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Health News - Seniors/Aging

The multiple sclerosis drug interferon-β as treatment for age-related macular degeneration?
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness among the elderly. (Medical News Today)

Study characterizes older adults who may need help managing medications
An analysis of 4,000 older adults yields a list of characteristics for identifying which elderly patients are likely to need help managing medication. (Medical News Today)

The absence of a single protein spurs muscle aging in mice
One of the alterations that most affects the quality of life of the elderly is muscle wastage and the resulting loss of strength, a condition known as sarcopenia. (Medical News Today)

Are older adults being appropriately screened for colorectal cancer?
Who should consider colorectal cancer (CRC) screening and why? CRC is a common and costly disease, largely of the elderly, with nearly 25% of cases diagnosed among patients aged 75-84 years, but... (Medical News Today)

Cognitive reserve may help protect against delirium
New research suggests that higher late life cognitive reserve - an ability to offset the losses associated with age- and disease-related changes in the brain - may help prevent delirium. (Medical News Today)

Memory loss in early Alzheimer's reversed with personalized treatment plan
Researchers reveal how a comprehensive treatment approach reversed memory loss for 10 patients with early-stage cognitive decline. (Medical News Today)

Regular exercise may help muscle repair in older adults
The ability of skeletal muscle to regenerate after injury slows with age. Exercise conditioning may restore this ability, study of aged mice suggests. (Medical News Today)

Regenerating memory with neural stem cells
Although brains - even adult brains - are far more malleable than we used to think, they are eventually subject to age-related illnesses, like dementia, and loss of cognitive function. (Medical News Today)

Researchers find potential key to preventing heart attacks, strokes in older adults
Finding helps explain why older individuals are at greater risks for heart disease.As men and women grow older, their chances for coronary heart disease also increase. (Medical News Today)

Senior moments explained: Older adults have weaker clutter control
A new study from the Georgia Institute of Technology finds that older people struggle to remember important details because their brains can't resist the irrelevant "stuff" they soak up... (Medical News Today)

Sleepiness and fatigue linked to brain atrophy in cognitively normal elderly
A new study found that normal older adults who experience excessive sleepiness during the day or significant fatigue may have more brain atrophy than expected for their age, particularly in areas... (Medical News Today)

Mayo Clinic researchers develop accurate way to measure growth factor linked to aging
Researchers at Mayo Clinic have developed an accurate way to measure a circulating factor, called GDF11, to better understand its potential impact on the aging process. (Medical News Today)

Bone hormone boosts muscle performance during exercise but declines with age
When we exercise, our bones produce a hormone called osteocalcin that increases muscle performance, according to a study published in a Cell Metabolism special issue on aging. (Medical News Today)

The most prolific perpetrators of elder abuse may be living among them
At least 1 in 5 nursing home residents may have experienced abuse by other residents. (Medical News Today)

15 minutes daily exercise may be reasonable target in older adults
Fifteen minutes of daily exercise is associated with a 22% lower risk of death and may be a reasonable target for older adults, reveals research presented at the EuroPRevent 2016 meeting by Dr... (Medical News Today)

Older Americans with diabetes living longer without disability, US study shows
Older Americans with diabetes born in the 1940s are living longer and with less disability performing day to day tasks than those born 10 years earlier, according to new research published in The... (Medical News Today)

Study finds little consistency for UTI prevention in nursing homes
A survey of nearly 1,000 nursing homes in the U.S. found little consistency across facilities of policies implemented to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs), according to a new study presented... (Medical News Today)

Life Expectancy and Multiple Sclerosis: What You Need To Know
Learn all about how multiple sclerosis can affect someone's life expectancy, as well as treatments that can help alter the long-term outlook. (Medical News Today)

Could dietary fiber be key to successful aging?
A study that followed older adults finds those whose diet had the most fiber had the best odds of remaining disease- and disability-free 10 years later. (Medical News Today)

Watch your step - blur affects stepping accuracy in older adults
Visual blurring - like that produced by bifocals or multifocal lenses - may cause errors in foot position when walking. (Medical News Today)

Declining dopamine may explain why older people take fewer risks
Older people are less willing to take risks for potential rewards and this may be due to declining levels of dopamine in the brain, finds a new UCL study of over 25,000 people funded by Wellcome. (Medical News Today)

Common Causes of Severe Knee Pain
What are the most common causes of severe knee pain? This article examines a number of them, including trauma and tissue disorders such as arthritis. (Medical News Today)

Undiagnosed dementia may be putting older adults' safety at risk
Adults who have dementia but who have not been formally diagnosed are more likely to engage in potentially unsafe activities than those with a diagnosis. (Medical News Today)

Know the Warning Signs: Early Symptoms of Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Find out all you need to know about the early symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee, as well as what can be done to treat this condition. (Medical News Today)

Does obesity lead to more nursing home admission and a lower quality of care?
In a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, researchers examined the care that obese older adults receive when they are admitted to nursing homes. (Medical News Today)

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