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Thousands of older adults and persons with disabilities transitioning home
The State of Connecticut's Department of Social Services, with its state evaluator UConn's Center on Aging, successfully transitioned more than 2,200 older and disabled Connecticut residents from... (Medical News Today)

Expanded AGS Beers Criteria offer new info, tools for safer medication use in older adults
The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) has released its second updated and expanded Beers Criteria--lists of potentially inappropriate medications for older adults who are not receiving hospice or... (Medical News Today)

Mapping the genes that increase lifespan
Comprehensive study finds 238 genes that affect aging in yeast cellsFollowing an exhaustive, ten-year effort, scientists at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and the University of... (Medical News Today)

Smoking and heavy alcohol use are associated with epigenetic signs of aging
Cigarette smoking and heavy alcohol use cause epigenetic changes to DNA that reflect accelerated biological aging in distinct, measurable ways, according to research presented at the American Society... (Medical News Today)

Diet supplement keeps circadian clock from slowing down in aging mice
Falling levels of polyamines, compounds present in all living cells, cause circadian rhythms to slow down in older mice, reports a study published October 8 in Cell Metabolism. (Medical News Today)

Aged neurons can now be generated using stem cell technology
Diseases of human aging have always been difficult to study in the lab. Stem cell technology always had promise, but when scientists reverted a skin cell from an 89-year-old woman back into a stem... (Medical News Today)

Depression: not a normal part of aging
In line with Mental Health Awareness Week, we look at the risk factors for depression among older adults, as well as the signs of the condition and how it can be treated. (Medical News Today)

Therapy reduces the risk of fragility fractures by 40 percent
Osteoporosis, a disease of progressive bone loss, affects 70 percent of the U.S. population older than age 50: one in two women--and one in five men. (Medical News Today)

CNIO researchers have discovered a new player in tumor suppression and aging
A study conducted by the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre´s (CNIO) Genomic Instability Group, led by Oscar Fernández-Capetillo, describes for the first time in mammals, the role played by... (Medical News Today)

Progeria: Viennese researchers describe mechanism behind premature aging disease
Progeria, a premature aging disease, is the research focus of Roland Foisner's team at the Max F. Perutz Laboratories of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna. (Medical News Today)

Preferences for a good end-of-life experience
A study comparing preferences and willingness to pay for end-of-life treatments between advanced cancer patients and the general population of older adults has shown that patients are willing to pay... (Medical News Today)

Lack of face-to-face contact almost doubles depression risk for older adults
Seniors who rarely see their friends or family are at almost twice the risk for depression, and regular written or telephone contact fails to offset this risk, a new study finds. (Medical News Today)

Concussion recovery proceeds more slowly in older people
Using fMRI and working memory tasks, researchers find older people take longer to recover from concussion and suggest post-injury management should differ by age group. (Medical News Today)

WHO: society needs to think differently about aging
In a new report on aging and health, the WHO call for public health action and fundamental shifts in how we think about aging as the number of over-60s is set to double by 2050. (Medical News Today)

Researcher calls for changes to colorectal cancer screening guidelines
Editorial suggests more research is needed to pinpoint age to end aggressive screeningColorectal cancer will claim the lives of close to 50,000 Americans this year, according to the American... (Medical News Today)

High opioid use in older people with COPD raises safety concerns
Study based on records for more than 120,000 adults in Ontario age 66 and older with COPDResearchers are raising safety concerns about high rates of new opioid use among older adults with chronic... (Medical News Today)

To live longer, replace 1 hour of sitting with walking daily
Could it be this simple? A new study suggests replacing sitting with walking for 1 hour each day could reduce the risk of early death by up to 14%. (Medical News Today)

Innovative 'brain prosthesis' could help with memory loss
The symptoms of dementia, including memory loss, are incurable. But a new brain prosthesis implanted in the hippocampus is showing promise as a potential cure for memory loss. (Medical News Today)

High-volume facilities better for nursing hip fractures
There isn't a lot of information available to help family caregivers choose the best skilled nursing facility for an elderly loved one who breaks a hip, but a new study suggests a potentially useful... (Medical News Today)

Increasing calcium intake 'does not improve bone health of seniors'
Increasing calcium intake to current recommendations does not improve bone density or reduce the risk of fractures among adults over the age of 50, two new studies find. (Medical News Today)

Older women giving up work to care for grandkids, new Australian report finds
Older people, mostly women, are giving up paid work to care for grandchildren so that their daughters and daughters-in-law can return to the labour force. (Medical News Today)

New drug combo could help older adults with clinical depression
Combining an antipsychotic drug with an antidepressant could improve depression in older adults who are unresponsive to antidepressants alone, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

Treatment of elderly patients with breast cancer varies between different countries throughout Europe
First results from the largest international comparison of the treatment of elderly patients with breast cancer have shown there are substantial differences in the use of surgery, hormone therapy... (Medical News Today)

Study links hearing impairment to increased risk of death
New research finds that the risk of death is increased as a result of hearing impairment in the over-70s, for those with mild as well as more severe hearing loss. (Medical News Today)

Study finds significant differences in frailty by region and by race among older Americans
A large-scale survey of older Americans living at home or in assisted living settings found that 15 percent are frail, a diminished state that makes people more vulnerable to falls, chronic disease... (Medical News Today)

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