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Health News - Seniors/Aging

Age-related macular degeneration occurs much earlier than previously assumed
It is widely accepted that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of visual impairment and blindness in industrialized countries. (Medical News Today)

Gene discovered that links stem cells, aging and cancer
An organism is healthy thanks to a good maintenance system: the normal functioning of organs and environmental exposure cause damage to tissues, which need to be continuously repaired. (Medical News Today)

Human neurodegenerative diseases may be impacted by discovery of a new cellular garbage control pathway
Several human neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease but also ageing, are linked to an accumulation of abnormal and aggregated... (Medical News Today)

Increase in patients age 80 and older undergoing orthopaedic surgery
Over the past decade, a greater number of patients, age 80 and older, are having elective orthopaedic surgery. (Medical News Today)

During aging, lipoic acid helps restore, synchronize the "biological clock"
Researchers have discovered a possible explanation for the surprisingly large range of biological effects that are linked to a micronutrient called lipoic acid: It appears to reset and synchronize... (Medical News Today)

Stroke rates declined 40 percent in both men and women 65 years and older over the last 20 years
A new analysis of data from 1988-2008 has revealed a 40% decrease in the incidence of stroke in Medicare patients 65 years of age and older. (Medical News Today)

A gene identified that plays a surprising role in combating aging
It is something of an eternal question: Can we slow or even reverse the aging process? (Medical News Today)

Walking out of necessity increases risk of outdoor falls in older adults
Older adults are at a greater danger of falling when walking for utilitarian purposes such as shopping and appointments than when walking for recreation, according to a study from UMass Medical... (Medical News Today)

Antibiotic overuse risk in aged care residential setting in Australia
The overuse of antibiotics in Australian residential aged care facilities requires special attention and guidelines beyond those used in other settings, according to research published in the... (Medical News Today)

Taking a new look at cognition and aging
From a cognitive perspective, aging is typically associated with decline. As we age, it may get harder to remember names and dates, and it may take us longer to come up with the right answer to a... (Medical News Today)

The Mediterranean diet has varied effects on cognitive decline among different races
While the Mediterranean diet may have broad health benefits, its impact on cognitive decline differs among race-specific populations, according to a new study published in the Journal of Gerontology. (Medical News Today)

US nursing supplies boosted by RNs' delayed retirement
Older registered nurses are working longer than in the past, one reason that the nation's supply of RNs has grown substantially in recent years, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

Age-related changes in lateral ventricular width and periventricular white matter by diffusion tensor imaging
Ventricular enlargement has been suggested as a structural biomarker for normal aging and progression of some illnesses, such as Alzheimer's disease. (Medical News Today)

Detection rates of early stage breast cancer in older women unchanged despite increase in screening costs
Medicare spending on breast cancer screening increased substantially between 2001 and 2009 but the detection rates of early stage tumors were unchanged, according to a new study published July 16 in... (Medical News Today)

Survey shows older Americans' health engagement and outlook on life improve
The 2014 United States of Aging Survey finds Americans 60 and older report they are more motivated than the past two years to improve their health by exercising regularly and setting health goals ... (Medical News Today)

Memories affected by environmental distractions nearly twice as likely in older adults
Older people are nearly twice as likely as their younger counterparts to have their memory and cognitive processes impaired by environmental distractions (such as irrelevant speech or written words... (Medical News Today)

Alzheimer's disease not prevented by B vitamins
Taking B vitamins doesn't slow mental decline as we age, nor is it likely to prevent Alzheimer's disease, conclude Oxford University researchers who have assembled all the best clinical trial data... (Medical News Today)

Memory and learning deficits restored in Alzheimer's mouse models
Researchers have successfully restored memory and learning deficits in Alzheimer's mouse models by transplanting healthy brain cells into the hippocampus. (Medical News Today)

Study finds a 20-year decline in stroke risk and death rates
After 2 decades of better control of risk factors, researchers find that stroke rates for Americans have declined. And those who do have a stroke have a better chance of surviving. (Medical News Today)

How Cancer may be avoidable in the future
Is cancer an inevitable consequence of aging?Although it is widely thought that cancer is an inevitable consequence of aging, the risk of developing several common cancers decreases with age. (Medical News Today)

For older women, exercise is the best medicine
Women would benefit from being prescribed exercise as medicine, according to a QUT study that revealed moderate to high intensity activity is essential to reducing the risk of death in older women. (Medical News Today)

Keeping active pays off in your 70s and 80s
Older people who undertake at least 25 minutes of moderate or vigorous exercise everyday need fewer prescriptions and are less likely to be admitted to hospital in an emergency, new research has... (Medical News Today)

Kidney donation found to be safe for healthy older adults
Older kidney donors enjoy similar longevity and cardiovascular health as other healthy mature individuals, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Transplantation. (Medical News Today)

Hippocampal cholinergic neurons protected in normal aging by thyroid hormone
Can thyroid hormone protect neuronal function and increase the survival rate of naturally aged animals? Prof. (Medical News Today)

Growing old with HIV: Age-related diseases are bigger problem for African American women
For African American women in their 50's and 60's, self-managing their HIV as they age is proving to be less of a challenge than dealing with age-related diseases such as diabetes or hypertension... (Medical News Today)

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