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New research center to focus on family caregivers of elderly and disabled

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Photo: Elderly woman and family caregiver [20/10/2014] More than 65 million family caregivers in the US help 12 million seniors and people with disabilities to live at home. While family caregivers save the federal government billions each year in long-term care services, these caregivers aren't getting much support in return, said principal investigator Sandy Magaña, professor of disability and human development at University of Illinois at Chicago.New research center to focus on family caregivers of elderly and disabled - Read more

Laboratory in Space: Hot on the Trails of Cartilage Degradation

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[01/10/2014] On November 10, 2014, astronaut Alexander Gerst will return to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS). He is not just anxiously expected by his family, but also by Dr. Anna-Maria Liphardt from the Institute of Biomechanics and Orthopedics at the German Sport University Cologne Laboratory in Space: Hot on the Trails of Cartilage Degradation - Read more

Simple test can help detect Alzheimer's before dementia signs show

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Photo: Elderly woman at the computer [30/09/2014] York University researchers say a simple test that combines thinking and movement can help to detect heightened risk for developing Alzheimer's disease in a person, even before there are any telltale behavioral signs of dementia.Simple test can help detect Alzheimer's before dementia signs show - Read more

First mouse model for ALS dementia

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Photo: Mouse [29/09/2014] The first animal model for ALS dementia, a form of ALS that also damages the brain, has been developed by Northwestern Medicine scientists. The advance will allow researchers to directly see the brains of living mice, under anesthesia, at the microscopic level. This will allow direct monitoring of test drugs to determine if they work.First mouse model for ALS dementia - Read more

World Alzheimer’s Day 2014: "Dementia – Everybody can do something"

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Graphic: Brain consisting of gear wheels dissolves [16/09/2014] For the 20th time the World Alzheimer's Day takes place on 21st September 2014. This day, people are invited to participate actively in perceiving and dealing with dementia. The everyday life of people with dementia should be designed livable in all relevant areas.World Alzheimer’s Day 2014: "Dementia – Everybody can do something" - Read more

Steroid hormone to fight age-related diseases

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Photo: Caenorhabditis elegans [12/09/2014] Through the study of the roundworm, Caenorhabditis elegans, the team led by Hugo Aguilaniu has discovered a hormone that enhances longevity and reduces fertility, thus reproducing the effects of an extreme diet. Steroid hormone to fight age-related diseases - Read more

Strategy proposed for preventing diseases of aging

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Photo: Older couple cycling [25/07/2014] Medicine focuses almost entirely on fighting chronic diseases in a piecemeal fashion as symptoms develop. Instead, more efforts should be directed to promoting interventions that have the potential to prevent multiple chronic diseases and extend healthy lifespans.Strategy proposed for preventing diseases of aging - Read more

Regular nutrition screenings in geriatric health assessment

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Photo: Older man eating a pear [08/07/2014] As older adults typically have one or more chronic health conditions that can affect dietary intake, malnutrition has been identified as a serious problem. This has given rise to the recommendation that nutrition screenings be a mandatory part of the comprehensive geriatric analysis (CGA).Regular nutrition screenings in geriatric health assessment - Read more

New health services needed for rise in 100-year-olds

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Photo: Old Asian woman smiling [04/07/2014] Over 35,000 people lived to 100 years or more in England over the last ten years, with a large proportion subsequently dying from frailty exacerbated by pneumonia, according to a new study by King's College London. With the number of centenarians set to grow, end-of-life care needs to be tailored to the increasing frailty in this age group, warn the King's palliative care researchers.New health services needed for rise in 100-year-olds - Read more

Recreational soccer can treat type 2 diabetes patients

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Photo: Older men playing soccer [16/06/2014] Studies show that 24 weeks of twice-weekly recreational soccer training sessions lower blood pressure and improves heart function in men with high blood pressure and men with type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, men with type 2 diabetes lost 12 percent of their abdominal fat and reduced their blood sugar 20 percent more than inactive control subjects.Recreational soccer can treat type 2 diabetes patients - Read more

Sports and Cancer: No Panacea, but a Necessary Aid

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[02/06/2014] When are sports healthy, how often should you engage in sports and what effect do sports have on the body – over the past few decades, there were always different answers to these questions. Many studies that were conducted in the past however confirm the assumption that sports and exercise always support health, even if someone is already sick.Sports and Cancer: No Panacea, but a Necessary Aid - Read more

Duration And Severity: Diabetes Associated With Brain Atrophy

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Photo: Woman injects insulin [05/05/2014] Type 2 diabetes may be associated with brain degeneration, according to a new multicenter study. The study also found that, contrary to common clinical belief, diabetes may not be directly associated with small vessel ischemic disease, where the brain does not receive enough oxygenated blood.Duration And Severity: Diabetes Associated With Brain Atrophy - Read more

Mobile Assistance Systems: “The device automatically notifies if something isn’t right”

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[02/05/2014] Staying active and mobile when you are old – who doesn’t want that? People suffering from dementia can often only dream about that. The fear of not finding your way back home or not getting any help in an emergency severally restricts many affected people in the way they live their lives. Yet there are many people, who could still independently participate in life despite mild dementia. Mobile Assistance Systems: “The device automatically notifies if something isn’t right” - Read more

Long-Term Study: Midlife Occupational Physical Activity Limits Mobility in Old Age

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Photo: Man carries wood [25/04/2014] Strenuous occupational physical activity in midlife increases the risk of mobility limitation in old age, whereas leisure-time physical activity decreases the risk. This is found in a study which followed up 5,200 public sector employees for 28 years. The study was conducted at the Gerontology Research Center in Finland and the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.Long-Term Study: Midlife Occupational Physical Activity Limits Mobility in Old Age - Read more

Physicians: Why Vitamin D Deficiency Diagnoses Surged

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Photo: Vitamin D [17/04/2014] New research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center suggests that physicians are ordering vitamin D deficiency screening tests for preventive care purposes rather than after patients develop conditions caused by decreased bone density.Physicians: Why Vitamin D Deficiency Diagnoses Surged - Read more

Long-Term Study: Long-Term Health of Childhood Cancer Survivors

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Photo: Gap [20/03/2014] A long-term follow-up of adult survivors of childhood cancer reinforces need for lifelong health surveillance for childhood cancer survivors.Long-Term Study: Long-Term Health of Childhood Cancer Survivors - Read more

Environment: Research Links Body Clocks to Chronic Lung Diseases

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Photo: Clock in the chest [19/03/2014] The body clock’s natural rhythm could be utilized to improve current therapies to delay the onset of chronic lung diseases. Scientists at the University of Manchester have discovered a rhythmic defense pathway in the lung controlled by our body clocks, which is essential to combat daily exposure to toxins and pollutants.Environment: Research Links Body Clocks to Chronic Lung Diseases - Read more

World Kidney Day - 03/13/2014

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Photo: Official logo of World Kidney Day [12/03/2014] Up to 1 800 liters – this much blood flows through both human kidneys each day. As long as the organs are healthy, they filter metabolic end-products and toxic substances from the blood and control the body’s water balance. They also regulate the blood pressure this way.World Kidney Day - 03/13/2014 - Read more

Patients: What Do Older People Think Causes Hypertension

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Photo: Bloodpressure [25/02/2014] Older adults with hypertension may have dramatically different perceptions about the cause of their condition depending upon where they live, their ethnicity and other demographic characteristics, suggests new research that involved older adults in Arizona and Illinois.Patients: What Do Older People Think Causes Hypertension - Read more

Assisted Suicide: Women More Likely to Receive Help Than Men

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Photo: Two female hands holding each other [20/02/2014] Organisations involved in assisted suicide help women die more frequently than men. In addition, those living alone, the divorced and well-educated people make above-average use of assisted suicide. This has been demonstrated by a study supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).Assisted Suicide: Women More Likely to Receive Help Than Men - Read more

UK: Thatcher's Policies Condemned for Causing 'Unjust Premature Death'

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Photo: Union Jack, Red Bus, Signs of London [13/02/2014] Dr Alex Scott-Samuel and colleagues from the Universities of Durham, West of Scotland, Glasgow and Edinburgh, sourced data from over 70 existing research papers, which concludes that the former prime minister's legacy "includes the unnecessary and unjust premature death of many British citizens, together with a substantial and continuing burden of suffering and loss of well-being."UK: Thatcher's Policies Condemned for Causing 'Unjust Premature Death' - Read more

Eyes: Probability of Blindness from Glaucoma Nearly Halved

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Photo: Eye [23/01/2014] The probability of blindness due to the serious eye disease glaucoma has decreased by nearly half since 1980, according to a recent study.Eyes: Probability of Blindness from Glaucoma Nearly Halved - Read more

Nutrition: Dietary Supplement Use among Older Persons

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Photo: Nutrition [09/12/2013] Many older people are ingesting too much magnesium and vitamin E in the form of dietary supplements. This was discovered by scientists of the Helmholtz Zentrum München in a population-based study.Nutrition: Dietary Supplement Use among Older Persons - Read more

Hospital: Geriatric Care May Help Older Patients after Car Accident

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Photo: Elderly patient and doctor [05/12/2013] Older patients who received extra geriatric care following a traumatic injury were able to return to roughly two thirds more daily activities than those without a consultation, according to a new study led by researchers from the University of Michigan Health System and University of California, Los Angeles.Hospital: Geriatric Care May Help Older Patients after Car Accident - Read more

Corneal Transplants: Donor Age Mostly Not a Factor

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Photo: Eye [28/11/2013] Ten years after a transplant, a cornea from a 71-year-old donor is likely to remain as healthy as a cornea from a donor half that age. Corneas from donors over 71 perform slightly less well but still remain healthy for most recipients.Corneal Transplants: Donor Age Mostly Not a Factor - Read more

Older Adults: Delaying Age Rather Than Fighting Fatal Diseases

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Photo: Aging happily [15/10/2013] A new study shows that research to delay aging and the infirmities of old age would have better population health and economic returns than advances in individual fatal diseases such as cancer or heart disease.Older Adults: Delaying Age Rather Than Fighting Fatal Diseases - Read more

World Arthritis Day - 10/12/2013

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Photo: Rheumatism [07/10/2013] Rheumatic and muscosceletal diseases span a lot of different conditions that can have strongly differing forms. Still, most of these conditions have in common that they cause strong pain and reduce the functions of the affected limbs and organs.World Arthritis Day - 10/12/2013 - Read more

Age: Weight Change Is More Important Than Starting Point

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Photo: Weighing [20/09/2013] Some overweight older adults do not need to lose weight to extend their lives, but they could risk an earlier death if they pack on more pounds. People who are slightly overweight in their 50s but keep their weight relatively stable are the most likely to survive over the next 16 years.Age: Weight Change Is More Important Than Starting Point - Read more

Osteoporosis: Portable, Low-Cost Early-Warning Test

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Photo: Osteoporosis [18/09/2013] A handheld device for diagnosing the early signs of osteoporosis could be available for clinical use within five years. Osteoporosis: Portable, Low-Cost Early-Warning Test - Read more

Public Health: Americans Living Longer, More Healthy Lives

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Photo: Life Quality [16/09/2013] New research by University of Massachusetts Medical School faculty measures increases in health-related, quality-of-life expectancy.Public Health: Americans Living Longer, More Healthy Lives - Read more

Ophthalmology: Catching the Silent Thief of Sight

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Photo: Retina [13/09/2013] A team of researchers led by Jun Cheng of the A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore, has developed a novel automated technology that screens for glaucoma more accurately and quickly than existing methods. Ophthalmology: Catching the Silent Thief of Sight - Read more

Cataract: People After Surgery Live Longer

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Photo: Patient [06/09/2013] People with cataract-related vision loss who have had cataract surgery to improve their sight are living longer than those with visual impairment who chose not to have the procedure, according to an Australian cohort study.Cataract: People After Surgery Live Longer - Read more

USA: Poor Blacks Likely to Get Worse Nursing Home Care

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Photo: Old hands [04/09/2013] Prof. Latarsha Chisholm conducted a study, which found that nursing homes that serve predominantly black residents tend to struggle financially and provide lower quality care than nursing homes with no black residents.USA: Poor Blacks Likely to Get Worse Nursing Home Care - Read more

Heart Attacks: Drug Dosing for Older Patients Should Differ

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Photo: Pills [20/08/2013] Older heart patients present unique challenges for determining the optimal dosages of medications. A new study from researchers at Duke Medicine offers some clarity about the use of drugs that are used to treat patients with heart attacks.Heart Attacks: Drug Dosing for Older Patients Should Differ - Read more

Grandparents and Grandchildren: Strong Relationships Reduce Depression

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Photo: Grandparents and grandchild [12/08/2013] A new study shows that grandparents and grandchildren have real, measurable effects on each other's psychological well-being long into grandchildren's adulthood.Grandparents and Grandchildren: Strong Relationships Reduce Depression - Read more

Public Health: Aging Population and Emergency Departments

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Photo: Waiting room [09/07/2013] As the population gets older, and the baby boomers begin to enter their 60's and 70's, one might assume that the number of trips to the emergency department will also increase.Public Health: Aging Population and Emergency Departments - Read more

Older Patients: Tailoring Diabetes Treatment Yields Dramatic Results

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Photo: Blood sugar investigation [09/07/2013] More than a quarter of over 70s with type 2 diabetes could benefit simply from improving communication and education in the clinic, new research has revealed. A study led by the University of Exeter Medical School found that 27 percent achieved better glycaemic control through individualised care alone.Older Patients: Tailoring Diabetes Treatment Yields Dramatic Results - Read more

Gene Therapy: Virus Restores Sight

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Photo: Gene Therapy [14/06/2013] Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a new method to insert genes into eye cells that could greatly expand gene therapy to help restore sight to patients with blinding diseases.Gene Therapy: Virus Restores Sight - Read more

Medication: Virtual "Pillbox" Increases Safety

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Photo: Tablet [13/06/2013] Researchers at the Universidad Miguel Hernández (UMH) in Elche have designed an application for mobile devices that helps elderly people with multiple illnesses improve medication management.Medication: Virtual "Pillbox" Increases Safety - Read more

Implant: Telescope for Macular Degeneration

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Photo: Miniature Telescope [23/04/2013] Physicians at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center have become the first in Virginia to successfully implant a telescope in a patient's eye to treat macular degeneration – the leading cause of blindness in older Americans.Implant: Telescope for Macular Degeneration - Read more

Aging: Study Suggests Reduced Risk of Dementia

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Photo: Dementia [22/04/2013] A new Swedish study shows the risk of developing dementia may have declined over the past 20 years, in direct contrast to what many previously assumed. The result is based on data from the SNAC-K, an ongoing study on aging and health started in 1987.Aging: Study Suggests Reduced Risk of Dementia - Read more

Social Media: Support for Health of Older People

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Photo: Smartphone [16/04/2013] The use of social media by older people can offer valuable additional support in cases of sickness and diseases, new research from the University of Luxembourg has shown. Social Media: Support for Health of Older People - Read more

New Implant: Regaining Proper Hearing At Last

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Photo: Prototype of new hearing aid [03/04/2013] Around 17 million people in Germany suffer from impaired hearing. For many of them, their hearing is so damaged that a standard hearing aid is no longer enough. A new device will improve patients’ hearing and can be implanted during outpatient surgery.New Implant: Regaining Proper Hearing At Last - Read more

Diabetes Type 1: Health Risk of Youth

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Photo: Girl with diabetes [28/03/2013] Adolescent type 1 diabetes patients face greater risk for heart attacks, strokes, blindness and kidney failure later in life if their transition from pediatric to adult care is not carefully managed, two researchers at the University of Colorado have found.Diabetes Type 1: Health Risk of Youth - Read more

Cell Death: Discovery of Destructive Protein

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Photo: Neuroprotection [12/03/2013] Oxidative stress turns a protein that normally protects healthy cells into their executioner, according to a current study. This discovery could help scientists develop therapies to combat a host of conditions from stroke to Lou Gehrig's disease.Cell Death: Discovery of Destructive Protein - Read more

National Health: UK Lags Behind Europe

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Photo: Health in UK [12/03/2013] A new paper reveals that UK lags behind much of Europe on key measures of health: British people spend more time with chronic illness and disability than most Europeans. Young adults are hit hard by alcohol and drug use.National Health: UK Lags Behind Europe - Read more

Poor Sleep in Old Age: Brain Prevented from Storing Memories

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Photo: Older man sleeping [29/01/2013] The connection between poor sleep, memory loss and brain deterioration as we grow older has been elusive. But for the first time, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have found a link between these hallmark maladies of old age.Poor Sleep in Old Age: Brain Prevented from Storing Memories - Read more

USA: Health Disadvantages in All Groups

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Photo: Population [15/01/2013] On average, Americans from all ages and socioeconomic groups die sooner and experience higher rates of disease and injury than people in other high-income countries, says a new report from the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine.USA: Health Disadvantages in All Groups - Read more

Age: Longevity Increases Not Benefitting Everybody

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Photo: Elderly people [17/12/2012] Global lifespans have risen dramatically in the past 40 years, but the increased life expectancy is not benefitting everybody equally, say University of Toronto researchers. In particular, adult males from low- and middle-income countries are losing ground.Age: Longevity Increases Not Benefitting Everybody - Read more

End-of-Life Care: Experts Offer Tips to Resolve Conflicts

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Photo: Old hand and young hand [28/11/2012] It's one of the toughest questions patients and their loved ones can discuss with physicians: When is further medical treatment futile? The conversation can become even more difficult if patients or their families disagree with health care providers' recommendations on end-of-life care.End-of-Life Care: Experts Offer Tips to Resolve Conflicts - Read more

Bone Density: New Method Shows Risk of Hip Fracture

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Photo: Hand X-Ray [20/11/2012] A new study from Karolinska Institutet shows that a technique for measuring bone density called digital X-ray radio- grammetry used on standard hand radiographs can help to identify patients with a higher risk of hip fracture.Bone Density: New Method Shows Risk of Hip Fracture - Read more

Leukemia: Therapeutic Targets Identified

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Photo: Leukemia cells [30/10/2012] New insight into the aggressive behavior of certain adult B-acute lymphoblastic leukemias has provided researchers with a potential new prognostic biomarker and a promising new therapeutic target.Leukemia: Therapeutic Targets Identified - Read more

Parkinson’s Disease: Stimulating Brain Cells with Light

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Photo: Nerve cells [29/10/2012] Introducing a light-sensitive protein in transgenic nerve cells or transplanting nerve cells into the brains of laboratory animals to combat Parkinson’s disease – these events may sound like science fiction but they are soon to become a reality in Lund University in Sweden.Parkinson’s Disease: Stimulating Brain Cells with Light - Read more

Breast Cancer: Epigenetic Difference Explains the Different Risk

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[18/10/2012] The research team led by Manel Esteller of the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) has identified an epigenetic change in the twin who will develop breast cancer but not in the healthy one.Breast Cancer: Epigenetic Difference Explains the Different Risk - Read more

Anti-Aiging: Nanoparticles Against Aging

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[05/10/2012] A team of Spanish scientists of the Asociación RUVID has developed an intelligent nanodevice that lays the foundations for the future development of new therapies against aging. The device consists of nanoparticles that can selectively release drugs in aged human cells. Anti-Aiging: Nanoparticles Against Aging - Read more

Vitamin D: Insufficiency Associated with Higher Mortality

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[04/10/2012] While a new study shows that vitamin D insufficiency is more common in African American than in Caucasians, researchers also associate a low vitamin D level with higher all-cause mortality in older adults. This underscores the importance of vitamin D to overall health.Vitamin D: Insufficiency Associated with Higher Mortality - Read more

ALHO: Optimal conditions for patients and staff: New department of geriatrics and on-site childcare center for the Municipal Hospital Mönchengladbach ,“Städtische Kliniken Mönchengladbach”

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[01/10/2012] In less than four months, a new department of geriatrics was created with room modules at the Elisabeth Hospital Rheydt of the Municipal Hospital Mönchengladbach. At the same time, an on-site childcare center for children under three was built as well. The new geriatric department, a specialist clinic for geriatric medicine, was built and ready to be occupied in just 100 days. ALHO: Optimal conditions for patients and staff: New department of geriatrics and on-site childcare center for the Municipal Hospital Mönchengladbach ,“Städtische Kliniken Mönchengladbach” - Read more

Leukoaraiosis: Altered Brain Function in Elderly

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[13/08/2012] Researchers at the Mayo Clinic say a common condition called leukoaraiosis is not harmless. It is made up of tiny areas in the brain that have been deprived of oxygen and appear as bright white dots on MRI scans. It is a part of the aging process, but rather a disease that alters brain function in the elderly.Leukoaraiosis: Altered Brain Function in Elderly - Read more

Robotic Intelligence: Assistance for The Elderly

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[02/08/2012] A team of EU-funded researchers has developed a robotic companion and intelligent home environment that could help elderly people live richer and more independent lives and reduce the burden placed on healthcare services.Robotic Intelligence: Assistance for The Elderly - Read more

Cholesterol: New Lipid Screening Guidelines for Children

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[24/07/2012] Recent guidelines recommending cholesterol tests for children fail to weigh health benefits against potential harms and costs, according to three physician-researchers at University of California – San Francisco.Cholesterol: New Lipid Screening Guidelines for Children - Read more

Herpes: Virus Throws a Wrench in The Immune System

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[17/07/2012] The cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a member of the herpes virus family. Although most people carry CMV for life, it hardly ever makes them sick. Researchers from the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research and from the USA have now unveiled long term consequences of the on-going presence of CMV.Herpes: Virus Throws a Wrench in The Immune System - Read more

Agencies: Dangerous Caregivers for Elderly

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[12/07/2012] Agencies place unqualified, possibly criminal caregivers in homes of vulnerable seniors. Study shows ways of prevention. Agencies: Dangerous Caregivers for Elderly - Read more

Debilitating Eyesight: Good News for Aging Eyes

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[06/07/2012] Today’s senior citizens are reporting fewer visual impairment problems than their counterparts from a generation ago, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. Debilitating Eyesight: Good News for Aging Eyes - Read more

Overweight Older Adults: Omega-3 Lowers Inflammation

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[22/06/2012] New research shows that omega-3 fatty acid supplements can lower inflammation in healthy, but overweight, middle-aged and older adults, suggesting that regular use of these supplements could help protect against and treat certain illnesses.Overweight Older Adults: Omega-3 Lowers Inflammation - Read more

Patients: Protected From Diabetic Eye Disease

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[13/06/2012] Researchers at Joslin Diabetes Centre have completed a study of 158 people who have lived with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for 50 years or more with eye examinations and have concluded that a high proportion of this unique group of patients developed little to no diabetic eye disease over time.Patients: Protected From Diabetic Eye Disease - Read more

Sleeping Under 6 Hours: Risk of Stroke for Normal-weight Adults

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[12/06/2012] Habitually sleeping less than six hours a night significantly increases the risk of stroke symptoms among middle-age to older adults who are of normal weight and at low risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to a study of 5,666 people followed for up to three years.Sleeping Under 6 Hours: Risk of Stroke for Normal-weight Adults - Read more

Large Waistlines: Increased Mortality Risk Older People

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[11/06/2012] Older people with large waistlines have a higher mortality rate than those with a slim waistline. This was shown in a new study conducted by the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.Large Waistlines: Increased Mortality Risk Older People - Read more

Colon Cancer: Worse Prognosis for Younger Patients

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[01/06/2012] Younger patients with colorectal cancer were more likely to present advanced stage tumours at diagnosis and metastasize much sooner, yet had better than or equal survival to patients 50 and older, according to a study led by Doctor Edith Mitchell of Thomas Jefferson University.Colon Cancer: Worse Prognosis for Younger Patients - Read more

Women: High Levels of Activity Aid Arterial Functioning

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[31/05/2012] Indiana University researchers found that the highly active middle-aged subjects in their study appear to avoid the arterial stiffening – when arteries become less compliant as blood pumps through the body – that typically comes with aging.Women: High Levels of Activity Aid Arterial Functioning - Read more

Age: "Personality Genes" May Help Account for Longevity

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[25/05/2012] Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have found that personality traits like being outgoing, optimistic, easygoing, and enjoying laughter as well as staying engaged in activities may also be part of the longevity genes mix.Age: "Personality Genes" May Help Account for Longevity - Read more

Mitochondria: Breakthrough for Degenerative Vision Disorder

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[25/04/2012] A research team, led by Doctor John Guy of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami, has pioneered a novel technological treatment for Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON), an inherited genetic defect that causes rapid, permanent, and bilateral loss of vision in people of all ages, but primarily males ages 20-40.Mitochondria: Breakthrough for Degenerative Vision Disorder - Read more

Sex Differences: Science of Sleep Disorders

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[18/04/2012] Sleep problems are more widely reported in women than men, and women are 1.4 times more likely to experience insomnia than men. To address the specifics of sex differences in sleep disorders, the Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR) hosted the congressional briefing, "Sleep Disorders and You: How challenges to sleep impact every aspect of your life".Sex Differences: Science of Sleep Disorders - Read more

Children's Immune System: Resistance Against Influenza

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[12/04/2012] Scientists found out that there may be a connection between age and susceptibility to the influenza virus. But this phenomenon cannot be explained by frailty in general, because it is not obvious that very small children and the very old are the biggest risk groups. Children's Immune System: Resistance Against Influenza - Read more

Indoor Tanning Bed: Dramatic Rise in Skin Cancer in Young Adults

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[02/04/2012] Even as the rates of some cancers are falling, Mayo Clinic is seeing an alarming trend: the rise of skin cancer, especially among people under 40. According to a study by Mayo Clinic researchers, the incidence of melanoma has escalated, and young women are the hardest hit.Indoor Tanning Bed: Dramatic Rise in Skin Cancer in Young Adults - Read more

Advanced Breast Cancer: Cancer Drugs Improves Bone Health

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[26/03/2012] Results from a phase III clinical trial evaluating a new treatment for breast cancer in post-menopausal women show that the combination of two cancer drugs, everolimus and exemestane, significantly improves bone strength and reduces the chances of cancer spreading, metastasising, in the bone.Advanced Breast Cancer: Cancer Drugs Improves Bone Health - Read more

Severe Flu: Cause of Lung Injury

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[02/03/2012] While some scientists report engineering a super virulent strain of the H5N1 influenza virus, which could potentially wipe out a significant percentage of the human population, another group of researchers from the United Kingdom now reports a discovery that may one day help mitigate the deadly effects of all flu strains.Severe Flu: Cause of Lung Injury - Read more

Bones: Exercise in Early Twenties May Lower Risk of Osteoporosis

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[14/02/2012] Physical exercise in the early twenties improves bone development and may reduce the risk of fractures later in life, reveals a study of more than 800 Swedish men carried out at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.Bones: Exercise in Early Twenties May Lower Risk of Osteoporosis - Read more

Improving Brain Energy Metabolism: Decaffeinated Coffee Preserves Memory Function

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[01/02/2012] Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine have discovered that decaffeinated coffee may improve brain energy metabolism associated with type 2 diabetes. This brain dysfunction is a known risk factor for dementia and other neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's disease.Improving Brain Energy Metabolism: Decaffeinated Coffee Preserves Memory Function - Read more

Electrified: Electrodes detect malnutrition

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[01/02/2012] In the past two years the number of malnourished elderly persons in hospitals has increased by more than 50 percent – this was the result of an analysis of current data. Four small electrodes could now contribute to diagnosing malnutrition much faster.Electrified: Electrodes detect malnutrition - Read more

Music: Training Has Biological Impact on Aging Process

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[31/01/2012] Age-related delays in neural timing are not inevitable and can be avoided or offset with musical training, according to a new study from Northwestern University. The study is the first to provide biological evidence that lifelong musical experience has an impact on the aging process. Music: Training Has Biological Impact on Aging Process - Read more

Fatigue: "Cancer patients suffer significantly from fatigue syndrome"

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[23/01/2012] Debilitating fatigue has probably encountered everybody once in a lifetime. In this mood one tries to find innocuous reasons for this mental state: the weather, the season or a sleepless night. However, chronic fatigue, the fatigue syndrome, is a pathological condition that one should take quite seriously. Fatigue: "Cancer patients suffer significantly from fatigue syndrome" - Read more

Older Adults: "Exergames" May Provide Cognitive Benefit

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[18/01/2012] Virtual reality-enhanced exercise, or "exergames," combining physical exercise with computer-simulated environments and interactive videogame features, can yield a greater cognitive benefit for older adults than traditional exercise alone, according to a new study.Older Adults: "Exergames" May Provide Cognitive Benefit - Read more

Vegetables and Fish: Mediterranean Diet Gives Longer Life

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[21/12/2011] A Mediterranean diet with large amounts of vegetables and fish gives a longer life. This is the unanimous result of four studies to be published by the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg. Vegetables and Fish: Mediterranean Diet Gives Longer Life - Read more

Sensor Mat: Lying and Sitting More Comfortably

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[13/12/2011] People who have to sit at work often have back pain. People permanently confined to bed are even worse off – they frequently develop bed sores. New smart cushioning is intended to eliminate the discomforts of lying and sitting. An integrated sensor system equalises pressure selectively.Sensor Mat: Lying and Sitting More Comfortably - Read more

Psychology: Depression and Chronic Stress Accelerates Aging

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[15/11/2011] People with recurrent depressions or those exposed to chronic stress exhibits shorter telomeres in white blood cells. This is shown by a research team at Umeå University (Sweden) in a coming issue of Biological Psychiatry.Psychology: Depression and Chronic Stress Accelerates Aging - Read more

Arteries: Young, Apparently Healthy - and at Risk of Heart Disease

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[26/10/2011] Atherosclerosis – or build-up of fat in the walls of arteries − is thought of as a disorder of older people but it affects a large number of young men and women, according to a new Heart and Stroke Foundation study.Arteries: Young, Apparently Healthy - and at Risk of Heart Disease - Read more

Women: Not Enough Vitamin D During the Menopause

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[24/10/2011] A healthy diet is especially important during the menopause – a period in which the risk of suffering from health problems increases. Various studies analyse the diet of peri- and postmenopausal women in Spain alongside the troubles that come with this transition. The results show that all of those groups studied have a deficient intake of vitamin D.Women: Not Enough Vitamin D During the Menopause - Read more

Diabetes: Older Beta Cells Act Young Again

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[14/10/2011] Now, long-time by Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF)-funded researchers at Stanford University have identified a pathway responsible for the age-related decline, and have shown that they can tweak it to get older beta cells to act young again - and start dividing.Diabetes: Older Beta Cells Act Young Again - Read more

Neurology: Aging's Effect on the Brain

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[11/10/2011] Research by biologists at the University of York and Hull York Medical School has revealed important new information about the way the brain is affected by age. Working with scientists at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry in Plymouth, they have studied responses to stress in synapses - neuronal connections.Neurology: Aging's Effect on the Brain - Read more

Study: Alzheimer's Disease Rises During Day and Falls with Sleep

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[27/09/2011] A marker for Alzheimer's disease rises and falls in the spinal fluid in a daily pattern that echoes the sleep cycle, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis have found. The pattern is strongest in healthy young people and reinforces a link between increased Alzheimer's risk and inadequate sleep that had been discovered in animal models.Study: Alzheimer's Disease Rises During Day and Falls with Sleep - Read more

World Alzheimer's Day 2011: "Faces of Dementia"

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[21/09/2011] The theme for World Alzheimer's Day 2011 is 'Faces of dementia'. In much different materials and activities Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) and Alzheimer associations across the world will focus on the many issues surrounding the 'Faces of dementia'.World Alzheimer's Day 2011: "Faces of Dementia" - Read more

Alcohol: People Born After World War II Are More Likely to Binge Drink

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[20/09/2011] Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health looked generational and gender differences in alcohol consumption, alcohol disorders, and mortality. Findings indicate that people born after World War II are more likely to binge drink and develop alcohol use disorders.Alcohol: People Born After World War II Are More Likely to Binge Drink - Read more

Finger Prick Test: Blood Test at Opticians Could Help to Diagnose Diabetes

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[02/09/2011] A simple finger prick test during routine eye examinations at high street opticians could help to identify millions of people with previously undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes, according to new research.Finger Prick Test: Blood Test at Opticians Could Help to Diagnose Diabetes - Read more

Dementia: An underestimated problem

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[01/08/2011] Dementia is a disorder caused by malfunctions in brain performance, from which in Germany alone approximately 1.2 million people are suffering from. Since dementia mostly appears in the third phase in one’s life and the number of affected people is increasing constantly, all industrial nations are facing entirely new challenges.Dementia: An underestimated problem - Read more

German Center for Heart Failure: "Research has to be interdisciplinary"

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[08/07/2011] The number of heart failure disease has increased for years. Drugs and a change in lifestyle can help the affected person, but a cure is still not in sight. That’s why it is all the more important to research the origins of heart disease as well as develop suitable strategies for prevention. These are some of the objectives the German Center for Heart Failure has committed itself to. German Center for Heart Failure: "Research has to be interdisciplinary" - Read more

Mind in distress: Mental afflictions are the new civilization disease

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[01/07/2011] The illness of depression affects about 121 million people worldwide and is among the most common causes of impending work incapacity. According to a WHO forecast, the number of affected people in the industrial nations will actually continue to rise – in the same way four other mental diseases will increase: alcohol addiction, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and dementia. Mind in distress: Mental afflictions are the new civilization disease - Read more

World Health: Life Expectancy in Most US Counties Falls Behind

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[16/06/2011] The most current county-level analysis finds large disparities nationwide; women fare worse than men, and people in Appalachia, the Deep South, and Northern Texas live the shortest lives.World Health: Life Expectancy in Most US Counties Falls Behind - Read more

Dementia: Research for Oral Hygiene in Nursing Homes

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[17/05/2011] People with dementia may soon have improved oral hygiene because of a National Institutes of Health 1.4 million dollars, four-year grant to an assistant professor of nursing, Penn State for a new study.Dementia: Research for Oral Hygiene in Nursing Homes - Read more

Social Activity: Decrease the Risk of Cognitive Decline

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[26/04/2011] If you want to keep your brain healthy, it turns out that visiting friends, attending parties, and even going to church might be just as good for you as crossword puzzles.Social Activity: Decrease the Risk of Cognitive Decline - Read more

Emergency: Detection systems for senior citizens

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[01/03/2011] Ms. K. is vision-impaired and cannot get around very well any more. Still, the 80-year-old, who lives alone, has no intention whatsoever of moving to a retirement home. Most elderly people think the same way. Emergency: Detection systems for senior citizens - Read more

Overview of the topics of the year

[11/02/2011] MEDICA.de informed, researched and asks for. Are you looking for information about health policy, medicine, technology or research? In our archive you will definitely find them. Just find out more about the topics of the month in the overview of the year. Overview of the topics of the year - Read more

Health Gap: No Change In Between England's Richest and Poorest

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[17/12/2010] Significant health inequalities still exist between the country's richest and poorest according to the latest findings from the biggest annual survey of health in England, The Health Survey for England. Health Gap: No Change In Between England's Richest and Poorest - Read more

Increasing Lifespan: More Time Sick Than A Decade Ago

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[14/12/2010] Increased life expectancy in the United States has not been accompanied by more years of perfect health.Increasing Lifespan: More Time Sick Than A Decade Ago - Read more

The Importance of Exercise: Special Risk for Alzheimer Patients

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[22/11/2010] Physical activity promotes changes in the brain that may protect high-risk individuals against cognitive decline, including development of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study done at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).The Importance of Exercise: Special Risk for Alzheimer Patients - Read more

Study: Poor Sleep Quality Increases Inflammation

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[17/11/2010] People who sleep poorly or do not get enough sleep have higher levels of inflammation, a risk factor for heart disease and stroke, researchers have found.Study: Poor Sleep Quality Increases Inflammation - Read more

Video: Predicament in Care - Is the society prepared to take care for the elderly?

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[30/09/2010] Our society is aging rapidly: In 2050 the average age of the German population will increase to around 50 years, every third person will be 65 and older. Are we well equipped for the future of an aging society? And how long will elderly care be affordable?Video: Predicament in Care - Is the society prepared to take care for the elderly? - Read more

Study: Increasing Number of Celiac Cases, Particularly In The Elderly

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[28/09/2010] Working to solve the puzzle of when people develop celiac disease has led researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Celiac Research to some surprising findings. Study: Increasing Number of Celiac Cases, Particularly In The Elderly - Read more

High Death And Disability Rates: Fractures in Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe

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[27/09/2010] Preliminary findings from an upcoming report by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) show alarming projections and reveal the poor state of post-fracture care in the Russian Federation and many other countries in the region. High Death And Disability Rates: Fractures in Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe - Read more

Research: Genetic Factor in Osteoporosis Discovered

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[23/09/2010] Spanish researchers have confirmed there is a genetic risk factor for osteoporosis and bone fractures. Although more studies are still needed, these findings will make it possible to take preventive measures.Research: Genetic Factor in Osteoporosis Discovered - Read more

Alzheimer's: Report Reveals Massive Global Cost

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[21/09/2010] A landmark report on the Global Economic Impact of Dementia finds that Alzheimer's disease and other dementias are exacting a massive toll on the global economy, with the problem set to accelerate in coming years. Alzheimer's: Report Reveals Massive Global Cost - Read more

Aging Research: Study Finds Indoor and Outdoor Fall are Different for the Elderly

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[08/09/2010] The risk factors for indoor/outdoor falls for older adults are different, according to a new study. A fact that is often missed when the two are combined and may affect how falls prevention programs are structured. Aging Research: Study Finds Indoor and Outdoor Fall are Different for the Elderly - Read more

Brain Exercises: May Slow Cognitive Decline But Speed Up Dementia Later

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[02/09/2010] New research shows that mentally stimulating activities such as crossword puzzles, reading and listening to the radio may, at first, slow the decline of thinking skills but speed up dementia later in old age. Brain Exercises: May Slow Cognitive Decline But Speed Up Dementia Later - Read more

Older Adults: Experience Destination Amnesia

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[31/08/2010] I'm sure I told you that already! – Older adults are more likely to have destination memory failures – forgetting who they've shared or not shared information with, according to a new study led by Baycrest's Rotman Research Institute. Older Adults: Experience Destination Amnesia - Read more

Eye Disorder: Retinopathy High Among Older U.S. Adults

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[12/08/2010] Nearly 30 percent of U.S. adults with diabetes over the age of 40 are estimated to have diabetic retinopathy, with about 4 percent of this population having vision-threatening retinopathy. Eye Disorder: Retinopathy High Among Older U.S. Adults - Read more

No Safe Level: Teenage Binge Drinkers Harm Abilities

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[30/07/2010] Academics at Northumbria University have demonstrated a link between teenage binge drinking and damage to prospective memory.No Safe Level: Teenage Binge Drinkers Harm Abilities - Read more

Dementia: More Education Lowers Risk

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[26/07/2010] A team of researchers from the UK and Finland has discovered why people who stay in education longer have a lower risk of developing dementia – a question that has puzzled scientists for the past decade.Dementia: More Education Lowers Risk - Read more

Glioblastoma: Neural Stem Cells Attack

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[07/07/2010] In their latest research, scientists of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch, have demonstrated how the brain’s own stem cells and precursor cells control the growth of glioblastomas. Glioblastoma: Neural Stem Cells Attack - Read more

Older People: Age Doesn't Necessarily Affect Decision-making

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[02/07/2010] Many people believe that getting older means losing a mental edge, leading to poor decision-making. But a new study from North Carolina State University shows that when it comes to making intuitive decisions – using your "gut instincts" – older adults fare as well as their juniors.Older People: Age Doesn't Necessarily Affect Decision-making - Read more

Rating Physicians: Click Me – Fair Grades for Doctors

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[01/07/2010] With its suggestion to grade doctors on the Internet, the German National Health provider AOK caused a big stir one year ago. Supporters expected more transparency and quality health care from this. Critics feared that physicians are being put on a digital chopping block. Now the first step was made. Whether hopes are being fulfilled or fears prove to be true: MEDICA.de has taken a closer look.Rating Physicians: Click Me – Fair Grades for Doctors - Read more

Quality Assurance: Listening to the Patient

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[01/07/2010] Nobody can deny the need for quality-assured care in medical science. The only question is: Which measures are really suited to guarantee comprehensive and good quality medical care?Quality Assurance: Listening to the Patient - Read more

Hospitals in Competition: “Quality Requires Transparency“

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[01/07/2010] The introduction of quality standards in hospitals is in vogue. This does not just apply to legally required records, but also for “self-imposed“ quality management. For some hospitals the competition has just started: They publish and analyze data and face direct comparison. It still is disputed how quality can be measured best. Hospitals in Competition: “Quality Requires Transparency“ - Read more

Menopause: New Test Predicts the Age

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[30/06/2010] Researchers have developed a way of accurately predicting when women will hit the menopause using a simple blood test. The average difference between the predicted age and the actual age that the women in their study reached the menopause was only a third of a year, and the maximum margin of error was between three and four years.Menopause: New Test Predicts the Age - Read more

Soccer Fever: "There Are More Heart Attacks Due to Stress“

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[22/06/2010] A game lasts 90 minutes, a cardiac infarction mere seconds. The Soccer World Cup is the marriage of frenzied enthusiasm and great emotions, during barbecues and public parties. With increasing happiness and tension, unfortunately also the number of cardiac incidents increases. During the World Cup 2006, on some match days, there were three times as many suspicious cases for acute heart attacks. Soccer Fever: "There Are More Heart Attacks Due to Stress“ - Read more

Statutory Health Insurance: “Extensive service does not automatically mean higher premiums“

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Photo: Health insurance Card [08/06/2010] Many patients get the feeling that they have to keep paying more for increasingly worse service. This is why all the commotion over the additionally levied premiums by the statutory health insurance was high in the past and remains so now.Statutory Health Insurance: “Extensive service does not automatically mean higher premiums“ - Read more

Dementia: Education helps

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[02/06/2010] Researchers have discovered that education not only delays the early symptoms of dementia, but can also slow down the development of the disease – a finding that could result in faster diagnosis and treatment of dementia.Dementia: Education helps - Read more

Patients: Cancer does not stand a chance – the promise of Immunotherapy

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[01/06/2010] Reduced to its essence, cancer can be described this way: Several body cells degenerate and begin an uncontrolled growth inside the body. If this was a virus, our immune system would kick into high gear to fight the threat. Patients: Cancer does not stand a chance – the promise of Immunotherapy - Read more

Breast Cancer: Shortened Therapy Leads to Success

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[01/06/2010] You have breast cancer. A sentence, that is life changing and one that more and more women get to hear. Yet there is reason for hope: According to early research results, a new treatment method could prove more effective than the standard therapy – and it could also prevent women from having nasty side effects. Breast Cancer: Shortened Therapy Leads to Success - Read more

US-Health Care Reform: “The System Remains Fragmented"

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[25/05/2010] The American health care system includes latest and state-of-the-art methods of treatment - as well as the highest health care costs per capita worldwide. In December 2009 the US-Senate passed officially President Obama's most important domestically aim: the health care reform.US-Health Care Reform: “The System Remains Fragmented" - Read more

Living Wills: Poor Predictors of Treatment Preferences

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[21/05/2010] Living wills often do not represent a patient's actual treatment preferences when faced with real end-of-life circumstances and should be redesigned to guide more realistic advance decision-making, according to a new study.Living Wills: Poor Predictors of Treatment Preferences - Read more

Seniors: Intentional Weight Loss Is Not Harmful

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[05/05/2010] A new study refutes the widely held belief that intentional weight loss in older adults leads to increased risk of death.Seniors: Intentional Weight Loss Is Not Harmful - Read more

Elderly: Knee Replacement Improves Balance

[19/03/2010] Total knee replacement (TKR) relieves pain and improves function in patients with advanced knee arthritis, according to a study. The surgery also significantly improves dynamic balance among elderly patients.Elderly: Knee Replacement Improves Balance - Read more

Ageing: Feeling Lonely Increases Blood Pressure

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[18/03/2010] Chronic feelings of loneliness take a toll on blood pressure over time, causing a marked increase after four years, according to a new study.Ageing: Feeling Lonely Increases Blood Pressure - Read more

Ageing: Estrogen not Cause of Osteoporosis

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[04/03/2010] Marking a shift in decades of thought on the cause of osteoporosis, researchers have identified an age-related mechanism – not a decrease of the hormone estrogen – as the primary culprit.Ageing: Estrogen not Cause of Osteoporosis - Read more

Stroke: No Longer Disease of Old Age

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[25/02/2010] More young people are having strokes while older people are having fewer, according to data from the American Heart Association.Stroke: No Longer Disease of Old Age - Read more

Elderly: Untreated Poor Vision Linked to Dementia

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[18/02/2010] Elderly people with visual disorders that are left untreated are significantly more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease - the most common form of dementia, according to a new study.Elderly: Untreated Poor Vision Linked to Dementia - Read more

Arthritis: Special Gloves Help Understand Arthritis

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[10/02/2010] A pair of arthritis simulation gloves, which reproduce the reduction in functional capacity experienced by persons with arthritis, helps better understand how arthritis affects a person's ability to grasp, pinch, turn, lift and twist objects.Arthritis: Special Gloves Help Understand Arthritis - Read more

Rheumatism: New 'Suicide' Molecule Halts Arthritis

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[29/01/2010] A researcher has invented a novel way to halt and even reverse rheumatoid arthritis in mice. He developed an imitation of a suicide molecule that floats undetected into overactive immune cells responsible for the disease.Rheumatism: New 'Suicide' Molecule Halts Arthritis - Read more

Brain: Elderly Make Good Use of Useless Information

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[28/01/2010] A study has found evidence that the older brain's weakened ability to filter out irrelevant information may actually give aging adults a memory advantage over their younger counterparts.Brain: Elderly Make Good Use of Useless Information - Read more

Technology: Safety Net for Fall-Prone Elderly

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[12/01/2010] Falls are the main cause of injuries among elderly people, but until now doctors have had few ways of monitoring and counteracting mobility problems among patients. New research aims to change that.Technology: Safety Net for Fall-Prone Elderly - Read more

Drugs: Growing Number of Misuse Among Adults

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[11/01/2010] Increasing substance abuse levels among older adults is likely to create a sharp rise in need for treatment services in the next decade, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Drugs: Growing Number of Misuse Among Adults - Read more

Diagnosis: Subjective Memory Loss Hints At Dementia

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[08/01/2010] Forgot where you put your keys? Having trouble recalling your colleague’s name? If so, this may be a symptom of subjective cognitive impairment (SCI), the earliest sign of cognitive decline.Diagnosis: Subjective Memory Loss Hints At Dementia - Read more

Social Services: More Voluntariness, Less Obligation

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[01/01/2010] Only six months of civilian service in Germany. This is the declared intention of the governing coalition from the beginning of 2011. The reason for shortening the alternative civilian service is the interlinking to the duration of the compulsory military service which will be reduced by a third. Many social services fear cuts in the assistance of elderly and people who are in need of care. Social Services: More Voluntariness, Less Obligation - Read more

Familiy Health Nurses: Pilots on Rough Sea

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[01/01/2010] Sometimes it happens very fast. The partner or parents fall ill and become a case for nursing care. Families in difficult situations do not have to be desperate. Specialists with a special further education can help them – the family health nurses. Familiy Health Nurses: Pilots on Rough Sea - Read more

New Subject Palliative Care: „Doctors Have to Accept that Life Is Limited.”

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[01/01/2010] For decades, dealing with dying patients was no topic for German medical students, even though most doctors have to face death. Finally the subject palliative care has become part of the curriculum. MEDICA.de spoke to Christof Müller-Busch, President of the German Association for Palliative Medicine, about the rising number of patients with old-age diseases and actors in palliative seminars. New Subject Palliative Care: „Doctors Have to Accept that Life Is Limited.” - Read more

Generation 50plus: A Target Group with Special Needs

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[21/11/2009] We are getting older and older, not at least thanks to life science progress. Products therefore have to be adapted to the specific needs of this target group. Find out in our report how manufactures and service providers adapt to the requirements of the Best Agers.Generation 50plus: A Target Group with Special Needs - Read more

Medical Textiles: Fabrics in the Belly

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[01/11/2009] It is not just fashion victims that cherish cotton, viscose and polyester. Also medicine takes advantage of the variability of textile fibres inside and outside the human body. This is one topic of this year's special show MEDICA VISION at MEDICA 2009. Medical Textiles: Fabrics in the Belly - Read more

MEDICA Congress: Job Ladder for Nurses

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[01/11/2009] New occupational fields in care - this is one topic at MEDICA Congress. There exist many possibilities how everyone can adapt competences and climb up the greasy pole by doing further trainings or studies. Professional carers tell how they made it. MEDICA Congress: Job Ladder for Nurses - Read more

Fracture of the Femoral Neck: Muscle Training Prevents Falls

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[01/12/2008] One out of three people over 65 fall down at least once a year, over 80 year old ones even more often. These falls often result in a fracture of the bone between thigh and femoral head. However, it is possible to reduce the risk of falls and subsequently the fracture of the femoral neck. Fracture of the Femoral Neck: Muscle Training Prevents Falls - Read more

Gerontology: Science of Ageing in Its Infancy

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[01/12/2008] One thing we know for sure by now: ageing cannot be viewed from one angle alone. Hence, gerontologists try to combine the results from different disciplines. Like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle in order to get a complete picture. Gerontology: Science of Ageing in Its Infancy - Read more

Society: „High Age is Not Very Sexy“

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[01/12/2008] People who talk about specific medical care for old people are often being ignored in Germany. But the German population becomes older and geriatricans become more and more important - today and especially in the future. Society: „High Age is Not Very Sexy“ - Read more

Ambient Assisted Living: „Technology Cannot Substitute Staff“

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[01/11/2008] In future, more and more people will need assistance but fewer nurses will be available. New technologies may help to overcome this gap. Lectures at MEDICA to the topic are held in the forum MEDICA MEDIA. Ambient Assisted Living: „Technology Cannot Substitute Staff“ - Read more

Lifespan: Secret to Long Life May Not be in the Genes

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[05/05/2008] A research on the bone health of one of the oldest persons in the world, who recently died at the age of 114, reveals that there were no genetic modifications which could have contributed to this longevity. Lifespan: Secret to Long Life May Not be in the Genes - Read more

UK: No Need for Reduced Alcohol Consumption in Later Life

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[19/12/2007] Provided they stick to the same guidelines about alcohol consumption as younger adults, regular moderate drinking poses no additional risks to the over 65s, and may even bring health benefits, according to two studies.UK: No Need for Reduced Alcohol Consumption in Later Life - Read more