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Aging Bulletin - February 2012 Archives


Specific antipsychotic drugs increase risk of death in elderly dementia patients (2/27/2012)

Nursing home residents over the age of 65 who take certain antipsychotic medication for dementia are at an increased risk of death, suggests a research paper published today on bmj.com. ...> Full Article


Online game boosts cognitive functioning in some older adults (2/26/2012)

For some older adults, the online video game World of Warcraft (WoW) may provide more than just an opportunity for escapist adventure. Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that playing WoW actually boosted cognitive functioning for older adults -- particularly those adults who had scored poorly on cognitive ability tests before playing the game. ...> Full Article


Serotonin could play a large role in bone loss (2/25/2012)

New study suggests that serotonin, a neurotransmitter best known for its role regulating happiness and well-being in the brain, could also play a pivotal role in bone loss during both lactation and in certain types of cancers. ...> Full Article


Anticipation of stressful situations accelerates cellular aging (2/24/2012)

Anticipation of stressful situations accelerates cellular agingThe ability to anticipate future events allows us to plan and exert control over our lives, but it may also contribute to stress-related increased risk for the diseases of aging, according to a study by UCSF researchers. ...> Full Article


Does depression contribute to the aging process? (2/23/2012)

Stress has numerous detrimental effects on the human body. Many of these effects are acutely felt by the sufferer, but many more go "unseen," one of which is shortening of telomere length. ...> Full Article


How fast you walk and your grip in middle age may predict dementia, stroke risk (2/22/2012)

Simple tests such as walking speed and hand grip strength may help doctors determine how likely it is a middle-aged person will develop dementia or stroke. That's according to new research that was released today and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 64th Annual Meeting in New Orleans April 21-28, 2012. ...> Full Article


Cognitive stimulation beneficial in dementia (2/21/2012)

Cognitive stimulation therapies have beneficial effects on memory and thinking in people with dementia, according to a systematic review by Cochrane researchers. Despite concerns that cognitive improvements may not be matched by improvements in quality of life, the review also found positive effects for well-being. ...> Full Article


End-of-life care is complex but aims to provide care and comfort (2/20/2012)

Providing for fundamental human needs to people who are close to death is complex and sophisticated, but ultimately involves the integration of physical, psychological, social and spiritual elements, according to a study published in this week's PLoS Medicine by a group of international researchers. ...> Full Article


Menopausal women use non-medical approaches to treat their symptoms and want more support (2/19/2012)

Menopausal women prefer non-medical treatment for their symptoms and want more support from their GP and partner, finds a new study published today in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. ...> Full Article


Complexities in caregiving at the end of life (2/18/2012)

Faced with the inevitability of death, we all wish for good caregiving during the final stage of our lives. A new study from Karolinska Institutet and Umeå University shows that non-pharmacological caregiving at the end of life in specialized palliative care is not as basic as one might believe but is based on complex professional decisions that weave physical, psychosocial and existential dimensions into a functional whole. ...> Full Article


Researchers study mitochondrial function, potential new therapeutic target for Alzheimer's disease (2/17/2012)

Researchers at Rush University Medical Center are conducting an early phase clinical trial of a novel drug therapy for patients with dementia due to Alzheimer's disease. ...> Full Article


Cognitive impairment in older adults often unrecognized in the primary care setting (2/16/2012)

A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reveals that brief cognitive screenings combined with offering further evaluation increased new diagnoses of cognitive impairment in older veterans two to three fold. ...> Full Article


Undiagnosed neurological disorders may cause falls and hip fractures in the elderly (2/15/2012)

Undiagnosed neurological disorders, such as cervical myelopathy, may predispose elderly patients to falls and fractures, according to new research presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthpaedics. ...> Full Article


Training in muscle power improves the functional capacity and quality of life of elderly people (2/14/2012)

Twelve weeks of training geared towards improving muscular power in older people are highly effective for improving their functional capacity and quality of life, as shown by the studies carried out by the Biomechanics and Physiology of Movement research group at the Public University of Navarre led by professor Mikel Izquierdo-Redin. ...> Full Article


Dignity, sense of control keys to quality of life for disabled elderly, study finds (2/13/2012)

Dignity, sense of control keys to quality of life for disabled elderly, study findsQuality of life for disabled elderly people is most closely tied to two factors: a sense of dignity and a sense of control, according to a study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco. ...> Full Article


Tackling financial exploitation of elderly people (2/12/2012)

Professionals who are in close contact with elderly people could soon be in a better position to spot if they are being financially exploited, for example through a lottery scam or by a deceitful relative draining the bank account, thanks to a pioneering new study funded by the UK Research Councils' New Dynamics of Aging program. ...> Full Article


Geometry, not gender (2/11/2012)

Much orthopaedic research has been devoted to determining why women are far more susceptible to knee ligament injuries than men. According to a new study, the answer may lie in geometry -- the length and shape of a patient's knee bone -- more than gender. ...> Full Article


Study on end-of-life decision making (2/10/2012)

At a time when there is tremendous concern about the utilization of technology at the end of life and the costs of technology, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research has funded a multi-center study aimed to improve end of life decision making amongst seriously ill, elderly hospitalized patients. ...> Full Article


Dignity counts when caring for older people (2/9/2012)

Older people feel that their health problems pose a challenge to their sense of independence, dignity and identity and sometimes the health care they are given makes things worse. ...> Full Article


Cognitive problems common among non-demented elderly (2/8/2012)

Both subjective and objective cognitive impairment are highly common among non-demented elderly Swedes, with an overall prevalence of 39 percent and 25 percent respectively, according to a nationwide twin study by researchers at the Aging Research Center of Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. The study confirms higher education as a major protective factor and stresses the importance of environmental aspects over genes in mild cognitive disorders in old age. ...> Full Article


Vitamin D deficiency in geriatric patients (2/7/2012)

The great majority of geriatric patients in a German rehabilitation hospital were found to have vitamin D deficiency. Stefan Schilling presents his study results in this week's issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International. ...> Full Article


Being confined to bed? (2/6/2012)

Being confined to bed?can have fatal consequences. Incorrect fastening of restraints and inadequate monitoring led to the death of 19 people in care. Andrea M. Berzianovich and her colleagues, forensic medicine specialists from Munich and Vienna, investigated these fatalities in patients subjected to freedom-restraining measures. ...> Full Article


Heart failure linked to thinner bones and fractures (2/4/2012)

Heart failure is associated with a 30 percent increase in major fractures and also identifies a high-risk population that may benefit from increased screening and treatment for osteoporosis, according to a recent study accepted for publication in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. ...> Full Article


Music training has biological impact on aging process (2/3/2012)

Age-related delays in neural timing are not inevitable and can be avoided or offset with musical training, according to the first study to provide biological evidence that lifelong musical experience impacts the aging process. Measuring automatic brain responses of younger and older musicians and non-musicians to speech sounds, researchers found older musicians not only outperformed older non-musicians, they also encoded sound stimuli as quickly and accurately as younger non-musicians. ...> Full Article


Lumbar disc degeneration more likely in overweight and obese adults (2/1/2012)

One of the largest studies to investigate lumbar spine disc degeneration found that adults who are overweight or obese were significantly more likely to have disc degeneration than those with a normal body mass index. Details of this study now appear in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American College of Rheumatology. ...> Full Article


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