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Aging Bulletin - April 2012 Archives

Eating more berries may reduce cognitive decline in the elderly (4/29/2012)

Blueberries and strawberries, which are high in flavonoids, appear to reduce cognitive decline in older adults according to a new study published today in Annals of Neurology, a journal of the American Neurological Association and Child Neurology Society. The study results suggest that cognitive aging could be delayed by up to 2.5 years in elderly who consume greater amounts of the flavonoid-rich berries. ...> Full Article

To assess the mobility of bed-ridden patients (4/27/2012)

In June a monitoring system is becoming commercially available that will allow nursing staff to accurately record the mobility of bedridden persons. The system has been developed for the prevention of bedsores by Compliant Concept, a start-up at Empa's glaTec technology center. ...> Full Article

Brain cell changes may cause sleep troubles in aging (4/26/2012)

Older animals show cellular changes in the brain "clock" that sets sleep and wakeful periods, according to new research in the April 25 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. The findings may help explain why elderly people often experience trouble sleeping at night and are drowsy during the day. ...> Full Article

Keeping older drivers on the road (4/25/2012)

Experts at Newcastle University, UK, are designing new systems to help older people drive safely for longer in an effort to help them retain their independence. ...> Full Article

Shingles vaccine is safe, according to new study (4/24/2012)

The herpes zoster vaccine, also known as the shingles vaccine, is generally safe and well tolerated according to a Vaccine Safety Datalink study of 193,083 adults published online in the Journal of Internal Medicine. ...> Full Article

Cellular pathway linked to diabetes, heart disease (4/21/2012)

Cardiac researchers at the University of Cincinnati have found that a certain cellular pathway is linked to obesity-related disorders, like diabetes, heart disease and fatty liver disease. ...> Full Article

Study recommends ways to evaluate end-of-life care in nursing homes (4/20/2012)

While nursing homes are the place where an estimated 30 percent of Americans die, there currently exists no way to compare which institutions do a better job at managing end of life care. A new study appearing this week in the Journal of Palliative Medicine is starting a discussion over the need to create end of life quality measures in order to both inform consumers and provide nursing homes with incentive to improve care. ...> Full Article

Tai Chi wheelchair brings mobility, self-esteem, better health to practitioners (4/19/2012)

An innovative 13-postures Tai Chi designed for wheelchair users has brought the traditional Chinese martial and healing arts to people with ambulatory impairment. The 13 Posture Wheelchair Tai Chi incorporates 13 of the 24 Tai Chi movements and transforms the wheelchair from an assistive device into a tool of empowerment and artistic expression. ...> Full Article

Study hints at why gums suffer with age (4/18/2012)

A study reveals that gum deterioration, which often occurs with increasing age, is associated with a drop in the level of a protein called Del-1. ...> Full Article

Exercise and attitude may be thermostat for hot flashes (4/16/2012)

Attitude may play an important role in how exercise affects menopausal women, according to Penn State researchers, who identified two types of women -- one experiences more hot flashes after physical activity, while the other experiences fewer. ...> Full Article

EKG can help predict heart attacks in healthy elderly people (4/15/2012)

EKG can help predict heart attacks in healthy elderly peopleCan a simple diagnostic test used to measure a heart's electrical activity help predict heart attacks? And can that knowledge help doctors reroute their patients away from coronary heart disease? ...> Full Article

Summer temperature variability may increase mortality risk for elderly with chronic disease (4/14/2012)

New research from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) suggests that seemingly small changes in summer temperature swings -- as little as 1C more than usual -- may shorten life expectancy for elderly people with chronic medical conditions, and could result in thousands of additional deaths each year. ...> Full Article

Active older adults less likely to experience psychological distress (4/13/2012)

In a study examining the relationship between physical activity and physical function, researchers from Australia discovered that older adults who experienced any level of psychological distress were more than four times more likely to experience functional limitation than those who did not. This study is published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. ...> Full Article

Single baby boomers facing increased challenges as they age (4/12/2012)

Nick and Bobbi Ercoline, the couple depicted on the "Woodstock" soundtrack album cover, have now been happily married for over 40 years. However, a new special issue of The Gerontologist showing the Ercolines as they look today -- a portrait of successful aging -- finds that their unmarried baby boomer counterparts generally fare much poorer in terms of economic, health, and social outcomes. ...> Full Article

Soy may alleviate hot flashes in menopause, large-scale study finds (4/11/2012)

In the most comprehensive study to date to examine the effects of soy on menopause, researchers found two daily servings of soy can reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes by up to 26 percent. ...> Full Article

Studies: Memory declines faster in years closest to death; mental activity best protection (4/10/2012)

New research finds that a person's memory declines at a faster rate in the two- and-a-half years before death than at any other time after memory problems first begin. A second study shows that keeping mentally fit through board games or reading may be the best way to preserve memory during late life. Both studies are published in the April 4, 2012, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. ...> Full Article

Women cannot rewind the 'biological clock' (4/10/2012)

Many women do not fully appreciate the consequences of delaying motherhood, and expect that assisted reproductive technologies can reverse their aged ovarian function, Yale researchers reported in a study published in a recent issue of Fertility and Sterility. ...> Full Article

Food science poised to help address needs of aging population (4/9/2012)

The aging baby boomers and subsequent generations will be looking to the food industry to provide products that can help them live longer, healthier and more active lives than previous generations, according to research presented at the Institute of Food Technologists' Wellness 12 meeting. ...> Full Article

Keep aging brains sharp (4/7/2012)

A new book by George Mason University cognitive neuroscientists details what people can do to keep their mental snap well into their 80s and 90s. ...> Full Article

Can a ray of sunshine help the critically ill? (4/6/2012)

In a six-month study, professor Howard Amital of Tel Aviv University found that intensive care patients with a vitamin D deficiency lived an average of 8.9 fewer days than those who had healthy vitamin D levels in their bodies. Further research could confirm that vitamin D supplements improve survival outcomes in these patients, he says. ...> Full Article

In defense of older drivers (4/5/2012)

The notion that senior drivers have higher rates of crashes because they are poorer drivers is largely a misconception, according to a commentary in CMAJ. ...> Full Article

Scientists shed light on age-related memory loss and possible treatments (4/4/2012)

Scientists shed light on age-related memory loss and possible treatmentsScientists from the Florida campus of the Scripps Research Institute have shown in animal models that the loss of memory that comes with aging is not necessarily a permanent thing. ...> Full Article

Being bilingual wards off symptoms of dementia (4/3/2012)

New research explains how speaking more than one language may translate to better mental health. A paper published by Cell Press in the March 29 issue of the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences examines how being bilingual can offer protection from the symptoms of dementia, and also suggests that the increasing diversity in our world populations may have an unexpected positive impact on the resiliency of the adult brain. ...> Full Article

Weight loss and increased fitness slow decline of mobility in adults (4/2/2012)

Weight loss and increased physical fitness nearly halved the risk of losing mobility in overweight or obese adults with type 2 diabetes, according to four-year results from the Look AHEAD trial funded by the National Institutes of Health. The results are published in the March 29, 2012, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. ...> Full Article

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Web-savvy older adults who regularly indulge in culture may better retain 'health literacy'

New laser therapy helps slow macular degeneration

Many older brains have plasticity, but in a different place

Musicians show advantages in long-term memory, UT Arlington research saysMusicians show advantages in long-term memory, UT Arlington research says

Computerized cognitive training has modest benefits for cognitively healthy older adults

Seniors draw on extra brainpower for shoppingSeniors draw on extra brainpower for shopping

Soy spells fewer hot flashes for certain women

Sharpening state spending on seniors

Not all elderly Americans will surf to health

Older women with sleep-breathing problems more likely to see decline in daily functions

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