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Health News - Seniors/Aging

Subliminal positive messages 'have physical benefits for the elderly'
In a novel intervention using subliminal messages, Yale researchers have demonstrated that positive age stereotypes can boost both psychological and physical function in seniors. (Medical News Today)

Researchers find why depression and ageing linked to increased disease risk
Psychological stress and stress-related psychiatric disorders are associated with increased risk for aging-related diseases, but the molecular mechanisms underlying this relation are unknown. (Medical News Today)

Many older people have mutations linked to leukemia, lymphoma in their blood cells
At least 2 percent of people over age 40 and 5 percent of people over 70 have mutations linked to leukemia and lymphoma in their blood cells, according to new research at Washington University... (Medical News Today)

Older adults satisfied with aging more likely to seek health screenings
Adults over 50 who feel comfortable about aging are more proactive in getting preventive health care services, a new University of Michigan study found. (Medical News Today)

Many older adults still homebound after 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake
A new study, published online in the journal Age and Ageing today, shows that the homebound status of adults over the age of 65 in the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake is still a... (Medical News Today)

Seniors 'comfortable with aging' are more likely to attend health screenings
In an attempt to understand the attitudes and beliefs that prevent many seniors accessing preventive health services, a new study finds satisfaction with aging plays a big role. (Medical News Today)

Phototherapy safe for skin conditions in elderly patients
Data released at the 23rd European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Congress suggest phototherapy is effective and safe for elderly patients. (Medical News Today)

Obesity linked to accelerated liver aging
A new study claims that obesity speeds up aging of the liver, potentially explaining why some obese individuals experience early onset age-related diseases, such as liver cancer. (Medical News Today)

Detecting depressive states in the elderly with on-line monitoring devices
Specialists at the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM) of Mexico developed a system that achieved detecting depression in older adults, through monitoring their daily routine. (Medical News Today)

Active ageing is much more than exercise
The global population is ageing rapidly, and the growing numbers of elderly people challenge our societal structures, not least the health sector, which is why authorities in most countries encourage... (Medical News Today)

Seniors suffering from insomnia may have a problem with sleep quality, not duration
Reports of insomnia are common among the elderly, but a new study finds that sleep problems may stem from the quality of rest and other health concerns more than the overall amount of sleep that... (Medical News Today)

Older people in deprived areas in Ireland face problems of poor brain health
People who live in disadvantaged areas have a greater risk of developing cognitive dysfunction than people in better off areas, a study by Professor Helene McNulty and colleagues at the University... (Medical News Today)

Tips for infection prevention as nursing home infection rates increase
Nursing home infection rates are on the rise, a study from Columbia University School of Nursing found, suggesting that more must be done to protect residents of these facilities from preventable... (Medical News Today)

Risk of pneumonia in the elderly doubled by sleeping in dentures
Poor oral health and hygiene are increasingly recognized as major risk factors for pneumonia among the elderly. (Medical News Today)

No couch potatoes allowed: DVD-delivered fitness plan helps at-risk older adults
Human health researchers have life-saving advice for those over 65: keep moving. (Medical News Today)

In rat model testosterone found to promote prostate cancer
A researcher who found that testosterone raised the risk of prostate tumors and exacerbated the effects of carcinogenic chemical exposure in rats is urging caution in prescribing testosterone therapy... (Medical News Today)

Global health
This issue of Health Affairs was supported by the Qatar Foundation and World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), Hamad Medical Corporation, Imperial College London, and The Commonwealth Fund. (Medical News Today)

Specific nutrition and exercises may help adults maintain their muscle mass, strength and function as they age
As global life expectancy increases, adults want to maintain healthy and active lifestyles well into retirement. (Medical News Today)

Animal research suggests ibuprofen can reduce lung inflammation in elderly
New research shows that the lungs become more inflammatory with age and that ibuprofen can lower that inflammation. (Medical News Today)

Curiosity changes the brain to enhance learning
The more curious we are about a topic, the easier it is to learn information about that topic. (Medical News Today)

Discovery of special stem cells in the eye could lead to better treatments for blindness
Scientists at the University of Southampton have discovered that a region on the front surface of the eye harbours special stem cells that could treat blinding eye conditions. (Medical News Today)

Healthy aging: physical, social, and emotional engagement can help sustain independence in the golden years
The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) proudly announces the publication of a Health Education & Behavior (HE&B) supplement devoted to the latest research and practice to promote healthy... (Medical News Today)

The challenges of ageing with an intellectual disability
Report from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland showed an almost doubling of dementia in those with Down syndrome and significantly reduced risk of heart attack and hypertensionA new report launched... (Medical News Today)

Identifying which genes are active in muscles of men and women
New report in The FASEB Journal maps the transcriptome of human skeletal muscle, revealing never-before-identified gene activity and that men have more active muscle genes than women haveIf you... (Medical News Today)

Engineers complete first comprehensive mesh-free numerical simulation of skeletal muscle tissue
Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have completed the first comprehensive numerical simulation of skeletal muscle tissue using a method that uses the pixels in an image as data... (Medical News Today)

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