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Aging Bulletin - October 2013 Archives


Are you ready to retire? (10/31/2013)

In a paper published last month in the SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, authors Carmen Calvo-Garrido, Andrea Pascucci, and Carlos Vazquez present a partial differential equation model governing the value of defined pension plans including the option for early retirement. ...> Full Article


Controlling the triggers of age-related inflammation could extend 'healthspan' (10/31/2013)

Controlling the triggers of age-related inflammation could extend 'healthspan'Inflammation is the common denominator of many chronic age-related diseases such as arthritis, gout, Alzheimer's, and diabetes. But according to a Yale School of Medicine study, even in the absence of a disease, inflammation can lead to serious loss of function throughout the body, reducing healthspan -- that portion of our lives spent relatively free of serious illness and disability. ...> Full Article


Intervention helps older adults prepare for emergencies (10/30/2013)

Intervention helps older adults prepare for emergenciesA University of Missouri researcher has found a way to help older adults who live independently better prepare for health emergencies. ...> Full Article


Less sleep associated with brain imaging findings of Alzheimer disease in elderly (10/30/2013)

Getting less sleep and poor sleep quality are associated with abnormal brain imaging findings suggesting Alzheimer disease in older adults, according to a report published by JAMA Neurology, a JAMA Network publication. ...> Full Article


Paramedics' visits with seniors result in less EMS calls and saves on emergency room trips (10/29/2013)

Emergency Medical Service staff are accustomed to responding to emergencies. A study presented today at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress finds they may be able to prevent many emergencies as well, judging by the preliminary success of a pilot project at a Hamilton building for seniors. ...> Full Article


Traumatic injuries in elderly patients are often underestimated (10/28/2013)

Traumatic injuries can be more severe for older adults, yet they often do not get the right level of care, according to a study appearing in the October issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. ...> Full Article


In elderly, hardening of arteries linked to plaques in brain (10/28/2013)

Even for elderly people with no signs of dementia, those with hardening of the arteries are more likely to also have the beta-amyloid plaques in the brain that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, according to a study published in the Oct. 16, 2013, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. ...> Full Article


Finding blood clots before they wreak havoc (10/27/2013)

Simple urine test developed by MIT engineers uses nanotechnology to detect dangerous blood clotting. ...> Full Article


New tool to improve and speed up diagnosis of heart damage after a heart attack (10/26/2013)

Researchers from the Computer Vision Center have developed a new tool to quantify the myocardial perfusion damage in people who had a heart attack or an angina. Having been validated in 200 patients, it can help improve and speed up diagnosis of the damage, offering a quantitative, repeatable and objective measure of the blood irrigation level of the heart tissue ...> Full Article


Tip-of-the-tongue moments may be benign (10/26/2013)

Despite the common fear that those annoying tip-of-the-tongue moments are signals of age-related memory decline, the two phenomena appear to be independent, according to findings published in Psychological Science. ...> Full Article


Study shows increased life expectancy among family caregivers (10/25/2013)

Contradicting long-standing conventional wisdom, results of a Johns Hopkins-led analysis of data previously gathered on more than 3,000 family caregivers suggests that those who assist a chronically ill or disabled family member enjoy an 18 percent survival advantage compared to statistically matched non-caregivers. ...> Full Article


Using mobile devices to look up drug info prevents adverse events in nursing homes (10/25/2013)

Nearly nine out of 10 nursing home physicians said that using their mobile devices to look up prescription drug information prevented at least one adverse drug event in the previous month, according to a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. ...> Full Article


In Europe 3.5 million new fragility fractures occur annually, shows data published today (10/24/2013)

A new report published today by the International Osteoporosis Foundation warns that as a result of aging populations health care providers will be faced with an avalanche of fractures and rising costs. Approximately 22 million women and 5.5 million men in 27 member states of the European Union, have osteoporosis; the total burden is expected to increase to 33.9 million (increase of 23 percent) by 2025. ...> Full Article


Why does maximum heart rate drop with age? (10/24/2013)

Researchers at the University of Colorado have new insight into the age-old question of why maximum heart rate (maxHR) decreases with age. This decrease in maxHR not only limits the performance of aging athletes but it is also a leading cause for nursing home admittance for otherwise-healthy elderly individuals who no longer have the physical capacity required for independent living. ...> Full Article


Researchers take first step toward a macular dystrophy gene therapy (10/23/2013)

Researchers take first step toward a macular dystrophy gene therapyWith a new study, University of Pennsylvania researchers report "encouraging" findings that mark the first clear step in developing a gene therapy that could prevent vision loss or event restore vision in individuals suffering from vision-robbing conditions called bestrophinopathies. ...> Full Article


Researchers identify potential topical treatment for macular degeneration (10/23/2013)

Tufts University researchers have identified a possible topical treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The findings are the first to report successful topical use of a compound with the potential to treat both major forms of AMD, which can currently only be treated in later stages with regular injections into the eye. ...> Full Article


Longer life for humans linked to further loss of endangered species (10/22/2013)

As human life expectancy increases, so does the percentage of invasive and endangered birds and mammals, according to a new study by the University of California, Davis. ...> Full Article


Having a stroke may shave nearly 3 out of 5 quality years off your life (10/22/2013)

Stroke treatments and prevention to improve quality of life for people who experience a stroke is poorer than researchers hoped, with stroke still taking nearly three out of five quality years off a person's life, according to a new study published in the Oct. 9, 2013, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Researchers say the findings leave considerable room for improvement in stroke treatment. ...> Full Article


Hybrid cars are a status symbol of sorts for seniors, Baylor consumer study shows (10/21/2013)

Paying extra bucks to "go green" in a hybrid car may pay off in self-esteem and image for older drivers, as well as give a healthy boost to the environment, according to a Baylor University study. ...> Full Article


Impact of aging on smart phone use to be examined (10/20/2013)

Impact of aging on smart phone use to be examinedBacked with £286,000 of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funding, a study will examine the effect of getting older on people's ability to use touch-screen mobile technologies, including smart phones. ...> Full Article


Cataract surgeries on the rise as boomers age, raising access, cost issues (10/20/2013)

A Mayo Clinic study looked at one of those -- cataract surgery -- and found that more people are getting the vision-improving procedure, seeking it at younger ages and having both eyes repaired within a few months, rather than only treating one eye. ...> Full Article


A potential new strategy to face dementia (10/19/2013)

In a recent study, a research group from the Neurological Clinic of Universitą Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy described an interesting association between the presence of sleep-disordered breathing and AD. ...> Full Article


Among critically ill patients, muscle wasting occurs rapidly (10/18/2013)

Zudin A. Puthucheary, M.R.C.P., of University College London, England, and colleagues conducted a study to characterize and evaluate the time course and pathophysiology of acute muscle loss in critical illness. ...> Full Article


Meals for more seniors could save some states money (10/17/2013)

Meals for more seniors could save some states moneyExpanding programs like Meals on Wheels, because they help some Medicaid-receiving seniors stay out of nursing homes, would save 26 of 48 states money, in addition to allowing more seniors to stay in their own homes, according to a new study in Health Affairs. ...> Full Article


Long-term care seniors at high risk of head injuries (10/16/2013)

A study by Simon Fraser University researchers has found seniors in long-term care facilities are at high risk of head injuries -- nearly 40 percent of those who fall experience head impact. ...> Full Article


Study tracks factors linked to creation of accountable care organizations (10/16/2013)

Regions of the US where doctors and hospitals are consolidated into large networks are more likely to have accountable care organizations, medical practice structures intended to improve medical care and cut costs, according to a new study. ...> Full Article


Researchers test biofeedback device in lowering grandmothers' stress (10/15/2013)

In a pilot study by Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, 20 grandmothers were able to lower their stress levels with a biofeedback device that tracks breathing patterns. ...> Full Article


Dog's mood offers insight into owner's health (10/14/2013)

Newcastle University researchers demonstrate how remote-monitoring of a dog's behavior can be used to alert family and carers that an elderly relative is struggling to cope. ...> Full Article


New study suggests changing bacterial mix may lead to painful sex after menopause (10/13/2013)

The mix of bacteria in the vagina changes as women go through menopause. And a certain mix is typical after menopause in women who have vulvovaginal atrophy, a common cause of vaginal dryness and sexual pain, finds a team at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland. They suspect these bacteria may play a role in causing VVA. ...> Full Article


How to stay sharp in retirement (10/12/2013)

The more you want to use your brain -- and the more you enjoy doing it -- the more likely you are to stay sharp as you age. This is according to findings recently published in the Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences by a team of Concordia University researchers. ...> Full Article


Zinc, proteins, and an essential cellular balancing act (10/11/2013)

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have made a discovery that, if replicated in humans, suggests a shortage of zinc may contribute to diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, which have been linked to defective proteins clumping together in the brain. ...> Full Article


Medicare plans understate risky prescribing rates (10/11/2013)

Medicare plans understate risky prescribing ratesAn analysis of a quality measure that Medicare Advantage plans self-report to the government finds that the insurers almost always err in their own favor. More elderly receive high-risk medications than the plans acknowledge, according to the study published Sept. 30 in Annals of Internal Medicine. ...> Full Article


With increased age comes decreased risk-taking in decision-making (10/10/2013)

When faced with uncertain situations, people are less able to make decisions as they age, according to a new study by researchers at Yale School of Medicine. Published in the Sept. 30 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study also found that older people are more risk-averse than their midlife counterparts when choosing between possible gains, but more risk-seeking when choosing between losses. ...> Full Article


How does divorce affect a man's health? (10/9/2013)

How does divorce affect a man's health?Divorced men have higher rates of mortality, substance abuse, depression, and lack of social support, according to a new article in Journal of Men's Health. ...> Full Article


Treating heart failure with exercise (10/8/2013)

Can exercise prevent and treat the only cardiovascular disease that is increasing in prevalence in the Western world? Researchers, led by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, have been given a 3 million euro grant by the European Union to find out. ...> Full Article


Olympians say poor oral health is impairing performance (10/7/2013)

Many of the elite sportsmen and women who competed at the London 2012 Olympic Games had poor levels of oral health similar to those experienced by the most disadvantaged populations. 18 per cent of athletes surveyed said their oral health was having a negative impact on their performance. The research, which was led by Professor Ian Needleman at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute, is published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. ...> Full Article


Yoga in menopause may help insomnia -- but not hot flashes (10/6/2013)

Yoga in menopause may help insomnia -- but not hot flashesTaking a 12-week yoga class and practicing at home was linked to less insomnia -- but not to fewer or less bothersome hot flashes or night sweats. The link between yoga and better sleep was the only statistically significant finding in this MsFLASH Network randomized controlled trial. ...> Full Article


Study reveals dramatic fall in death rates after hip replacements (10/5/2013)

Mortality rates in the first 90 days following hip replacement surgery have halved, according to a study led by the University of Bristol. ...> Full Article


Revealed the benefits of strength training as physical exercise for 90-year-olds (10/4/2013)

Revealed the benefits of strength training as physical exercise for 90-year-oldsAfter doing specific training for 12 weeks, people over the age of 90 improved their strength, power and muscle mass. This was reflected in an increase in their walking speed, a greater capacity to get out of their chairs, an improvement in their balance, a significant reduction in the incidence of falls and a significant improvement in muscle power and mass in the lower limbs. ...> Full Article


Out-of-pocket medical spending will drop for many under Affordable Care Act, study finds (10/3/2013)

Making health care insurance more affordable is one key goal of the Affordable Care Act. A new study finds that out-of-pocket medical expenses will decline for most consumers who become newly insured or change their source of health insurance under the program. ...> Full Article


New study shows how ICU ventilation may trigger mental decline (10/3/2013)

A new study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine from researchers at the University of Oviedo in Spain, St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Canada, and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University Pennsylvania found a molecular mechanism that may explain the connection between mechanical ventilation and brain damage in ICU patients. ...> Full Article


Stepfamilies add to caregiver burden (10/2/2013)

Caregiving is always tough, but it's that much tougher when caregivers have to rely on family ties that are ambiguous, strained or virtually nonexistent, suggests a University of Michigan study. ...> Full Article


Fat and obesity gene also affects hip fracture (10/1/2013)

Researchers from Sydney's Garvan Institute of Medical Research have demonstrated a strong association between the FTO (fat and obesity) gene and hip fracture in women. While the gene is already well known to affect diabetes and obesity, this is the first study to show that its high-risk variant can increase the risk of hip fracture by as much as 82 percent. ...> Full Article


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