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Preventing Middle-Age Spread: Skipping These Foods Will Help, New Study Finds

New evidence details which foods to eat and which to avoid if you want to keep the scale from creeping up during middle age.

08 Aug

Mammography After 70, Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks?

A new study finds breast cancer screening after the age of 70 may be leading to overdiagnosis, unnecessary procedures and anxiety.

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Brain Decline, Dementia Common Among Older American Indians

Higher rates of blood vessel-damaging conditions like hypertension or diabetes may be driving up rates of cognitive decline and dementia among older American Indians, new research shows.

The study found that 54% of American Indians ages 72 to 95 had some form of impairment in their thinking and/or memory skills, while 10% had dementia.

The underlying causes: Vascular (blood vessel)...

Money Worries Top Seniors' List of Health-Related Concerns: Poll

Worries over health-related costs are plaguing the minds of older Americans of all backgrounds, a new poll suggests.

Five of the six health-related issues that most people found very concerning had to do with health care costs, according to results from the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging. 

And the sixth issue – financial scams and fraud – also had to ...

Which Patients and Surgeries Are 'High Risk' for Seniors?

Most seniors probably view any emergency surgery with a certain level of anxiety.

Now, a new study seeks to sort out who might be at highest risk for a complication from such surgeries -- and which surgeries are more prone to trouble.

Two key factors emerged: How frail any patient over 65 was prior to their emergency procedure, and whether the surgery was deemed to be high- or low...

Medicare Warnings Stop Nursing Homes From Overusing Antipsychotic Meds

Warning letters sent by Medicare officials can prompt a decline in antipsychotic prescriptions for seniors with dementia, a new study finds.

Letters sent to heavy prescribers of quetiapine (Seroquel), the most popular antipsychotic in the United States, led to a significant decline in drugs handed out to seniors, researchers reported Apr...

What Folks Consider 'Old Age' Is Getting Older

People’s idea of “old age” is aging itself, with middle-aged folks and seniors believing that old age starts later in life than did peers from decades ago, a new study finds.

The study revolves around the question “At what age would you describe someone as old?”

Decades ago, folks born in 1911 set the beginning of old age at 71 when they were asked that question at age 65,...

Work That Challenges Your Brain Helps You Stay Sharp With Age

Jobs that challenge your mind could help your brain age more gracefully, a new study suggests.

The harder your brain works on the job, the less likely you are to have memory and thinking problems later in life, researchers reported April 17 in the journal Neurology.

“We examined the demands of various jobs and found that cognitive stimulation at work during different sta...

Many Seniors Are Overmedicated, But ChatGPT Might Prevent That

AI could help doctors cut back on the bewildering variety of medications that seniors frequently are prescribed, a new study suggests.

More than 40% of seniors are prescribed five or more meds, and this increases a person’s risk of adverse drug interactions, researchers...

Pandemic's Effect in Isolating Older Americans May Not Be Over

COVID-19 lockdowns prompted countless American seniors to become socially isolated.

Now, new research finds that many have still not fully rejoined society.

More than half of older adults still spend more time at home and less time out socializing in public, even though the pandemic has passed,...

Can Pregnancy Accelerate Aging for Women? Study Says Yes

Pregnancy transforms women's bodies in many obvious ways, but new research suggests it may also accelerate aging.

Women who had been pregnant appeared to be biologically older than women who had never carried a child, the genetic analysis revealed.

Further, more pregnancies meant more aging.

“Our findings suggest that pregnancy speeds up biological aging, and that these effe...

Today's Young Adults Are Aging Faster, and That Might Help Spur Cancers

Younger generations are aging more rapidly, and this could be leading to an increased risk of cancer, a new study says.

People born in or after 1965 are 17% more likely to be experiencing accelerated aging compared to seniors born between 1950 and 1954, researchers found.

That faster aging is associated with a higher risk of certain cancers among adults younger than 55, also known a...

Seniors, Stay Away From Young Kids to Avoid Pneumonia: Study

Sticky fingers, runny noses: Little kids are sweet, but they can also pass on dangerous germs to loving grandparents, new research confirms.

The study found that contact with pre-school and kindergarten-aged kids may be the leading transmission route for bacteria that can cause dangerous pneumonias ...

Playtime, Being Social Helps a Dog's Aging Brain, Study Finds

As their aging brains shrink, older dogs can suffer the same memory and thinking problems as many older humans do.

But dogs are just like humans in another way -- playtime and social activities can help preserve their brain function, a new study finds.

Exercising, socializing, playing with toys and playing with other dogs helped a small group of beagles maintain their brains, resear...

Mutation Helps Even Carriers of 'Alzheimer's Gene' Avoid Alzheimer's

A genetic mutation that boosts cell function could protect people against Alzheimer's disease, even if they carry another gene mutation known to boost dementia risk.

The newly discovered mutation appears to protect people who...

These 3 Factors Make Your Brain More Vulnerable to Dementia

Out of a host of possible risk factors for dementia, three really stood out in a new analysis: Diabetes, air pollution and alcohol.

British and American researchers used brain scans to focus on a neurological network they labeled a "weak spot" in the brain. This network is known to be vulnerable to the effects of aging, as well as

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  • March 28, 2024
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  • Just 30 Minutes Less Sitting Time Per Day Cuts Seniors' High Blood Pressure

    Seniors wound up with lower blood pressure after they were coached to get up and move more often, a new study says.

    Health coaching successfully reduced sitting time for a group of older adults by just over 30 minutes a day, according to a report published March 27 in the journal JAMA Network Open<...

    Can You Build Muscle in Old Age? Yes, and an Expert Has Tips

    If you're in your 60s, 70s or even older, you might think your days of productively pumping iron are behind you.

    That's just not true, said Dr. Adil Ahmed, an assistant professor in the Joseph Barnhart Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

    Building and maintaining muscle is ...

    Many Older Americans Pop Daily Aspirin, Even Though It's No Longer Recommended: Poll

    Lots of seniors are regularly taking low-dose aspirin in hopes of preventing heart attacks and strokes, even though updated guidelines often advise against it.

    About one in four older adults take aspirin at least three times a week, according to results from the University of Michigan's

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  • March 8, 2024
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  • Tremor Could Point to Higher Odds for Dementia

    Dementia could three times more common among people suffering from essential tremor, a movement disorder that causes involuntary shaking, a new study suggests.

    “Not only do tremors affect a person's ability to complete daily tasks such writing and eating, our study suggests that people with essential trem...

    1 in 8 Seniors Who Undergo Surgery Are Back in Hospital Within a Month

    Major surgery is a dicey proposition for many seniors, with a substantial number landing back in the hospital just weeks or months after their operation, a new study warns.

    Nearly one in eight seniors (12%) who undergo surgery are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of their procedure, researchers report Feb. 28 in the journal

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  • March 4, 2024
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  • Education Leads to Healthier, Longer Lives: Study

    School not only makes a person smarter, but it can also help them live longer, researchers report.

    People with more education tend to age more slowly and live longer lives compared to the less educated, the study found.

    Higher levels of education are significantly associated with a slower pace of aging and a lower risk of death, according to the report published March 1 in the journ...

    'No New Concerns' for Biden's Health After Annual Physical

    Following an annual physical conducted on Wednesday, President Joe Biden has been found "fit for duty" by his doctor.

    “The President feels well and this year's physical identified no new concerns. He continues to be fit for duty and fully executes all of his responsibilities without any exemptions or accommodations,” White House physician

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  • February 29, 2024
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  • Impaired Sense of Direction Could Be Early Alzheimer's Sign

    Middle-aged folks who have difficulties navigating their way through space could be at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease years later, a new study finds.

    “Very early symptoms of dementia can be subtle and difficult to detect, but problems with navigation are thought to be some of the first changes in Alzheimer's disease," noted

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  • February 29, 2024
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  • CDC Experts Recommend Seniors Get Another COVID Shot

    Even if they got a COVID booster last fall, American seniors should still get a second shot this spring to best protect themselves, U.S. health officials recommended Wednesday.

    The latest guidance, voted on by a vaccine advisory panel and endorsed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, states that a second booster is fine as long as at least four months have passed since ...

    Fat Around Men's Pancreas Might Raise Odds for Alzheimer's

    Excess fat around your pancreas could bode ill for the health of your aging brain, new research shows.

    But maybe only if you're male: The relationship wasn't observed among women, noted the team from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.

    “In middle-aged males at high Alzheimer's disease risk -- but not females --higher pancreatic fat was associated with lower cognition and bra...

    Seniors, FDA Has 5 Medication Tips to Keep You Safe

    When settling into your senior years, you need to be especially careful when taking medicines, herbal remedies and supplements, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

    That's because older adults are likely to use more prescription and over-the-counter medications, which increases the risk of harmful side effects and drug interactions, the FDA said in a

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  • February 19, 2024
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  • Black, Hispanic Middle Class Finding It Tougher to Afford Senior Housing, Health Care

    Millions of Black and Hispanic middle-class adults won't be able to afford senior housing and health care expenses as they grow old, a new study warns.

    The number of middle-income older adults of color is expected to double within the next decade, rising from 12% in ...

    Women With HIV Age Faster, Study Shows

    Women with HIV experience accelerated DNA aging, potentially leading to poorer physical function sooner in life than expected, a new study says.

    Markers of aging measured in blood revealed that women with HIV age faster than their chronological age, according to results published in the

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  • February 16, 2024
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  • Helping a Loved One With Dementia Enjoy Valentine's Day

    When a loved one has dementia, Valentine's Day can be bittersweet.

    "When dementia enters someone's life, it can change many things, including the dynamic of their relationships," said Jennifer Reeder, director of educational and social services for the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. 

    That's why it's important to ...

    Dementia Care Costs Can Quickly Burn Through People's Savings: Study

    Dementia care can eat through the savings of cash-strapped seniors, a new study warns.

    The average senior with dementia in non-nursing residential care facilities spent 97% of their monthly income on long-term care, researchers found. Meanwhile, those living in nursing homes spend nearly 83% of their monthly income on their care, results show.

    “Because dementia is such an expensiv...

    Medical Tourism in Mexico Led to Deadly Fungal Illness for Americans

    Medical tourism to Mexico for cosmetic procedures exposed Americans to a deadly fungal infection last year, a new report shows.

    An outbreak of Fusarium solani meningitis occurred at two clinics in Matamoros specializing in elective cosmetic procedures like breast augmentation, liposuction and Brazilian butt lifts.

    The new report, published Feb. 8 in the

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  • February 9, 2024
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  • Healthy Living Builds 'Cognitive Reserve' in Brain That May Prevent Dementia

    New research suggests healthy lifestyles can help stave off dementia, perhaps by building a resilient 'cognitive reserve' in the aging brain.

    The study was based on the brain autopsies on 586 people who lived to an average of almost 91. Researchers compared each person's lifestyle and end-of-life mental skills to their neurological signs of dementia, such as brain protein plaques or chang...

    Hearing Troubles Can Affect the Mind, Too

    If you're over 65, you likely struggle sometimes to hear conversations clearly, but ignoring that may prompt even more serious health problems, experts say.

    If left unchecked, hearing loss can lead to social isolation and depression -- two conditions known to raise dementia risk, said Dr. Leah Ross, a physician in the Di...

    Ancient Greeks Seldom Hit by Dementia, Suggesting It's a Modern Malady

    Dementia seems like a disorder that's always haunted the human race.

    But this form of severe memory loss is actually a modern malady, if classical Greek and Roman physicians are to be believed.

    A new analysis of ancient Greek and Roman medical texts suggests that dementia was extremely rare 2,000 to 2,500 years ago, in the time of Aristotle, Galen and Pliny the Elder.

    The new ...

    Palliative Care Works, Even When Delivered By Phone

    Folks with life-threatening chronic illnesses can receive effective support over the telephone as they manage their condition day by day, a new clinical trial finds.

    Seriously ill veterans living with lung or heart disease experienced significant improvements in depression, anxiety and quality of life from a palliative care program delivered by phone, researchers found.

    “While we ...

    Daily Multivitamin Might Help Aging Brains

    A daily multivitamin could help people keep their brains healthy as they age, a new trial finds.

    Results suggest taking multivitamins could help prevent memory loss and slow cognitive aging among older adults, researchers report in the Jan. 18 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutritio...

    Seniors Who Smoke Weed & Drive Are Road Hazards: Study

    Many studies have found that getting high on weed and then getting behind the wheel is dangerous for young drivers, and now new research finds it's no different for seniors.

    In a driving-simulator experiment, seniors who were long-term marijuana smokers were weaving in and out of their lanes 30 minutes after getting high, Canadian researchers report.

    The effect was not seen when the...

    Add Some Impact to Your Exercise to Keep Aging Bones Strong

    Putting a little pressure on your bones during exercise or daily activities might pay off in stronger bones as you age, new research suggests.

    The study focused on a crucial part of the hip joint anatomy called the femoral neck.

    Finnish researchers found that largely sedentary folks ages 70 to 85 maintained or gained bone strength in the femoral neck after a year-long exercise progr...

    Does More Outdoor Light at Night Help Cause Macular Degeneration?

    As levels of nighttime artificial outdoor light rise, so do the odds for a leading cause of vision loss, age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

    South Korean researchers found that people living in areas of that country with the highest levels of streetlights and other artificial light had more than double the odds for AMD, compared to those living in areas with the lowest levels.

    T...

    Bypassing Doctors and Getting Health Care From Online Services? Most Older Adults Aren't Buying It

    Online-only health care services have become a trendy way for people to receive low-cost medical attention.

    These websites don't require a referral or health insurance, and offer a flat fee for services. The online providers evaluate symptoms, make diagnoses and even prescribe medicines.

    But older Americans aren't having any of it, at least for now, a new survey shows.

    Only 7....

    Migraines Could Raise Crash Risks for Older Drivers

    Migraines are not only extremely painful, but they also appear to pose a driving risk for seniors, a new study warns.

    Older adult drivers recently diagnosed with migraines are three times more likely to be involved in a car crash, researchers reported recently in the

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  • January 5, 2024
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  • Hearing Aids May Extend Life Span

    A hearing aid's first purpose is fairly obvious, but a new study argues that the devices also provide an important second benefit -- a longer life.

    “We found that adults with hearing loss who regularly used hearing aids had a 24% lower risk of mortality than those who never wore them,” said lead researcher Dr. Janet Choi, a...

    Resolve to Get a Free Memory Screening in 2024

    There are so many New Year's resolutions from which to choose, but an important one could be to schedule a memory screening, experts say.

    Memory screenings consist of a series of questions that gauge memory and brain function, according to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA).

    These regular screenings are an important way to detect memory problems early, and should be part of...

    Poor Vision & Falls: A Deadly Combo for Seniors

    Seniors with vision issues are at much higher risk for dangerous falls, new research confirms.

    Compared to seniors with good vision, the odds for a fall rose by 38% for seniors with glaucoma, 36% for those with cataracts and 25% for seniors with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), say a team reporting Dec. 28 in the journal

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  • December 29, 2023
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  • Pets Bring Health Boost to Single Seniors' Brains: Study

    For the growing number of American seniors who live alone, having a beloved dog or cat by their side could help them maintain a healthy brain.

    New research on more than 7,900 people averaging 66 years of age found that those who lived alone were able to stave off losses in memory and thinking if they had a pet.

    Pet ownership didn't seem to affect the cognition of older folks who liv...

    Brain Plaques, Not Just Age, Point to Who'll Get Alzheimer's Disease

    Are you necessarily at higher risk of Alzheimer's disease just because you're 80, and not 75? New research shows it's more complex than that.

    The findings suggest that it's the pace of buildup in the brain of Alzheimer's-linked amyloid protein plaques that matters most, not age.

    “Our findings are consistent with studies showing that the amyloid accumulation in the brain takes deca...

    Those Who Fear Serious Illness More Likely to Die Sooner: Study

    Having severe hypochondria can prompt hours of needless worrying, but in an ironic twist new research now shows it could also shorten your life.

    New Swedish research found people diagnosed with an excessive fear of serious illness tended to die earlier than people who don't constantly fret about their health.

    “Many of us are mild hypochondriacs. But there are also people on the ot...

    Your Organs Are Aging Differently, and a New Test Could
Pinpoint Risk

    A certain organ or organs might be growing old faster than the rest of a person's body, placing them at increased risk for disease and death, a new study suggests.

    About one in every five reasonably healthy people aged 50 or older are walking around with at least one organ aging at an accelerated rate, researchers report in the Dec. 6 issue of the journal Nature.

    That sound...

    Timing of Menopause Could Affect a Woman's Muscle Loss

    Women who enter menopause early could be at increased risk of muscle loss in their senior years, a new study suggests.

    Conversely, the more extended a woman's reproductive period, the lower the risk of declining muscle mass as measured by handgrip strength.

    "This study showed that a longer reproductive period and later age at menopause were linked to a lower risk of low handgrip str...

    Could a 'Brain Coach' Help Folks at Higher Risk for Alzheimer's?

    Personal trainers can help people increase their strength and their fitness.

    Could a “brain coach” be just as useful in preventing Alzheimer's' disease?

    A new study suggests that personalized health and lifestyle changes can delay or even prevent memory loss for older adults at high risk of Alzheimer's or dementia.

    People who received personal coaching experienced a 74% bo...

    Long COVID Now Common in U.S. Nursing Homes

    Repeated COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes have had a stark and lasting impact on vulnerable older residents, a new study reports.

    Long COVID has left many residents of these facilities relying more and more on staff to help them months later with basic, everyday activities such as bathing and using the toilet.

    Many also experience a drop-off in their brain function, according to ...

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