaths among those over 69

12/15/2015
Shingles Linked to Raised Heart Risks for Seniors, Study Finds

Chance of stroke, heart attack increased most in the first week after diagnosis of the painful rash

12/11/2015
Seniors Who Head Back to School May Reduce Dementia Risk

Mentally stimulating activity can enhance brain function, researchers say

12/10/2015
X-Rays May Miss Hip Arthritis, Study Finds

In people with hip pain, researchers found bone problem in fewer than one-quarter of images

12/2/2015
Slowed Walking in Seniors May Signal Alzheimer's Danger

Study found higher levels of beta amyloid in brains of those who didn't move as fast as their peers

12/2/2015
Smog Linked to Heart Disease in Seniors

Study shows higher levels of coarse particulate matter are a problem

11/30/2015
Brain Gains for Older Adults Who Start Exercising

Besides improved heart and lung health, study detected growth in cerebral cortex

11/30/2015
Genes May Help Shield Seniors From Mental Decline: Study

Researchers suggest this allows older adults to continue to contribute to society

11/25/2015
FDA Approves First Flu Shot With Added Ingredient to Boost Immune Response

Vaccine can be used in seniors, who are often hit hardest by illness

11/19/2015
Potential Treatment for a Serious Respiratory Infection in Kids

Preliminary study of new drug for RSV yields promising results, experts say

11/12/2015
Physical Fitness Linked to Mental Fitness in Seniors

Study found regular activity associated with better connections between different brain regions

10/29/2015
Statins May Dampen Protective Powers of Flu Vaccines

Research suggests cholesterol-lowering meds linked to lower levels of influenza antibodies in seniors

10/29/2015
Too Many Seniors With Diabetes Are Overtreated, Study Suggests

Even when blood sugar, blood pressure levels dropped too low, doctors didn't cut back on meds

10/26/2015
End-of-Life Care for Dementia Much Pricier Than for Other Ills

Costs are about $100,000 more over 5 years, study shows

10/21/2015
Mediterranean Diet May Keep Your Mind Healthier in Old Age

Seniors who ate more foods tied to the eating plan, especially fish, had bigger brains, study says

10/21/2015
Many Seniors Given Antipsychotic Meds, Despite Potential Problems

Risks include kidney damage, stroke and even death, researchers note

10/6/2015
Face-to-Face Contact May Beat Email, Phone for Staving Off Depression

Older people who spent more time communicating in person showed fewer symptoms of mood disorder

10/2/2015
Higher-Volume Rehab Centers Better for Hip Fracture Recovery: Study

Patients more likely to go home within a month if facility handles more than 24 such cases a year

9/24/2015
Retirement Might Not Agree With Your Health

Report found seniors who stayed in the workforce were better off physically

9/24/2015
Older Adults' Hearing Loss May Be Tied to Earlier Death

Findings don't prove that impaired hearing is to blame, but draw attention to quality-of-life issues

9/22/2015
Many Critically Ill Patients Lack 'Do Not Resuscitate' Orders

After surviving cardiac arrest, only one in four let doctors know their wishes, study finds

9/22/2015
Treating Older Patients for Pneumonia in ICU May Boost Survival, But Not Costs

More liberal admission policies could benefit these patients, researchers say

9/21/2015
Exercise May Help Keep an Aging Mind Agile

Study found seniors who were more active showed more activity in brain scans

9/15/2015
Too Little Vitamin D May Hasten Mental Decline

Study found adults with low levels more likely to have dementia, and poor memory and thinking skills

9/15/2015
Tight Control of Type 2 Diabetes May Help Prevent Dementia

Conversely, poor blood sugar control appears to increase risk of brain troubles, study finds

9/10/2015
Other People's Flu Vaccines Help Shield Seniors, Too: Study

Reduction in sickness is even greater when older folks also get immunization

9/8/2015
Forgiveness May Boost Older Women's Moods

But when apology is unrequited, older men are at greater risk of depression

9/4/2015
Seniors Getting Smarter, Research Shows

But mental and physical health is declining at the same time

9/3/2015
Early Treatment With Flu Antivirals May Shorten Seniors' Hospital Stay

Study found it also cut need for more care after discharge

9/1/2015
More Older Americans Falling Prey to Bike Injuries

Riders over 45 a big part of jump in hospital admissions for more severe accidents, report finds

8/31/2015
Seniors Often Underestimate Their Frailty, Study Finds

Nearly one-quarter had trouble getting out of hospital bed, walking 10 feet and getting back in bed

8/31/2015
Knee, Hip Replacement Surgeries Linked to Heart Risks

Odds are highest in the month following the procedure, study finds

8/28/2015
Many Seniors With Cancer Use Alternative Medicines: Study

And a majority of these patients don't tell their doctors about it

8/25/2015
Seniors More Likely to Wind Up in Hospital After Outpatient Surgery: Study

Older patients need more help with discharge, dosing instructions, researchers say

8/24/2015
Sharp Spike Seen in Statin Use in Elderly Without Heart Disease

But study notes little evidence exists on the benefits and dangers of doing so

8/21/2015
9 Factors You Can Control May Be Key to Alzheimer's Risk

Healthy lifestyle important but no guarantee against most common form of dementia, researchers find

8/19/2015
Revamp Abdominal Aneurysm Screening, Save More Men's Lives: Study

Smokers, seniors and those with high blood pressure face greatest risk

8/13/2015
1 in 4 Senior Women in U.S. Has Osteoporosis: CDC

About 6 percent of men aged 65 or older also have the bone-thinning condition, report finds

8/6/2015
Legionnaire's Disease Most Deadly for Frail, Elderly, Experts Say

Outbreak in New York City has already killed 10, sickened 100