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Aging and Muscle Loss: Too Young to Worry? Think Again!

The Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior is hosting “Aging and Muscle Loss: Too Young to Worry? Think Again!,” a live webinar on Thursday, June 19 from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. EST.

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Experts Propose New Approach to Manage the Most Troubling Symptoms of Dementia, Lessen Use of Drugs

A new approach to handling agitation, aggression and other unwanted behaviors by people with dementia may help reduce the use of antipsychotics and other psychiatric drugs in this population, and make life easier for them and their caregivers.

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Boomers' Dark Secret: Booze

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The alcohol question: What caregivers don’t know or don't ask could hurt aging baby boomers

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The Ilk of Human Kindness

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that older women, plucky individuals and those who have suffered a recent major loss are more likely to be compassionate toward strangers than other older adults.

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In Old Age, Lack of Emotion and Interest May Signal Your Brain Is Shrinking

Older people who have apathy but not depression may have smaller brain volumes than those without apathy, according to a new study published in the April 16, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Apathy is a lack of interest or emotion.

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Study Examines Vitamin D Deficiency and Cognition Relationship

Study that looks at Vitamin D deficiency and cognition relationship in older adults adds to the existing literature on the subject.

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Irrational Health Beliefs Linked to Skipping Cardiac Rehab Sessions

Heart patients with irrational health beliefs - such as doubting the preventive value of a flu vaccine - are more likely to skip cardiac rehab sessions, new research suggests.

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Study Outlines Why Aging May Predispose to Fibrotic Diseases

A new study from UAB highlights why fibrotic diseases — diseases that feature fibrosis or scarring of organ tissue — are typically associated with aging. Fibrosis, the formation of fibrous scar tissue in response to injury, is part of the normal healing process. In young animals or people, scars resolve or fade away over time and are replaced by newly grown healthy tissue. In older subjects, the scars do not resolve or fade, and scar tissue can build up. In organs such as the heart, lungs, kidneys or liver, the buildup of scar tissue can interfere with normal function, with potentially devastating results. In findings published in Science Translational Medicine, the UAB team describes the mechanism that contributes to persistent fibrosis in the aged, and suggests targets that may help reverse the buildup of scar tissue.

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Green Is Good

Using a screening method that previously identified a compound in apple peel as a muscle-boosting agent, a team of University of Iowa scientists has now discovered that tomatidine, a compound from green tomatoes, is even more potent for building muscle and protecting against muscle atrophy.

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