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Health News - Seniors/Aging

Moderate drinking linked to heart damage in the elderly
Elderly people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol may experience alterations to heart structure and poorer heart function, a new study finds, with women most at risk. (Medical News Today)

Oldest old less likely to be investigated or aggressively treated after surgery
Patients aged 80 and above are significantly less likely to be investigated or aggressively treated after surgery than their younger counterparts, reveals a national audit of hospital deaths... (Medical News Today)

Moderate drinking in later years may damage heart
Drinking two or more alcoholic beverages daily may damage the heart of elderly people, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging. (Medical News Today)

Frailer older patients at higher risk of readmission or death after discharge from hospital
Frailer older patients are at higher risk of readmission to hospital or death within 30 days after discharge from a general internal medicine ward, but health care professionals can assess who is at... (Medical News Today)

New mechanism behind Alzheimer's onset identified
We take a look at two new Alzheimer's studies that overturn accepted wisdom on the mechanisms behind sporadic Alzheimer's onset and early symptoms. (Medical News Today)

Heart failure patients with cognitive impairment 'may have worse outcomes'
New research suggests that cognitive impairment in older heart failure patients could predict worse health outcomes such as readmission to hospital or death. (Medical News Today)

Cognitive impairment predicts worse outcome in heart failure
Risk of all-cause death and heart failure readmission was elevated 7.5-foldCognitive impairment predicts worse outcome in elderly heart failure patients, reveals research presented at Heart... (Medical News Today)

Botox boosts pliability, elasticity of skin for up to 4 months
A new study finds botox - a drug commonly used to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles - increases the pliability and elasticity of skin for up to 4 months after treatment. (Medical News Today)

Robot walker for elderly people in public spaces
Elderly people with walking difficulties are often intimidated by busy public places. (Medical News Today)

Premature aging: Scientists identify and correct defects in diseased cells
Scientists from the Institut Pasteur and CNRS, in collaboration with scientists from the Institut Gustave Roussy and CEA, have succeeded in restoring normal activity in cells isolated from patients... (Medical News Today)

Drinking chamomile decreases risk of death in older Mexican American women
Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have found that drinking chamomile tea was associated with a decreased risk of death from all causes in Mexican-American women... (Medical News Today)

It's time to support older people in giving up smoking
New research published online in the British Journal of Psychiatry suggests that supporting older people with mental ill-health to give up smoking has positive health benefits and will not, as... (Medical News Today)

America's Health Rankings Senior Report: Older Americans are progressing in several key measures but inactivity sees sharp rise
Vermont is the healthiest state for seniors, rising from fourth place last year, according to the third edition of United Health Foundation's America's Health Rankings® Senior Report: A Call to... (Medical News Today)

Support group, home exercise improves mobility for PAD patients
Group behavioral therapy that encouraged walking at home significantly improved and prevented mobility loss among patients with clogged arteries in the legs, according to research in the Journal of... (Medical News Today)

Omega-3 fatty acids enhance cognitive flexibility in at-risk older adults
A study of older adults at risk of late-onset Alzheimer's disease found that those who consumed more omega-3 fatty acids did better than their peers on tests of cognitive flexibility -- the ability... (Medical News Today)

More people are dying in hospices in England
More people are dying in hospices, but few from diseases other than cancer and the gap between rich and poor is increasingThe proportion of people dying in hospices in England has nearly doubled... (Medical News Today)

Age-reversal effects of 'young blood' molecule GDF-11 called into question
The leading theory for why the blood of younger mice rejuvenates the muscles of older mice is now in contest. (Medical News Today)

Risk of stroke in healthy older adults reduced with statins, fibrates
A new observational study found that the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs was associated with a 30% lower stroke risk among healthy older adults. (Medical News Today)

How does the brain respond to hearing loss?
Researchers exploring the ways in which the human brain responds to hearing loss have identified patterns of brain 'reorganization' that may be related to a widely reported link between age-related... (Medical News Today)

When it comes to testosterone, more isn't always better
Study by UCSB anthropologists connects increased diabetes risk and higher levels of testosterone to prostate enlargementTestosterone, the hormone that puts a spring in a man's step, may also... (Medical News Today)

Exercise, however modest, found progressively beneficial to the elderly
Large cohort study finds mortality rate negatively associated with level of physical activityEven exercise of short duration and low intensity has life expectancy benefits for the elderly. (Medical News Today)

Age-friendly communities essential to urban elders' well-being, journal says
The future of communities around the world will in large part be determined by the efforts to achieve a high quality of life for their older citizens, according to the latest issue of Public Policy ... (Medical News Today)

Aging baby boomers, childless and unmarried, at risk of becoming 'elder orphans'
With an aging Baby Boomer population and increasing numbers of childless and unmarried seniors, nearly one-quarter of Americans over age 65 are currently or at risk to become "elder orphans," a... (Medical News Today)

Men far less likely to prevent, screen for osteoporosis
Up to 2 million American men suffer from osteoporosis and another 8 to 13 million have low bone density, with worse health outcomes than womenWhile the consequences of osteoporosis are worse in... (Medical News Today)

Drug perks up old muscles and aging brains
Inhibitor tamps down TGF-beta1 and rejuvenates aging stem cells in brain and musclesImages of cells in the brain's hippocampus show that the growth factor TGF-beta1 (stained red) is barely... (Medical News Today)

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