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Higher-Volume Rehab Centers Better for Hip Fracture Recovery: Study

October 2, 2015

FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Seniors who break a hip receive the best care in skilled nursing facilities with the most experience handling such fractures, a new study suggests.
Twenty-five cases a year was the magic number, according to lead author Pedro Gozalo, associate professor of health services, policy and practice at the School […]

Depression Adds to Burden of Alzheimer’s Caregivers, Study Finds

October 1, 2015

THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Depression increases the mental strain on people caring for loved ones recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, a new study finds.
The study included spouses and other family caregivers of 236 people in Finland who were diagnosed with very mild or mild Alzheimer’s disease. The caregivers were followed for three […]

Retirement Might Not Agree With Your Health

September 24, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Seniors who keep working appear healthier than those who quit the workforce, new research suggests.
The study of more than 83,000 Americans 65 and older found that being unemployed or retired was associated with the greatest risk of poor health, even after taking into account […]

Older Adults’ Hearing Loss May Be Tied to Earlier Death

September 24, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Older adults with impaired hearing may have a shorter life span than their peers without hearing problems, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that among nearly 1,700 U.S. adults aged 70 and up, those with hearing loss were 21 percent to 39 percent more likely to […]

Dizziness After Standing May Hint at Higher Risk of Early Death

September 23, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Dizzy spells that occur after you’ve been standing for a few minutes might be an early warning sign of a serious neurological disease and an increased risk of premature death, a Harvard study has found.
For some people, this dizziness is caused by a gradual drop […]

Many Critically Ill Patients Lack ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Orders

September 22, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Most people who’ve survived a cardiac arrest in the hospital don’t have “do not resuscitate” (DNR) orders, even if they have a poor prognosis, a new study reports.
Fewer than one in four of all cardiac arrest patients had a DNR order prepared within 12 hours […]

Drug May Calm Agitation in Alzheimer’s Patients

September 22, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A drug that combines a cough suppressant with a heart medication might offer a safer option for calming the agitation that commonly affects people with Alzheimer’s disease, an early clinical trial suggests.
The study, of 220 Alzheimer’s patients, found that the drug — called Nuedexta — […]

Treating Older Patients for Pneumonia in ICU May Boost Survival, But Not Costs

September 22, 2015

TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Admitting older, low-risk patients with pneumonia to the intensive-care unit — compared with admission to regular wards — is linked with higher survival rates but not higher medical expenses, new research suggests.
Researchers led by Dr. Thomas Valley of the University of Michigan analyzed the link between intensive care […]

Exercise May Help Keep an Aging Mind Agile

September 21, 2015

MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Regular exercise may help seniors’ minds stay as agile as their bodies, a new study finds.
The study included 100 adults, aged 60 to 80, who wore monitors to record their physical activity levels over one week. The participants also underwent MRI scans to measure blood oxygen levels and […]

Hi-Tech Scans Spot Brain Damage in High Blood Pressure Patients

September 17, 2015

THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Sophisticated scans can spot early signs of brain damage in patients who have high blood pressure, researchers say.
This type of brain damage may ultimately undermine the ability to think clearly, make decisions and control emotions, the scientists explained.
The finding is based on a small study involving 30 people […]


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