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Released: 25-Oct-2022 2:10 PM EDT
The latest news in Opioids, Drug Abuse, and Addiction
Newswise

Here are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Drugs and drug abuse channel.

Released: 24-Oct-2022 12:15 PM EDT
Significant Number of Seniors Rely on Failing Public Transit Systems to Get to Medical Appointments
University of Maryland School of Medicine

About one in 10 seniors who live in cities reported that they use public transportation, and 20 percent of older transit users said they relied on trains and buses to get to their doctor appointments.

Released: 14-Oct-2022 11:05 AM EDT
COVID messaging: caring or condescending?
Washington University in St. Louis

Not all older adults were offended by public health messaging, but they were affected in other ways

Released: 13-Oct-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Eye Exams Save Lives
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Most people are surprised to learn that early signs of serious medical conditions affecting your body can be detected in the eyes.

Newswise: Medical tests in the comfort of your own home:
Poll shows high interest, uneven use by older adults
12-Oct-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Medical tests in the comfort of your own home: Poll shows high interest, uneven use by older adults
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A new poll shows that 48% of people age 50 to 80 have bought at least one kind of at-home health test, including 32% who had bought COVID-19 tests, 17% who had bought a DNA test, and lower percentages who had bought other types of tests. But use of such direct-to-consumer medical tests varies greatly by age, race/ethnicity, marital status, income and years of education.

Newswise: Blood Levels of ‘Free Range’ DNA May Signal Early Detection of Dementia and Frailty
Released: 11-Oct-2022 10:00 AM EDT
Blood Levels of ‘Free Range’ DNA May Signal Early Detection of Dementia and Frailty
Johns Hopkins Medicine

In a long-term prospective study of more than 600 older participants, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have evidence that higher levels of cell-free DNA circulating in the blood may signal increased risk of chronic inflammation associated with early signs of frailty and dementia.

Released: 7-Oct-2022 5:55 PM EDT
Age vs. genetics: Which is more important for determining how we age?
University of California, Berkeley

Amid much speculation and research about how our genetics affect the way we age, a University of California, Berkeley, study now shows that individual differences in our DNA matter less as we get older and become prone to diseases of aging, such as diabetes and cancer.

Released: 6-Oct-2022 2:50 PM EDT
The costs of caring for a graying population
University of Tsukuba

With the "graying population" phenomenon becoming widespread, many countries are facing the challenge of caring for their elderly population.

Newswise: Researchers Receive $30 Million Award to Study Novel Rehab Program for Heart Failure Patients
6-Oct-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Researchers Receive $30 Million Award to Study Novel Rehab Program for Heart Failure Patients
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

Wake Forest University School of Medicine has received a five-year, $30 million grant to test a novel rehabilitation program designed for older patients hospitalized for acute heart failure.

Released: 6-Oct-2022 9:55 AM EDT
Scientists shed light on COVID-19 booster dose effectiveness among the elderly in Japan
Okayama University

The coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) pandemic has affected millions worldwide and claimed multiple lives. The elderly—aged above 60 years—remain the most vulnerable group.

Newswise: CDC grant spurs research for fall prevention
Released: 4-Oct-2022 8:05 AM EDT
CDC grant spurs research for fall prevention
Iowa State University

With a $1 million grant from the CDC, ISU researchers and community partners will be the first to directly evaluate a walking program’s potential for reducing the risk and incidence of falling, which is the leading cause of injuries among people ages 65 and older in the U.S.

Released: 30-Sep-2022 8:05 AM EDT
Race and Ethnicity Influence End-of-Life Care for Medicare Patients With Dementia
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Mechanical ventilation, intubation and other intensive treatments are prescribed more often to racial and ethnic minorities, a Rutgers study finds

Released: 27-Sep-2022 2:10 PM EDT
The latest research and expert commentary on guns and violence
Newswise

Here are some of the latest articles that have been posted in the Guns and Violence channel on Newswise.

       
Newswise: Rising food prices hit less-healthy older adults hardest, poll suggests
23-Sep-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Rising food prices hit less-healthy older adults hardest, poll suggests
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Three-quarters of people over age 50 in the United States say the rising cost of groceries has affected them somewhat or a lot, and nearly a third say they’re eating less healthily because of increased food costs, according to new poll findings. But some groups were hit much harder.

Released: 23-Sep-2022 10:05 AM EDT
More older adults should be checking blood pressure at home, study shows
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Only 48% of people age 50 to 80 who take blood pressure medications or have a health condition that’s affected by hypertension regularly check their blood pressure at home or other places, a new study finds.

Newswise: Medicare eligibility linked to more food pantry visits, improved food security
Released: 22-Sep-2022 7:05 PM EDT
Medicare eligibility linked to more food pantry visits, improved food security
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Low-income seniors were seven times more likely to visit a food pantry in the year after becoming eligible for Medicare, resulting in improved food security, according to a new study from UT Southwestern.

Newswise: Severe COVID-19 caused by “senile” interferon response in older patients, researchers suggest
Released: 21-Sep-2022 10:35 AM EDT
Severe COVID-19 caused by “senile” interferon response in older patients, researchers suggest
The Rockefeller University Press

Researchers in Germany have discovered that age-dependent impairments in antiviral interferon proteins underlie the increased susceptibility of older patients to severe COVID-19. The study, published today in the Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM), shows that aged mice infected with SARS-CoV-2 are protected from severe disease by treatment with one of these interferons, IFN-γ.

Released: 14-Sep-2022 1:50 PM EDT
House Passes Prior Authorization Relief Bill
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The House voted overwhelmingly today to reform prior authorization under the Medicare Advantage program to help ensure America’s seniors get the care they need when they need it.

   
Released: 13-Sep-2022 11:30 AM EDT
Vitamin D3 and omega-3 fatty acids not helpful in reducing risk of frailty
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Frailty is defined as reduced physiological reserve and ability to cope with acute stresses. Up to half of adults over the age of 85 live with frailty and thus, preventative measures are greatly needed.

Released: 12-Sep-2022 1:55 PM EDT
Treble clef treatment: Music to counter delirium in mechanically ventilated older adults in the ICU
Regenstrief Institute

Regenstrief Institute, Indiana University School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic researcher-clinicians are conducting a multi-site study to establish that music intervention can reduce the likelihood of critically ill, mechanically ventilated older adults in a hospital intensive care unit (ICU) developing delirium and can also improve their post-ICU brain health.

Released: 8-Sep-2022 11:10 AM EDT
How can you explain the pain? Get the latest research on pain management in the Pain channel
Newswise

The latest research and expert commentary on pain management.

Released: 7-Sep-2022 1:40 PM EDT
Emergency departments not set up to meet basic care needs of frail older people
BMJ

Emergency departments in England don’t seem to be set up to meet the basic care needs of frail older patients, suggest the findings of a small qualitative study published online in the Emergency Medicine Journal

Released: 7-Sep-2022 1:20 PM EDT
Elevated Cholesterol Found in GenX Exposure Study Participants
North Carolina State University

Elevated levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) were associated with higher total cholesterol and non-HDL cholesterol in GenX Exposure Study participants’ blood. The effects were more pronounced in older people.

Newswise: UT Southwestern geriatric fracture initiatives result in expedited care and shorter hospital stays
Released: 2-Sep-2022 8:05 AM EDT
UT Southwestern geriatric fracture initiatives result in expedited care and shorter hospital stays
UT Southwestern Medical Center

A multidisciplinary effort to improve care for older patients who arrive at the emergency room with a hip fracture has decreased the time before they have surgery, shortened hospital stays, and resulted in better follow-up care, UT Southwestern physicians reported in Geriatric Nursing.

Released: 31-Aug-2022 10:20 AM EDT
Low physical function after age 65 associated with future cardiovascular disease
American Heart Association (AHA)

Among people older than age 65 who were assessed using a short physical function test, having lower physical function was independently associated with a greater risk of developing heart attack, heart failure and stroke, according to new research published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association, an open access, peer-reviewed journal of the American Heart Association.

Released: 24-Aug-2022 3:55 PM EDT
Many types of leisure time activities may lower risk of death for older adults
National Cancer Institute (NCI) at NIH

Older adults who participate weekly in many different types of leisure time activities, such as walking for exercise, jogging, swimming laps, or playing tennis, may have a lower risk of death from any cause, as well as death from cardiovascular disease and cancer, according to a new study led by researchers at the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Released: 24-Aug-2022 12:30 PM EDT
Octogenarians should walk 10 minutes a day to prolong life
European Society of Cardiology

One hour of walking per week is associated with greater longevity in people aged 85 years and above, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2022.1

Released: 22-Aug-2022 3:45 PM EDT
Find expert commentary on the monkeypox outbreak here
Newswise

The latest research and expert commentary on the monkeypox outbreak.

12-Aug-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Study reveals sex differences in age-related loss of kidney function
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Among healthy middle-aged adults in northern Europe, women tended to have lower kidney function than men, but men’s kidney function subsequently declined at a faster rate during aging.

Newswise: Who's looking out for aging doctors susceptible to cognitive decline?
16-Aug-2022 3:35 PM EDT
Who's looking out for aging doctors susceptible to cognitive decline?
Case Western Reserve University

Older physicians benefit from their many years of experience and the skills they have developed over decades of practice. At the same time, they may be at risk of cognitive decline, raising concerns about job performance deficits.

Newswise: There’s a Better Way to Detect High-Risk Medications in Older Adults with Cancer According to New Study in JNCCN
8-Aug-2022 2:05 PM EDT
There’s a Better Way to Detect High-Risk Medications in Older Adults with Cancer According to New Study in JNCCN
National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

Gerontology researchers teamed up with hematologic-oncology investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to look at the association between older patients with blood cancers who were taking multiple medications and their corresponding frailty. They also created a new scale based on a list of Potentially Inappropriate Medications (PIMs) from the NCCN Guidelines® for Older Adult Oncology—called the Geriatric Oncology-Potentially Inappropriate Medications (GO-PIMs) Scale—and found it to be more effective at predicting frailty than conventional methods.

Newswise: Johns Hopkins Researchers Find Link Between Dementia and Atrial Cardiopathy
Released: 10-Aug-2022 3:25 PM EDT
Johns Hopkins Researchers Find Link Between Dementia and Atrial Cardiopathy
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Older adults with atrial cardiopathy (a major, often undetected cardiac cause of stroke) may be at increased risk of developing dementia, according to new research led by Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Released: 9-Aug-2022 1:45 PM EDT
Consider yourself a foodie? Dig into these latest headlines from the Food Science channel
Newswise

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

       
Newswise: Most older adults ready to roll up sleeves this fall for updated COVID-19 boosters, U-M poll shows
8-Aug-2022 3:05 PM EDT
Most older adults ready to roll up sleeves this fall for updated COVID-19 boosters, U-M poll shows
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A new poll shows that 61% of people over 50 who have already gotten at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine are very likely to roll up their sleeves this fall to get an updated booster shot once they become available. That percentage might increase if health care providers specifically recommend the updated vaccine to their patients, the poll suggests.

Released: 5-Aug-2022 4:00 PM EDT
Monkeypox can spread through contaminated clothing, although it's more likely to spread through physical contact
Newswise

We rate this claim as mostly true. Among the ways monkeypox can spread is by "Touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection.

4-Aug-2022 1:30 PM EDT
Fewer rural early-onset Alzheimer’s patients see specialists
Ohio State University

Rural Americans suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s are less likely than city dwellers to be seen by specialists and receive tests that can benefit both them and their families, new research has found.

Released: 2-Aug-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Wildfires are intensifying around the world. Here are the latest headlines in wildfires research for media
Newswise

California’s McKinney Fire grew to become the state’s largest fire so far this year. The risk of wildfire is rising globally due to climate change. Below are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Wildfires channel on Newswise.

       
Released: 1-Aug-2022 2:30 PM EDT
Methodologies Used to Study the Feasibility, Usability, Efficacy, and Effectiveness of Social Robots For Elderly Adults: Scoping Review
Journal of Medical Internet Research

Background: New research fields to design social robots for older people are emerging. By providing support with communication and social interaction, these robots aim to increase quality of life. Because of the decline in functionin...

Released: 29-Jul-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Don't give up the fight. Read the latest news about drug and antibiotic resistance
Newswise

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

22-Jul-2022 1:05 PM EDT
Study Examines Older Adults’ Quality of Life Before and After Starting Dialysis
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Among older adults with advanced chronic kidney disease, mental and physical health-related quality of life worsened in the year before they started dialysis treatment, but their quality of life stabilized after dialysis was initiated.

Released: 27-Jul-2022 6:05 PM EDT
House Panel Advances Prior Authorization Relief Bill
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The House Ways and Means Committee today voted unanimously to advance the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2022 (H.R. 8487), positioning the bill for passage in Congress possibly this fall.

Released: 26-Jul-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Moderna vaccines better protect long-term care home residents
McMaster University

Moderna vaccines are better than Pfizer in protecting residents of long-term care (LTC) homes from COVID-19 Omicron infections, say McMaster University researchers.

Newswise: Poll: Many older adults look beyond conventional medicine for help, but few talk to their doctors about it
22-Jul-2022 4:30 PM EDT
Poll: Many older adults look beyond conventional medicine for help, but few talk to their doctors about it
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Nearly 40% of older adults currently use at least one integrative medicine strategy to try to ease symptoms of a physical or mental health issue, or to help them relax, a new poll finds. But only 18% of them have actually talked about it with a health care provider.

Released: 19-Jul-2022 1:25 PM EDT
Tracking Daily Movement Patterns May One Day Help Predict Dementia
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Researchers found significant differences in movement patterns between participants with normal cognition and those with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease.

Newswise: Aging | Epigenetic clocks and their association with perceived discrimination and depressive symptoms
Released: 18-Jul-2022 5:05 PM EDT
Aging | Epigenetic clocks and their association with perceived discrimination and depressive symptoms
Impact Journals LLC

A new research paper was published in Aging (Aging-US / Albany NY) on the cover of Volume 14, Issue 13, entitled, “Epigenetic clocks and their association with trajectories in perceived discrimination and depressive symptoms among US middle-aged and older adults.”



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