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Released: 9-Feb-2023 10:55 AM EST
Study Finds Large Gap in Breast Cancer Treatment Recommendations for Patients Aged 70 vs 69
Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital

Age-based heuristics can lead to large differences in breast cancer treatment based on small differences in chronologic age, according to a new analysis of more than 500,000 patient records. Radiation therapy often is given after breast-conserving surgery to help prevent a patient’s cancer from returning.

Released: 8-Feb-2023 9:40 AM EST
VUMC’s ‘Shed-MEDS’ protocol can reduce risk of drug interactions in older people
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

An estimated one in six older adults in the United States who take multiple prescription drugs risk major drug-drug interactions and other adverse drug effects that can worsen their medical conditions, increase the likelihood of cognitive impairment and falls, and lead to hospitalization or death.

Released: 1-Feb-2023 12:45 PM EST
Regular high-intensity physical activity in early adulthood may increase the risk of urinary and fecal incontinence in middle-aged women
Jyvaskylan Yliopisto (University of Jyvaeskylae)

According to a recent study conducted at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland), early adulthood physical activity is associated with symptoms of pelvic floor disorders in middle-aged women.

Released: 26-Jan-2023 4:15 PM EST
Tweets reveal where in cities people express different emotions and other behavioral studies in the Behavioral Science channel
Newswise

Below are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Behavioral Science channel on Newswise, a free source for journalists.

       
Released: 26-Jan-2023 2:10 PM EST
Healthy lifestyle linked to slower memory decline in older adults
BMJ

A healthy lifestyle, in particular a healthy diet, is associated with slower memory decline, finds a decade-long study of older adults in China, published today in The BMJ.

Newswise: More Steps, Moderate Physical Activity Cuts Dementia, Cognitive Impairment Risk
24-Jan-2023 6:35 PM EST
More Steps, Moderate Physical Activity Cuts Dementia, Cognitive Impairment Risk
University of California San Diego

UC San Diego Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science study: senior women were less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment or dementia if they did more daily walking and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.

Released: 24-Jan-2023 2:30 PM EST
Younger voters show a preference for older leaders
Flinders University

1000 young voters busted the myth that younger voters prefer young political leaders which is evident with only a handful of world leaders being aged under 39 years.

Released: 24-Jan-2023 1:10 PM EST
Midlife obesity linked to heightened frailty risk in older age
BMJ

Carrying far too much weight, including a midriff bulge, from mid-life onwards, is linked to a heightened risk of physical frailty in older age, finds research published in the open access journal BMJ Open.

Released: 18-Jan-2023 11:05 AM EST
Many older adults declined home medical care for fear of COVID, causing new or worsening conditions
University of Michigan

COVID-19 interrupted or delayed medical treatment for many people who chose to put off elective procedures or couldn't get in to see a specialist.

Released: 12-Jan-2023 12:45 PM EST
Falling prevention strategies for older adults having dementia
Drexel University

With falls causing millions of injuries in older adults each year, it is an increasingly important public health concern.

Released: 12-Jan-2023 12:00 PM EST
Cardiometabolic diseases are a growing challenge in society
Karolinska Institute

Being affected by several cardiometabolic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, is linked to a greatly increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Newswise: New Studies Suggest Social Isolation Is a Risk Factor for Dementia in Older Adults, Point to Ways to Reduce Risk
Released: 12-Jan-2023 10:00 AM EST
New Studies Suggest Social Isolation Is a Risk Factor for Dementia in Older Adults, Point to Ways to Reduce Risk
Johns Hopkins Medicine

In two studies using nationally representative data from the National Health and Aging Trends Study gathered on thousands of Americans, researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health have significantly added to evidence that social isolation is a substantial risk factor for dementia in community-dwelling (noninstitutionalized) older adults, and identified technology as an effective way to intervene.

Newswise: Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center Commits to ACS Geriatric Surgery Verification
Released: 10-Jan-2023 12:50 PM EST
Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center Commits to ACS Geriatric Surgery Verification
Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center has attained Commitment Level status in the American College of Surgeons Geriatric Surgery Verification (GSV) Program in preparation for applying for GSV Level 1 status in 2022.

Newswise: The Nose Knows: Study Suggests It May Be Wise to Screen for Smell Loss to Predict Frailty and Unhealthy Aging
Released: 10-Jan-2023 9:40 AM EST
The Nose Knows: Study Suggests It May Be Wise to Screen for Smell Loss to Predict Frailty and Unhealthy Aging
Johns Hopkins Medicine

In a study using data from nearly 1,200 older adults, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have added to a growing body of evidence that loss of the sense of smell is a predictive marker for an increased risk of frailty as people age.

Newswise: Cannabis-Related Emergency Department Visits among Older Adults on the Rise
Released: 9-Jan-2023 2:10 PM EST
Cannabis-Related Emergency Department Visits among Older Adults on the Rise
UC San Diego Health

UC San Diego School of Medicine study shows cannabis-related emergency department visits among older adults are on the rise with high risk for adverse effects of cannabis use for ages 65 and older.

Released: 9-Jan-2023 1:30 PM EST
Study finds increase in women 65 and older dying of cervical cancer
UC Davis Health

Findings from a UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center study prompt researchers to question current cervical cancer screening guidelines for older women.

Released: 5-Jan-2023 9:35 AM EST
Masks still work to reduce the transmission of respiratory disease
Newswise

As we dive deep into a new wave of COVID-19 infections this winter, the value of masking is back in public discourse.

Newswise: Physical fitness a demographic watershed
Released: 22-Dec-2022 3:40 PM EST
Physical fitness a demographic watershed
University of Gothenburg

Sedentary behavior, a large waist circumference, and advanced age: These factors are clearly associated with inferior physical fitness among people aged 50 to 64.

Newswise: Heart health tip for older adults in 2023: Step it up a bit
Released: 21-Dec-2022 3:40 PM EST
Heart health tip for older adults in 2023: Step it up a bit
University of Massachusetts Amherst

The evidence-based health benefits of walking continue to accumulate, according to ongoing research by a University of Massachusetts Amherst physical activity epidemiologist, who leads an international consortium known as the Steps for Health Collaborative.

Newswise: Evening hot spring soaks lower cases of hypertension in older Japanese adults
Released: 21-Dec-2022 11:45 AM EST
Evening hot spring soaks lower cases of hypertension in older Japanese adults
Kyushu University

Nothing beats a good soak in a hot bath, and when it really hits the spot, you can almost feel your worries and ailments diffusing out into steam.

Released: 21-Dec-2022 9:55 AM EST
Tis the season to manage stress: Winter holiday story ideas and expert commentary
Newswise

Here are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Winter Holidays channel on Newswise.

   
Newswise: Program That Trains Community Health Workers to Deliver Hearing Care Shows Success Among Low-Income Older Adults
Released: 20-Dec-2022 11:20 AM EST
Program That Trains Community Health Workers to Deliver Hearing Care Shows Success Among Low-Income Older Adults
Johns Hopkins Medicine

A first-in-kind program that trains trusted older adult community health workers to fit and deliver low-cost hearing technology to peers with hearing loss significantly improved communication function among participants, according to the results of a randomized clinical trial led by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers.

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Released: 16-Dec-2022 2:10 PM EST
Cost concerns keep older adults from seeking emergency care
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Worries about what emergency care might cost them have kept some older adults from seeking medical attention even when they felt they might need it, a new study shows. In all, 22% of older adults who may have needed care from the emergency department didn’t go because of concerns about what they might have to pay.

Released: 13-Dec-2022 12:50 PM EST
Vitamin D deficiency increases risk of losing muscle strength by 78%
Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)

Vitamin D plays an important role in the regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption by the organism. It also helps keep the brain and immune system working.

Released: 13-Dec-2022 10:00 AM EST
Strong Connection to Neighbors May Improve Health Outcomes
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University

According to Rutgers Institute for Health researchers, strong neighborhood connections reduced the negative impact of living alone on the death rates of older Chinese Americans.

   
9-Dec-2022 7:05 AM EST
Most older adults are wary of mixing health care and religion or spirituality, poll finds
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

When it comes to matters of personal beliefs, most older Americans prefer to keep their health care and their spiritual or religious lives separate, a new University of Michigan poll finds. But they do see a role for their health care providers in helping them cope with illness by looking for meaning or hope.

Released: 7-Dec-2022 9:05 PM EST
Some surprisingly good news about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
University of Toronto

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) — a debilitating chronic lung disease that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis — has previously been linked to mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders.

Released: 7-Dec-2022 2:30 PM EST
“Sandwich generation” study shows challenges of caring for both kids and aging parents
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Their older parents need care. Their kids are still under 18. And they probably have a job, too. They’re the “sandwich generation” – a longtime nickname for the mostly female, mostly middle-aged group of Americans who serve as caregivers for both older and younger family members at once. A new study estimates there are at least 2.5 million of them, while giving a detailed view into who they are, and which older adults rely on them.

Released: 6-Dec-2022 4:05 PM EST
How Caregivers of People With Dementia Can Navigate the Holidays
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

A Rutgers expert on elder care explains how families can make the most of the season when caring for someone experiencing memory loss

Released: 5-Dec-2022 4:05 PM EST
We ain't misbehavin' here. The latest news in Behavioral Science on Newswise
Newswise

Here are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Behavioral Science channel on Newswise, a free source for journalists.

       
Released: 5-Dec-2022 10:35 AM EST
Reducing sick days from older workers by keeping them healthier
University of Iowa Tippie College of Business

Businesses are more often turning to older workers to fill employment gaps and a new University of Iowa study finds countries that spend more on health care don’t see a significant difference in sick days taken by younger and older workers.

   
Released: 2-Dec-2022 11:10 AM EST
Hot weather associated with increased stroke risk in older people
European Society of Cardiology

Emergency visits for stroke are elevated after a heatwave, according to research presented today at ESC Asia, a scientific congress organised by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology (APSC), and the Asean Federation of Cardiology (AFC).1

   
Newswise: Flu shots are recommended for those 65 and older as cases rise
Released: 1-Dec-2022 9:05 AM EST
Flu shots are recommended for those 65 and older as cases rise
UT Southwestern Medical Center

With flu cases on the rise, geriatric specialists at UT Southwestern Medical Center say vaccinations are particularly important this year for people 65 and older who are more at risk from complications than other age groups.

Newswise: Five Key Factors Affect Physical Activity in Multi-ethnic Older Adults
Released: 1-Dec-2022 8:30 AM EST
Five Key Factors Affect Physical Activity in Multi-ethnic Older Adults
Florida Atlantic University

A study is the first to use a large range of instruments/ tools and include older adults from many ethnic groups to determine factors affecting their physical activity. Results showed that age, education, social network, pain and depression accounted for a statistically significant proportion of unique variance in physical activity in this diverse older population living independently. Those who reported lower physical activity tended to be older, have less years of education and reported lower social engagement, networking, resilience, mental health, self-health rating, and higher levels of depression, anxiety, pain, and body mass index compared to the moderate to high physical activity groups.

27-Nov-2022 4:05 PM EST
Study in mice suggests that expression of estrogen-related gene can impact post-menopausal breast cancer risk and prevention strategies
Georgetown University Medical Center

In a study using a first-of-its kind mouse model of aging that mimics breast cancer development in estrogen receptor-positive post-menopausal women, investigators at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and colleagues have determined that over-expression, or switching on of the Esr1 gene, could lead to elevated risk of developing estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer in older women.

Newswise: Are older women being over-screened for cervical cancer?
Released: 28-Nov-2022 2:00 PM EST
Are older women being over-screened for cervical cancer?
University of Illinois Chicago

Analysis showed that in 2019 more than 1.3 million women received cervical cancer screening-associated services, such as a Pap test, colposcopy and other cervical procedures, after age 65. While these services cost more than $83 million, the researchers concluded they were of “unclear clinical appropriateness.”

Released: 22-Nov-2022 7:55 PM EST
Fear of COVID-19 continues to impact adversely on psychological wellbeing
Swansea University

Research by psychologists from the School of Psychology at Swansea University found that people’s fear of COVID-19 has led to worsened mental health.

12-Nov-2022 10:05 AM EST
Alcohol Misuse is an Overlooked Risk Factor for Severe COVID-19, According to a Review of Evidence
Research Society on Alcoholism

Chronic alcohol misuse including Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), is an overlooked risk factor for severe or fatal COVID-19, according to a review of medical and scientific studies.

   
Released: 17-Nov-2022 9:35 AM EST
Mount Sinai Geriatricians to Develop Model Health Care Program for Older Adults With HIV
Mount Sinai Health System

A team of geriatricians at Mount Sinai’s Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine has been awarded $1.25 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Keith Haring Foundation to expand Mount Sinai’s interdisciplinary model of care for older patients living with HIV.

Newswise: Bias against older organ donors may be leading to smaller organ supply for transplants
Released: 16-Nov-2022 2:55 PM EST
Bias against older organ donors may be leading to smaller organ supply for transplants
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

American transplant centers as well as organ procurement organizations, the groups responsible for recovering organs from deceased donors in the United States, were less likely to accept or select organs from donors who were 70 years old when they died compared to those who were 69, new research found.

Released: 15-Nov-2022 2:05 AM EST
Feeling lonely? What we want from our relationships can change with age
Duke University

Not everyone’s holiday plans resemble a Hallmark card.

Newswise: Residents of assisted living facilities lost significant, concerning weight during the COVID-19 quarantine
Released: 11-Nov-2022 12:35 PM EST
Residents of assisted living facilities lost significant, concerning weight during the COVID-19 quarantine
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Older adults residing in assisted living facilities and quarantined to their rooms during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic lost significant weight, according to gerontology care providers and researchers from McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston.

Newswise: Geriatric Medicine Specialist Joins Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso
Released: 11-Nov-2022 8:00 AM EST
Geriatric Medicine Specialist Joins Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

Geriatric medicine is an underserved specialty nationwide, and demand for geriatricians – physicians trained to care for older adults – is booming as the country’s 65-and-older population grows. In addition to providing primary care for older adults, geriatricians also often work with other health care providers to ensure their overall well-being, including mental health. With Dr. Kohli, El Paso now has two physicians certified in geriatric medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. El Paso also has one doctor certified in geriatric medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Released: 9-Nov-2022 3:15 PM EST
Knowledge is power. The latest research on arthritis is right at your fingertips
Newswise

Here are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Arthritis channel on Newswise.

Newswise: November Issue of AJG Includes Expert Recommendations for Occasional Constipation and Quality Indicators for Capsule Endoscopy and Deep Enteroscopy
Released: 8-Nov-2022 9:05 AM EST
November Issue of AJG Includes Expert Recommendations for Occasional Constipation and Quality Indicators for Capsule Endoscopy and Deep Enteroscopy
American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

The November issue of AJG features articles that include expert recommendations on recognizing and defining occasional constipation in clinical practice, as well as quality indicators for the use of capsule endoscopy and deep enteroscopy in the diagnosis and treatment of suspected small bowel disease.

Newswise: Poll documents the critical role of people over 50 as caregivers and helpers for older loved ones
28-Oct-2022 11:20 AM EDT
Poll documents the critical role of people over 50 as caregivers and helpers for older loved ones
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

More than half of people over 50 say they’ve helped at least one person over 65 take care of their health, personal hygiene, home or finances in the past two years. Nearly all say they get something positive out of the experience.



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