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Article ID: 702462

Social Consequences of Loneliness

Gonzaga University

A growing body of research points to loneliness as an impending epidemic with an enormous impact on the health of individuals and society. A new study published by Professors Sarah Arpin of Gonzaga University and Cynthia Mohr of Portland State University in Oregon examines the social consequences of temporary loneliness.

18-Oct-2018 7:05 PM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Article ID: 702409

Medicating Distress: Risky Sedative Prescriptions for Older Adults Vary Widely

Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A new study shows wide variation in prescriptions of sedative drugs, called benzodiazepines, to people with Medicare coverage. Some counties, especially in southern and rural western states, had three times the level of sedative prescribing as others. The study also highlights gaps at the level of individual prescribers: Some primary care providers prescribed sedatives more than six times more often than their peers.

18-Oct-2018 9:55 AM EDT

Article ID: 702347

Social Media Buffers Depression Among Older Adults with Pain

University of Michigan

With a few finger strokes or swipes on a computer or cell phone, seniors with pain reduce the risk of depression when visiting social media sites.

17-Oct-2018 11:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 702315

Deep Brain Stimulation for Alzheimer’s Not for Everyone

Johns Hopkins Medicine

In a report of the phase II ADvance clinical trial, Johns Hopkins researchers report that people diagnosed under age 65—those with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease—didn’t benefit from deep brain stimulation. Their findings appeared in the July issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

17-Oct-2018 8:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 702308

UT Southwestern receives national excellence in diversity award

UT Southwestern Medical Center

UT Southwestern Medical Center has received the 2018 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

16-Oct-2018 3:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 702160

Experts Recommend New Way to Describe Cognitive Changes After Anesthesia and Surgery in Elderly Patients

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

A multidisciplinary, international group of experts has recommended changing the way clinicians and patients describe cognitive changes experienced in some patients after anesthesia and surgery. The recommendations are being published simultaneously in six peer-reviewed journals including, Anesthesiology.

16-Oct-2018 9:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 702242

Long-Running Study Identifies Modifiable Dementia Risk Factor in Older Adults

Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Stiffness of the aorta – more so than blood pressure or subclinical brain disease – is a key risk factor for dementia. Since aortic stiffness can be reduced by medication and healthy lifestyle changes, these results suggest that people can still lower their dementia risk well into old age.

16-Oct-2018 9:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 702256

MEDIA CALL-IN OPPORTUNITY: American Neurological Association faculty to present research highlights from the 143rd Annual Meeting Monday, October 22

American Neurological Association (ANA)

For the first time, the American Neurological Association’s 143rd Annual Meeting will feature a media roundtable on Monday, October 22, 2018 from 11:50-1:00 p.m. at which presenters of the six principal symposia will present highlights, discuss the relevance of the work, and answer questions. To RSVP for the media roundtable and request dial-in information if you are not able to attend in person, please contact Rachel Brown at

16-Oct-2018 9:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 702056

Nerve Stimulation in Mice Suggests New Way to Reduce Delirium After Surgery

Duke Health

or adults over age 65, surgical complications can dampen not only their physical health but also their mental sharpness, with more than half of high-risk cases declining into delirium. In new Duke University research, scientists show in a mouse model that a current treatment for seizures can also reverse brain inflammation, such as inflammation after surgery, and the subsequent confusion or cognitive decline that results.

11-Oct-2018 12:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 702057

Elderly Housing with Supportive Social Services Can Reduce Costly Hospital Use, Study Finds

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

According to a Rutgers study, programs designed to provide social support may impact hospitalization rates and decrease spending. Expert says that investing in affordable housing that offers supportive social services to senior citizens on Medicare has the potential to reduce hospital admissions and the amount of time needing inpatient hospital care by better managing chronic health conditions.

11-Oct-2018 12:05 PM EDT

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