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Health News - Seniors/Aging

Falls are leading cause of injury and death in older Americans
Healthcare providers play an important role in falls prevention.Every second of every day in the United States an older adult falls, making falls the number one cause of injuries and deaths... (Medical News Today)

Youthful DNA in old age
The DNA of young people is regulated to express the right genes at the right time. (Medical News Today)

Receding Gums: Treatment Options and Causes
Gingival recession is when the gum tissue covering the root of the tooth is pushed back. Learn about its causes and forms of treatment with this article. (Medical News Today)

Diet and exercise may improve physical function and quality of life in older obese adults
A recent review and analysis of published studies since 2005 found low-to-moderate evidence that dietary and exercise interventions can improve physical function and quality of life in older adults... (Medical News Today)

Laughter may boost physical activity, mental health for seniors
A program that combines exercise and laughter may motivate older adults to get active, improving their physical and mental health. (Medical News Today)

More than 1 in 4 US adults over 50 do not engage in regular physical activity
Inactivity puts 31 million at risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer.Despite the many benefits of moderate physical activity, 31 million Americans (28 percent) age 50 years and older are... (Medical News Today)

How our brain slows down the effects of aging
The older we get, the more difficult it becomes to put the world around us in order. Yet, our brain develops remarkable strategies to slow down the effects of aging. (Medical News Today)

The prevalence of mental disorders among older people is greater than previously assumed
Previous studies have largely assumed that the prevalence of mental disorders declines with old age. (Medical News Today)

'Super agers' avoid brain shrinkage, retain youthful thinking abilities
Some older adults do not experience a decline in memory ability with age. Researchers reveal the youthful mechanism behind the brain of the 'super ager.' (Medical News Today)

Study results advance 'transposon theory of aging'
A new study increases and strengthens the links that have led scientists to propose the "transposon theory of aging. (Medical News Today)

Midlife physical activity is associated with better cognition in old age
A new study of 3050 twins finds moderately vigorous physical activity - i.e., more strenuous than walking - to be associated with better cognition in a 25-year follow-up. (Medical News Today)

The pleasures - and perils - of protein: Study in fruit flies reveals new clues to appetite and aging
If you're a human who's really hungry, a handful of nuts, a piece of cheese or a nice juicy steak may really hit the spot. If you're a fruit fly, a nibble of yeast will do the trick. (Medical News Today)

Research points to new treatment strategy against Alzheimer's disease
New research suggests that Alzheimer's disease may trigger increased expression of an enzyme called lysozyme, which attempts to counteract amyloid build-up in the brain. (Medical News Today)

Findings suggest electric fan use by elderly during extreme heat could be harmful
In a study appearing in the September 6 issue of JAMA, Craig G. Crandall, Ph.D. (Medical News Today)

Melanoma and the microenvironment - Age matters
Advancing age is a risk factor for cancer, and there is no doubt that the accumulation of DNA damage over time contributes to the correlation of age with cancer risk: an increase in the number of... (Medical News Today)

Sex in seniors: Worrying gender difference unearthed
Sexual intercourse in older adults is widely accepted to be a healthful pastime. New research shows that this might not be the case for both genders. (Medical News Today)

Making memories stronger and more precise during aging
When it comes to the billions of neurons in your brain, what you see at birth is what get -- except in the hippocampus. (Medical News Today)

Genetic cause of severe nerve damage in older adults with inability to walk deciphered
Congenital gene mutations lead to afflicted persons of advanced age developing severe nerve damage (polyneuropathy) with paralysis, loss of sensation and pain. (Medical News Today)

Moderate drinking may reduce frailty, cardiovascular disease for seniors
A new report says there is increasing evidence that moderate alcohol use reduces age-related inflammation, benefiting the cardiovascular health of seniors. (Medical News Today)

Brain blood flow reduces when fit older adults stop exercising
Study shows blood flow to parts of the brain important for cognitive health - such as the hippocampus - reduces when fit older adults stop exercising. (Medical News Today)

Temporal Arteritis: Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Learn all about temporal arteritis, a condition where the temporal arteries are inflamed. This article looks at the symptoms, causes, and treatment. (Medical News Today)

Use it or lose it: UMD study shows that stopping exercise decreases brain blood flow
We all know that we can quickly lose cardiovascular endurance if we stop exercising for a few weeks, but what impact does the cessation of exercise have on our brains? (Medical News Today)

Spondylosis: All You Need to Know
Learn more about spondylosis. These wear-and-tear changes to the spine occur in many people as they get older, causing occasional pain and stiffness. (Medical News Today)

Bacterial Pneumonia: Get the Facts
Learn all about bacterial pneumonia, an inflammation of the lungs caused by bacteria. This article looks at its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. (Medical News Today)

Multivariate analysis improves on cognitive testing in Alzheimer's disease
Currently, cognitive impairment of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease (AD) is measured using the 'Mini-Mental State Examination' (MMSE) test, which involves monitoring answers to five... (Medical News Today)

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