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Health News - Seniors/Aging

Communication is key when dealing with aging parents
Headstrong elderly parents and their adult children may be able to find common ground with proper intervention, according to researchers in human development. (Medical News Today)

Liberals 'live longer' than conservatives and moderates
Study finds that political beliefs could be a predictor of time of death, although affiliation to a political party may not carry the same risk. (Medical News Today)

Over-the-counter sleep aids linked to dementia
Higher dosage or long-term use of common drugs with anticholinergic effects is linked to significantly increased risk of dementia - including Alzheimer’s - says large study. (Medical News Today)

Scientists find way to increase length of human telomeres
Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine have created a novel technique that they say can increase the length of human telomeres by up to 10%. (Medical News Today)

Reducing Myc gene activity extends healthy lifespan in mice
A team of scientists based at Brown University has found that reducing expression of a fundamentally important gene called Myc significantly increased the healthy lifespan of laboratory mice, the... (Medical News Today)

Good-quality sleep when younger, not older, may benefit later-life memory
A new study finds maintaining good quality of sleep as a young or middle-aged adult, rather than in older age, may benefit learning and memory later in life. (Medical News Today)

Obama's speech sheds light on vital investments for America's aging society
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) - the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging - is applauding President Barack Obama's State of the Union call for... (Medical News Today)

Blood vessels in older brains break down, possibly leading to Alzheimer's
Advanced image analysis suggests breakdown in brain's memory and learning center can be detected before cognitive loss begins, suggesting important implications for Alzheimer's and dementia patients. (Medical News Today)

Genes that extend lifespan won't necessarily improve health in advanced age
A study of long-lived mutant C. elegans by scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School shows that the genetically altered worms spend a greater portion of their life in a frail state... (Medical News Today)

Australian doctors devise checklist to spot elderly patients most at risk of death
Australian doctors have come up with a checklist designed to spot elderly hospital patients likely to die within the next three months, it is reported in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care. (Medical News Today)

Hearing-aid intervention could help stave off depression, improve quality of life
When individuals wear their hearing aids for the first time, they are flooded with sounds they have not heard in months or years; yet, previous research has shown that not all new sounds are welcomed. (Medical News Today)

Evidence at cellular level for connection between childhood adversity and psychiatric disorders
In a new study published online in Biological Psychiatry, researchers from Butler Hospital identify an association between biological changes on the cellular level and both childhood adversity and... (Medical News Today)

Policy changes can help solve problems with China's aging population
While the rapid aging of China's population is thought to condemn the nation to a dismal future, past policies on education and new policies to improve health and foster internal migration could ease... (Medical News Today)

Researchers create Methuselah fly by selecting best cells
A team of researchers at the University of Bern has managed to considerably prolong the lifespan of flies by activating a gene which destroys unhealthy cells. (Medical News Today)

Prevalence of self-reported falls increases since 1998 in adults over 65
The prevalence among adults 65 years or older of falling in the preceding two years has increased since 1998, according to a research letter published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. (Medical News Today)

Major cause of blindness linked to calcium deposits in the eye
Microscopic spheres of calcium phosphate have been linked to the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a major cause of blindness, by UCL-led research. (Medical News Today)

Age-related macular degeneration may be triggered by tiny mineral deposits
New research from scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) has found that tiny lumps of calcium phosphate may be an important triggering factor for age-related macular... (Medical News Today)

The use of alcohol-interactive prescription medication among US drinkers
Approximately 71 percent of American adults drink alcohol. While alcohol interacts negatively with a number of commonly prescribed medications, little is known on a population level about the use of... (Medical News Today)

Human immune variation dictated by environment, not genes
A study of twins conducted by Stanford University School of Medicine investigators shows that our environment, more than our heredity, plays the starring role in determining the state of our immune... (Medical News Today)

C. elegans study reveals that excess iron promotes aging
It's been known for decades that some metals, including iron, accumulate in human tissues during aging and that toxic levels of iron have been linked to neurologic diseases, such as Parkinson's. (Medical News Today)

Cognitive aging may not spell doom for financial decision-making
Growing older leaves many with a gloomy prognosis, namely that cognitive aging will slow the mind and the ability to make decisions. (Medical News Today)

Forager-to-farmer transition 'may have weakened our bones'
When we were hunter-gatherers, we had much denser bones. Now a new study suggests our skeletons became weaker when we invented agriculture and changed from foragers to farmers. (Medical News Today)

Many seniors admitted to hospital from care homes are dehydrated
Research published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine concludes that patients admitted to hospital from care homes are commonly dehydrated on admission and consequently appear to... (Medical News Today)

In states where nurse practitioners independently provide care, health outcomes improve
As America's population ages, life spans lengthen and more individuals enroll in insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, the need for health care professionals will increase. (Medical News Today)

£1m gene study to investigate secrets of successful ageing
More than 1000 Scots are to have their entire genetic make-up decoded to help explain why some people's brains age better than others. (Medical News Today)

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