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Health News - Seniors/Aging

Balance in older adults may improve with hearing aids
A new study finds that when older adults who used hearing aids kept them switched on in both ears, they performed better on balance tests than when the devices were switched off. (Medical News Today)

How fast you age depends on your parents
In the hunt for better knowledge on the aging process, researchers from Lund University have now enlisted the help of small birds. (Medical News Today)

New discoveries in age-related macular degeneration
Insilico Medicine along with scientists from Vision Genomics and Howard University shed light on AMD disease, introducing the opportunity for eventual diagnostic and treatment options. (Medical News Today)

Study highlights ability to deal with a potential side effect of healthspan extending drugs
Senescent cells have a bad-guy reputation when it comes to aging. While cellular senescence - a process whereby cells permanently lose the ability to divide when they are stressed - suppresses cancer... (Medical News Today)

Identifying early signs of cognitive decline which are already present in some individuals during midlife
Signs of cognitive decline related to aging populations, and even the severe cognitive losses seen in Alzheimer's disease and neurodegenerative disorders, may emerge many years earlier, according to... (Medical News Today)

Older people who feel younger than their actual age live longer
New research has found an association between having a self-perceived age younger than chronological age and lower rates of mortality. (Medical News Today)

Commonly prescribed painkiller not effective in controlling lower back pain
A new study in the journal Neurology shows that pregabalin is not effective in controlling the pain associated with lumbar spinal stenosis, the most common type of chronic lower back pain in older... (Medical News Today)

Hospice use assessed in and out of nursing homes and by patients in transition
As hospice for nursing home patients grows dramatically, a new study from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Aging Research compares the characteristics of hospice... (Medical News Today)

Top-selling eye vitamins found not to match scientific evidence
With Americans spending billions of dollars each year on nutritional supplements, researchers have analyzed popular eye vitamins to determine whether their formulations and claims are consistent with... (Medical News Today)

Link between sleep disturbance and amyloid in brain areas affected by Alzheimer's disease
Healthy, elderly research participants who report being more sleepy and less rested have higher levels of amyloid deposition in regions of the brain that are affected in Alzheimer's disease... (Medical News Today)

Does poor sleep increase risk of dementia?
New research has uncovered an association between having lower levels of oxygen while sleeping, less deep sleep and the development of brain lesions associated with dementia. (Medical News Today)

Combination chemotherapy for aggressive acute myeloid leukemia reduces adverse effects; older patient population benefits
Patients who relapse in their battle with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) may benefit from a phase three study of therapies that combine an existing agent, cytarabine, with a newer compound, vosaroxin. (Medical News Today)

New targets for therapy identified for chronic lymphocytic leukemia
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is among the most frequent leukemias affecting adults in Western countries. (Medical News Today)

Malnutrition in U.S. - greatest cost linked to seniors, depression, COPD, coronary artery disease and dementia
Even in food-abundant industrialized countries like the U.S., an alarming number of people, particularly seniors, are in a state of diseased-associated malnutrition1. (Medical News Today)

Malnutrition is an important predictor of long-term survival in older patients undergoing the Whipple procedure for benign pancreatic diseases
The American College of Surgeons NSQIP and American Geriatric Society Best Practice Guidelines criteria for preoperative severe nutritional risk is a useful tool that allows surgeons to better select... (Medical News Today)

Researchers at Mainz University explore new approach for treating Alzheimer's disease
It is estimated that about 35 million people worldwide currently suffer from dementia and it is expected that the number will increase to 135 million by the year 2050. (Medical News Today)

Study offers future hope for tackling signs of ageing
A new advance in biomedical research at the University of Leicester could have potential in the future to assist with tackling diseases and conditions associated with ageing - as well as in... (Medical News Today)

Association between common prostate cancer treatment and decreased survival in older men
A common prostate cancer therapy should not be used in men whose cancer has not spread beyond the prostate, according to a new study led by researchers at Henry Ford Hospital. (Medical News Today)

Experts urge caution in implementing pay-for-performance schemes tied to coordinating 'transitional care' of older adults
In what is believed to be the first interview-style qualitative study of its kind among health care providers in the trenches, a team led by a Johns Hopkins geriatrician has further documented... (Medical News Today)

Patients with spinal compression fractures may not need to wear a brace
Compression fractures in the spine due to osteoporosis, a common condition causing progressive bone loss and increased fracture risk, are especially common in older women. (Medical News Today)

Clothes developed that can monitor and transmit biomedical info on wearers
Researchers at Universite Laval's Faculty of Science and Engineering and Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers have developed smart textiles able to monitor and transmit wearers' biomedical... (Medical News Today)

How strong do you think you are? British studies shine light on how strength changes across life
Researchers from the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (MRC LEU), University of Southampton have shed new light on how grip strength changes across the lifespan. (Medical News Today)

Older cancer patients in UK missing out on surgery
Older people are less likely to have cancer surgery compared to younger people according to new data* published today (Friday). (Medical News Today)

Groundbreaking wireless material may restore sight to blind retinas
The aging process affects everything from cardiovascular function to memory to sexuality. Most worrisome for many, however, is the potential loss of eyesight due to retinal degeneration. (Medical News Today)

Clue to why females live longer than males could help researchers understand the mechanisms involved in aging
A study from the University of Exeter has found that male flies die earlier than their female counterparts when forced to evolve with the pressures of mate competition and juvenile survival. (Medical News Today)

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