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Aging Bulletin - December 2013 Archives


Regular exercise in middle age protects against muscle weakness later in life (12/21/2013)

A cross-sectional study by investigators from Tokyo University has found that exercising in middle age is a protective factor against sarcopenia and effective in maintaining muscle strength and physical performance. Sarcopenia is a disease associated with the aging process, resulting in loss of skeletal muscle mass and muscle strength and/or function in the elderly. The multiple adverse health outcomes include physical disability, poor quality of life and premature death. ...> Full Article


Hong Kong study shows lower survival rates after second hip fractures (12/20/2013)

Research presented today at the 4th Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting showed that second hip fractures are more deadly than first hip fractures. Based in Hong Kong, the study evaluated the overall incidence of a second hip fracture and subsequent mortality in 43,832 patients, aged 65 or above, with operatively treated first hip fracture during the years 2000?2011. A total of 2,399 second hip fractures were identified. ...> Full Article


Significant minority think doctors should help 'tired of living' elderly to die if that's their wish (12/19/2013)

One in five people believes that doctors should be allowed to help the elderly who are not seriously ill, but who are tired of living, to die, if that is their stated wish, reveals research published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics. ...> Full Article


Increase in Hong Kong's over 70s population to cause dramatic rise in hip fractures (12/18/2013)

A new report issued today by the International Osteoporosis Foundation shows that broken bones due to osteoporosis pose a major and growing health problem in the Asia-Pacific. With its rapidly aging population, Hong Kong will be among the areas most affected in the near future. ...> Full Article


A new definition for old age (12/17/2013)

Age is not just the number of years one has lived, argue IIASA population researchers. A new study from the group provides a set of tools for measuring age in all its dimensions. ...> Full Article


Many older Americans rely on people, devices, other strategies to get by (12/16/2013)

Only about a third of Americans ages 65 and older are fully able to take care of themselves and go about their daily lives completely independently, according to a new study published online in the American Journal of Public Health. ...> Full Article


Wrist fracture significantly raises risk of hip fracture (12/15/2013)

A new study presented today at the IOF Regionals 4th Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting in Hong Kong showed that patients with Colles' fracture are at higher risk than patients with osteoporosis to have a subsequent hip fracture within one year; Colles' fracture and osteoporosis together further increase the risk of hip fracture. ...> Full Article


New gene discovery sheds more light on Alzheimer's risk (12/14/2013)

A research team from The University of Nottingham has helped uncover a second rare genetic mutation which strongly increases the risk of Alzheimer's disease in later life. ...> Full Article


Low vitamin B12 levels increase the risk of fractures in older men (12/13/2013)

Older men who have low levels of vitamin B12 have a higher risk of having fractures. These are the findings of researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy as a part of an international study of a total of 1,000 older men. ...> Full Article


Aging out of bounds (12/12/2013)

Aging out of boundsDespite aging being one the hottest topics in the media recently, scientists have no coherent explanation for it. New demographic data on humans, animals and plants for the first time unveil such an extraordinary diversity of aging processes that no existing evolutionary theory can account for. ...> Full Article


Majority of Americans avoid addressing end-of-life issues, according to new study (12/11/2013)

During the past two decades, high-profile legal cases surrounding end-of-life decisions have received widespread attention in the United States, prompting increased media focus and numerous debates on the subject. ...> Full Article


Exercise beneficial for dementia (12/8/2013)

Exercise may benefit older people with dementia by improving their cognitive functioning and ability to carry out everyday activities, according to a new systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. However, the authors of the review did not see any clear effect of exercise on depression in older people with dementia and say that more evidence is needed to understand how exercise could reduce the burden on family caregivers and health systems. ...> Full Article


Studies assess impact of IOM report on nursing reforms (12/7/2013)

Two new studies by researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services examine how well hospitals and other health care facilities are doing when it comes to a call to reform the nursing profession. ...> Full Article


How our vision dims: Chemists crack the code of cataract creation (12/6/2013)

Groundbreaking new findings by UC Irvine and German chemists about how cataracts form could be used to help prevent the world's leading cause of blindness, which currently affects nearly 20 million people worldwide. ...> Full Article


Age-related cognitive decline linked to energy in synapses in prefrontal cortex (12/5/2013)

Mount Sinai scientists have demonstrated that synaptic health in the brain is closely linked to cognitive decline, and that estrogen restores synaptic health and also improves working memory. ...> Full Article


Simulation-based communication training does not improve quality of end-of-life care (12/4/2013)

Among internal medicine and nurse practitioner trainees, simulation-based communication skills training compared with usual education did not improve quality of communication about end-of-life care or quality of end-of-life care but was associated with a small increase in patients' symptoms of depression, according to a study appearing in the Dec. 4 issue of JAMA, a medical education theme issue. ...> Full Article


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