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9-Jul-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Mind the gap: Even the richest Americans lag the English on health, study finds
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A new study shows that middle-aged people living in the U.S. today have worse health than their English counterparts – and that the difference in health between rich and poor is much larger on the American side of the Atlantic.

Newswise: Pandemic Inspires Framework for Enhanced Care in Nursing Homes
Released: 10-Jul-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Pandemic Inspires Framework for Enhanced Care in Nursing Homes
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

As of May 2020, nursing home residents account for a staggering one-third of the more than 80,000 deaths due to COVID-19 in the U.S. This pandemic has resulted in unprecedented threats—like reduced access to resources needed to contain and eliminate the spread of the virus—to achieving and sustaining care quality even in the best nursing homes. Active engagement of nursing home leaders in developing solutions responsive to the unprecedented threats to quality standards of care delivery is required.

Newswise: Cedars-Sinai Named Age-Friendly Health System
Released: 7-Jul-2020 12:40 PM EDT
Cedars-Sinai Named Age-Friendly Health System

Shortly after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, more than 450 older adults learned their weekly exercise classes offered through the Cedars-Sinai Geriatrics Program were on hold. But under the quick-thinking direction of geriatrician Allison Moser Mays, MD, the program pivoted, creating a way for seniors to access live classes over Zoom from the comfort of their homes. The online format has proved especially popular.

Released: 1-Jul-2020 1:30 PM EDT
Rutgers Institute for Health Names Mariana Figueiro Director for New Center for Healthy Aging
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University

Mariana Figueiro, director of the Lighting Research Center, joins the Rutgers University community on Sept. 1 to lead two new programs focused on aging and on sleep and circadian research.

Released: 18-Jun-2020 10:45 AM EDT
Age discrimination laws don’t protect older women as they do older men
University at Buffalo

Older women in the workforce should be considered collectively as a unique demographic group that includes both gender and age if they’re to receive adequate protection against workplace discrimination, according to a new paper published by a University at Buffalo economist.

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Released: 17-Jun-2020 8:40 AM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Defund or Reform? BLM and Policing Expert Panel: Newswise Live Event for June 16, 2PM EDT

Black Lives Matter and "De-funding the Police": Newswise Live Event for June 16, 2PM EDT

Released: 11-Jun-2020 8:05 AM EDT
How to Combat Loneliness in Older Adults During COVID-19
New York University

Older adults are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, but also a second public health crisis: social isolation.

Newswise: Responding to Challenges of Older Adults with COVID-19
Released: 10-Jun-2020 10:25 AM EDT
Responding to Challenges of Older Adults with COVID-19
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Older adults with COVID-19 who survive hospitalizations and return to their homes confront substantial health challenges and an unpredictable future. Early evidence suggests that complex and long-term physical, functional, cognitive, and emotional negative health consequences will be the norm for them. However, the trajectories of health care needs of older adults with COVID-19 in the weeks and months following hospital discharge have yet to be identified.

Released: 8-Jun-2020 3:05 PM EDT
COVID-19 in nursing homes: A tale of two pandemics
Cornell University

Epidemiological models of COVID-19 that are used to guide policies on social distancing measures should take into account the special dynamics of the coronavirus’s spread in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to researchers at Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medicine.

Newswise: Pre-COVID-19 poll of older adults hints at potential impact of pandemic on their eating habits
29-May-2020 10:45 AM EDT
Pre-COVID-19 poll of older adults hints at potential impact of pandemic on their eating habits
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Most people in their 50s and older were capable home cooks just before COVID-19 struck America, but only 5% had ordered groceries online, according to a new national poll. The cooking skills that enabled half of older adults to eat dinner at home six or seven days a week may have served them well during the height of the pandemic, the poll suggests. However, they may need added support for grocery shopping as the pandemic continues and older adults seek to avoid COVID-19.

1-Jun-2020 10:25 AM EDT
Exercise Levels Can Help Doctors Predict Risk of Heart Disease and Death Among Older Adults
Mount Sinai Health System

Asking elderly patients how much they exercise can help predict their risk of heart disease and death, Mount Sinai and collaborative researchers say.

Released: 14-May-2020 3:40 PM EDT
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Research and experts on the symptoms and spread of COVID-19, impact on global trade and financial markets, public health response, search for an effective treatment, and more

Newswise: COVID-19: Don't Stop Taking Your Medications
Released: 12-May-2020 10:05 AM EDT
COVID-19: Don't Stop Taking Your Medications

With the pandemic disrupting our everyday lives, routine errands have become challenging for seniors and others who run a high-risk of developing a serious COVID-19 infection. But there's one routine they should not let lapse: refilling medications.

Released: 30-Apr-2020 3:20 PM EDT
Persistent and Worsening Insomnia May Predict Persistent Depression in Older Adults
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Older adults with depression may be at much higher risk of remaining depressed if they are experiencing persistent or worsening sleep problems, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

27-Apr-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Older Men with Sarcopenia Are More Likely to Develop Diabetes Over Time
Endocrine Society

Older men who have lower lean body mass as they age are more prone to developing diabetes, while similar findings were not found in older women, according to a new study published in Journal of the Endocrine Society.

Released: 29-Apr-2020 1:45 PM EDT
The Pandemic’s Impact on Older Adults
Washington University in St. Louis

The global pandemic has severely impacted every American, but maybe none more than older people. COVID-19 has placed a high-intensity spotlight on the deleterious effects of deep-seated ageism, sexism and racism on older Americans, suggests a new paper from the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at Washington University in St.

Released: 29-Apr-2020 10:05 AM EDT
AGS COVID-19 Policy Brief Offers Roadmap to Government Action in Oft-Overlooked Sphere: Assisted Living Facilities
American Geriatrics Society

In a policy brief published today in its namesake journal (DOI: 10.1111/jgs.16510), the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) offered a roadmap to guide federal, state, and local governments addressing COVID-19 concerns in an important but oft-overlooked arena: Assisted living facilities (ALFs).

Released: 14-Apr-2020 2:10 PM EDT
Physically active older veterans fall more, but hurt themselves less
University of Michigan

Active older veterans fall more often than their more sedentary peers who never served in the armed forces, but they're less likely to injure themselves when they do, says a University of Michigan researcher.

Released: 2-Apr-2020 7:00 AM EDT
Wet T-Shirts Provide Effective Cooling for Older Adults during Heat Waves
American Physiological Society (APS)

Research suggests that wearing water-soaked clothing in hot, humid weather may be an inexpensive and effective way to provide cooling and reduce the risk of heat strain in older adults.

Released: 31-Mar-2020 4:10 PM EDT
Increasing Muscle Size and Strength, Exergames and Older Adults and Treadmills and Cancer Care from Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

If you're looking for health and fitness story ideas, view these research highlights from ACSM’s flagship research journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®.

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Released: 30-Mar-2020 4:10 PM EDT
FSU expert available to comment on psychological effects of social isolation during COVID-19 pandemic
Florida State University

By: Bill Wellock | Published: March 30, 2020 | 3:36 pm | SHARE: Millions of Americans are staying home to “flatten the curve” of coronavirus cases.Among those avoiding other people are many older Americans, whose age puts them at a greater risk of serious complications from a COVID-19 infection. That isolation — for seniors and for everyone else — can bring loneliness and frustration.

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Released: 27-Mar-2020 1:25 PM EDT
WashU Expert: Older Americans are not expendable
Washington University in St. Louis

Many countries reacted slowly and inadequately to the spread of COVID-19. Some critics have said this is due to initial reports of the disease, which indicated that it mainly affected older populations. Some, including the Texas lieutenant governor on Fox News, have even suggested that older Americans should be willing to sacrifice their health or lives for the good of the economy and the good of others.

Newswise: COVID-19 Tip Sheet: Story Ideas From Johns Hopkins
Released: 24-Mar-2020 9:00 AM EDT
COVID-19 Tip Sheet: Story Ideas From Johns Hopkins
Johns Hopkins Medicine

The following are various story ideas regarding the COVID-19 illness. To interview Johns Hopkins experts on these topics or others, contact JHMedia@jhmi.edu.

Newswise: COVID-19: Can the Science of Aging Move Us Forward?
Released: 20-Mar-2020 1:25 PM EDT
COVID-19: Can the Science of Aging Move Us Forward?
American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the nation and the world, the role that geroscience may play in boosting immunity in older adults and lessening the severity of age-related diseases will be explored by a panel of leading experts in the webinar, COVID-19: Can the Science of Aging Move Us Forward? The no-cost, one-hour webinar, intended for the scientific community and related science and health media, is scheduled for 1 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 24.

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Released: 18-Mar-2020 9:00 AM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT: Newswise Live COVID-19 Expert Panel 3-12-2020

Newswise Live Expert Panel including experts from Newswise member institutions discussing topics related to the coronavirus and COVID-19 outbreak.

25-Feb-2020 5:00 AM EST
Embargoed: Forthcoming Report To Examine Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias in U.S.
Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer’s Association will issue the 2020 Alzheimer’s Diseases Facts and Figures Report on March 11, 2020. The new report will highlight the latest disease-related statistics for America’s 6th leading cause of death for those 65+, including prevalence, incidence, mortality, costs of care and impact on caregivers both nationally, as well as state by state data, for both 2020 and future projections. This new report will feature findings from a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive survey of primary care physicians (PCPs) and medical school residents which examines the medical profession’s readiness to meet future care needs for the growing number of people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Information and report findings are under strict embargo until Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

Released: 10-Mar-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Study reveals rising colorectal cancer rates among young adults

A population-based analysis from England indicates that the incidence of colorectal cancer is increasing rapidly in young adults.

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Released: 3-Mar-2020 3:20 PM EST
March Is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: 5 Things You Should Know
Loyola Medicine

Colorectal cancer screening is highly effective in detecting and preventing colon and rectal cancers, the third leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And yet, one-third of Americans, ages 50 and older, have not been screened.

26-Feb-2020 10:45 AM EST
'Start low, go slow' still applies for pain management, especially for older patients
Mayo Clinic

Chronic pain affects a large proportion of older adults and most long-term care residents. Managing chronic pain effectively is essential but challenging, and it has been complicated by concerns about opioid abuse.

Newswise: Sugary drinks a sour choice for adults trying to maintain normal cholesterol levels
24-Feb-2020 7:55 AM EST
Sugary drinks a sour choice for adults trying to maintain normal cholesterol levels
Tufts University

Adults who drank sugary beverages daily had an increased risk of developing abnormal blood cholesterol and triglycerides compared to those who did not, according to new findings from a prospective study by researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University.

Released: 24-Feb-2020 11:05 AM EST
Cardiac amyloidosis masquerades as other conditions; 1 type affects more black Americans
Mayo Clinic

Human bodies constantly produce thousands of perfectly folded proteins, but some proteins get misfolded. An excess of these misfolded proteins can overwhelm the body's ability to remove them. When that happens, the rogue proteins bind together and form a substance called amyloid. Webs of amyloid can deposit in any tissue or organ, but some types affect the heart.

Released: 11-Feb-2020 2:45 PM EST
'Women my age tend to drink -- it's normal'
Edith Cowan University

Women aged 50-70 are more likely than younger women to consume alcohol at levels that exceed low risk drinking guidelines - and most think that's just perfectly fine.

29-Jan-2020 4:55 PM EST
Exposing a virus’s hiding place reveals new potential vaccine
Ohio State University

By figuring out how a common virus hides from the immune system, scientists have identified a potential vaccine to prevent sometimes deadly respiratory infections in humans.

Newswise: Carnegie Foundation Awards UNF 2020 Community Engagement Reclassification
Released: 31-Jan-2020 5:40 PM EST
Carnegie Foundation Awards UNF 2020 Community Engagement Reclassification
University of North Florida

The Carnegie Foundation announced today that the University of North Florida is one of 119 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, an elective designation that indicates institutional commitment to community engagement.

Newswise: Infectious Disease Experts Sound Alarm Over Risk of Outbreaks in U.S. Border Detention Centers
Released: 29-Jan-2020 5:00 PM EST
Infectious Disease Experts Sound Alarm Over Risk of Outbreaks in U.S. Border Detention Centers
University of Maryland School of Medicine

– Over the past year, at least seven children have died from diseases including influenza while being detained by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. Infectious disease experts at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) called for protections like influenza vaccinations to prevent serious outbreaks.

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Released: 28-Jan-2020 3:40 PM EST
Dr. Kyong Hee Chee studies aging in communities
Texas State University

Dr. Kyong Hee Chee’s research interests include aging and the life course and community development.

Released: 27-Jan-2020 3:35 PM EST
Burden of health care costs greatest among low-income Americans
RAND Corporation

Higher income American households pay the most to finance the nation's health care system, but the burden of payments as a share of income is greatest among households with the lowest incomes, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

Released: 23-Jan-2020 2:55 PM EST
Older refugees have high levels of depression even decades after immigration to Canada
University of Toronto

Most research on the mental health of refugees focuses on the first few years after resettlement in the host country, but little is known about their long-term mental health.

Newswise: Potential Way to Halt Blinding Macular Degeneration Identified
Released: 22-Jan-2020 10:25 AM EST
Potential Way to Halt Blinding Macular Degeneration Identified
University of Virginia Health System

It would be the first treatment for "dry" age-related macular degeneration and could significantly improve treatment for wet AMD.

Released: 16-Jan-2020 11:50 AM EST
Research Shows That Older Patients with Untreated Sleep Apnea Need Greater Medical Care
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) found that the medical costs are substantially higher among older adults who go untreated for obstructive sleep apnea (OTA).

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Released: 14-Jan-2020 2:25 PM EST
Many older people's glasses of wrong power
University of Gothenburg

Overall, Swedish 70-year-olds' eyesight is good, but many could see even better. Six in ten can improve their vision by getting eyeglasses or changing the power of the glasses they already have, according to a new study from the University of Gothenburg.

Newswise: Lonely in a Crowd: Overcoming Loneliness with Acceptance and Wisdom
8-Jan-2020 2:35 PM EST
Lonely in a Crowd: Overcoming Loneliness with Acceptance and Wisdom
University of California San Diego Health

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine found the main characteristics of loneliness in a senior housing community and the strategies residents use to overcome it.

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