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Health News - Seniors/Aging

Life expectancy climbs worldwide but people spend more years living with illness and disability
Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990 as healthy life expectancy grows; ischemic heart disease, lower respiratory infections, and stroke cause the most health loss... (Medical News Today)

Surprised? Cholinergic neurons send broadcasts enabling us to learn from the unexpected
When a large combat unit, widely dispersed in dense jungle, goes to battle, no single soldier knows precisely how his actions are affecting the unit's success or failure. (Medical News Today)

Growth hormone reduces risk of osteoporosis fractures in older women
Long-term follow-up study shows benefits lasted for years after randomized trialFor years after it was administered, growth hormone continued to reduce the risk of fractures and helped maintain... (Medical News Today)

HIV testing among older adults is declining, despite CDC recommendation
Researchers led by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health examined HIV testing trends among adults ages 50 through 64 both before and after 2006, when the Centers for Disease Control and... (Medical News Today)

Study of 'fountain of youth' protein points to possible human health benefit
Patients with higher blood levels of growth factor have lower risk of cardiovascular problemsIndividuals previously diagnosed with heart disease may be less likely to experience heart failure... (Medical News Today)

Declining awareness of memory loss precedes dementia
Researchers have demonstrated that the awareness of memory loss begins to decline in people 2-3 years before they develop dementia. (Medical News Today)

New lens effective treatment of dry AMD, established wet forms of AMD, other macular disease including maculopathy
Following revolutionary eye surgery at the London Eye Hospital to implant a state-of-the-art iolAMD lens in her eye, retired classroom assistant Irene Da Silva has realised her dream of seeing her... (Medical News Today)

High use of alternative medicine in senior oncology patients
Many seniors with cancer are also using complementary or alternative medicines that could interfere with their cancer treatmentAlternative medicines are widely thought to be at least harmless and... (Medical News Today)

Omega-3 supplements, physical activity fail to show effect against cognitive decline
New research fails to show a benefit from exercise or dietary supplementation on levels of cognitive brain health, but experts say lifestyle factors should not be written off. (Medical News Today)

Study links physical activity to greater mental flexibility in older adults
One day soon, doctors may determine how physically active you are simply by imaging your brain. (Medical News Today)

Study backs flu vaccinations for elderly
A new study of the records of millions of nursing home residents affirms the value of influenza vaccination among the elderly. (Medical News Today)

A third of very elderly Americans 'on statins without evidence'
Statins are increasingly being used in people over 79 years of age who have not yet shown any signs of vascular disease - contrary to the available evidence, say researchers. (Medical News Today)

Stopping antihypertensive therapy in older patients did not improve functioning
Discontinuing antihypertensive therapy for patients 75 or older with mild cognitive deficits did not improve short-term cognitive, psychological or general daily functioning, according to an... (Medical News Today)

Anti-aging tricks from dietary supplement seen in mice
Alpha-lipoic acid stimulates telomerase in vascular smooth muscleIn human cells, shortened telomeres, the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes, are both a sign of aging and contribute to it. (Medical News Today)

Weak doses of radiation prolong life of female flies, scientists find
These findings could reveal the genes that enable the prolongation of life and in the future lead to the creation of a means to prevent aging in humansDrosophilaflies (fruit flies) are at the... (Medical News Today)

Levels of dementia may be stabilizing, says report
The rise of dementia that was previously predicted may be false after researchers discover the number of people with the condition is stabilizing in some countries. (Medical News Today)

Study provides hope for some human stem cell therapies
An international team of scientists headed by biologists at UC San Diego has discovered that an important class of stem cells known as human "induced pluripotent stem cells," or iPSCs, which are... (Medical News Today)

Home-based treatment is cost-effective alternative for heart patients
Post-discharge disease management provided in their own homes could be a cost-effective alternative for recently-hospitalized elderly patients with chronic heart failure (CHF)Just published in... (Medical News Today)

Stem cells derived from amniotic membrane can benefit retinal diseases when transplanted
Tests on animal models show that MSCs secrete growth factors that suppress causes of diabetic retinopathy and macular degenerationA team of researchers in South Korea has successfully... (Medical News Today)

Updated screening policies could detect more abdominal aortic aneurysms
Updating national screening policies could help detect a deadly form of aneurysm in older men; saving lives and resources, according to research presented in the Journal of the American Heart... (Medical News Today)

'Stress hormone' levels in saliva could pinpoint seniors with cognitive decline
Researchers found older adults with high levels of the 'stress hormone' cortisol in their saliva had smaller brain volume and poorer memory and thinking skills. (Medical News Today)

Vitamin D supplements could help reduce falls in homebound elderly
Every year falls affect approximately one in three older adults living at home, with approximately one in 10 falls resulting in serious injury. (Medical News Today)

The nonagenarian athlete: Researchers study Olga Kotelko's brain
In the summer of 2012, Olga Kotelko, a 93-year-old Canadian track-and-field athlete with more than 30 world records in her age group, visited the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology... (Medical News Today)

Dream of feeling less tired? The trick comes with age
The elderly are doing something right. New research into the effects of age on sleep suggests our older community sleep less, but report better quality sleep, and feel more awake during the day. (Medical News Today)

Smart diapers tell you when they need changing
In a bid to improve the care of the elderly and bed-ridden, researchers have developed a diaper sensor that alerts caregivers by SMS to inform them when the napkin needs changing. (Medical News Today)

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