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Health News - Seniors/Aging

What are the effects of lowering blood pressure targets?
New research assesses the costs and benefits of implementing the 2017 hypertension guidelines released by the American Heart Association (AHA). (Medical News Today)

Does childhood cognition predict dementia risk later in life?
New research examines the cognitive ability of children in the hope that markers of cognitive decline will predict dementia later in life. (Medical News Today)

Exercise levels predict lifespan better than smoking, medical history
According to new research, physical activity levels may be the most accurate way to predict the risk of mortality among older adults. (Medical News Today)

Does waist size predict dementia risk?
The first large-scale study of its kind examines the link between waist circumference in later life and the risk of developing dementia. (Medical News Today)

How waste gets 'washed out' of our brains during sleep
A new study shows, for the first time, that cerebrospinal fluid washes into and out of the brain in waves during sleep, helping clear out waste. (Medical News Today)

Dementia risk higher in those who eat more trans fats
A new study of 1,628 older people living in Japan found a 52–74% higher chance of developing dementia in those with higher blood levels of trans fats. (Medical News Today)

How a high salt diet may lead to cognitive decline
New research in mice sheds light on the mechanism that explains the causal link between a diet high in salt and a marker of Alzheimer's disease. (Medical News Today)

Could an existing heart drug help treat cancer?
A new study suggests that a heart drug could help treat cancer by killing a wide array of aging cells that may contribute to tumor growth and spread. (Medical News Today)

Brain activity has role in human aging and longevity
After studying human tissue, mice, and worms, scientists link excessive brain activity to reduced life span and find that its suppression can extend life. (Medical News Today)

Parkinson's: New treatment approach shows promise in brain cells
A new study suggests an innovative strategy for tackling an enzyme that is typically affected in Parkinson's disease. The findings show promise in neurons. (Medical News Today)

What to know about peptides for health
Peptides are small chains of amino acids. People use products with peptides for their potential benefits, including to slow aging or build muscle. Learn about peptides, what they do, and safety here. (Medical News Today)

MCI: Should memory tests score males and females differently?
A new study finds that testing memory with sex-specific scores could lead to more females and fewer males receiving a mild cognitive impairment diagnosis. (Medical News Today)

Dementia: Brain mapping method may predict progression
New research shows how frontotemporal dementia progresses and enables scientists to accurately predict how the condition will spread. (Medical News Today)

What to know about delirium
Delirium is a sudden change in a person’s mental function. It often affects older adults or people experiencing alcohol withdrawal. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Exercise especially important for older people with heart disease
A study on the effect of exercise on older adults in physical rehabilitation shows that those with the greatest impairment at baseline benefited the most. (Medical News Today)

Slow walking speed in midlife linked with faster aging
A new study finds that a slow walking speed at the age of 45 correlates with premature cognitive and physical aging, and that slow gait may predict aging. (Medical News Today)

Aging and cancer: A surprising two way relationship
Although aging is the greatest risk factor for cancer, a recent study demonstrates how aging cells might, paradoxically, hinder cancer progression. (Medical News Today)

What to know about sagging testicles
As a normal part of aging, the scrotum loses elasticity, and the skin starts to sag. Some medical conditions can also cause the skin to appear saggy. Learn more about saggy balls and how to treat them here. (Medical News Today)

6 ways to tighten loose skin
There are many causes of loose, sagging skin, including aging, rapid weight loss, and pregnancy. Learn about ways to prevent and tighten loose skin here. (Medical News Today)

95% of people think they could develop dementia with age
A large scale global study from ADI and the London School of Economics and Political Science examines the attitudes of people toward dementia. (Medical News Today)

Everything you need to know about pebble poop
Pebble poop is small, pellet-like stool, and it is usually a sign of constipation. In this article, learn about the possible causes, as well as treatments and home remedies. (Medical News Today)

Financial hardship may accelerate aging
What is the impact of poverty on the process of biological aging? New research investigates, zooming in on the effect of 4 years of economic hardship. (Medical News Today)

How 'exergaming' can help people with Parkinson's
New research investigates the benefits of an at-home computer game exercising program for people living with Parkinson's disease. (Medical News Today)

Can exercise slow down Alzheimer's?
A new proof-of-concept study finds that people with Alzheimer's biomarkers in the brain who exercise frequently experience slower deterioration. (Medical News Today)

How to care for someone with Alzheimer's disease
Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease can be both challenging and rewarding. Learn about tips to make it easier, as well as when to seek professional help. (Medical News Today)

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