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Health News - Seniors/Aging

Marker discovered that predicts changes in cholesterol levels as people grow older
It's known that cholesterol levels typically rise as people age and that high cholesterol levels are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. (Medical News Today)

Pain care and management for older Americans
The first issue of a new publication series from The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) called From Policy to Practice explores pain as a public health problem and takes a look at how various... (Medical News Today)

Running for exercise 'slows the aging process'

According to a new study, running regularly in older age 'slows down the aging process,' allowing easier movement and improving quality of living. (Medical News Today)

Seniors draw on extra brainpower for shopping; additional brain areas recruited to make decisions by memory
The vmPFC is known to be involved in processing risk calculations and it has been shown help people assign values to rewards and emotions. (Medical News Today)

Although DNA remains the same throughout our lives, it functions differently at different ages
Although every person's DNA remains the same throughout their lives, scientists know that it functions differently at different ages. (Medical News Today)

Nutrition treatment in hospitalized patients with COPD improved health outcomes
People aged 65 and older, who were being treated for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the hospital and received nutrition treatment (oral nutrition supplements) had reduced lengths of... (Medical News Today)

Cognitively healthy older adults can gain modest benefit from computerized cognitive training
Computerized cognitive training (CCT) has been widely promoted for older adults, but its effectiveness for cognitively health older adults has been unclear in systematic reviews to date. (Medical News Today)

Working in complex jobs linked to better later-life memory and thinking skills
A new study suggests that people who work in complex jobs - such as architects or lawyers - may have better cognitive skills later in life than those who work in more simple jobs. (Medical News Today)

Dementia carers' mental health improves with coping strategies therapy
A new study demonstrates that a cost-effective coping strategies therapy program can provide emotional support for carers of dementia patients, improving quality of care. (Medical News Today)

Low-cal regimen influences brain gene expression as female mice age
The adage 'you are what you eat' has been around for years. Now, important new research provides another reason to be careful with your calories. (Medical News Today)

Prevailing views on the causes of age-dependent impaired glucose balance regulation challenged
A recent study published in the journal PNAS shows that young capillary vessels rejuvenate aged pancreatic islets. (Medical News Today)

Computerized cognitive training has modest short term benefits for cognitively healthy older adults
Computerized cognitive training (CCT) has been widely promoted for older adults, but its effectiveness for cognitively health older adults has been unclear in systematic reviews to date. (Medical News Today)

Osteoporotic fractures cost China's healthcare system close to 10 billion USD annually
First study to forecast incidence and costs of osteoporotic fractures in China projects that due to aging population, the incidence and costs of fractures will double by 2035; costs will rocket to... (Medical News Today)

Weight loss of 10 percent or more in seniors significantly raises hip fracture risk
While a low body mass index (BMI) of less than 20 kg/m2 has been shown to be an independent risk factor for hip fractures, far less is known about the relationship of body weight changes on hip... (Medical News Today)

Mechanism uncovered that controls the fitness of cells, impacting aging and disease
A novel looping mechanism that involves the end caps of DNA may help explain the aging of cells and how they initiate and transmit disease, according to new research from UT Southwestern Medical... (Medical News Today)

Nonclinical factors may affect whether intensive procedures are used at the end of life
In a study that looked at what factors might affect whether or not a patient receives intensive medical procedures in the last 6 months of life, investigators found that older age, Alzheimer's... (Medical News Today)

Decline in ability to perform daily tasks an increased risk for older women with breathing problems during sleep
Older women with disordered breathing during sleep were found to be at greater risk of decline in the ability to perform daily activities, such as grocery shopping and meal preparation, according to... (Medical News Today)

"Digital divide" could sideline older Americans when it comes to health information on the internet
Providing health information on the internet may not be the "cure all" that it is hoped to be. (Medical News Today)

Researchers identify new neurological disorder linked to Alzheimer's
Primary age-related tauopathy, or PART, is a neurological disorder identified in a new study. Like Alzheimer's, it causes memory impairment, but its brain pathology is different. (Medical News Today)

Older Americans unversed in the Internet 'know less about health'
Internet literacy is tied to health literacy in older Americans, and many may find themselves sidelined by the digital divide where health knowledge is concerned, say researchers. (Medical News Today)

Models show that the number of Alzheimer's patients will more than double in 40 years, and costs associated with their care will nearly quintuple
As baby boomers reach their sunset years, shifting nationwide demographics with them, the financial burden of Alzheimer's disease on the United States will skyrocket from $307 billion annually to $1. (Medical News Today)

Flu shots effective for seniors, says new review
A new review concludes that for the elderly, seasonal flu vaccines are effective against influenza during epidemic seasons and more seniors should be encouraged to have them. (Medical News Today)

Volunteer advocacy program benefits the incapacitated with no family or friends
A Regenstrief Institute and Eskenazi Health study reports on an innovative program that trains and supervises volunteers who act as advocates for adults and seniors who are unable to make their own... (Medical News Today)

Vitamin B may not reduce memory loss risk after all
A new study suggests that taking vitamin B and folate supplements does not lower the risk of memory loss, despite previous observational studies suggesting otherwise. (Medical News Today)

Identifying eye diseases by studying eye movements of people watching TV
One of the leading causes of blindness worldwide could be detected by how our eyes respond to watching TV according to a new study from researchers at City University London. (Medical News Today)

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