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A Healthy Body Often Equals a Healthy Brain

June 30, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who want to stay sharp as they age often turn to brain teasers, puzzles and games, figuring correctly that they’ll lose it if they don’t use it.
But a healthy body is also key to maintaining a healthy brain, and that’s something many people tend […]


Memory, Thinking Tests May Hint at Alzheimer’s Risk

June 24, 2015

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Mistakes made on memory and thinking tests may be early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers report.
Low scores on such tests could serve as a “red flag” for the progressive brain disease up to 18 years before it can be diagnosed, the study authors added.
“The changes in thinking […]


Too Few Older Heart Attack Patients Get Implanted Defibrillators, Study Finds

June 23, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Fewer than one in 10 older heart attack survivors gets a potentially lifesaving implantable defibrillator, a new study finds.
This small, battery-powered device sits under the skin in the chest. If the heart starts beating abnormally or stops altogether, the defibrillator shocks the heart to restore […]


Even Light Activity Can Boost Seniors’ Health

June 19, 2015

FRIDAY, June 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Regular light exercise can be as good for seniors as moderate or vigorous exercise, according to a new study.
Moderate-intensity physical activity has been shown to be good for your health. But, this study suggests that seniors should also be encouraged to engage in lower-intensity activity whenever they can, […]


Some Medicare Advantage Plans Raising Hospital, Nursing Care Copays

June 11, 2015

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Millions of older Americans with Medicare Advantage plans face large out-of-pocket costs for hospital stays and skilled nursing care, according to new research.
“Policymakers are very concerned about how much Medicare beneficiaries need to spend for essential medical services,” study corresponding author Dr. Amal Trivedi, an associate professor of […]


Exercise, Games, Puzzles Don’t Prevent Signs of Alzheimer’s in the Brain: Study

June 10, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Physical and mental activity don’t appear to prevent the brain from developing the telltale beta-amyloid deposits that are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests.
“While it was hoped that early, or current, engagement in these sorts of activity would be protective against developing […]


Blood Proteins May Provide Early Clue to Alzheimer’s

June 10, 2015

WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Certain brain proteins can be detected in the blood of people long before they develop Alzheimer’s disease and may offer a way to diagnose and treat the disease earlier, a new study suggests.
The proteins — called lysosomal proteins — play a role in the removal of damaged nerve […]


Spinal Cord Injuries Drop Among Young, But Rise Among Older Americans

June 9, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, June 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — While the overall rate of traumatic spinal cord injuries was stable from 1993 to 2012, an increasing number of older Americans have experienced this injury, a new study finds.
“Spinal cord injury is a catastrophic injury that often results in permanent disability,” said lead researcher Dr. […]


World’s Population Is Getting Sicker, Study Shows

June 8, 2015

MONDAY, June 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new global tally of health finds that only about 4 percent of people worldwide had no health problems in 2013, while a third — about 2.3 billion people — had more than five health problems.
And the situation is getting worse, not better: Worldwide, the proportion of years […]


Shingles Vaccine Appears to Cut Odds of Long-Term Pain

June 4, 2015

TBD, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Even when shingles vaccination does not prevent the disease, it reduces the risk of long-term pain that can occur as a complication of the condition, according to a new study.
Although the U.S. Advisory Council on Immunization Practices recommends shingles vaccination for people 60 and older, vaccination rates remain low, the […]



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