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Aging Bulletin - February 2014 Archives


Team sport compensates for estrogen loss (2/28/2014)

When women enter menopause, their estrogen levels taper. This increases their risk of cardiovascular disease. New research from University of Copenhagen shows that interval-based team sport can make up for this estrogen loss as it improves their conditions, reduces blood pressure and thereby protects the cardiovascular system. ...> Full Article


Color vision problems become more common with age, reports Optometry and Vision Science (2/27/2014)

Abnormal color vision increases significantly with aging -- affecting one-half or more of people in the oldest age groups, reports a study in Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. ...> Full Article


Turning back the clock on aging muscles? (2/26/2014)

Turning back the clock on aging muscles?A study co-published in Nature Medicine this week by University of Toronto researcher Penney Gilbert has determined a stem cell based method for restoring strength to damaged skeletal muscles of the elderly. ...> Full Article


Long-term daily multivitamin supplement use decreases cataract risk in men (2/25/2014)

Long-term daily multivitamin supplement use may lower cataract risk in men, according to a study of nearly 15,000 male physicians published this month in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. ...> Full Article


Aging men: More uplifts, fewer hassles until the age of 65-70 (2/24/2014)

A new study of how men approach their golden years found that how happy individuals are remains relatively stable for some 80 percent of the population, but perceptions of unhappiness -- or dealing with "hassles" -- tends to get worse once you are about 65-70 years old. Possible causes are health issues, cognitive decline or the loss of a spouse or friends. ...> Full Article


Medicare beneficiaries return to emergency rooms after nursing home discharge (2/23/2014)

Nursing homes are widely used by Medicare beneficiaries who require rehabilitation after hospital stays. But according to a recent study led by a researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, a high percentage of Medicare patients who are discharged from nursing homes will return to the hospital or the emergency room within 30 days. ...> Full Article


Loneliness is a major health risk for older adults (2/22/2014)

Loneliness is a major health risk for older adultsFeeling extreme loneliness can increase an older person's chances of premature death by 14 percent, according to research by John Cacioppo, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago. ...> Full Article


What is known about the pathway to aging well? (2/21/2014)

Through his research, Daniel Mroczek has found that personality traits have emerged as unique predictors of health, well-being and longevity across various segments of the adult lifespan.   ...> Full Article


Magnesium may protect against hip fractures (2/20/2014)

Drinking water with a relatively high concentration of magnesium protects against hip fractures, according to results of a study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. ...> Full Article


Can-do plan gets women trimmer, healthier, and cuts hot flashes (2/19/2014)

A woman can beat middle-aged spread, her disease risks, and her hot flashes with the help of her healthcare provider. And even a short term program can spell success for women and fit into a busy provider's practice, shows a demonstration obesity-fighting and health risk reduction program detailed in an article just published online in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society. ...> Full Article


Helping preserve independent living (2/18/2014)

Helping preserve independent livingSingle seniors lead a risky life: after a fall, they often lie on the floor several hours before their awkward predicament is discovered. A sensor system detects these emergency situations automatically and sends an emergency signal. ...> Full Article


Common infections may increase risk for memory decline (2/17/2014)

Exposure to common infections is linked to problems with memory and cognitive skills. The cognitive decline may be evident even when the infection is not. ...> Full Article


Exercise may slow retinal degeneration (2/16/2014)

Moderate aerobic exercise helps to preserve retinal function in a model of age-related macular degeneration. ...> Full Article


Report calls for abolition of fixed retirement age (2/15/2014)

A report led by a professor at the University of Southampton recommends the worldwide removal of the fixed or default retirement age. ...> Full Article


YOLO: Aging and the pursuit of happiness (2/14/2014)

As human beings, we expend a great deal of time, money, and energy in the pursuit of happiness. From exotic travel to simply spending time with our grandchildren, the things that make us happy change as we age. A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research explores the role of age on the happiness we receive from both the ordinary and the extraordinary experiences in our lives. ...> Full Article


Implementing an advance care planning program in German nursing homes (2/12/2014)

In the 1990s advance care planning (ACP) developed as an alternative to the traditional approach to creating advance directives. In contrast to the traditional approach, the ACP concept views advance health care planning as a lifelong communication process. http://www.aerzteblatt.de/pdf.asp?id=152957 ...> Full Article


Nutritional supplement improves cognitive performance in older adults, study finds (2/10/2014)

Nutritional supplement improves cognitive performance in older adults, study findsA University of South Florida neuroscientist and gerontologist team up to investigate the effects of a USF-developed, antioxidant-rich nutritional supplement on the mental performance of older adults without impaired memory. An initial clinical trial indicates that the supplement, including blueberries and green tea extracts, improves cognitive processing speeds. ...> Full Article


Finding could explain age-related decline in motor function (2/10/2014)

Finding could explain age-related decline in motor functionA team at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has found a clue as to why muscles weaken with age. The team observed a change in homeostatic set points in neuromuscular junction synapses of aged fruit flies. ...> Full Article


New drug treatment reduces chronic pain following shingles (2/9/2014)

A new drug treatment has been found to be effective against chronic pain caused by nerve damage, also known as neuropathic pain, in patients who have had shingles. ...> Full Article


Nerve block eases troublesome hot flashes (2/8/2014)

Injecting a little anesthetic near a nerve bundle in the neck cut troublesome hot flashes significantly, shows a new randomized, controlled trial published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society. The technique could give women who cannot or prefer not to take hormones or other medications an effective treatment alternative. ...> Full Article


People who know their 'heart age' make greater improvements to their heart health (2/7/2014)

New research, published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, suggests that talking to patients about their heart health using the "Heart Age" concept, a simple way of estimating and expressing cardiovascular risk, promotes behavioral changes that result in a reduction in their CVD risk, leading to improved health outcomes. ...> Full Article


New study finds feeling 'in control' can help you live longer (2/6/2014)

People who feel in control and believe they can achieve goals despite hardships are more likely to live longer and healthier lives, especially among those with less education, according to a new study by Brandeis University and University of Rochester. The study was published online in the journal of Health Psychology. ...> Full Article


Telemedicine can reduce hospitalizations for nursing home residents (2/5/2014)

Telemedicine used at nursing homes when doctors are not typically present is a viable way to reduce avoidable hospitalizations, according to research published in February's Health Affairs. Researchers David C. Grabowski of Harvard Medical School and A. James O'Malley of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine studied whether nursing home residents who receive off-hour physician coverage by telemedicine experience a lower rate of hospitalizations and generate Medicare savings. ...> Full Article


Study finds more than a third of women have hot flashes 10 years after menopause (2/4/2014)

Moderate to severe hot flashes continue, on average, for nearly five years after menopause, and more than a third of women experience moderate/severe hot flashes for 10 years or more after menopause. Current guidelines recommend that hormone therapy, the primary medical treatment for hot flashes, not continue for more than five years. However, in the new study, the authors write that "empirical evidence supporting the recommended three- to five-year hormone therapy for management of hot flashes is lacking." ...> Full Article


Slow reaction time linked with early death (2/3/2014)

Having a slow reaction time in midlife increases risk of having died 15 years later, according to new research published in the journal PLOS ONE. Researchers from University College London and University of Edinburgh looked at data from more than 5,000 participants, over a 15 year period. A total of 378 (7.4 percent) people in the sample died, but those with slower reaction times were 25 percent more likely to have died (from any cause) compared to those with average reaction times. ...> Full Article


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