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Released: 18-Jun-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Personalized Medicine, Not X-rays, Should Guide Common Forearm Fracture Treatments in Older Adults
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A decade-long study of distal radius fracture in older adults revealed that personalized medicine catering to a patient’s individual needs and environment, not age or X-rays, should guide treatment options. The federally funded study is the most collaborative, intense effort to try and answer a 200-year puzzle about how to treat one of the most common fractures in older adults.

Released: 18-Jun-2021 7:05 AM EDT
One-third of older Americans delayed health care over COVID concerns
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Nearly one in three Americans between the ages of 50 and 80 put off an in-person appointment for medical care in 2020 because they were worried about exposure to the novel coronavirus, new national poll data show.

Newswise: NORC at the University of Chicago and AARP Launch Foresight 50+, the Largest High-Quality Survey Panel of Older Adults
Released: 15-Jun-2021 11:00 AM EDT
NORC at the University of Chicago and AARP Launch Foresight 50+, the Largest High-Quality Survey Panel of Older Adults
Foresight 50+

NORC at the University of Chicago and AARP launched Foresight 50+, a new survey panel available to organizations looking for insights from older adults living in the United States.

Newswise: Memory Biomarkers Confirm Aerobic Exercise Helps Cognitive Function in Older Adults
Released: 10-Jun-2021 10:25 AM EDT
Memory Biomarkers Confirm Aerobic Exercise Helps Cognitive Function in Older Adults
Florida Atlantic University

Until now, systemic biomarkers to measure exercise effects on brain function and that link to relevant metabolic responses were lacking. A study shows a memory biomarker, myokine Cathepsin B (CTSB), increased in older adults following a 26-week structured aerobic exercise training. The positive association between CTSB and cognition, and the substantial modulation of lipid metabolites implicated in dementia, support the beneficial effects of exercise training on brain function and brain health in asymptomatic individuals at risk for Alzheimer’s.

Released: 7-Jun-2021 2:40 PM EDT
Guided digital skills training enhances older people's digital skills and social relations
University of Eastern Finland

Older people need digital skills training to learn to use digital technology more independently, but they also seek digital training opportunities because of the social benefits they offer, according to a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland.

Released: 28-May-2021 2:05 PM EDT
Older Adults with Cerebral Palsy Need More, Receive Less Physical Therapy for Painful Conditions
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Older adults with cerebral palsy are more likely to experience debilitating pains of musculoskeletal conditions, but researchers found they receive significantly less physical therapy for those ailments. The lead author says the results, while staggering, support their hypothesis that people with CP receive inequitable health care.

Newswise: Osteoporosis: What You Need to Know About This
Released: 24-May-2021 6:05 PM EDT
Osteoporosis: What You Need to Know About This "Silent Disease"
Cedars-Sinai

Osteoporosis, often synonymous with aging, is a silent disease that targets anyone regardless of age and gender.

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Released: 21-May-2021 8:55 AM EDT
TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO: How to Win Over Vaccine Skeptics: Live Expert Panel for May 20
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How to Win Over Vaccine Skeptics: Live Expert Panel for May 20, 3pm ET

19-May-2021 4:35 PM EDT
Nearly 3% of Americans take immune-weakening drugs that may limit COVID vaccine response
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A study of more than 3 million insured U.S. adult patients under 65 found that nearly 3% take immunosuppressive drugs that may elevate risk for severe COVID-19 symptoms and hospitalization if they became infected. There is growing evidence that immunosuppressive drugs may also reduce the COVID vaccine's efficacy.

Newswise: Seniors who Receive Both Medicare and Medicaid Fare Worse Functionally After ICU Hospitalization
10-May-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Seniors who Receive Both Medicare and Medicaid Fare Worse Functionally After ICU Hospitalization
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Seniors who are enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid are at risk for experiencing greater worsening of functional status following ICU hospitalization, according to research presented at the ATS 2021 International Conference.

Newswise: Two-Fifths of U.S. Seniors with COPD Have Poor Access to Pulmonary Rehabilitation
10-May-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Two-Fifths of U.S. Seniors with COPD Have Poor Access to Pulmonary Rehabilitation
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Approximately two-fifths of Medicare beneficiaries with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have limited access to pulmonary rehabilitation services due to their distance from rehab centers, according to research presented at the ATS 2021 International Conference. More than 24 million U.S. adults suffer from COPD, a smoking related disease.

Released: 17-May-2021 2:55 PM EDT
Novel Rehab Program Improves Outcome for Older Heart-failure Patients, Study Finds
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Heart failure (HF) – when the heart can’t pump enough blood and oxygen through the body – affects approximately 6.2 million adults in the United States and is the primary cause of hospitalization in the elderly. Unfortunately, older adults with heart failure often have poor outcomes resulting in reduced quality of life, high mortality and frequent rehospitalizations.

Released: 14-May-2021 12:25 PM EDT
New benefit increases Veterans' access to urgent care in the community
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

Two years ago, the Veterans Affairs healthcare system (VA) began rolling out a new benefit, enabling Veterans to receive urgent care from a network of community providers – rather than visiting a VA emergency department or clinic. Progress toward expanding community care services for Veterans is the focus of a special supplement to the May issue of Medical Care. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Released: 12-May-2021 7:05 AM EDT
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Urges Swift Passage of Bill That Would Increase Access to Nutrition Care
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics supports expanding medical nutrition therapy to provide Medicare beneficiaries with the care they need and deserve to live healthy, independent lives.

Released: 11-May-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Lifesprk And Tealwood Senior Living Seize Opportunity To Provide Markedly Different Senior Living Experience Under Lifesprk Senior Living
Lifesprk

Lifesprk, leader in whole person senior services, and Tealwood Senior Living, leaders in senior living management, have partnered to bring 35 senior living properties across multiple states under Lifesprk Senior Living.

Released: 10-May-2021 11:10 AM EDT
Older adults are having abdominal surgery less frequently — but it depends on the surgery and the hospital
University of Chicago Medical Center

Contrary to popular belief, a new study from the University of Chicago Medicine found the frequency of abdominal surgery in older adults is decreasing, especially among adults over the age of 85.

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.

4-May-2021 11:00 AM EDT
New MRI Technique Can Detect Early Dysfunction of the Blood-Brain Barrier Associated With Small Vessel Disease
University of Kentucky

Collaborative research between the University of Kentucky (UK) and University of Southern California (USC) suggests that a noninvasive neuroimaging technique may index early-stage blood-brain barrier (BBB) dysfunction associated with small vessel disease (SVD).

Newswise: Depression in older adults undergoing hip fracture repair associated with delirium after surgery
Released: 4-May-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Depression in older adults undergoing hip fracture repair associated with delirium after surgery
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Screening for even mild depressive symptoms before hip fracture repair may be helpful in predicting which patients are at higher risk of developing delirium after emergency surgery, according to results of a new study by researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine. The researchers say their findings also add to evidence that symptoms of depression and postoperative delirium may be an early indicator of Alzheimer’s disease, although those findings were not conclusive.

Newswise: Pandemic worsened many older adults’ mental health and sleep, poll finds, but long-term resilience also seen
28-Apr-2021 10:35 AM EDT
Pandemic worsened many older adults’ mental health and sleep, poll finds, but long-term resilience also seen
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Nearly one in five older adults say their mental health has gotten worse since the pandemic began in March 2020, and an equal percentage say their sleep has suffered in that time too. More than 1 in 4 say they’re more anxious or worried than before the COVID-19 era, according to a new poll of people age 50 to 80.

30-Apr-2021 7:00 AM EDT
Low macular pigment levels may be novel risk factor for glaucoma among older women
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

New research out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, identified an inverse reaction between macular pigment levels and open-angle glaucoma in a 15-year follow-up cohort of older women participating in National Eye Institute (NEI) R01-funded Carotenoids in Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (CAREDS2) (2016 - 2019). The research is being presented at 2021 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), which is being hosted virtually.

Newswise: Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine
Released: 28-Apr-2021 11:00 AM EDT
Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Johns Hopkins Medicine Media Relations is focused on disseminating current, accurate and useful information to the public via the media. As part of that effort, we are distributing our “COVID-19 Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins” every other Wednesday.

Newswise: Older adults use social media to compensate for fewer in-person interactions, UAH study says
Released: 28-Apr-2021 10:10 AM EDT
Older adults use social media to compensate for fewer in-person interactions, UAH study says
University of Alabama Huntsville

A lack of in-person interactions is a primary driver for older people to use social media, according to a first of its kind study of older users by a researcher at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of the University of Alabama System.

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.

Released: 20-Apr-2021 2:25 PM EDT
Study Links Delirium to Hospitalized Older Adults with Acute Heart Failure Mortality
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

A possible link between delirium and mortality in hospitalized older adults with acute heart failure exacerbation has been found by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Released: 20-Apr-2021 10:50 AM EDT
New Study Connects Late-Career Job Loss and Genetic Predisposition to Weight Fluctuation, Health Risks
University of Wisconsin-Madison

You can probably guess that losing a job late in life affects your finances and your mental health. But did you know that it can also affect your weight?

Newswise: Palisades Medical Center COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts Support Community Health
Released: 14-Apr-2021 4:20 PM EDT
Palisades Medical Center COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts Support Community Health
Hackensack Meridian Health

Radames and Ana Arocho were all smiles when they arrived on the white school bus, and their enthusiasm was contagious.

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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.

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: 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.

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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.

Newswise: Exercise Boosts Blood Flow to The Brain, Study Finds
Released: 23-Mar-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Exercise Boosts Blood Flow to The Brain, Study Finds
UT Southwestern Medical Center

DALLAS – March 23, 2021 – It’s not just your legs and heart that get a workout when you walk briskly; exercise affects your brain as well. A new study by researchers at UT Southwestern shows that when older adults with mild memory loss followed an exercise program for a year, the blood flow to their brains increased. The results were published online today in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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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.

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: 18-Mar-2021 12:05 PM EDT
The Lancet: Study finds COVID-19 reinfections are rare, more common for those above age 65
Lancet

Prior infection with COVID-19 protects most people against reinfection, with 0.65% of patients returning a positive PCR test twice during Denmark's first and second waves, compared with 3.27% of people who tested positive after initially being negative.

15-Mar-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Nearly one-third of older thyroid patients take medications that interfere with thyroid function tests
Endocrine Society

Nearly one-third of adults age 65 and older who take thyroid hormone also take medications that are known to interfere with thyroid function tests, according to a study presented virtually at ENDO 2021, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting.

Released: 16-Mar-2021 7:00 AM EDT
Study: 94% of older adults prescribed drugs that raise risk of falling
University at Buffalo

The study found that the percentage of adults 65 and older who were prescribed a fall- risk-increasing drug climbed to 94% in 2017, a significant leap from 57% in 1999. The research also revealed that the rate of death caused by falls in older adults more than doubled during the same time period.

Newswise: Big shift seen in high-risk older adults’ attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccination
Released: 9-Mar-2021 12:55 PM EST
Big shift seen in high-risk older adults’ attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccination
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Last fall, many older adults were on the fence about getting a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a poll taken in October. But a new poll taken in late January shows a large uptick in positive attitudes, including among people over 50 who are Black, Hispanic or in fair or poor health.

4-Mar-2021 5:10 PM EST
A Trio That Could Spell Trouble: Many with Dementia Take Risky Combinations of Medicines
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

People over 65 shouldn’t take three or more medicines that act on their brain and nervous system, experts strongly warn, because the drugs can interact and raise the risk of everything from falls to overdoses to memory issues. But a new study finds that 1 in 7 people with dementia who live outside nursing homes are taking at least three of these drugs.

Newswise: LifeBridge Health Launches Mobile Van to Provide Vulnerable Communities Access to COVID-19 Testing, Senior and Pediatric Care
Released: 8-Mar-2021 4:15 PM EST
LifeBridge Health Launches Mobile Van to Provide Vulnerable Communities Access to COVID-19 Testing, Senior and Pediatric Care
LifeBridge Health

LifeBridge Health recently announced the launch of its “Care Happens Here” mobile unit, which will bring a wide range of healthcare testing and treatment services, including COVID-19 vaccinations, to vulnerable communities throughout central Maryland.

Released: 8-Mar-2021 4:05 PM EST
Study finds racial disparities in COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes
University of Chicago Medical Center

Nursing homes with the largest proportions of non-White residents experience 3.3 times more COVID-19 deaths than do nursing homes with the largest proportions of White residents, according to a new study from the University of Chicago.

Newswise: Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine
Released: 3-Mar-2021 12:05 PM EST
Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Johns Hopkins Medicine Media Relations is focused on disseminating current, accurate and useful information to the public via the media. As part of that effort, we are distributing our “COVID-19 Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins” every other Wednesday.


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