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Many Seniors With Cancer Use Alternative Medicines: Study

August 28, 2015

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many elderly cancer patients use alternative medicines, including some that could interfere with their treatment, a new study shows.
Even though alternative medicines are marketed as “natural,” many contain active ingredients that can react with other therapies, the researchers explained.
The study authors also found that many of these patients […]

Awareness of Memory Problems Fades a Few Years Before Dementia: Study

August 26, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Older adults destined to develop dementia may start to lose awareness of their memory problems two to three years before the disease is full blown, a new study finds.
That had been suspected, but not clearly shown before, said lead investigator Robert Wilson, senior neuropsychologist at […]

Seniors More Likely to Wind Up in Hospital After Outpatient Surgery: Study

August 25, 2015

TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Seniors are much more likely than younger people to find themselves in the hospital after outpatient surgery, a new study finds.
“These seniors were supposed to stay out of the hospital since the procedures were performed in the ambulatory setting, but they were admitted to the hospital within 30 […]

Exercise, Supplements Like Fish Oil Won’t Keep Elderly Sharper: Studies

August 25, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Neither exercise nor supplements such as fish oil don’t seem to do much to help keep older folks mentally sharp, two new studies found.
The reports, published Aug. 25 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, cast doubts on two strategies purported to keep […]

Sharp Spike Seen in Statin Use in Elderly Without Heart Disease

August 24, 2015

MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — There has been a sharp rise in the use of cholesterol-lowering statins among elderly patients who do not have heart disease, a new study finds.
But there is little research to guide the use of these medicines in this group of patients, the investigators added.
In the study, researchers analyzed […]

9 Factors You Can Control May Be Key to Alzheimer’s Risk

August 20, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Up to two-thirds of Alzheimer’s cases worldwide may stem from any of nine conditions that often result from lifestyle choices, a broad research review suggests.
Those include obesity (specifically, high body mass index, an indication of obesity, in midlife); carotid artery disease, in which plaque buildup […]

Why the Aging Brain Is More Vulnerable to Alzheimer’s

August 20, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, and researchers now think they know why that’s the case.
New cutting-edge technology reveals that as you age, your brain becomes less and less capable of flushing away a toxic waste product of brain activity called beta-amyloid, […]

Revamp Abdominal Aneurysm Screening, Save More Men’s Lives: Study

August 19, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A change in screening policies could help detect more abdominal aortic aneurysms in older men and save more lives, a new study claims.
Abdominal aortic aneurysm is a potentially deadly bulging of the aorta, the body’s largest blood vessel. The aorta extends from the heart down to the abdomen, […]

Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Language Problems in Women

August 13, 2015

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Insulin resistance, a key component of type 2 diabetes, may contribute to language problems in women that can potentially signal early dementia, new research suggests.
The association was not seen in men, although the researchers could not determine exactly why that was so.
In the study, […]

1 in 4 Senior Women in U.S. Has Osteoporosis: CDC

August 13, 2015

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The weakening bones of osteoporosis greatly raise a person’s odds for dangerous fractures, and a new report finds that one-quarter of all American women aged 65 or older suffer from the condition.
Close to 6 percent of men in this age group also have osteoporosis, according to the report […]


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