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Released: 6-May-2021 4:35 PM EDT
Feeling Younger Buffers Older Adults From Stress, Protects Against Health Decline
American Psychological Association (APA)

People who feel younger have a greater sense of well-being, better cognitive functioning, less inflammation, lower risk of hospitalization and even live longer than their older-feeling peers. A study published by the American Psychological Association suggests one potential reason for the link between subjective age and health: Feeling younger could help buffer middle-aged and older adults against the damaging effects of stress.

Released: 4-May-2021 2:45 PM EDT
Gene Therapy in Alzheimer’s Disease Mouse Model Preserves Learning and Memory
University of California San Diego Health

Researchers at UC San Diego have used gene therapy to prevent learning and memory loss in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease, a key step toward eventually testing the approach in humans with the neurodegenerative disease.

Released: 3-May-2021 2:30 PM EDT
Short-term exposure to air pollution may impede cognition; Aspirin could help
Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

Exposure to air pollution, even over the course of just a few weeks, can impede mental performance, according to a new study led by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Released: 29-Apr-2021 11:25 AM EDT
Partially sighted may be at higher risk of dementia
Anglia Ruskin University

Older people with vision loss are significantly more likely to suffer mild cognitive impairment, which can be a precursor to dementia, according to a new study published in the journal Ageing Clinical and Experimental Research.

Newswise: Lifestyle Improvement Program Found to Increase Physical Activity
Released: 28-Apr-2021 2:35 PM EDT
Lifestyle Improvement Program Found to Increase Physical Activity
Rush University Medical Center

Researchers at the Rush Institute of Healthy Aging have found that D-CLIP, a lifestyle education program to prevent diabetes in South Asians with prediabetes increased physical activity by nearly an hour a week.

Released: 28-Apr-2021 2:15 PM EDT
Can genetics predict bothersome hot flashes?
North American Menopause Society (NAMS)

Hot flashes are a hallmark of the menopause transition.

Newswise: Chula’s “Smart Hospital Beds” to Prevent Falls in Elderly Patients
Released: 27-Apr-2021 8:55 AM EDT
Chula’s “Smart Hospital Beds” to Prevent Falls in Elderly Patients
Chulalongkorn University

Chula Engineering, True Group, and King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Thai Red Cross Society, jointly showcase 5G smart beds, a prototype innovation to prevent falls in elderly patients — in both hospitals and homes.

Released: 26-Apr-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Long-term care infrastructure must be re-imagined in a post-pandemic world
University of Waterloo

Protecting long-term care residents from outbreaks requires different infrastructure, proper staffing conditions and a culture of quality assurance, researchers have found.

Newswise: Single Protein Linked to Sex Differences in Age-Related Neurologic Disorders
26-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Single Protein Linked to Sex Differences in Age-Related Neurologic Disorders
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

VGLUT – a glutamate transporter on the membrane of vesicles that carry dopamine – is key to regulating sex differences in the brain’s vulnerability to age-related neuron loss.

Released: 21-Apr-2021 1:50 PM EDT
A good night's sleep could do wonders for your sex life
North American Menopause Society (NAMS)

The importance of getting a good night's sleep cannot be overstated. Lack of sleep can lead to a number of health problems and affect a woman's overall quality of life.

Newswise: Anti-Aging Compound Improves Muscle Glucose Metabolism in People
20-Apr-2021 3:30 PM EDT
Anti-Aging Compound Improves Muscle Glucose Metabolism in People
Washington University in St. Louis

In the first clinical trial of nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN), researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that the compound previously demonstrated to counteract aspects of aging and improve metabolic health in mice also has clinically relevant effects in people.

Released: 20-Apr-2021 3:10 PM EDT
House Reintroduces Bill to Modernize Medicare’s Chiropractic Coverage
American Chiropractic Association

The Chiropractic Coverage Modernization Act (H.R. 2654), introduced April 19 in the U.S. House of Representatives, would increase Medicare coverage of services provided by doctors of chiropractic within the full extent of their state licensure, enabling chiropractic patients to conveniently and safely access needed care.

Released: 20-Apr-2021 3:10 PM EDT
House Reintroduces Bill to Modernize Medicare’s Chiropractic Coverage
American Chiropractic Association

The Chiropractic Coverage Modernization Act (H.R. 2654), introduced April 19 in the U.S. House of Representatives, would increase Medicare coverage of services provided by doctors of chiropractic within the full extent of their state licensure, enabling chiropractic patients to conveniently and safely access needed care.

20-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Why Older People Should Chill When It’s Hot Out
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

Taking a break from extreme heat, by visiting a cooling center for example, could help our cells protect themselves from damage, according to preliminary findings from a new study. The research, which focused on older people, suggests temporarily cooling down on a hot day helps cells maintain autophagy, a process cells use to rid themselves of dangerous protein buildups caused by stressors like extreme heat.

20-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Rapamycin May Exacerbate Age-related Arthritis Despite Life-extending Benefits
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

New research to be presented this week virtually at the American Physiological Society’s (APS) annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2021 explores the positive and negative effects of lifespan-extending drugs on mitochondrial function and age-related osteoarthritis (OA).

Released: 19-Apr-2021 10:20 AM EDT
Mayo researchers, collaborators identify 'instigator' gene associated with Alzheimer's disease
Mayo Clinic

In a new paper published in Nature Communications, Mayo Clinic researchers and collaborators report the protein-coding gene SERPINA5 may worsen tau protein tangles, which are characteristic of Alzheimer's disease, and advance disease. By combining clinical expertise, brain tissue samples, pathology expertise and artificial intelligence, the team clarified and validated the relevance of the gene to Alzheimer's disease.

19-Apr-2021 7:00 AM EDT
Omega-3 supplements do double duty in protecting against stress
Ohio State University

A high daily dose of an omega-3 supplement may help slow the effects of aging by suppressing damage and boosting protection at the cellular level during and after a stressful event, new research suggests.

Newswise: Experimental Drug Shows Potential Against Alzheimer’s Disease
16-Apr-2021 5:15 PM EDT
Experimental Drug Shows Potential Against Alzheimer’s Disease
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have designed an experimental drug that reversed key symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in mice. The drug works by reinvigorating a cellular cleaning mechanism that gets rid of unwanted proteins by digesting and recycling them. The study was published online today in the journal Cell.

Released: 16-Apr-2021 11:45 AM EDT
Older Adults More Likely to Make the Effort to Help Others
Association for Psychological Science

Does getting older impact our willingness to offer a helping hand, or does being older simply mean we have more resources and therefore more capacity to offer help when needed? New research suggests that, all things being equal, older adults are more likely to offer help than younger adults.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 2:30 PM EDT
Can financial stress lead to physical pain in later years?
University of Georgia

Financial stress can have an immediate impact on well-being, but can it lead to physical pain nearly 30 years later? The answer is yes, according to new research from University of Georgia scientists.

Newswise: New Research Suggests Breast Cancer Treatment in Patients over Age 70 Can Be Safely Reduced
Released: 15-Apr-2021 11:55 AM EDT
New Research Suggests Breast Cancer Treatment in Patients over Age 70 Can Be Safely Reduced
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Research indicates the rate of cancer recurrence or survival may be no different in older women diagnosed with early breast cancer whether they were treated or untreated.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 9:50 AM EDT
Growth in Home Health Care Failing to Keep Up With Surging Demand, Study Finds
University of Virginia Health System

Recent growth in the number of healthcare workers providing home care for Medicare patients is “small and inadequate” compared with the increasing demand in an aging America, a new study suggests.

Newswise: FAU Researchers Receive Grants to Combat 
Alzheimer’s Disease in Florida
Released: 15-Apr-2021 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Researchers Receive Grants to Combat Alzheimer’s Disease in Florida
Florida Atlantic University

Four researchers from FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine and Charles E. Schmidt College of Science have received grants totaling $641,818 from the Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 1:50 PM EDT
Is it possible to predict when a woman will enter menopause?
North American Menopause Society (NAMS)

Despite all the advances in medicine, some basic questions remain. For example, people cannot be told with any certainty how long they'll live.

Released: 13-Apr-2021 11:55 AM EDT
Rutgers to Host Careers in Gerontology Twitter Chat
Rutgers School of Public Health

Rutgers to discuss careers in aging, opportunities and challenges that exist for this part of our population, and ways to lead change

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12-Apr-2021 11:05 AM EDT
Convenience over reputation: Study looks at how older adults pick a doctor
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Online ratings and reviews abound, and many have checked them, so providers and policymakers should pay attention.

Released: 12-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Treating Sleep Apnea May Reduce Dementia Risk
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

People with obstructive sleep apnea who treat their apnea with the commonly-prescribed positive airway pressure therapy were less likely to be diagnosed with dementia.

12-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Your Neighborhood May Affect Your Brain Health
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Study Finds Evidence of More Brain Aging in People Living in Disadvantaged Areas

Released: 12-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Hospice Foundation of America and major universities seek community partners for advance care planning project
Penn State College of Medicine

Reducing health disparities by examining the effectiveness of tools that encourage end-of-life conversations may improve the likelihood that underserved patients receive care that is consistent with their values and beliefs.

Newswise: New Mechanism Identified Behind Blindness in Older Adults, University of Maryland School of Medicine Study Suggests
12-Apr-2021 8:00 AM EDT
New Mechanism Identified Behind Blindness in Older Adults, University of Maryland School of Medicine Study Suggests
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Using laboratory-grown roundworms as well as human and mouse eye tissue, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) researchers have identified a new potential mechanism for age-related macular degeneration—the leading cause of blindness among older adults.

1-Apr-2021 3:30 PM EDT
Poll: Despite pandemic, less than half of older adults have formally recorded what they want if they get seriously ill
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

As the toll of COVID-19 continues to climb, newly released poll data suggest an opportunity to use the pandemic as a prompt for discussing and documenting older adults’ wishes for their care, if they get seriously ill or injured for any reason.

Released: 2-Apr-2021 12:50 PM EDT
Unusual mechanism in rare mutation associated with Alzheimer’s uncovered by UChicago researchers
University of Chicago Medical Center

A novel mechanism has been identified that might explain why a rare mutation is associated with familial Alzheimer’s disease in a new study by investigators at the University of Chicago.

Released: 31-Mar-2021 12:30 PM EDT
Study Identifies Risk Factors for COVID-19 Infection, Hospitalization, and Mortality Among U.S. Nursing Home Residents
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Risks of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection for long-stay nursing home residents were mainly dependent on factors in their nursing homes and surrounding communities.

30-Mar-2021 8:30 PM EDT
Exercise in mid-life won’t improve cognitive function in women
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

For middle-aged women, exercise has many health benefits, but it may not help maintain cognitive function over the long term, according to a new UCLA Health study.

Released: 30-Mar-2021 12:00 PM EDT
Changes in mouth bacteria after drinking beetroot juice may promote healthy ageing
University of Exeter

Drinking beetroot juice promotes a mix of mouth bacteria associated with healthier blood vessels and brain function, according to a new study of people aged 70-80.

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Released: 25-Mar-2021 1:10 PM EDT
Study reveals how long-term infection and inflammation impairs immune response as we age
Texas Children's Hospital

Humans are born with tens of thousands of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) that collectively ensure lifelong production of blood and immune cells that protect us from infections.

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Released: 24-Mar-2021 4:45 PM EDT
During the first wave of coronavirus pandemic older adults left home mainly for physical activity
Jyvaskylan Yliopisto (University of Jyvaeskylae)

In spring 2020, when the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic hit Finland, older adults drastically reduced their out-of-home activities.

Released: 24-Mar-2021 4:25 PM EDT
Midlife loneliness is a risk factor for Dementia and Alzheimer's disease
Boston University School of Medicine

Being persistently lonely during midlife (ages 45-64) appears to make people more likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer's Disease (AD) later in life. However, people who recover from loneliness, appear to be less likely to suffer from dementia, compared to people who have never felt lonely.

19-Mar-2021 12:50 PM EDT
Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier Linked to Brain Tissue Damage in Brain Aging Disease
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

As people age, changes in the tiniest blood vessels in the brain, a condition called cerebral small vessel disease, can lead to thinking and memory problems and stroke. These changes can also affect the blood-brain barrier, a layer of cells that protect the brain from toxins circulating in the blood. Now a new study has found that people with cerebral small vessel disease who have blood-brain barrier leakage had more brain tissue damage over two years than people with less blood-brain barrier leakage. The study is published in the March 24, 2021, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Released: 23-Mar-2021 4:15 PM EDT
Deaths from COVID-19 have progressively declined at nursing homes, researchers find
Brown University

The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effects in U.S. nursing homes and long-term care facilities, resulting in an estimated 1.2 million infections and 147,000 deaths as of early 2021. Yet even as mortality rates in the general population have decreased over time, little evidence has been uncovered to determine whether nursing home residences have experienced similar reductions.

Newswise: BMI1, a promising gene to protect against Alzheimer's disease
Released: 23-Mar-2021 3:15 PM EDT
BMI1, a promising gene to protect against Alzheimer's disease
Universite de Montreal

An Canadian molecular biologist a discovers a new function for BMI1, which is known to counteract brain aging.

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Released: 23-Mar-2021 2:00 PM EDT
Parkinson's gene may impair how new neurons are made throughout our lifetime
University of Sheffield

A pioneering study, published in Scientific Reports, found that the Parkinon's gene PINK1 is important for the generation of dopamine-producing neurons throughout life, and is not just responsible for the premature death of these neurons.

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Released: 22-Mar-2021 8:35 AM EDT
One in 10 older adults have gotten a “pandemic pet,” poll finds
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A lot of the attention around “pandemic pets” has focused on families with children, but a new poll shows that older adults also got in on the trend. According to the National Poll on Healthy Aging, 10% of all people between the ages of 50 and 80 got a new pet between March 2020 and January 2021.

17-Mar-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Sleep disturbances may contribute to weight gain in menopause
Endocrine Society

Addressing sleep symptoms during menopause may reduce susceptibility to weight gain, according to a small study presented virtually at ENDO 2021, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting.

Released: 19-Mar-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Nearly two-thirds of middle-aged and older adults in Canada report adverse childhood experiences
McMaster University

The study used data collected from 44,817 participants enrolled in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), a large, national population-based study of health and aging. The participants completed questionnaires about adverse childhood experiences through telephone and face-to-face interviews between 2015 and 2018.

Released: 19-Mar-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Health declining in Gen X and Gen Y, national study shows
Ohio State University

Recent generations show a worrying decline in health compared to their parents and grandparents when they were the same age, a new national study reveals.

Newswise: A New Focus on Musculoskeletal Research
Released: 18-Mar-2021 3:55 PM EDT
A New Focus on Musculoskeletal Research
University of Delaware

Dawn Elliott, Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware, has won an $11.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish the Delaware Center for Musculoskeletal Research -- an NIH-designated Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE). From tendonitis to osteoarthritis, the center will focus on uncovering what happens at the cellular level when injuries and inflammation occur and will test potential therapeutic interventions.

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Released: 18-Mar-2021 3:00 PM EDT
Could leak in blood-brain barrier cause poor memory?
University of Washington School of Medicine

One of the keys to having a healthy brain at any age is having a healthy blood-brain barrier, a complex interface of blood vessels that run through the brain. Research shows the blood-brain barrier leaks as we age, and we lose cells called pericytes. But could this leak and the difficulties in recall be the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease?


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