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High Use of Alternative Medicine in Senior Oncology Patients

Many seniors with cancer are also using complementary or alternative medicines that could interfere with their cancer treatment.

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Rowan Researchers Report on Hurricane Sandy’s Mental Health Impact on Older Adults

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Researchers from the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine presented findings at the “2015 Hurricane Sandy Conference: Translating Research into Practice,” showing that strong neighborhood relationships reduced the incidence of symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder among older adults exposed to Hurricane Sandy, the superstorm that devastated the Northeast United States. The findings provide new information about how the neighborhoods where older adults live can be bolstered in the face of natural disasters.

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Vitamin D Supplements Could Help Reduce Falls in Homebound Elderly

Every year falls affect approximately one in three older adults living at home, with approximately one in 10 falls resulting in serious injury. Even if an injury does not occur, the fear of falling can lead to reduced activity and a loss of independence. Research has shown that vitamin D plays a key role in maintaining muscle integrity and strength and some studies suggest vitamin D may reduce the risk of falls.

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Nutrition Supplements Add Weight, not Longevity for Many Seniors

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Nutritional supplements can help those who are malnourished or frail to function better and live longer, a Saint Louis University research review finds.l

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WashU Expert: Picking Up the Phone to Improve Mental Health in Seniors

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A new study in JAMA Psychiatry shows that therapy provided via telephone for older adults in rural areas is effective in treating anxiety disorder. In an accompanying editorial, Eric J. Lenze, MD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, wrote that the health-care system lacks the capacity to help the growing elderly population and that relying too heavily on sedative medications isn’t the answer.

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Common Medications for Dementia Could Cause Harmful Weight Loss

Medications commonly used to treat dementia could result in harmful weight loss, according to UCSF researchers, and clinicians need to account for this risk when prescribing these drugs to older adults, they said.

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Seniors Get Mental Health Drugs at Twice the Rate of Younger Adults, but See Psychiatrists Less

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Older Americans receive prescriptions for mental health drugs at more than twice the rate that younger adults do, but they’re much less likely to be getting their mental health care from a psychiatrist, a new study shows. Some seniors could be at risk of problems caused interactions between drugs.

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For Prostate Cancer Patients, Risk-Specific Therapies Now More the Norm

After decades of overtreatment for low-risk prostate cancer and inadequate management of its more aggressive forms, patients are now more likely to receive medical care matched to level of risk, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco.

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Poor Diabetes Control Found in Older Americans

Only one in three older Americans have their diabetes under control as measured by guidelines set by the American Diabetes Association, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests.

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Dignity in Dementia: New Research Reveals the Challenges of Providing Good Nutrition in Care Homes

Unexplained weight loss is often seen in people with dementia, which can lead to further complications, including mental and physical deterioration. New research from Bournemouth University, funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing, has revealed the challenges of providing good nutrition and hydration in people with dementia who live in care homes.