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Health News - Seniors/Aging

Two new studies on the connection between hypertension and cognitive decline
With the number of individuals affected by cognitive decline expected to rise over the next few decades, investigating its potential causes is of major public health interest. (Medical News Today)

NHS Confederation response to Hunt's announcement that medicines costs will be published on drugs packs
Responding to Jeremy Hunt's speech yesterday, which included calls for a social contract between public, health and care services and an announcement that the indicative cost of medicines will be... (Medical News Today)

Testosterone therapy: the hormone debate rages on
In this Spotlight, we examine the debate surrounding testosterone therapy for aging-related hypogonadism, looking at the arguments for and against its use. (Medical News Today)

Benefits of vitamin B12 supplements for older people questioned
Vitamin B12 supplements offer no benefits for neurological or cognitive function in older people with moderate vitamin B12 deficiency, according to a new study published in the American Journal of... (Medical News Today)

Why human egg cells don't age well
When egg cells form with an incorrect number of chromosomes--a problem that increases with age--the result is usually a miscarriage or a genetic disease such as Down syndrome. (Medical News Today)

Pitt leads trial to reduce antibiotic overuse at post-acute and long-term care facilities
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine will be leading a $1.5 million national trial to examine methods to reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics in post-acute and long-term care... (Medical News Today)

Cheek muscles hold up better than leg muscles in space
New research in The FASEB Journal compares responses of cheek and leg muscles to the lower gravity of space, suggesting that food comes firstIt is well known that muscles need resistance... (Medical News Today)

Hello, gorgeous! 'Pulse' technology may replenish skin's collagen
Tel Aviv University researcher harnesses pulsed electric fields to rejuvenate epidermal function and appearanceAmericans spend over $10 billion a year on products and surgery in their quest to... (Medical News Today)

A high-fat diet may alleviate mitochondrial disease
Mice that have a genetic version of mitochondrial disease can easily be mistaken for much older animals by the time they are nine months old: they have thinning grey hair, osteoporosis, poor hearing... (Medical News Today)

Who takes care of whom? Surprising new evidence
New study from Population and Development Review finds rising need, reassurancesThere has been much recent discussion in the press of the plight of the so-called "sandwich generation," that is... (Medical News Today)

Data demonstrates long term effectiveness and safety of telescope implant for macular degeneration in patients 65 years and older
VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies, Inc. a developer of advanced visual prosthetic devices for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), has announced the publication of "Long-Term... (Medical News Today)

Osteoporosis linked with heart disease in older people
University of Southampton scientists have discovered a link between coronary heart disease and osteoporosis, suggesting both conditions could have similar causes. (Medical News Today)

Writing program with student interaction creates sense of purpose for seniors
A unique program combining a life review writing workshop with conversations between seniors and college students enhances the sense of meaning in life for older adults living independently, finds a... (Medical News Today)

Cancer drug makes fruit flies live longer
Adult fruit flies given a cancer drug live 12% longer than average, according to a UCL-led study researching healthy ageing. (Medical News Today)

Trinity study links better memory performance in old age with patterns of neural compensation
A new study by neuroscientists in Trinity College Dublin on successful ageing has linked better memory performance in older age with patterns of neural compensation. (Medical News Today)

Patient outcomes could improve by preparing nursing homes for health information exchange
When older adults transfer between nursing homes and hospitals, inefficient and unclear communication between the organizations can hinder patient care. (Medical News Today)

Older adults who might benefit from pet ownership often face barriers
A review of the literature on pet ownership by older adults discusses the health benefits, the challenges and opportunities, and what might be done to promote it. (Medical News Today)

Atlas of older brains could help diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease
A digital map of the ageing brain could aid the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders in older people, a study suggests. (Medical News Today)

New Zealand blackcurrants good for the brain
Research has shown that New Zealand blackcurrants are good for keeping us mentally young and agile, a finding that could have potential in managing the mental decline associated with aging... (Medical News Today)

Rare neurons enable mental flexibility
Behavioral flexibility -- the ability to change strategy when the rules change -- is controlled by specific neurons in the brain, Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology... (Medical News Today)

Pet ownership and its potential benefits for older adults
Research published in Activities, Adaption & Aging calls for increased understanding about older adults, the relationship between pet ownership and health, and the current barriers which limit... (Medical News Today)

Defibrillators 'grossly underused' in older heart attack patients
A new study has found that less than 1 in 10 eligible older heart attack patients receive implanted defibrillators that significantly improve post-heart attack survival. (Medical News Today)

Experts propose new policies in advance of White House Conference on Aging
The 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA), slated for July 13 in Washington, DC, is focused on four priority areas: retirement security, healthy aging, long-term services and supports, and... (Medical News Today)

Independence at home program national demonstration saves more than $25 million
Penn Medicine's house calls program improved care and cost savingsHouse calls, a long-running option dating back to the early days of medicine, can be used in a new way to improve geriatric care... (Medical News Today)

More women are reaching 100 but centenarian men are healthier
New research conducted by a team at King's College London has found an increasing trend in the number of people in the UK reaching age 100 over the past two decades. (Medical News Today)

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