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Released: 7-Sep-2023 9:00 AM EDT
Older Adults Face Extra Hazards in the Heat
RUSH

When the temperature soars above 90 degrees, most people can stay cool and safe. But for older adults, a few days of hot weather can pose serious health risks. Fortunately, knowing the facts and being prepared can help prevent heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

Newswise: Synchronizing Your Internal Clocks May Help Mitigate Jet Lag, Effects of Aging
30-Aug-2023 2:05 PM EDT
Synchronizing Your Internal Clocks May Help Mitigate Jet Lag, Effects of Aging
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Traveling to faraway places is often accompanied by jet lag. Fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and a host of other problems can turn an otherwise exciting adventure into a miserable trip. In Chaos, from AIP Publishing, Huang et al. developed a theoretical model to study the interactions between multiple internal clocks under the effects of aging and disruptions like jet lag. Based on their results, they suggest techniques that could improve internal clock recovery.

   

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Released: 29-Aug-2023 11:05 AM EDT
Prevalence of disabilities for older Black & White Americans plummeted from 2008 to 2017
University of Toronto

The prevalence of three different types of disabilities among Black and White Americans aged 65 and older plummeted in the decade between 2008 and 2017 according to a new nationally representative study published online in the International Journal of Ageing and Human Development.

Newswise: Maintaining Stable Weight Increases Longevity Among Older Women
25-Aug-2023 9:00 AM EDT
Maintaining Stable Weight Increases Longevity Among Older Women
University of California San Diego

UC San Diego Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science researchers investigated the associations of weight changes later in life with exceptional longevity and found that women who maintained their body weight after age 60 were more likely to reach exceptional longevity.

Released: 28-Aug-2023 4:00 PM EDT
The Signs of Dementia and What Can Be Done to Stave It Off
Tufts University

Brent Forester, the Dr. Frances S. Arkin Chair of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine and psychiatrist-in-chief and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center, focuses his research on geriatric psychiatry and neurocognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, late-life depression, and older adult bipolar disorder.

Released: 25-Aug-2023 1:05 PM EDT
Poor lifestyle of over 60s linked to heightened risk of nursing home care
BMJ

Over 60s with the unhealthiest lifestyles are significantly more likely to require admission to a nursing home than their peers with the healthiest lifestyles, suggest the findings of a large population study published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

Released: 23-Aug-2023 2:10 PM EDT
Heat related illnesses dramatically on the rise among US Veterans
Elsevier

Researchers report a statistically significant and clinically important increase in heat related illnesses among patients at US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) health facilities across the United States between 2002 and 2019.

Newswise: Many older adults want RSV vaccine, poll shows
Released: 22-Aug-2023 10:15 AM EDT
Many older adults want RSV vaccine, poll shows
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

The first Americans over age 60 just started rolling up their sleeves to get vaccinated against respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, now that brand-new vaccines have started to arrive at pharmacies and clinics.

Newswise: Rather than providing protection, an Omicron infection may leave patients more susceptible to future COVID infections, researchers find after studying seniors in care
17-Aug-2023 12:35 PM EDT
Rather than providing protection, an Omicron infection may leave patients more susceptible to future COVID infections, researchers find after studying seniors in care
McMaster University

Researchers at McMaster University have found that rather than conferring immunity against future infections, infection during the first Omicron wave of COVID left the seniors they studied much more vulnerable to reinfection during the second Omicron wave.

Newswise: Chula College of Population Studies Co-hosts a Workshop on Strengthening Older Persons’ Labor Force Participation and Improving Thai Elderly Skills
Released: 18-Aug-2023 8:55 AM EDT
Chula College of Population Studies Co-hosts a Workshop on Strengthening Older Persons’ Labor Force Participation and Improving Thai Elderly Skills
Chulalongkorn University

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific – ESCAP and the College of Population Studies, through the Collaborating Center for Labor Research at Chulalongkorn University, together with government agencies, civil society and the private sector co-organized a workshop on “Strengthening older persons’ labor force participation and benefitting from the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Asia and the Pacific” on 10 – 11 May 2023 at the Mandarin Conference Room C, Mandarin Hotel.

14-Aug-2023 3:05 PM EDT
Small Percentage of People with Early Dementia Eligible for New Alzheimer’s Drugs
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Only a small percentage of older adults who are in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease meet the eligibility criteria to receive new monoclonal antibody treatments, drugs that target amyloid-ß plaques in the brain, an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease. The new research is published in the August 16, 2023, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Clinical trial results for these drugs are only available in people in the early symptomatic stages of the disease, mild cognitive impairment or mild dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease.

Newswise: Several vaccines associated with reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease in adults 65 and older
Released: 16-Aug-2023 3:50 PM EDT
Several vaccines associated with reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease in adults 65 and older
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Prior vaccination against tetanus and diphtheria, with or without pertussis (Tdap/Td); herpes zoster (HZ), better known as shingles; and pneumococcus are all associated with a reduced risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research from UTHealth Houston.

Released: 16-Aug-2023 3:15 PM EDT
Directly Involved War Veterans Exhibit Nearly Twice the PTSD Symptoms Years After 2014 Israel-Gaza Conflict, Affecting Parents' Well-Being
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

New study conducted by Hebrew University researchers Shahaf Leshem, Eldad Keha, and Prof. Eyal Kalanthroff has uncovered insights into the enduring psychological effects of the 2014 Israel-Gaza military conflict.

Released: 15-Aug-2023 4:45 PM EDT
Extreme heat may hasten cognitive decline in vulnerable populations
New York University

July 2023 was the hottest month on record, with cities like Phoenix experiencing record-breaking heat waves for weeks on end.

Released: 15-Aug-2023 1:05 PM EDT
Acute stroke patients are waiting hours for care
University of Chicago Medical Center

A new study from the University of Chicago Medicine reveals that nearly 75 percent of acute stroke patients wait more than two hours to be transferred to a comprehensive stroke center — a delay in advanced care and treatments that risks long-term disability.

Released: 14-Aug-2023 5:25 PM EDT
Digital puzzle games could be good for memory in older adults, study shows
University of York

Older adults who play digital puzzle games have the same memory abilities as people in their 20s, a new study has shown.

Released: 8-Aug-2023 3:05 PM EDT
Mind what you eat and drink. Food and Water Safety stories for media.
Newswise

The latest headlines from the Food and Water Safety channel on Newswise.

       
Released: 8-Aug-2023 10:00 AM EDT
New Yale Study Suggests Breast Cancer Screening for Older Women Carries Risks
Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital

Breast cancer screening for women over 70 is not without risks, according to new research from Yale School of Medicine’s COPPER Center. Although some guidelines recommend continuing screening for older women, a new study emphasizes the importance of assessing potential harms associated with testing, such as overdiagnosis, which, researchers say, can negatively affect quality of life.

Released: 7-Aug-2023 2:25 PM EDT
Increased Risk of Dementia Diagnosis, Benzodiazepine Exposure in Seniors with Anxiety
Saint Louis University Medical Center

Research from Saint Louis University School of Medicine finds that among patients 65 and older, a diagnosis of anxiety was significantly associated with an increased risk of dementia diagnosis, and benzodiazepine exposure was associated with a 28% increased risk of dementia.

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Released: 7-Aug-2023 9:45 AM EDT
A balancing act: Engineers combine wearable sensors and training to help reduce trip-induced falls
Virginia Tech

The sounds of Jon Passic’s footsteps inside the Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics Lab in Whittemore Hall were barely discernible over Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets” blaring from a small speaker. Passic, who wore a fall protection harness connected to an overhead support system, paced back and forth on the lab’s testing walkway.

   
Released: 1-Aug-2023 8:00 AM EDT
GI symptoms persist in older female colorectal cancer survivors
Ohio State University

More than 4 out of 5 older women survivors of colorectal cancer may be experiencing a range of gastrointestinal symptoms many years after being diagnosed and treated, a new study suggests.

Released: 21-Jul-2023 4:25 PM EDT
Study: Hearing Aids May Slow Cognitive Decline for at-Risk Adults
College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

A new study published in the medical journal The Lancet found that hearing aids might slow cognitive decline for at-risk older adults with hearing loss.

Released: 20-Jul-2023 12:30 PM EDT
Tell us how you really feel -- keep up with the latest research in Psychology and Psychiatry
Newswise

The latest research in psychology and psychiatry on Newswise.

       
Released: 20-Jul-2023 8:00 AM EDT
Majority of older adults with cognitive impairment still drive
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

The majority of older adults with cognitive impairment are still driving, despite concerns raised by caregivers and others, a study finds. Researchers say it’s best for caregivers to start conversations surrounding driving earlier while the care recipient is able to understand and actively participate in the discussion.

Newswise: Early signs of Alzheimer’s: Most older adults see the value of screening but haven’t been tested
14-Jul-2023 1:55 PM EDT
Early signs of Alzheimer’s: Most older adults see the value of screening but haven’t been tested
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Eighty percent of older adults see the benefit of tests that can give an early warning that a person’s memory and thinking abilities have started to decline, a new poll of people age 65 to 80 finds. And 60% think that health care providers should offer cognitive screening to all older adults every year

Released: 18-Jul-2023 3:10 PM EDT
Virtual rehabilitation program for seniors with frailty shows promise, according to McMaster-led research
McMaster University

Researchers ran the pilot project from August 2020 to November 2021, when the COVID-19 pandemic was at its peak and seniors were encouraged to stay home. Investigators recruited 72 participants from a wait list of more than 200 for the study and split participants into either a virtual care group or control group. Those receiving virtual care received twice-weekly live-streamed exercise sessions, one phone call a week from student volunteers, medication review consultations and nutrition counselling via videoconference and protein supplementation, over a 12-week period. The control group only received once-weekly calls from volunteers. The results showed that strong adherence to the virtual program made it a feasible option for delivering care to older adults, with 81 per cent of participants in the virtual care group attending the exercise classes, above a predicted 75 per cent adherence rate.

Newswise: Sylvester, Dana-Farber Researchers to Receive Funding to Study How Diet, Exercise Impact Mental and Physical Functioning in Older Cancer Survivors
Released: 18-Jul-2023 1:20 PM EDT
Sylvester, Dana-Farber Researchers to Receive Funding to Study How Diet, Exercise Impact Mental and Physical Functioning in Older Cancer Survivors
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Researchers from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Dana Farber Cancer Institute have been awarded $7 million in total funding to study how diet and exercise impact mental and physical functioning in older cancer survivors and their caregivers.

Newswise: A Generous Gift for the Future of Aging: Parker Health Group Gives $18.8 Million to Rutgers University’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Released: 17-Jul-2023 11:25 AM EDT
A Generous Gift for the Future of Aging: Parker Health Group Gives $18.8 Million to Rutgers University’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

A gift of $18.8 million was announced today from Parker Health Group—a Piscataway, New Jersey-based leader in aging services—to the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. This gift will create the Parker Health Group Division of Geriatrics in the medical school’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, which will focus on improving care for seniors through applied research, education, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

   
Released: 13-Jul-2023 9:30 AM EDT
Ochsner Health, Novant Health Announce Partnership to Expand Patient-Centered Senior Care
Ochsner Health

Ochsner Health and Novant Health, two leading health systems, have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to enter a collaborative partnership, focused on expanding access to care across the southeastern United States for the 65+ population to better meet their healthcare needs.

30-Jun-2023 2:05 PM EDT
Fluctuating Levels of Cholesterol and Triglycerides Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Older people who have fluctuating levels of cholesterol and triglycerides may have a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias compared to people who have steady levels, according to new research published in the July 5, 2023, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. While the study found a link, it does not prove that fluctuating levels of cholesterol and triglycerides cause dementia.

Released: 5-Jul-2023 2:45 PM EDT
New Study to Examine Whether Medication and/or Resistance Training Plus Bone-Strengthening Exercises Can Help Older Adults Safely Lose Weight
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

With $7 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, researchers from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Wake Forest University will study whether a combination of resistance training plus bone-strengthening exercises and/or osteoporosis medication use can help older adults safely lose weight without sacrificing bone mass.

29-Jun-2023 3:50 PM EDT
Older Frail Patients Have a 1-in-3 Chance of Surviving CPR During Surgery
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

It’s estimated that around 25% of patients who have a cardiac arrest and receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a normal hospital setting will survive.

Released: 30-Jun-2023 2:05 PM EDT
Find the latest expert commentary on the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions here
Newswise

Newswise offers a roundup of the latest expert commentary on the recent decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court.

       
Released: 29-Jun-2023 5:05 PM EDT
Higher average temperature linked to serious vision impairment among older Americans
University of Toronto

American adults 65 years old and older living in warmer regions are more likely to have serious vision impairment than their peers living in cooler regions, according to a recent study published in the journal Ophthalmic Epidemiology.

Released: 14-Jun-2023 1:15 PM EDT
The heat is on! Don't panic. Get the latest news on heat waves and the dangers of heat in the Extreme Heat channel
Newswise

As we enter the summer months in the Northern Hemisphere and the possibility of extreme heat becomes more common, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the science of heat waves and take measures to protect ourselves from this growing public health threat.

       
Released: 9-Jun-2023 1:35 PM EDT
Shed those pounds while digesting all these weight-loss research headlines from the Weight Loss channel
Newswise

As more families consider bariatric surgery a viable option to treat their child’s obesity, it is important to stay up-to-date on the latest research on weight loss. You can find the latest research on bariatric surgery and other weight loss options in the Weight Loss channel on Newswise, where journalists can find story ideas on this trending topic.

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24-May-2023 2:00 PM EDT
Low-Flavanol Diet Drives Age-Related Memory Loss, Large Study Finds
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Age-related memory loss is caused, in part, by lack of flavanols—nutrients found in certain fruits and vegetables—according to a large study in older adults.

Newswise: Managing epilepsy in older adults
Released: 25-May-2023 11:05 AM EDT
Managing epilepsy in older adults
International League Against Epilepsy

What special considerations must physicians make when managing epilepsy in older adults? Who is considered an “older adult,” anyway? Dr. Anca Arbune interviews two authors of a recent critical review by an ILAE task force.

Released: 23-May-2023 11:30 AM EDT
Flavonol-rich foods like apples and blackberries can lower chances of developing frailty
Hebrew SeniorLife Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research

Eating plant-based foods that contain dietary compounds called flavonols can lower your chances of developing frailty.

Newswise: NUS study: Brief weekly magnetic muscle therapy improves mobility and lean body mass in older adults
Released: 23-May-2023 4:05 AM EDT
NUS study: Brief weekly magnetic muscle therapy improves mobility and lean body mass in older adults
National University of Singapore (NUS)

A community study involving 101 participants aged between 38 to 91 years old has found that weekly 10-min exposure to very low levels of pulsed electromagnetic field using the BIXEPS device developed by researchers from the National University of Singapore significantly improves mobility, especially in the elderly. This painless therapy produces comparable results to exercise, and also improves body composition and reduces pain

Released: 16-May-2023 7:25 PM EDT
Cognitive training helpful for some but not a panacea for fall prevention
Regenstrief Institute

A new study, led by Regenstrief Institute Research Scientist Briana Sprague, PhD, examines whether cognitive training – specifically, speed of processing, memory and reasoning training -- can lower the risk of falling.

Released: 16-May-2023 2:00 PM EDT
May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Keep up with the latest news on skin in the Dermatology channel
Newswise

Skin cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer in the United States, with over 5 million cases diagnosed annually. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that melanoma alone accounts for more than 8,000 deaths each year. Thankfully, skin cancer is highly preventable, making it crucial to prioritize protection. Below are some of the latest headlines in the Dermatology channel.

Released: 16-May-2023 12:05 PM EDT
Tips On How to Help Older Adults Experiencing Signs of Depression
Palo Alto University

When it comes to older adults, depression affects more than 7 million of the 35 million Americans aged 65 years or older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Getting a family member or a close friend who is an older adult to seek and use mental health help can be a challenging task, especially when it comes to dealing with depression. If an older adult you know is exhibiting signs of depression, the tips below can help you better communicate with the individual and guide them in seeking the professional help they need.

Released: 12-May-2023 3:30 PM EDT
Immigration Nation: Research and Experts
Newswise

Title 42, the United States pandemic rule that had been used to immediately deport hundreds of thousands of migrants who crossed the border illegally over the last three years, has expired. Those migrants will have the opportunity to apply for asylum. President Biden's new rules to replace Title 42 are facing legal challenges. Border crossings have already risen sharply, as many migrants attempt to cross before the measure expires on Thursday night. Some have said they worry about tighter controls and uncertainty ahead. Immigration is once again a major focus of the media as we examine the humanitarian, political, and public health issues migrants must go through.

       
Newswise: Hackensack University Medical Center Is First in New Jersey to Create Dedicated Program to Assess and Reduce the Risk of Falls in Older Adults
Released: 12-May-2023 10:05 AM EDT
Hackensack University Medical Center Is First in New Jersey to Create Dedicated Program to Assess and Reduce the Risk of Falls in Older Adults
Hackensack Meridian Health

The Division of Geriatric Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center is proud to announce it is the first and currently only hospital in the state of New Jersey to offer a formal program aimed at preventing falls in older adults.

9-May-2023 3:05 PM EDT
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Get your mental health news here
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Get your mental health news here.



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