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Health News - Seniors/Aging

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)

Preoperative patient frailty a good predictor of long-term mortality in older patients
Frailty status, assessed using tools that measure mobility, disability, and nutritional status, may predict mortality 6 or more months after major cardiac surgery and functional decline after more... (Medical News Today)

Family, not friends, lowers death risk in older age
Having more family and feeling closer to relatives in older age was found to reduce mortality in a new study, but the same could not be said for friends. (Medical News Today)

Anemia may raise risk of death for stroke patients
Stroke patients who have anemia or whose hemoglobin levels are too high may be at greater risk of death in the year after stroke, study finds. (Medical News Today)

Scientists aim to mitigate aging's role in chronic disease
Members of the Geroscience Network have produced six manuscripts that map strategies for taking new drugs that target processes underlying aging into clinical trials. (Medical News Today)

Physical training and social support reduce frailty and malnutrition
A training program for the reactivation of older and frail people established by MedUni Vienna has achieved remarkable success. (Medical News Today)

Slower blood aging may explain why Hispanics live longer
Hispanics live longer than other ethnicities despite having higher rates of disease. New research finds this may be because they have slower blood aging. (Medical News Today)

Will you age well? It might depend on your parents' lifespan
Offspring of parents who have a long lifespan are less likely to develop diseases such as heart disease and cancer in older age, a new study finds. (Medical News Today)

Virtual reality and treadmill training could help prevent falls in older adults
Combining virtual reality and treadmill training helps prevent falls in older adults better than treadmill training alone, according to a new randomised controlled trial published in The Lancet. (Medical News Today)

Poor protein control key to Alzheimer's progression
The way in which Alzheimer's brain changes progress is linked to poor control of protein in specific areas of the brain. New research maps these changes. (Medical News Today)

Mediterranean diet may slow cognitive decline, prevent Alzheimer's
A new review finds higher adherence to the Mediterranean diet may slow cognitive decline and lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease. (Medical News Today)

Assisted-living facilities limit older adults' rights to sexual freedom, study finds
Older adults in assisted-living facilities experience limits to their rights to sexual freedom because of a lack of policies regarding the issue and the actions of staff and administrators at these... (Medical News Today)

Volunteering in middle age and senior years linked to enhanced mental health
No positive association seen before age of 40, suggesting link varies across life course. (Medical News Today)

'Feeling full' hormone increase in seniors may explain 'anorexia of aging'
Elderly adults have higher production of the hormone PYY, which suppresses appetite, study finds. This may explain unintentional weight loss in seniors. (Medical News Today)

Researchers identify part of the brain that compensates for hearing loss in older adults
Researchers have pinpointed the specific part of the brain that older adults rely on to differentiate speech sounds in background noise, which could revolutionize the treatment of hearing loss. (Medical News Today)

Good attitudes about aging help seniors handle stress
New research from North Carolina State University finds that having a positive attitude about aging makes older adults more resilient when faced with stressful situations. (Medical News Today)

Brain aging accelerated by 10 years with midlife overweight, obesity
Researchers find that being overweight or obese in midlife leads to a reduction in white matter volume that is the equivalent of a decade of brain aging. (Medical News Today)

Longer survival likely to be reason for increased numbers with diabetes, rather than increased incidence
Overall incidence of type 2 diabetes has stabilised over recent years, according to a new study published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes), whilst... (Medical News Today)

Pain profiling has potential to improve quality of life for older patients
A two part paper published recently in Age & Ageing, the scientific journal of The British Geriatrics Society, reveals that pain profiling in older patients has the potential to improve quality of... (Medical News Today)

Hot flash: Women who start menstruation and menopause later more likely to live to 90
The number of women living to age 90 in the United States has increased significantly in the past century. Currently estimated at 1.3 million, this demographic is expected to quadruple by 2050. (Medical News Today)

Regardless of age, health conditions, many seniors not retired from sex
Despite societal perceptions that older adults' love lives are ancient history, many seniors are anything but retired from sex, a new study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Among the oldest adults, poor balance may signal higher risk for dementia
The number of people living well into their 90s is projected to quadruple by 2050. By mid-century, nearly 9 million people will be 90-years-old or older. (Medical News Today)

Aging accelerated by menopause, insomnia
Researchers claim to have answered the long-debated question about whether aging causes menopause or menopause causes aging; the latter appears to be true. (Medical News Today)

New sunscreen compound protects against UVA-induced skin aging, cancer
Researchers have created a compound that offers high protection against skin damage caused by UVA radiation, and they call for it to be added to sunscreen. (Medical News Today)

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