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Released: 26-Jan-2022 1:45 PM EST
The latest news in Behavioral Science for media
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Here are some of the latest articles we've posted in the Behavioral Science channel.

       
Released: 24-Jan-2022 3:40 PM EST
The Latest Research News from the Health Disparities Channel
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The latest research news from the Health Disparities Channel.

Released: 21-Jan-2022 1:05 PM EST
Telehealth Might Be Best as a Supplement to Office Visits, Not a Replacement
Tufts University

With the pandemic, there has been a rise in the use of virtual appointments for patients seeking health care. A new study by Tufts researchers, however, suggests that for many older and chronically ill patients, telehealth appointments may be most effective when they augment in-person health-care visits rather than fully replace them.

Released: 21-Jan-2022 11:00 AM EST
ACS partners with The John A. Hartford Foundation to enhance and expand its Geriatric Surgery Verification Program
American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Today the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Geriatric Surgery Verification (GSV) Program and The John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF) announced their work on a new partnership to improve surgical care for older adults while serving diverse populations across the nation.

Released: 20-Jan-2022 5:25 PM EST
Mediterranean diet associated with a lower risk of mortality in older adults
University of Barcelona

A greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet which had been assessed through an index made with biomarkers during a 20-year scientific monitoring is associated with a lower mortality in adults over 65.

Newswise: Step Up: Walking May Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk for Adults 65 and Older
20-Jan-2022 10:00 AM EST
Step Up: Walking May Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk for Adults 65 and Older
University of California San Diego

UC San Diego Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health study reports that the more steps taken, and the more intense, the lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes among women 65 and older.

18-Jan-2022 2:15 PM EST
Stability in Body Mass Index Over Time is Associated With A Better Cognitive Trajectory in Older Adults
Mount Sinai Health System

Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have found that greater increases, decreases, or variability in body mass index (BMI) over time are associated with an accelerated rate of cognitive decline, irrespective of whether a person has normal, overweight or obese body mass index at baseline.

Released: 20-Jan-2022 6:05 AM EST
Dementia: how to prevent cognitive decline
Universite de Montreal

Researchers have determined the optimal number of intervention sessions needed to prevent cognitive decline in people at risk.

Released: 13-Jan-2022 2:35 PM EST
Mouse study finds age, disease change body temperature rhythms
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A new study finds that while young and healthy mice show clear differences between daytime and nighttime body temperature rhythms, in older and diseased animals the difference essentially disappeared.

Newswise: When Shoveling Snow Is Bad for Your Heart
Released: 10-Jan-2022 12:00 PM EST
When Shoveling Snow Is Bad for Your Heart
Henry Ford Health

Winter snowfalls can provide a beautiful wintry landscape. They also bring the chore of clearing heavy snow from your driveway and walkway. What may seem like a simple task, though, can also raise your risk for a heart attack.

Newswise: Researchers Urge: ‘Prescribe Aspirin Based on Benefit-to-Risk Not Age’
Released: 5-Jan-2022 8:30 AM EST
Researchers Urge: ‘Prescribe Aspirin Based on Benefit-to-Risk Not Age’
Florida Atlantic University

Recent guidelines have restricted aspirin use in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease to patients under 70, and more recent guidance to patients under 60. Yet, the risks of heart attacks and strokes increase markedly with age. Researchers urge that to do the most good for the most patients in primary prevention of heart attacks and strokes, health care providers should make individual clinical judgements about prescribing aspirin on a case-by-case basis and based on benefit-to-risk not age. They conducted an updated meta-analysis, which adds the results of the four recent trials to the previous comprehensive meta-analysis of six earlier major trials, and aspirin produced a statistically significant 13 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease with similar benefits at older ages in each of the individual trials.

Newswise: New Penn Collaboratory Aims to Improve Care for Older Adults
Released: 20-Dec-2021 10:05 AM EST
New Penn Collaboratory Aims to Improve Care for Older Adults
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

– The Penn Artificial Intelligence and Technology Collaboratory for Healthy Aging (PennAITech) seeks to explore the use of artificial intelligence and other technologies to improve in-home care for older adults and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. The Collaboratory will leverage extensive expertise in artificial intelligence, consumer informatics and aging, access to patient cohorts and resources of Penn’s School of Nursing, the Perelman School of Medicine, and other departments across the University of Pennsylvania.

Released: 16-Dec-2021 4:05 PM EST
Private equity long-term care homes have the highest mortality rate during COVID-19
University of Waterloo

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed that for-profit long-term care homes had worse patient outcomes than not-for-profit homes.

Released: 15-Dec-2021 5:25 PM EST
AAOS Updates Clinical Practice Guideline for Management of Hip Fractures in Older Adults
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) issued an update to the Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for Management of Hip Fractures in Older Adults (age 55 years and older), replacing the 1st edition released in 2014, which initially covered a patient population of 65 years and older.

Released: 15-Dec-2021 4:25 PM EST
Are older people more likely to fall for Covid-19 scams than younger people?
Frontiers

Are older people more likely to fall for Covid-19 scams than younger generations?

Newswise: As a season of joy arrives, pandemic stress weighs heaviest on least-healthy older adults
10-Dec-2021 12:55 PM EST
As a season of joy arrives, pandemic stress weighs heaviest on least-healthy older adults
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

As major holidays and the promise of a new year approach, a new poll of people over 50 shows that most of them are finding joy and staying resilient amid the pandemic. But a sizable minority are feeling a lot of stress, especially among those who said their overall physical or mental health is fair or poor and those with the lowest incomes.

Newswise: Scientists Identify Malfunctioning Brain Cells as Potential Target for Alzheimer’s Treatment
9-Dec-2021 12:00 PM EST
Scientists Identify Malfunctioning Brain Cells as Potential Target for Alzheimer’s Treatment
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

For the first time, scientists have identified a rare population of potentially toxic senescent cells in human brains that can serve as a target for a new Alzheimer’s disease treatment.

Newswise:Video Embedded exercise-during-middle-age-may-prevent-age-related-chronic-diseases
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Released: 9-Dec-2021 8:05 AM EST
Exercise during Middle Age May Prevent Age-related Chronic Diseases
American Physiological Society (APS)

Middle-aged endurance athletes have better control of blood pressure and higher arterial elasticity than sedentary adults in the same age group.

Released: 7-Dec-2021 6:05 PM EST
Anxiety drugs and antidepressants trigger post-surgery delirium
University of South Australia

Older people taking a drug used to treat anxiety and insomnia – nitrazepam – as well as those on antidepressants, are twice as likely to suffer postoperative delirium after hip and knee surgery, a new Australian study has found.

Released: 3-Dec-2021 2:50 PM EST
Age-Related Differences in Inflammation May Shed Light on the Limit of Immunotherapies
Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

Scientists at the Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine, Center of Biotechnology, located at Temple University’s College of Science and Technology, working with collaborators in Italy, have described the age-related differences in inflammatory response to an emerging immunotherapy treatment for Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) called PD-1 blockade.

Newswise: Unlocking the Cause of UTI-Induced Delirium
Released: 2-Dec-2021 11:20 AM EST
Unlocking the Cause of UTI-Induced Delirium
Cedars-Sinai

Older women are among the most susceptible to developing UTIs, an infection of the bladder and urethra that causes urinary urgency and pain. UTIs also can cause delirium in older people, resulting in a sharp decline in mental abilities that triggers disoriented thinking.

Newswise: During COVID-19 Lockdown, Emotional Well-Being Declined for Adults with Vision, Hearing Loss #ASA181
18-Nov-2021 1:45 PM EST
During COVID-19 Lockdown, Emotional Well-Being Declined for Adults with Vision, Hearing Loss #ASA181
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

During pandemic-induced isolation, researchers from the University of Minnesota surveyed older adults with vision loss, with hearing loss, or without either condition, asking the participants about their worries, well-being, and social isolation at six-week intervals. All three groups scored lower on a patient health questionnaire after the pandemic began; however, people with vision or hearing loss faced unique problems in lockdown. Disruptions to mobility systems affected people with low vision, and masks made conversations especially difficult for adults with hearing loss.

   
18-Nov-2021 11:45 AM EST
Dementia Creates Listening Issues in Quiet, Noisy Environments #ASA181
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Difficulty in understanding speech, especially in background noise, is a common concern for older adults. Using a word identification task in quiet and noisy conditions, researchers examined the impact of mild dementia on speech perception. They tested individuals with and without mild dementia and found that word identification scores of those without dementia were significantly better in all conditions, meaning people with mild dementia symptoms recalled fewer words in both quiet and noisy situations.

23-Nov-2021 4:20 PM EST
Pandemic depression persists among older adults: Study
McMaster University

Researchers used telephone and web survey data to examine how health-related factors and social determinants such as income and social participation, impacted the prevalence of depressive symptoms during the initial lockdown starting March 2020 and after re-opening following the first wave of COVID-19 in Canada. Caregiving responsibilities, separation from family, family conflict, and loneliness were associated with a greater likelihood of moderate or high levels of depressive symptoms that got worse over time.

Released: 24-Nov-2021 1:30 PM EST
Black older Americans have lower prevalence of hearing loss than their white peers
University of Toronto

Black Americans 65 years and older have much better hearing than their White counterparts, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

Released: 24-Nov-2021 11:35 AM EST
New study shows that treating insomnia with cognitive behavioral therapy can prevent major depression in older adults
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A new study led by researchers at UCLA Health has found that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT-I) prevented major depression, decreasing the likelihood of depression by over 50% as compared to sleep education therapy in adults over the age of 60 with insomnia.

Released: 24-Nov-2021 8:55 AM EST
Housework linked to sharper memory and better falls protection in older adults
BMJ

Housework is linked to sharper memory, attention span, and better leg strength, and by extension, greater protection against falls, in older adults, finds research published in the open access journal BMJ Open.

Released: 22-Nov-2021 9:00 AM EST
Visiting older relatives for the holidays? Help them spot & fix fall risks
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Trips, slips and falls are a major cause of injury, hospitalization and death in older people, and the pandemic may have increased their risk. Prevention can start with quick fixes in their homes that can be made during a holiday visit.

Newswise: Many older Americans plan to take long trips soon, but may alter plans if COVID spikes at their destination
16-Nov-2021 9:00 AM EST
Many older Americans plan to take long trips soon, but may alter plans if COVID spikes at their destination
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Nearly one in three older adults plans a long trip far from home in the next year, and many look forward to holiday travel in the next two months, a new poll finds. But many said they would consider local COVID-19 case rates at their destination.

Released: 15-Nov-2021 11:20 AM EST
Exploring Psychological Resiliency of Older Adults with Diabetes
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Studies suggest that exposure to the COVID-19 pandemic has been associated with a variety of different mental health consequences including reports of depression, loneliness, and insomnia. People who are more than 65 years of age and those with underlying medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes and obesity are particularly vulnerable to negative outcomes from COVID-19. Until now, few investigations have identified and separated the mental health consequences of exposure to the COVID-19 pandemic from preexisting factors in this age group. A new prospective study of a large cohort of older adults with type 2 diabetes and overweight/obesity from across the U.S. has explored this subject with surprising results.

8-Nov-2021 4:05 PM EST
The Need for Liver Transplants Is Skyrocketing Among Older Americans
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A new study has found that the proportion of older Americans who need a liver transplant (LT) has sharply increased in recent years, often due to the rising number of cases of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). As the U.S. population ages, researchers estimate that more patients aged 65 or older will need an LT than ever before.

Newswise: Hero’s Encounter: Leading Geriatrician and World War II Veteran Share Bond
Released: 9-Nov-2021 8:30 AM EST
Hero’s Encounter: Leading Geriatrician and World War II Veteran Share Bond
Florida Atlantic University

An internationally renowned geriatrician and advocate for seniors and a 98-year-old World War II veteran hero are a dynamic duo whose paths recently crossed. They have a common bond: to improve care and quality of life for Americans and people throughout the world.

Released: 3-Nov-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Which older adults are getting flu shots and COVID boosters? Poll shows variation
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

With two viruses threatening to make older adults sick this winter, a new poll shows most people over 50 have gotten protected by vaccines against both influenza and coronavirus, or plan to. And a majority of those who have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine plan to get an additional dose. But the poll also reveals major differences in vaccine attitudes between older adults, including those of different political leanings.

Newswise:Video Embedded cat-s-meow-robotic-pet-boosts-mood-behavior-and-cognition-in-adults-with-dementia
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Released: 27-Oct-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Cat’s Meow: Robotic Pet Boosts Mood, Behavior and Cognition in Adults with Dementia
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers tested the effectiveness of affordable, interactive robotic pet cats to improve mood, behavior and cognition in older adults with mild to moderate dementia.

26-Oct-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Survival similar for younger and older patients with metastatic colorectal cancer, study finds
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Even though young patients with metastatic colorectal cancer tend to be more fit and receive more intensive treatment than older patients, both groups survive for roughly the same amount of time, according to a new study by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigators.

Released: 22-Oct-2021 11:40 AM EDT
Shape of virus may determine RSV infection outcomes
Washington University in St. Louis

Using a novel technology, the lab of Michael Vahey at the McKelvey School of Engineering uncovered shape-shifting properties of a common respiratory virus.

Newswise: Virtual Village Treats HIV-associated Loneliness in Novel UC San Diego Health Trial
Released: 21-Oct-2021 2:05 PM EDT
Virtual Village Treats HIV-associated Loneliness in Novel UC San Diego Health Trial
UC San Diego Health

A new trial by UC San Diego Health infectious disease specialist Maile Young Karris, MD, will use longitudinal questionnaires and qualitative interviews to assess the impact of living in an interconnected virtual village on the loneliness known to afflict older people with HIV.

Released: 18-Oct-2021 1:45 PM EDT
Baylor Scott & White Health Plan Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Insurance Company for Medicare Advantage 2022
Baylor Scott and White Health

Scott and White Health Plan will be rebranded as Baylor Scott & White Health Plan beginning January 1, 2022 and is expanding its offerings to serve even more Texans. In addition, Baylor Scott & White Health Plan—which will continue to provide quality coverage to Texas seniors through its BSW SeniorCare Advantage™ plans —has been honored by U.S. News & World Report as one of only three “Best” insurance companies for Medicare Advantage in Texas.

Released: 14-Oct-2021 3:45 PM EDT
Telehealth continues to substitute for in-person care among older adults, but rural use lags
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

About one in six doctor’s office visits by older Americans no longer takes place in an actual doctor’s office, but rather online or over the phone, a new analysis of telehealth visits billed to Medicare in the past two years finds.

Released: 13-Oct-2021 5:35 PM EDT
'Broken Heart' Syndrome Is on the Rise in Women
Cedars-Sinai

Researchers from the Smidt Heart Institute have discovered two alarming trends in Takotsubo cardiomyopathy—also known as "broken heart" syndrome—a condition that is often triggered by stress or loss and can lead to long-term heart injury and impaired heart function.

11-Oct-2021 7:00 AM EDT
Deaths Linked to ‘Hormone Disruptor’ Chemical Costs Billions in Lost U.S. Productivity
NYU Langone Health

Daily exposure chemicals called phthalates, used in the manufacture of plastic food containers and many cosmetics, may lead to roughly 100,000 premature deaths among older Americans each year, a new study shows. The resulting annual economic burden is between $40 billion and $47 billion, a value more than quadruple that of previous estimates.

Newswise: Poll: Many at-risk older adults aren’t checking blood pressure at home, or being encouraged to do so
4-Oct-2021 4:10 PM EDT
Poll: Many at-risk older adults aren’t checking blood pressure at home, or being encouraged to do so
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

More than half of adults between the ages of 50 and 80 have a health condition that puts them at high risk of major health emergencies if they don’t keep their blood pressure under control. But a new poll finds less than half of people in this group regularly check their blood pressure at home or in other places outside the health care system.

Released: 6-Oct-2021 9:35 AM EDT
Pandemic took a toll on older adults serving as unpaid caregivers for chronically ill or disabled loved ones
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

For the millions of older Americans who take care of a loved one with major medical needs, the pandemic has posed special challenges -- and the resulting feelings of stress, depression and isolation may affect how well they can perform their caregiving responsibilities, a new study suggests.

4-Oct-2021 3:35 PM EDT
When blood pressure needs more control, what’s better: An additional drug or more of the same?
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Nearly 34 million Americans have blood pressure that’s still too high even though they take medicine to control it. A new study may help them and their doctors decide whether to increase the dose of one of their existing drugs, or add a new one, to bring down their pressure and lower their risk of future health problems.

Newswise: Seniors Should Stay Fit, Body & Mind – Chula Suggests Ways to Exercise Safely at Home to Keep COVID-19 Away
Released: 29-Sep-2021 8:55 AM EDT
Seniors Should Stay Fit, Body & Mind – Chula Suggests Ways to Exercise Safely at Home to Keep COVID-19 Away
Chulalongkorn University

Chula physical therapy specialist invites seniors to exercise to boost their immunity against COVID-19 and stay fit even during home quarantine with easy ways to exercise at home during the lockdown.

Newswise: Stress-Relief Music Therapy Can Also Effectively Relieve Pain
Released: 28-Sep-2021 8:55 AM EDT
Stress-Relief Music Therapy Can Also Effectively Relieve Pain
Chulalongkorn University

Medical results show that music therapy can lower blood pressure, relieve pain during chemotherapy and dialysis, as well as stimulate the elderly brain. The Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University is offering a Music Therapy Program aiming to heal the ever-increasing patients with various chronic diseases in society.

Newswise: Hackensack University Medical Center’s Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP)
Released: 22-Sep-2021 3:25 PM EDT
Hackensack University Medical Center’s Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP)
Hackensack Meridian Health

The Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP), designed to prevent delirium and improve older patients' hospital experience, has recently been folded into the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) CoCare portfolio. HackensackUMC has been participating in the HELP model since 2008.

Released: 22-Sep-2021 3:10 PM EDT
Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center Recognized as 2021 Age-Friendly Health System - Committed to Care Excellence
Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center was recently recognized by Age-Friendly Health Systems, an initiative of The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), in partnership with the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center is among the health systems in the country implementing age-friendly health care.



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