Seniors/AgingStudy finds more elderly develop diabetes
More elderly Americans are contracting diabetes and the majority develop complications such as heart disease that might be prevented if they properly monitored their health, a researcher said on Monday. The study of Medicare beneficiaries found 2.7 p...
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Seniors/AgingMedical schools prepare for
Just a few years ago, a graduate from Brown University medical school had just an inkling about how to care for the elderly. Now, Brown and other U.S. medical schools are plugging geriatric courses into their curricula and adding specially trained fa...
Author:Richard C. LewisDate:03/25/14Click:7672 Full Story »
Seniors/AgingAlzheimer's Research Target May Be a Dead End
A once-promising pathway for research into preventing and treating Alzheimer's disease may have been derailed by a surprise chemical finding, researchers report. Scientists in laboratories around the world have been investigating drug candidates call...
Author:E.J. MundellDate:03/25/14Click:7670 Full Story »
Seniors/AgingCosts for elderly diabetics on the rise in the U.S.
The costs of caring for elderly people with diabetes, a growing population, are threatening to overwhelm the system designed to pay for their medical care, according to a new analysis of Medicare claims. More and more people over 65 years old are bei...
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Seniors/AgingJapan researchers put tiny camera in mouse's brain
Japanese researchers have implanted a small camera inside a mouse's brain to see how memory is formed, in an experiment they hope to some day apply to humans to treat illnesses such as Parkinson's disease. The study, published in the Journal of Neu...
Author:Chisa FujiokaDate:03/25/14Click:7670 Full Story »
Seniors/AgingMedicare's Drug Program Enrollment Up, Costs Down
The three-year-old Medicare Part D drug program is seeing the number of its enrollees climb, even as costs for the program fall, U.S. health officials announced Thursday. Overall, costs for beneficiaries and taxpayers are considerably lower than orig...
Author:Steven ReinbergDate:03/25/14Click:7671 Full Story »
Seniors/AgingSarkozy unveils plan to fight Alzheimer's disease
President Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday unveiled a five-year plan to fight Alzheimer's disease that afflicts 860,000 elderly people in France. The 1.6-billion-euro (2.4-billion-dollar) plan provides for the creation of a new research foundation to pool ...
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Seniors/AgingKey vitamin deficiency linked to tripled risk of dementia: s
Lack of folate, also called vitamin B-9, may triple the risk of developing dementia in old age, according to a study published Tuesday. Researchers in South Korea measured naturally occurring folate levels in 518 elderly persons, none of whom showed...
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Seniors/AgingBlood Pressure Drugs Might Prevent Parkinson's
People taking calcium channel blockers to control their high blood pressure may find the regimen has a double benefit: Researchers say long-term use of the drugs also might cut the risk of developing Parkinson's disease. But the findings are far from...
Author:Amanda GardnerDate:03/25/14Click:7670 Full Story »
Seniors/AgingAlzheimer's Plaques Can Form in One Day
An advanced imaging study has captured the fact that amyloid plaques, the harbingers of Alzheimer's disease, can develop in just 24 hours. They form more rapidly than expected, said Dr. Bradley Hyman, leader of the group reporting the finding in the...
Author:Ed EdelsonDate:03/25/14Click:7670 Full Story »
Seniors/AgingHealth Tip: Am I Getting Too Old to Drive?
Driving can become dangerous for some seniors as they decline both physically and mentally. Here are warning signs that a senior may no longer be safe behind the wheel, courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine: * Memory problems, such as for...
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Seniors/AgingShort of staff, Norway eyes robot care for elderly
Household robots may help human carers look after the growing number of elderly Norwegians in years to come, enabling them to live longer and more comfortably in their own homes, a project leader told Reuters on Thursday. Norway faces a growing short...
Author:Aasa Christine StoltDate:03/25/14Click:7670 Full Story »
Seniors/AgingHealth Tip: Pain Isn't a Normal Part of Aging
Some seniors accept chronic pain as part of getting older. But AARP says pain and aging don't have to go hand in hand. The organization says it's important to see to your doctor to help figure out the cause of your pain, and to determine the best cou...
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Seniors/AgingMedicare chief stands by anemia decision
A senior Medicare official said the case for cutting the use of controversial anemia drugs sold by Amgen Inc and Johnson Johnson has become stronger since the agency decided last year to cut payments for their use in cancer patients. The U.S. Centers...
Author:Kim Dixon & Lisa RicDate:03/25/14Click:7670 Full Story »
Seniors/AgingDisability Stronger Predictor of Longevity Than Disease Is
Among Americans living to the ripe old age of 100 and counting, it is the ability to delay the onset of disability, and not the onset of disease, that seems to secure a long life. A new study reveals that 32 percent of centenarians struggle with age-...
Author:Alan MozesDate:03/25/14Click:7670 Full Story »
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