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Depression May Boost Seniors’ Risk for Heart Disease, Stroke

February 4, 2016

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Depression increases the risk of heart disease and stroke in older adults, a new study indicates.
The researchers looked at more than 7,300 seniors in France with no history of heart disease, stroke or dementia at the start of the study period. Participants were assessed again two, four and […]


Exercise May Prevent Harmful Falls in Men

February 4, 2016

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Regular exercise reduces older men’s risk of serious injuries from falls, a new study finds.
“The physical activity program was more effective in reducing the rate of serious fall injuries in men than in women,” said study author Dr. Thomas Gill, a professor of geriatrics at Yale University, in […]


Exercise May Prevent Injurious Falls in Men

February 4, 2016

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Regular exercise reduces older men’s risk of serious injuries from falls, a new study finds.
“The physical activity program was more effective in reducing the rate of serious fall injuries in men than in women,” said study author Dr. Thomas Gill, a professor of geriatrics at Yale University, in […]


Head Injuries Tied to Buildup of Alzheimer’s Plaques, Small Study Finds

February 3, 2016

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Suffering a traumatic brain injury may lead to a buildup of Alzheimer’s-type plaques in the brain, including in regions not typically affected by such plaques, a small new study suggests.
Building on previous research indicating traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be a major risk factor […]


Eating Seafood May Protect Against Alzheimer’s for Those With Genetic Risk

February 3, 2016

For certain people, a diet rich in fish might stave off Alzheimer’s disease.


Anxiety Meds Like Valium, Xanax Won’t Raise Seniors’ Dementia Risk: Study

February 3, 2016

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Taking one of a class of anti-anxiety pills that includes Ativan, Valium or Xanax does not increase older adults’ risk of dementia, a new study finds.
However, experts note that these drugs — collectively called benzodiazepines — can have other side effects and should still be used […]


When Seniors Stop Driving, Poorer Health May Be a Passenger

February 3, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Older adults who give up driving may see their mental and physical well-being decline, a new research review finds.
The review of 16 published studies found that seniors tended to show poorer health after they stopped driving — particularly in terms of depression.
Researchers said it’s not […]


Weight Loss Starting at Midlife Tied to Later Dementia Risk in Study

February 1, 2016

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Declining weight from middle-age years to late life may be a sign of impending dementia, a new Mayo Clinic study suggests.
People who lose weight over decades appear to have an increased risk for losing memory and thinking skills — called mild cognitive impairment — which […]


Older, Sicker Patients Admitted to Hospitals on Weekends, Study Says

January 29, 2016

FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Patients hospitalized on a weekend because of medical emergencies tend to be older and more disabled than those admitted on weekdays, a new study shows.
That could be one reason why weekend arrivals may be more likely to die, the Irish researchers said.
They studied more than 500 medical emergency […]


Too Few Older Adults Tell Doctors About Memory Loss: Study

January 28, 2016

THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Do you worry that forgetting names, or where you put your keys, might be a sign of impending dementia? If you’re like most older Americans, you don’t bring this up with your doctor, a new study shows.
Researchers who looked at federal government data on more than 10,000 […]



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