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Giving birth in the U.S. now costs nearly $19,000 and insured patients are responsible for paying about $3,000 of that bill, researchers say.
Kids with poor impulse control — a common characteristic of ADHD — may be at higher risk for health, social and criminal problems as adults, a new study indicates.
Researchers found that having attention and behavior problems in childhood was linked to less money, lower educational achievement and poorer health in adulthood when compared to those who could regulate their behavior as ...
Erectile dysfunction (ED) has been tied to an increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Now, research suggests that erectile woes during late middle age may also be linked to a man’s chances of developing memory issues later on.
“Because subtle changes in erectile function were related to memory decline, our results suggest that neglecting this aspect of ...
Older adults may have a second vaccine option for RSV following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of a Pfizer vaccine on Wednesday.
The other shot for adults 60 and up is made by GSK. It was approved May 3.
Both should be available by fall, before the seasonal spread of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), The New York Times reported.
The Pfizer ...
A key to living to 100 may be the viruses living in a centenarian’s guts.
“This snapshot of how the virome interacts with gut microbiomes could tell us about how microbial and viral ecology evolves over the lifetime of a person,” said Ramnik Xavier, director of immunology and co-director of the infectiou...
You'll likely lose some of your memory and thinking abilities as you age, but nutrients called flavanols might help thwart that decline, a new study suggests.
Not getting enough flavanols -- natural compounds found in fruits, vegetables and even chocolate -- could be driving that age-related memory loss, researchers say.
This research is the pinnacle of 1...
For people who've lost some mental sharpness, to either aging or disease, a technique that gently "zaps" the brain circuitry is showing early promise.
That's according to a new analysis of more than 100 studies assessing the technique, called transcranial alternating current stimulation, or tACS. It involves using electrodes on the scalp to send weak electrical pulses to specific brain ar...
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system and leaves patients suffering from a host of symptoms, and now new research finds life stressors can make those symptoms even worse.
Poverty, abuse and divorce in childhood and adulthood can significantly impact the level of disability someone with MS experiences, according to researchers from Michigan Me...
The American population is older than it used to be, according to new U.S. Census data.
With fewer young children, more baby boomers and even more centenarians, the country’s median age is higher — at 38.8 — and the share of people aged 65 and up more substantial, the
A federal website intended to help people choose a nursing home not only contains inaccurate information, but those inaccuracies appear to be at least partially driven by race, a new study reports.
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) established the Nursing Home Care Compare website in the 1990s to publicly report patient safety indicators for every nursing facility ...
Drinking heavily while younger puts you at risk for muscle loss and frailty later in life, new research suggests.
These findings are another reason to cut back on the booze, according to the research team from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the United Kingdom.
“Losing muscle as we age leads to problems with weakness and frailty in later life,” said professor
Older Americans are increasingly likely to log into “patient portals” to access their health care information — but confidence levels vary.
About 78% of people aged 50 to 80 now use at least one patient portal, according to the new University of Michigan (U-M) National Poll on Healthy Aging.
Five years ago, just 51% in this age range used patient portals, the researchers sai...
You’ve heard of eating your spinach to stay strong, but how about loading up on your flavonols?
New research suggests that plant-based foods rich in these important dietary compounds could lower your chances of developing frailty as you age.
Apples and blackberries are among the fruits that contain a particular flavonoid called quercetin that may be the most important to prevent f...
Older adults are more easily distracted than younger folks, especially if they're also physically exerting themselves, according to new research.
“Our results suggest that older adults might have heightened distractibility,” said study co-author Lilian Azer, a graduate student from the University of Califo...
Older Americans are dying of falls at more than double the rate of 20 years ago -- with women, men and all racial groups showing increases, according to a new study.
In 2020, the study found, just over 36,500 Americans age 65 and up died of a fall-related injury. That was up from roughly 10,100 deaths in 1999.
Adjusted for age, those numbers translated into a more than twofold incre...
In a world increasingly consumed by social media, much has been made of the amount of time younger generations spend online every day — and the harms that habit can bring.
But now a new study of older adults suggests that regular internet use may actually be a boon for older Americans, staving off the long-term risk for dementia.
“We studied the association between internet usag...
While a lot of research has focused on autism in children, much less effort goes toward studying adults with autism.
Now, two new reports find this group is at substantial risk for age-related physical conditions and injuries, as well as being particularly susceptible to certain mental health issues including loneliness, social isolation and lower quality of life.
“There is accumu...
The first vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in seniors aged 60 and older.
Arexvy, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), is expected to help prevent lower respiratory tract infections caused by RSV, the agency said Wednesday.
“Older adults, in particular those with underlying health conditions, such as ...
It's expected that seniors slow down physically as they age, but this could be a sign of more than just lost muscle strength, a new study suggests. In some, it may be a harbinger of dementia.
Australian researchers said the findings may help health professionals to identify dementia risk in patients earlier.
“Both grip strength and TUG tests [for balance and mobility]...
Older drivers using alcohol or drugs are much more likely to be at fault in a car crash.
Researchers studying the issue say that calls for sober-driving campaigns aimed at seniors.
"Our research shows just how much aging increases the risk of being at fault for injury or fatality in a drug- or alcohol-related traffic accident," said lead author
Over the last decade, an aging American population has increasingly turned away from nursing homes in favor of trained caregivers who can provide critical help in the home with basic daily tasks.
But a new investigation warns the need for at-home care has vastly outpaced a much smaller growth in the pool of home care workers.
The result: between 2013 and 2019, the number of availabl...
Could golfing be good medicine for arthritis?
Yes, according to researchers who found that for people with osteoarthritis, golfing lowered psychological distress and improved general health when compared with the general population.
"Golf is a health-enhancing source of physical activity, particularly for older adults," said lead researcher
A new study finds that Americans over 50 are interested in cutting back on prescription medications, dovetailing with a movement toward “deprescribing.”
About 67% said they would seek their doctor's advice before dropping a pill, according to Michigan Medicine's National Poll on Healthy Aging.
Yet more than one-third of older adults said they had quit taking a medication they ha...
Be forewarned: High blood pressure in your 30s may lead to poorer brain health in your 70s.
A new study suggests that treating the condition in young and middle-aged adults may help prevent dementia and Alzheimer's disease later on, especially in men.
For the study, researchers examine...
A new national Alzheimer's disease and dementia database could be a game changer for research on the memory-robbing condition that now affects more than 6 million Americans.
Planning has begun at the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to fund the data platform. A $300 million grant for the six-ye...
There is little doubt that caregiving for someone with dementia can be demanding and challenging, and that knowing how best to care for both the patient and yourself can be hard to figure out.
Here are some tips to help you navigate this difficult time and be the best caregiver you can be for your loved one.
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Drug overdose deaths -- both accidental and intentional -- have quadrupled over the past 20 years among older adults in the United States, a new study finds.
This increase in people ages 65 and older suggests the need for greater mental health and substance use policies, the authors said.
“The dramatic rise in overdose fatalities among adults over 65 years of age in the past two ...
For older Americans, a fall is no laughing matter.
According to the National Council on Aging, more than 1 in 4 people over age 65 fall each year, and falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among the elderly. However, falls are not a normal part of aging.
So why do the elder...
There's nothing like the comfort and security of home. For many, a home is a place filled with fond memories of happy times.
It's no wonder older adults choose to extend their independence by trying to stay in their homes as they get older, an experience called aging in place.
But as a person ages, what used to be ordinary in the home can be challenging or even a hazard. Almost one-...
Choosing a caregiver for a loved one is a decision no one takes lightly.
Figuring out the level of care your loved one needs can help make the process go more smoothly. That's why it's a great place to start your journey.
“The goal is to pick up clues early, before they start to impact day-to-day life in a significant way, so we can do something about them,” Cleveland Clinic's ...
Problems walking and talking or thinking at the same time might be a warning sign of impending dementia, a new study suggests.
Being unable to juggle two tasks simultaneously has been recognized as a sign of mental (or "cognitive") decline after age 65, but this research shows that the ability actually starts to fall off in middle-age. The finding could spur calls for earlier screening, r...
The hit HBO series "The Last of Us" portrays a zombie apocalypse caused by a fungal infection that hijacks human brains.
Back in the real world, there's an emerging fungal threat rampaging through the United States, a new study warns — one that doesn't turn humans into zombies, but does endanger lives.
Candida auris has surged across the nation since the first case occurr...
Diabetes is a known risk factor for mental decline and dementia. Paired with total tooth loss, the potential harm to the brain is even more significant, new research indicates.
The findings highlight the importance of good dental care and diabetes control in aging adults, said
Practicing yoga might help older adults become a little surer on their feet, a new research review suggests.
The review, of 33 small clinical trials, found that older adults who participated in yoga programs typically gained some lower-body strength and boosted their walking speed.
Experts said the findings suggest that yoga might help older adults manage some of the strength and m...
Nearly one-third of older people fall each year, most of them in their own homes. But it's possible to reduce those numbers by a quarter, according to a new study.
Five steps can cut the risk of falls by 26%, the researchers reported in the March 10 issue of the Cochrane Database of ...
Can vitamin D lower dementia risk?
Quite possibly, a team of British and Canadian researchers report.
In their study, investigators spent roughly a decade tracking more than 12,000 older people. None had dementia at the start of the study period. In the end, the team determined that those who had been taking vitamin D supplements during that time appeared to face a 40% lower ri...
America's aging population means that more families are soon going to be grappling with a heartbreaking issue -- a loved one living with dementia who then develops cancer.
These families will have to work their way through a series of tough decisions regarding screening, treatment and end-of-life care, a new report warns.
People with dementia already start out at a disadvantage as f...
While adult bed rails are marketed with safety in mind, they need to be used with caution, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises.
"Many death and injury reports related to entrapment and falls for adult portable bed rail products and hospital bed rails have been reported to the FDA and the CPSC [U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission]," the FDA said in a new
Causes of different kinds of dementia vary, but about 40% are affected by risk factors a person can influence through lifestyle choices.
Two University of Michigan neurologists offer 10 tips for modifying those risks.
Regular exercise at some point in life is a key to better cognitive health in old age, researchers say. Starting sooner is better and sustaining it longer are, too.
A new British study has found that exercising at least once a month at any time in adulthood is linked to better ...
In a routine physical that will likely be the last before he announces whether he'll run again, President Joe Biden was found to be both healthy and vigorous.
White House physician Dr. Kevin O'Connor released the
Older people have vaccines available to prevent severe influenza and COVID-19, but there's been nothing to protect against the third respiratory virus that contributed to this season's wretched “triple-demic.”
Two major pharmaceutical companies published clinical trial results this week that pave the way for an RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) vaccine to be available...
The key to living longer could be eating less.
In a new study published in the journal Nature Aging, researchers found that a calorie-restricted diet had substantial health benefits, including delayed aging.
“The main take-home of our study is that it is possible to slow the pace of biologi...
Without dental coverage, many American seniors on Medicare stop getting the fillings and crowns they may need, a new study finds.
The result isn't pretty.
“Without dental coverage for adults who are eligible [for] Medicare, we are seeing a rise in loss of teeth after age 65 among nearly 1 in 20 adults, which represents millions of Americans,” said
A new study delivers some great news to older Americans, something many likely already realize in their daily lives.
The prevalence of disabilities among seniors is down sharply from what it was just a decade before, researchers say.
Fewer older adults have limitations in the activities that are an important part of daily life, from climbing stairs or walking without difficulty to...
Want to stay healthy well into your golden years? Grab a bag of clubs and hit the green, new research suggests.
Golfing beat walking or even Nordic walking (a full-body workout that consists of walking using specialized poles) when it came to improving several key measures of heart health in the small study.
“The results of this study are meant to encourage older adults to spend m...
The saga of Damar Hamlin's recent collapse during a football game has thrown the dangers of sports-related cardiac arrest into the spotlight.
What about this happening to someone much older?
A new study brings reassuring news: It's rare for an older adult to have a sudden cardiac arrest during exercise, and those who do tend to have fewer health issues than those who experience ...
Tying the knot is now tied to healthier aging brains: People who stay married for the long haul may gain some protection from dementia, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that compared with both divorced people and lifelong singles, older adults in a long-term marriage were less likely to develop dementia. Roughly 11% were diagnosed with dementia after age 70, versus 12% to 14% of t...
A good physical workout benefits an older brain. So does socializing. Put those two together and the payoff may be even bigger.
Researchers in Japan found that link in a new study that looked at exercising solo and in a group.
"Exercise is manageable for many older people, and we saw cognitive benefits from it compared with those who don't exercise," said study senior author
New research out of California finds seniors are being treated in emergency rooms in significantly higher numbers for adverse side effects from cannabis consumption.
Researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) said they studied the issue because they noticed more primary care patients ending up in the ER after using marijuana products.
"While we did expect to see...
Winter may feel like a time for hibernation, but it's important for seniors to safely keep up their hobbies and physical activity in the cold weather.
“It's important to get outside as much as possible, whether it's temperate or even if it's colder, as long as it's safe to do so,” said Dr. Angela Catic...