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Aging Bulletin - September 2011 Archives


Study sheds light on the impact of COPD on working aged populations (9/29/2011)

New research has revealed the devastating personal and financial impact that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can have on the working population. ...> Full Article


Humor as effective as medication in treating agitation in dementia (9/27/2011)

Humor therapy is as effective as widely used antipsychotic drugs in managing agitation in patients with dementia -- and avoids serious drug side effects, a new study shows. ...> Full Article


Soy-based natural S-equol supplements improve crow's feet skin wrinkles in menopausal women (9/26/2011)

A soy germ-based nutritional supplement containing natural S-equol significantly improved the appearance of crow's feet skin wrinkles of the outer corner of the eyes in Japanese menopausal women, suggesting that supplements containing natural S-equol have potential to slow skin aging, according to data from a controlled pilot study simultaneously published online in the peer-review journal Menopause and presented in a poster session at the North American Menopause Society annual meeting. ...> Full Article


Research could extend life of arthritic joints (9/25/2011)

A medication already approved to build bone mass in patients with osteoporosis also builds cartilage around joints and could potentially be repurposed to treat millions of people suffering from arthritis, according to orthopedic research at the University of Rochester Medical Center. ...> Full Article


Stressed and strapped: Caregivers for friends, relatives suffer emotional and financial strain (9/24/2011)

Those caring for aging or disabled relatives in California are under both financial and emotional strain and are likely to face even greater burdens given recent cuts in state support for programs that support in-home care, write the authors of a new policy brief by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. The study looks at California's more than six million informal caregivers and finds higher levels of serious psychological distress and negative health behaviors. ...> Full Article


Overweight older women have less leg strength, power (9/22/2011)

A new study from the University of New Hampshire finds that the leg strength and power of overweight older women is significantly less than that of normal-weight older women, increasing their risk for disability and loss of independence. With more Americans aging and becoming overweight or obese, the study dispels the popular image of the bird-thin elder being at greatest risk of becoming disabled due to loss of muscle mass. ...> Full Article


Some memory complaints in the elderly may be warning signs of cognitive problems (9/20/2011)

Older individuals' complaints about memory lapses such as having trouble remembering recent events may indicate that they are experiencing cognitive problems that are greater than typical age-related changes. ...> Full Article


Clinic creates healthy aging and independent living lab (9/17/2011)

The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation announced today that Best Buy is the founding consortium member of a new "living lab" in the Charter House, a continuing care retirement community in Rochester. John Noseworthy, M.D., President and CEO of Mayo Clinic, made the announcement at the Transform 2011 symposium today. ...> Full Article


Older women lack important information about sexual health (9/16/2011)

Many women over 50 years old date and are sexually active and thereby face many possible health risks. Yet, most educational campaigns designed to prevent sexually transmitted diseases target younger generations. Older women also need and want more information about sexual health and wellness. ...> Full Article


Strong leadership necessary to provide more sophisticated care for aging population, study finds (9/15/2011)

Strong leadership necessary to provide more sophisticated care for aging population, study findsAs the aging population increases, the effective use of resources and care practices is essential to enacting health care reform and ensuring patients receive quality care. A new case study, a comparison of nursing homes, reveals that leadership is critical to supporting open communication and relationship building to generate improvement, such as enhanced safety practices and new technology adoption, in health care organizations. ...> Full Article


Worrying rise in alcohol related deaths among patients with diabetes (9/14/2011)

Alcohol has become an important cause of death among patients with type 1 diabetes since the 1980s, concludes a study published on bmj.com today. ...> Full Article


Aerobic exercise may reduce the risk of dementia, Mayo Clinic researchers say (9/13/2011)

Any exercise that gets the heart pumping may reduce the risk of dementia and slow the condition's progression once it starts, reported a Mayo Clinic study published this month in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Researchers examined the role of aerobic exercise in preserving cognitive abilities and concluded that it should not be overlooked as an important therapy against dementia. ...> Full Article


Alcohol intake and 'successful aging' (9/12/2011)

Among 13,894 women in the Nurses' Health Study, investigators prospectively examined alcohol use assessed at midlife in relation to "successful aging," which was defined as survival to age 70 years, not having a major chronic disease (such as coronary disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes), and having no major cognitive impairment, physical impairment, or mental health problems. Only 11 percent of the women met these criteria. ...> Full Article


Study: No link betweem menopause and increased risk of fatal heart (9/11/2011)

Contradicting the long-held medical belief that the risk of cardiovascular death for women spikes sharply after menopause, new research from Johns Hopkins suggests instead that heart disease mortality rates in women progress at a constant rate as they age. ...> Full Article


Even mild cognitive impairment appears to substantially increase risk for death (9/10/2011)

Even mild cognitive impairment appears to substantially increase risk for deathCognitive impairment, even when detected at an early, mild stage, is a significant predictor of decreased life expectancy, according to a long-term study by researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School of Medicine published in the Sept. 6, 2011 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. ...> Full Article


Chondroitin sulfate improves hand function, relieves morning stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (9/9/2011)

New research shows that chondroitin sulfate significantly decreased pain and improved hand function in patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the hand compared with those in the placebo group. Results of the clinical trial available today in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), also report that chondroitin sulfate improves grip strength and relieves morning stiffness. ...> Full Article


Researchers find a new culprit in Alzheimer?s disease: Too many blood vessels (9/8/2011)

University of British Columbia scientists may have uncovered a new explanation for how Alzheimer's disease destroys the brain -- a profusion of blood vessels. They suggest that the growth of capillaries leads to a breakdown of the blood-brain barrier, allowing amyloid beta, the hallmark of the neurodegenerative disease, to be deposited in the brain tissue. ...> Full Article


Mild hearing loss linked to brain atrophy in older adults (9/7/2011)

A new study by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania shows that declines in hearing ability may accelerate gray mater atrophy in auditory areas of the brain and increase the listening effort necessary for older adults to successfully comprehend speech. ...> Full Article


Smoking after menopause may increase sex hormone levels (9/6/2011)

A recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) found that postmenopausal women who smoke have higher androgen and estrogen levels than non-smoking women, with sex hormone levels being highest in heavy smokers. ...> Full Article


Hot flashes may be fewer in older, heavier women (9/6/2011)

A recent study accepted for publication in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) found that among women aged 60 and above, heavier women have fewer hot flashes than their leaner counterparts. The inverse association between body size and hot flashes was observed only among the older women. ...> Full Article


Natural anti-oxidant deserts aging body (9/5/2011)

Study of human cells finds mitochondria, energy plants of cells, to be more vulnerable in senescent cells due to impaired function of an anti-oxidant enzyme. ...> Full Article


Calling nurses to exercise as role models for their patients (9/5/2011)

Nurses, just like many of their patients, struggle to find time and motivation to exercise. But a new study may give these all-important caregivers some additional pressure and responsibility: nurses' attitudes can influence whether their patients commit to a healthy lifestyle. ...> Full Article


Memory fitness program improves memory abilities of oldest adults (9/4/2011)

A new UCLA study has found that a memory fitness program offered to older adults in their senior living communities helped improve their ability to recognize and recall words, benefiting their verbal learning and retention. ...> Full Article


Fear of 'gray tsunami' overblown (9/3/2011)

Fears that Canada's aging population could lead to skyrocketing health care costs and doctor shortages may be greatly exaggerated. The research by health economists at the University of British Columbia points to other factors that are driving up costs: greater use of specialists, more diagnostic tests for the elderly, and increased consumption of increasingly expensive drugs. ...> Full Article


Aging authorities differ on tweaks to Social Security's benefit structure (9/2/2011)

Experts agree that financial constraints and an aging population will require America to modify its Social Security system, but some also find that pushing back the eligibility age could be a major concern for those who rely on the program the most. The consequences -- both positive and negative -- of making the country's seniors wait to start claiming benefits are presented in the latest installment of the Public Policy & Report. ...> Full Article


The brittleness of aging bones -- more than a loss of bone mass (9/1/2011)

The brittleness of aging bones -- more than a loss of bone massA Berkeley Lab study shows that at microscopic dimensions, the age-related loss of bone quality can be every bit as important as the loss of quantity in the susceptibility of bone to fracturing. While medical treatments to date have focused on age-related loss of bone mass, the age-related loss of bone quality is an independent factor. ...> Full Article


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