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Deprescribing of benefit to older patients, but it takes care
Weaning older patients off inappropriate medications which may harm them more than help them should be a priority for all prescribing clinicians, say the authors of two clinical focus articles... (Medical News Today)

New scheme to raise sight loss awareness in UK care homes
With 'Sight after Sixty' a major focus for this year's National Eye Health Week (22nd - 28th September), the sight loss charity Thomas Pocklington Trust is offering free training to local sight... (Medical News Today)

World Alzheimer Report 2014: the key points
As September is World Alzheimer’s Month, we look at the core messages on dementia and risk reduction presented in Alzheimer’s Disease International's 2014 report. (Medical News Today)

Vitamin E, selenium supplements unlikely to effect age-related cataracts in men
Taking daily supplements of selenium and/or vitamin E appears to have no significant effect on the development of age-related cataracts in men. (Medical News Today)

Decision-support program helps keep seniors out of the emergency room
An Emergency Room Decision-Support (ERDS) program can significantly reduce ER visits and hospital admissions among older adults on Medicare. (Medical News Today)

Sedentary behavior 'may counteract brain benefits of exercise in older adults'
A study claims the structural integrity of white matter in the brains of older adults is dependent on their time spent sedentary, as well as their engagement in physical activity. (Medical News Today)

The need for statin treatment among the over-80 age group must always be assessed individually
The need for cholesterol treatment among people over 80 must always be assessed individually by taking into account the patient's overall situation and health. (Medical News Today)

Mechanism behind age-dependent diabetes discovered
Ageing of insulin-secreting cells is coupled to a progressive decline in signal transduction and insulin release, according to a recent study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. (Medical News Today)

Elderly women with early breast cancer receiving less-aggressive radiation procedures
In a healthcare climate where the costs of treatment are increasingly weighed against potential benefit, a Yale study has found that radiation oncologists are using fewer or less-aggressive radiation... (Medical News Today)

The importance of vitamin E intake during 'the first 1,000 days'
Amid conflicting reports about the need for vitamin E and how much is enough, a new analysis published today suggests that adequate levels of this essential micronutrient are especially critical for... (Medical News Today)

Master regulator of cells' heat shock response identified
Heat shock proteins protect the molecules in all human and animal cells with factors that regulate their production and work as thermostats. (Medical News Today)

Link found between migraine and Parkinson's
New research has found there may be an association with migraine in middle age and the development of Parkinson’s disease later in life. (Medical News Today)

Three-year data from Oraya Therapeutics' INTREPID study continue to show favorable safety profile of non-invasive wet AMD therapy
Oraya Therapeutics Inc. has announced that full results of three-year safety follow-up data from the INTREPID study of Oraya Therapy™ for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) further... (Medical News Today)

Research offers insight into link between marital quality and well-being later in life
When it comes to a happy marriage, a new Rutgers study finds that the more content the wife is with the long-term union, the happier the husband is with his life no matter how he feels about their... (Medical News Today)

Breast cancer screening in over-70s 'may lead to overdiagnosis'
A study analyzing breast screening for older women in the Netherlands found that the program did not produce the expected sharp fall in cases of advanced disease in this group. (Medical News Today)

Care coordination strategies can decrease health care use by older patients, people with chronic conditions
Better coordination of patient care between health care providers, encouraging patients to self-manage their health and other strategies can reduce use of the health care system by seniors and... (Medical News Today)

Brain may 'work around' early Alzheimer's damage
A new study suggests the reason some older people with brain deposits of Alzheimer's protein do not develop dementia is because their brain works around the damage. (Medical News Today)

Shedding light on molecular mechanisms of birth defects among older women
Dartmouth researchers studying cell division in fruit flies have discovered a pathway that may improve understanding of molecular mistakes that cause older women to have babies with Down syndrome. (Medical News Today)

Why damaged DNA contributes to cancer and other age-related illnesses
As we and other vertebrates age, our DNA accumulates mutations and becomes rearranged, which may result in a variety of age-related illnesses, including cancers. (Medical News Today)

Appetite is a reliable predictor of mortality in old age
A simple question about appetite can provide insights into old people's general health that may help reduce their risk of dying. (Medical News Today)

Public Policy & Aging Report sets national agenda for long-term care
The number of Americans needing long-term care - also called long-term services and supports (LTSS) - is projected to more than double to 27 million by 2050. (Medical News Today)

Nearly half of older adults have care needs
Nearly half of older adults - 18 million people - have difficulty or get help with daily activities, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

Our immune response to bereavement changes as we age
Young people have a more robust immune response to the loss of a loved one, according to new research from the University of Birmingham, providing insight into how different generations cope with... (Medical News Today)

Memory loss more common in people with blood type AB
Researchers have found that although people with blood type AB only make up 4% of the US population, those with this blood type are 82% more likely to develop memory problems. (Medical News Today)

Hospital to home transition interventions can keep people out of the hospital longer, especially for older patients
Kim J. Verhaegh of the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam and colleagues examined whether readmission rates for chronically ill patients from a variety of countries could be improved with... (Medical News Today)

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