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Aging Bulletin - June 2012 Archives


Choosing when and how to die: Are we ready to perform therapeutic homicide? (6/30/2012)

Choosing when and how to die: Are we ready to perform therapeutic homicide?A new report from the province of Quebec that recommends medical assistance to die will reignite the debate over euthanasia in Canada, states an editorial published in Canadian Medical Association Journal. ...> Full Article


Low vitamin D levels linked to weight gain in some older women (6/28/2012)

Older women with insufficient levels of Vitamin D gained more weight than those with sufficient levels of the vitamin, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health and published online today in the Journal of Women's Health. The study of more than 4,600 women ages 65 and older found that over nearly five years, those with insufficient levels of Vitamin D in their blood gained about two pounds more than those with adequate levels of the vitamin. ...> Full Article


Safety fears and agism denying care home residents right to consensual sex (6/27/2012)

Concerns about safety, and ageism, are needlessly denying elderly care home residents what is often one of their few remaining pleasures - the right to consensual sex - say specialists in the Journal of Medical Ethics. ...> Full Article


Declining testosterone levels in men not part of normal aging, study finds (6/25/2012)

A new study finds that a drop in testosterone levels over time is more likely to result from a man's behavioral and health changes than by aging. The study results will be presented Monday at the Endocrine Society's 94th Annual Meeting in Houston. ...> Full Article


Study shows stagnating life expectancies in US (6/23/2012)

Despite modest gains in lifespan over the past century, the United States still trails many of the world's countries when it comes to life expectancy, and its poorest citizens live approximately five years less than more affluent persons, according to a new study from Rice University. ...> Full Article


21 percent of newly admitted nursing home residents sustain a fall during their stay (6/22/2012)

One in five short-stay nursing home patients sustains a fall after their admission, and certified nursing assistant staffing is associated with decreased fall risk, according to a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. ...> Full Article


Study links loneliness in older individuals to functional decline, death (6/21/2012)

Loneliness in individuals over 60 years of age appears associated with increased risk of functional decline and death, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. ...> Full Article


Answer isn't always on the 'tip of the tongue' for older adults (6/19/2012)

Has your memory failed you today, such as struggling to recall a word that's "on the tip of your tongue?" If so, you're not alone. ...> Full Article


Most older pedestrians are unable to cross the road in time (6/17/2012)

New research published in Age and Aging has compared the walking speed of the older population in the UK with the speed required to use a pedestrian crossing. It found that the mean walking speed of participants in the Health Survey for England was 0.9 meters per second for older men and 0.8 meters per second for older women, which is much below the speed required to use a pedestrian crossing in the UK. ...> Full Article


Elderly prisoners need better medical care, according to report (6/16/2012)

Elderly prisoners need better medical care, according to reportSoaring numbers of older, sicker prisoners are causing an unprecedented health care challenge for the nation's criminal justice system, according to a new UCSF report. ...> Full Article


Role of omega-3 in preventing cognitive decline in older people questioned (6/15/2012)

Older people who take omega-3 fish oil supplements are probably not reducing their chances of losing cognitive function, according to a new Cochrane systematic review. Based on the available data from studies lasting up to 3.5 years, the researchers concluded that the supplements offered no benefits for cognitive health over placebo capsules or margarines, but that longer term effects are worth investigating. ...> Full Article


Keeping pace: Walking speed may signal thinking problems ahead (6/14/2012)

A new study shows that changes in walking speed in late life may signal the early stages of dementia known as mild cognitive impairment. The research is published in the June 12, 2012, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. ...> Full Article


Study links teamwork, communication with quality of nursing home care (6/11/2012)

Nursing homes that foster an environment in which workers feel they are valued contributors to a team of caregivers provide better care to their residents. That is the conclusion of a study out this month in the journal Health Services Research. ...> Full Article


Study accelerated aging in schizophrenia (6/7/2012)

Study accelerated aging in schizophreniaResearchers at the Stein Institute for Research on Aging at the University of California, San Diego have received a $4 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, part of the National Institutes of Health, to study accelerated biological aging in schizophrenia. ...> Full Article


Food for thought? Study says soy may not help preserve thinking skills in women (6/6/2012)

Contrary to earlier reports, a new study suggests that soy protein may not preserve overall thinking abilities in women over the age of 45, but may improve memory related to facial recognition. The study is published in the June 5, 2012, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. ...> Full Article


Healthy habits can prevent disease (6/5/2012)

Five new studies provide evidence to support simple steps we can take to prevent illness and improve our overall health. In the June issue of the American Journal of Medicine, researchers report on fish consumption to reduce the risk of colon cancer; the effectiveness of hypnotherapy and acupuncture for smoking cessation; regular teeth cleaning to improve cardiovascular health; the effectiveness of primary care physicians in weight loss programs; and the use of low-dose aspirin to reduce cancer risk. ...> Full Article


Listening in, researchers learn about end-of-life communication (6/3/2012)

What is the best way to talk to someone about prognosis and quality of life when serious illness strikes? It turns out that no one had studied that question through direct observation, until the University of Rochester Medical Center audio-recorded 71 palliative care discussions.The data is published online in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. ...> Full Article


Professor investigates trends for elderly and crime (6/2/2012)

While the elderly represent the fastest growing segment of the population, too little is known about the nature and scope of crime impacting this generation. Victoria Titterington of Sam Houston State University is trying to change that with a series of studies that examine the elderly and crime. ...> Full Article


Fatty acid found in fish prevents age-related vision loss (6/1/2012)

An omega-3 fatty acid found in fish, known as DHA, prevented age-related vision loss in lab tests, demonstrates recently published medical research from the University of Alberta. ...> Full Article


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