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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

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

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

Skin Cancer: Successful Blockade

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Photo: The word [06/05/2014] Using a new active substance, scientists from the University Hospital of Würzburg have managed to stop the growth of skin cancer cells. Further tests are now required to see whether this inhibitor can be used in treatment and whether it also has a growth-inhibiting effect on the tumor cells of other types of cancer. Skin Cancer: Successful Blockade - 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

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

Supplements: Chromium Helpful in Lowering Blood Sugar Levels?

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Photo: Sign for Chromium [10/04/2014] As people approach old age, they generally become less outgoing. New research from the University of Gothenburg shows that this change in personality is amplified among people with impaired hearing. The findings emphasise the importance of acknowledging and treating hearing loss in the elderly population.Supplements: Chromium Helpful in Lowering Blood Sugar Levels? - Read more

Elderly : Hearing Loss Affects Old People's Personality

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Photo: Ear [09/04/2014] As people approach old age, they generally become less outgoing. New research from the University of Gothenburg shows that this change in personality is amplified among people with impaired hearing. The findings emphasise the importance of acknowledging and treating hearing loss in the elderly population.Elderly : Hearing Loss Affects Old People's Personality - Read more

Alzheimer’s: How a Small Worm May Help the Fight

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Photo: Blue Roundworm [19/03/2014] Scientists at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biology of Ageing in Cologne have found that a naturally occurring molecule has the ability to enhance defense mechanisms against neurodegenerative diseases. Feeding this particular metabolite to the small roundworm C. elegans helps clear toxic protein aggregates in the body and extends life span. Alzheimer’s: How a Small Worm May Help the Fight - 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

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

Novel Rehabilitation: Device Improves Motor Skills After Stroke

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Photo: Rehabilitation Device [02/12/2013] Using a novel stroke rehabilitation device that converts an individual's thoughts to electrical impulses to move upper extremities, stroke patients reported improvements in their motor function and ability to perform activities of daily living.Novel Rehabilitation: Device Improves Motor Skills After Stroke - Read more

Aging: Learning New Skills Keeps an Mind Sharp

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Photo: An older couple [22/10/2013] Older adults are often encouraged to stay active and engaged to keep their minds sharp, that they have to "use it or lose it." But new research indicates that only certain activities — learning a mentally demanding skill like photography, for instance — are likely to improve cognitive functioning.Aging: Learning New Skills Keeps an Mind Sharp - 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

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

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

Children: Vaccination Protects Older Adults

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Photo: Vaccinating [12/07/2013] Children who receive a vaccine to prevent blood and ear infections, appear to be reducing the spread of pneumonia to the rest of the population, especially their grandparents and other older adults.Children: Vaccination Protects Older Adults - 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diagnosis: Alzheimer’s damage occurs early

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[10/01/2012] The first changes in the brain of a person with Alzheimer’s disease can be observed as much as ten years in advance – ten years before the person in question has become so ill that he or she can be diagnosed with the disease. This is what a new study from Lund University in Sweden has found.Diagnosis: Alzheimer’s damage occurs early - 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

Chronic Wounds: "Among experts we focus far too little on the basics"

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[02/11/2011] If a wound does not heal within four to twelve weeks after emergence, doctors call it a chronic wound. In many cases underlying diseases such as venous or vascular disease or diabetes mellitus are the cause. A successful therapy, however, still presents a challenge and requires an interdisciplinary cooperation.Chronic Wounds: "Among experts we focus far too little on the basics" - Read more

Better Living: A well-cared for and lovingly furnished home also benefits your health

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[02/11/2011] Few people likely wonder whether their apartment and its furnishings are also good for their health. At best, such questions are normally asked when mold and mildew ruin the walls or water runs down the windows on the inside.Better Living: A well-cared for and lovingly furnished home also benefits your health - 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

Older Brains: Learning Information the Hard Way May Be Best

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[25/08/2011] Canadian researchers have found the first evidence that older brains get more benefit than younger brains from learning information the hard way – via trial-and-error learning. The study was led by scientists at Baycrest's Rotman Research Institute in Toronto. Older Brains: Learning Information the Hard Way May Be Best - 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

Pneumonia: Aging and Obsolete Cells Prime The Lungs

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[30/05/2011] Community-acquired pneumonia is the leading cause of infectious death among the elderly. Newly published research suggests why older people are vulnerable and offers a possible defense.Pneumonia: Aging and Obsolete Cells Prime The Lungs - Read more

Discovery: Major Clue in Long-term Memory Making

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[21/03/2011] You may remember the colour of your loved one's eyes for years. But how? Scientists at Duke University Medical Center believe that long-term potentiation (LTP) – the long-lasting increase of signals across a connection between brain cells – underlies our ability to remember over time and to learn, but how that happens is a central question in neuroscience.Discovery: Major Clue in Long-term Memory Making - 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

Increased Breast Cancer Risk: Prolonged Maternal Separation

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[08/11/2010] Young mice that experienced the psychosocial stress of prolonged separation from their mothers had a higher incidence and faster onset of breast tumors compared with young mice who did not experience this stressful life event. Increased Breast Cancer Risk: Prolonged Maternal Separation - Read more

Beet Juice: Promotion of Brain Health in Older Adults

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[04/11/2010] Researchers have shown that drinking beet juice can increase blood flow to the brain in older adults – a finding that could hold great potential for combating the progression of dementia.Beet Juice: Promotion of Brain Health in Older Adults - Read more

Afternoon Nap: Lead to More Active Lives

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[28/10/2010] Experts at the University of Surrey discovered that many older people felt that they may be branded lazy for taking afternoon naps so they tried hard to avoid nodding off.Afternoon Nap: Lead to More Active Lives - Read more

High Stress Hormone: More Cardiovascular Mortality

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[10/09/2010] Study suggests high cortisol levels may be harmful to cardiovascular system.High Stress Hormone: More Cardiovascular Mortality - 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

Parkinson’s Medication: New Findings on Troubling Side Effects

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[20/07/2010] One in every 100 elderly people suffers from Parkinson’s disease. The standard medication used to treat Parkinson’s is Levodopa, a drug that initially has major benefits but can later also produce serious side effects. Parkinson’s Medication: New Findings on Troubling Side Effects - 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

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

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

Drugs: Interface to Save Lives

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[17/12/2009] A drug information interface system has been shown to help in dealing with visual and motor impairments, which can make sorting, holding and indentifying pills a challenge as we age. Drugs: Interface to Save Lives - Read more

Alzheimer's: Blood Test Identifies Women at Risk

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[25/11/2009] A thesis from Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, reveals that middle-aged women with high levels of a specific amino acid in their blood are twice as likely to suffer from Alzheimer's many years later.Alzheimer's: Blood Test Identifies Women at Risk - Read more

Alzheimer's: Amyloid Beta Protein Helps Understanding

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[23/11/2009] While too much amyloid beta protein in the brain is linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease, not enough of the protein in healthy brains can cause learning problems and forgetfulness. Alzheimer's: Amyloid Beta Protein Helps Understanding - Read more

Alzheimer's: High Protein Diet Led to a Smaller Brain

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[16/11/2009] Researchers, who tested the effects of several diets for their impacts on Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology in a mouse model of the disease, found that a high protein diet apparently shrinks the brain. Alzheimer's: High Protein Diet Led to a Smaller Brain - Read more

Webpage: Risk of Dying in US and Europe Compared

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[13/11/2009] A new web site, DeathriskRankings.com, allows users to explore differences in the probability of dying across European countries and U.S. states for men and women of different ages and races. Webpage: Risk of Dying in US and Europe Compared - Read more

Health Care: The Power of Doctors Makes Elderly Patients Passive

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[29/10/2009] Hierarchical structures, time pressure and traditions in the health care sector make elderly patients and their relatives passive when facing the doctor and his position of power. Health Care: The Power of Doctors Makes Elderly Patients Passive - Read more

Uninsured: Illness Devastates Older Adults’ Finances

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[20/10/2009] For the more than four million uninsured adults in the United States nearing retirement age, a serious illness often spells financial disaster, according to a recent study.Uninsured: Illness Devastates Older Adults’ Finances - Read more

Health Coverage: Uninsured Means Higher Costs Later

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[09/10/2009] The costs of expanding health care coverage are partly offset by future Medicare savings, according to new research. Expanding health coverage might not cost as much as assumed.Health Coverage: Uninsured Means Higher Costs Later - Read more

Obesity in Elderly: Waist-Hip Ratio Better for Gauging

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[06/10/2009] Body mass index (BMI) readings may not be the best gauge of obesity in older adults, according to new research. Instead the ratio of waist size to hip size may be a better indicator when it comes to those over 70. Obesity in Elderly: Waist-Hip Ratio Better for Gauging - Read more

Geriatrics: Persistent Pain May Accelerate Signs of Aging

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[25/09/2009] The results of a new study uncovered that people with pain develop the functional limitations classically associated with aging at much earlier ages.Geriatrics: Persistent Pain May Accelerate Signs of Aging - Read more

Financial Crisis: The Recession’s Impact on Older Americans

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[22/09/2009] Older Americans have weathered the financial crisis relatively well, although many now expect to work longer than they did just a year ago, according to a University of Michigan study. Financial Crisis: The Recession’s Impact on Older Americans - Read more

Osteoporosis: Crumbling in Secrecy

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[01/08/2009] Osteoporosis – that is an elderly women’s problem, they think. Far from it! Even though more women suffer from porous bones, every fifth osteoporosis patient is male. A lot of physicians still do not know that. Osteoporosis: Crumbling in Secrecy - Read more

Long-Term Care: Costs often Exceed the Yearly Income

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[02/07/2009] Combine long-term care expenses with other basic expenses and a Los Angeles senior living alone will need twice the median income to survive, according to new data released by the Californian Center for Health Policy Research. Long-Term Care: Costs often Exceed the Yearly Income - Read more

Hypertension: People’s Occupations Can Be a Risk

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[16/06/2009] Retirement from some occupations may not provide relief from the potentially devastating health effects of work-related hypertension, according to a new study from University of California (UC)-Davis-Health System. Hypertension: People’s Occupations Can Be a Risk - Read more

Aging: 80-year Olds Cannot Increase Their Muscle Mass

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[01/04/2009] Octogenarian women were unable to increase muscle mass after a three-month weight lifting programme, says a new study. The good news: they were, anyway, able to lift more weight.Aging: 80-year Olds Cannot Increase Their Muscle Mass - Read more

Drugs: “Packaging for Seniors Will Be a High Priority Topic for the Future”

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[24/02/2009] By the year 2030 more than one third of the German population will be 60 years old or older. The demand for drugs increases with age but packaging is often unsuitable for use by the elderly. Drugs: “Packaging for Seniors Will Be a High Priority Topic for the Future” - 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

Life Expectancy: The Longing For More

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[01/12/2008] Who eats less, lives longer. At least, this holds true for rats and worms. Regarding humans, it is assumed. However, a fountain of youth has not yet been discovered with these findings. Life Expectancy: The Longing For More - 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

Hormone Replacement Therapy: „Those Affected Fall Ill in Younger Age“

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[01/09/2008] The discussion about breast cancer and hormone replacement therapy started in the USA years ago. Back then, a study stated that hormones raised the risk of falling ill. Critics pointed out flaws of the investigation. Hence, German researchers took up the subject once again. Hormone Replacement Therapy: „Those Affected Fall Ill in Younger Age“ - 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

 
 

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