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Health News - Seniors/Aging

Community groups keep us mentally sharp as we age
Staying involved in civic groups throughout adult life could help stave off cognitive decline, according to a new, large-scale longitudinal study. (Medical News Today)

Stop smoking! Quitting at any age reduces the risk of death after 70
Tobacco use continues to be a major cause of cancer and premature death. Most studies of cigarette smoking and mortality have focused on middle-aged populations, with fewer studies examining the... (Medical News Today)

Testosterone treatment may cause blood clots
The number of men seeking testosterone replacement therapy has soared in recent decades. New research looks at some of the potential harms. (Medical News Today)

Daily aspirin could save lives of older Americans at risk of heart disease
If more older Americans with higher heart risk took daily low-dose aspirin, more would live longer and fewer would have heart attacks, says study. (Medical News Today)

Aerobic exercise improves cognition in old age
New research tests the effect of aerobic physical activity on older patients with mild cognitive impairment. Changes in brain size and cognition are noted. (Medical News Today)

Defining immortality of stem cells to identify novel anti-aging mechanisms
With age, somatic cells such as neurons lose their ability to maintain the quality of their protein content. (Medical News Today)

Breast cancer screening 'should not be stopped based on age'
Researchers say breast cancer screening guidelines should not be age-based, after finding no evidence that the benefits of mammography decline after 75. (Medical News Today)

Electronic prescribing of high risk medications may be contributing to falls in elderly patients
Certain medications are considered high risk in elders. In a recent study of 287 individuals ≥65 years who experienced a fall while hospitalized at an urban academic hospital, 62 percent of falls... (Medical News Today)

Researchers put mouse embryos in suspended animation
UC San Francisco researchers have found a way to pause the development of early mouse embryos for up to a month in the lab, a finding with potential implications for assisted reproduction... (Medical News Today)

Among antidementia drugs, memantine is associated with the highest risk of pneumonia
A recent study from the University of Eastern Finland shows that among users of antidementia drugs, persons using memantine have the highest risk of pneumonia. (Medical News Today)

Young blood does not reverse aging in old mice, UC Berkeley study finds
A new study from UC Berkeley found that tissue health and repair dramatically decline in young mice when half of their blood is replaced with blood from old mice. (Medical News Today)

Missed connections: As people age, memory-related brain activity loses cohesion
Groups of brain regions that synchronize their activity during memory tasks become smaller and more numerous as people age, according to a study published in PLOS Computational Biology. (Medical News Today)

Vegetable compounds found to improve cognition in old age
New research suggests the pigment that gives vegetables and plants their vibrant color may improve cognitive function in elderly adults. (Medical News Today)

Occupational therapy fails to aid functioning in Alzheimer's patients
New research questions the benefits of occupational therapy for patients with Alzheimer's disease, particularly for slowing down functional decline. (Medical News Today)

Alzheimer's disease proteins could be at fault for leading cause of vision loss among older people
Research from the University of Southampton gives new insight into possible causes of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss among people aged 50 and older. (Medical News Today)

What impact do medication errors have on nursing home residents?
A new analysis points to surprisingly low rates of serious impacts from medication errors affecting nursing home residents, despite the fact that these errors remain fairly common. (Medical News Today)

Dementia rates falling in the U.S.
Despite worries that dementia will escalate in the coming years, new research suggests the prevalence of the disorder may be decreasing. (Medical News Today)

New research clarifies why wounds heal more slowly with age
Older bodies need longer to mend. This reality of aging has been documented since World War I, with the observation that wounds heal slower in older soldiers. (Medical News Today)

Pregnancy later in life may improve cognition in old age
New research examines the link between the age that mothers have their last baby and cognitive ability, memory, and executive function later in life. (Medical News Today)

Stages of Dementia: How Does the Disease Change Over Time?
What is the diagnosis and outcome of dementia? Learn about treatment option changes over time and what living with dementia in later stages may be like. (Medical News Today)

Vitamin D reduces respiratory infections, says CU Anschutz study
Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that high doses of vitamin D reduce the incidence of acute respiratory illness (ARI) in older, long-term care residents. (Medical News Today)

T-cell differences may reveal individuals' age, susceptibility to disease
Different cells of the human body differ greatly in structure and function. However, variation exists even among cells of one type. (Medical News Today)

Is It Shingles? Pictures and Symptoms
Learn how to tell the difference between shingles and other skin conditions. Also learn about the causes, risk factors, and treatment of shingles. (Medical News Today)

Scouts and guides have better mental health in later life, study finds
Taking part in the scouts or guides appears to help lower the risk of mental illness in later life, a study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Pitt researchers uncover key mechanisms of cancer, aging and inflammation
A team of University of Pittsburgh researchers has uncovered new details about the biology of telomeres, "caps" of DNA that protect the tips of chromosomes and play key roles in a number of health... (Medical News Today)

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