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Sleeping Pills Raise Hip Fracture Risk In Nursing Home Residents

Certain sleeping pills raise the risk for hip fractures in nursing home residents. The medications associated with this elevated risk are known as nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic drugs, a class of sleeping medications that includes Lunesta, Sonata, and Ambien. The finding came from new research conducted by experts from Harvard Medical School, led by Sarah D. Berry, M.D., M.P.H... Tuesday March 5th, 2013 09:00:00 AM
An international group of investigators has identified seven new genetic regions associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a common cause of blindness in older individuals. The findings, reported online in Nature Genetics, could point to new biological pathways and therapeutic targets for AMD...

Where You''re Treated Matters, Especially For Older Patients With Head And Neck Cancers

Tuesday March 5th, 2013 08:00:00 AM
A study of older patients with advanced head and neck cancers has found that where they were treated significantly influenced their survival...

IT For Operation, Care, And Translation

Tuesday March 5th, 2013 08:00:00 AM
Computers Recognize User Emotion and Intention People communicate on more levels than just by language: Mimics, gestures, and view directions also play an important role. Depending on the sex, age, and person, however, interpretation of the words spoken may vary. Computers perceiving these parameters will have a number of potential applications in the future...

Seasonal Preference Discovered In Strains Of MRSA; Children At Higher Risk In Summer, Seniors In Winter

Saturday March 2nd, 2013 08:00:00 AM
Strains of potentially deadly, antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria show seasonal infection preferences, putting children at greater risk in summer and seniors at greater risk in winter, according to results of a new nationwide study led by a Johns Hopkins researcher...

Proper Eating Improves Dementia Patients'' Physical And Mental Health

Friday March 1st, 2013 07:00:00 PM
Dementia patients who are given an educational program to help them remember proper eating habits not only improve their physical health, but their mental health as well. The patients who receive this intervention are less likely to show depressive symptoms half-a-year later...

"Normal," "Healthy" Or "Successful" Aging Can Prejudice Our Views Of Seniors

Friday March 1st, 2013 09:00:00 AM
Diana McIntyre approaches her 80th birthday later this year with the same energy and zest for life of friends decades her junior. Aside from back surgery years ago, she''s never been sick and, through a busy volunteer schedule, never seems to slow down. McIntyre''s good health feels normal - at least to her - although she recognizes not all seniors are so fortunate...

Optimistic Older Adults May Face Greater Risk Of Disabilities And Death

Friday March 1st, 2013 09:00:00 AM
Older people who have low expectations for a satisfying future may be more likely to live longer, healthier lives than those who see brighter days ahead, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association...

Evidence-Based Treatment Can Be Improved By Greater Representation Of Elderly Patients In Phase III Trials

Tuesday February 26th, 2013 08:00:00 AM
The median age of patients diagnosed with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has steadily increased over the recent years and is presently 70 years. Despite this, the elderly are significantly underrepresented in clinical trials...

Cockroach-Inspired Robotics Could Aid In Gait Pathology And Stabilization Of Gait

Tuesday February 26th, 2013 08:00:00 AM
Running cockroaches start to recover from being shoved sideways before their dawdling nervous system kicks in to tell their legs what to do, researchers have found. These new insights on how biological systems stabilize could one day help engineers design steadier robots and improve doctors'' understanding of human gait abnormalities...

Distraction Learning Helps Older Adults Perform Better In Memory Tests

Monday February 25th, 2013 09:00:00 AM
Scientists at Baycrest Health Sciences'' Rotman Research Institute (RRI) and the University of Toronto''s Psychology Department have found compelling evidence that older adults can eliminate forgetfulness and perform as well as younger adults on memory tests...

Learning To Use Facebook May Give Adults Older Than 65 A Cognitive Boost

Monday February 25th, 2013 09:00:00 AM
For older adults looking to sharpen their mental abilities, it might be time to log on to Facebook. Preliminary research findings from the University of Arizona suggest that men and women older than 65 who learn to use Facebook could see a boost in cognitive function...

Older African American Women At Increased Risk For Endocrine Disorder, The Most Common Cause Of Elevated Calcium Levels

Monday February 25th, 2013 09:00:00 AM
Unusually high calcium levels in the blood can almost always be traced to primary hyperparathyroidism, an undertreated, underreported condition that affects mainly women and the elderly, according to a new study by UCLA researchers...

Psychotropic Drug Dispensing Increases On Entry To Care Homes

Sunday February 24th, 2013 08:00:00 AM
A study by Queen''s University Belfast has found that the dispensing of psychotropic drugs to older people in Northern Ireland increases on entry to care homes. According to the study, due to be published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, antipsychotic drug dispensing in older people more than doubled from 8.2 per cent before entry to care homes to 18... Sunday February 24th, 2013 08:00:00 AM
Red wine and red grapes contain resveratrol, a substance which appears to protect against hearing loss and cognitive decline, researchers from the Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, reported in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery...

Drawing A Pension Improves Perceptions Of Health

Saturday February 23rd, 2013 08:00:00 AM
After retirement, pensions provide consistent income to aging individuals. Although the details of pension eligibility and implementation vary by country, receiving pensions can represent a new life stage for individuals. Now, a University of Missouri researcher has studied how older men and women view their health before and after receiving fixed incomes...

Data Analysis Shows Less Heart Attacks And Strokes For Non-Smokers

Friday February 22nd, 2013 09:00:00 AM
Professor Hermann Brenner and colleagues analyzed the data of 8.807 individuals aged between 50 and 74 years using data of Saarland citizens. "We were able to show that the risk of smokers for cardiovascular diseases is more than twice that of non-smokers. However, former smokers are affected at almost the same low rate as people of the same age who never smoked," says Brenner... Thursday February 21st, 2013 10:00:00 AM
Similar to talking about being fat, talking about being old is an important an indicator of body dissatisfaction, shows research in BioMed Central''s open access journal Journal of Eating Disorders... Thursday February 21st, 2013 09:00:00 AM
A new study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center shows that an increase in fat throughout the thigh is predictive of mobility loss in otherwise healthy older adults. Lead author Kristen Beavers, Ph.D... Thursday February 21st, 2013 09:00:00 AM
Despite current beliefs, the degenerative eye condition age-related macular degeneration is a common cause of vision impairment and blindness in sub-Saharan Africa, requiring an urgent review of vision services, according to a study by international researchers published in this week''s PLOS Medicine...

Caffeine Consumption And Mortality

Thursday February 21st, 2013 09:00:00 AM
A large study of nearly half a million older adults followed for about 12 years revealed a clear trend: as coffee drinking increased, the risk of death decreased... Thursday February 21st, 2013 08:00:00 AM
Misshapen cell nuclei are frequently observed in the cells of people with cancer and other diseases, but what causes the abnormality -- and why it is associated with certain disorders -- has remained unclear...

Physical Activity Really Does Enhance Cognition

Tuesday February 19th, 2013 09:00:00 AM
Exercise doesn''t only strengthen your heart and muscles - it also beefs up your brain. Dozens of studies now show that aerobic exercise can increase the size of critical brain structures and improve cognition in children and older adults... Monday February 18th, 2013 09:00:00 AM
Scientists have known for nearly a century that cold-blooded animals, such as worms, flies and fish all live longer in cold environments, but have not known exactly why...

Bacteria Producing Nitric Oxide Extend Life In Roundworms

Monday February 18th, 2013 08:00:00 AM
Nitric oxide, the versatile gas that helps increase blood flow, transmit nerve signals, and regulate immune function, appears to perform one more biological feat - prolonging the life of an organism and fortifying it against environmental stress, according to a new study...
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