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Seniors Still Given Potentially Dangerous Sedatives: Study

December 17, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Doctors continue to prescribe sedatives such as Xanax or Valium for seniors despite the significant risks they pose, a new study contends.
The drugs in question are a class of medications called benzodiazepines. This class includes drugs such as Xanax, Valium and Ativan. As people get older, these drugs […]


Stent Treatment May Lower Stroke Disability

December 17, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Using a stent to capture and remove a stroke-causing blood clot is safe and improves recovery, Dutch researchers report.
About one-third of patients who had the procedure — called intraarterial treatment — recovered from their stroke with only slight disability and were able to care […]


Feel Younger Than Your Age? It May Help You Live Longer

December 16, 2014

Folks who feel “young at heart” may be more likely to live to a ripe old age, a new British study suggests.


Sleep Apnea May Raise Risk for Dementia

December 10, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older men who have breathing difficulties or spend less time in deep sleep may be at greater risk of brain changes that can precede dementia, a new study suggests.
Experts said the findings don’t prove that breathing disorders, including sleep apnea, lead to dementia. But they […]


Running Linked to Lower Alzheimer’s Death Risk

December 5, 2014

Running more than 15 miles a week may reduce the risk of dying from Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests.


Poorest Seniors at Risk for Repeat Hospital Stays

December 1, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Seniors from the poorest U.S. neighborhoods are at increased risk for repeat trips to the hospital for heart disease or pneumonia, a new study finds.
The research, published in the Dec. 2 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, looked at records from nearly 256,000 Medicare […]


Midlife Diabetes Linked to Memory Problems Later

December 1, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A midlife diagnosis of diabetes or prediabetes may raise the risk of memory and thinking problems over the next 20 years, new research suggests.
Having diabetes in midlife was linked with a 19 percent greater decline in memory and thinking (cognitive) skills over 20 years, […]


Too Few Seniors Check Their Medical Records Online

November 28, 2014

FRIDAY, Nov. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Too few American seniors go online to check their health records, a new study suggests.
Many doctors offer patients online access to certain parts of their electronic medical records, including immunization records, lab results, safe and correct use of medications and reminders for visits and screenings.
However, this study suggests […]


Too Few Americans Undergo Dementia Screening

November 26, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — More than half of Americans with dementia have never undergone screening of their thinking and memory skills, a new study suggests.
As reported online Nov. 26 in Neurology, “approximately 1.8 million Americans over the age of 70 with dementia have never had an evaluation of their cognitive [mental] […]


Runners Over 65 Have Walking Metabolism Similar to 20-Somethings

November 24, 2014

Jogging helps seniors maintain their ability to walk, a new study finds.



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