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Certain Sedatives Tied to Breathing Problems in Older COPD Patients

April 18, 2014

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A group of widely used sedatives increases the risk of serious breathing problems in older people with the lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study says.
Benzodiazepines such as lorazepam (Ativan) or alprazolam (Xanax) are commonly prescribed to treat insomnia and anxiety, the study author [...]

Apathy Might Signal Brain Shrinkage in Old Age: Study

April 16, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older adults who show signs of apathy tend to have a smaller brain volume than their peers with more vim and vigor, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that of more than 4,300 older adults, those with at least two symptoms of apathy had slightly less [...]

Gene Variant May Double Alzheimer’s Risk for Women, Study Says

April 15, 2014

Having a copy of a certain gene variant increases women’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease much more than it does for men, a new study indicates.

Time Spent With Grandkids Might Boost Women’s Brain Power

April 11, 2014

FRIDAY, April 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Spending a little time each week caring for grandkids may help older women stay mentally sharp, a new study finds.
But there’s a potential downside: Taking care of the grandkids five days a week or more may have a negative impact on brain power, the researchers reported.
The study included [...]

A Failing Mind May Mean Lower Cancer Death Risk, Study Suggests

April 9, 2014

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The scourge of dementia may come with a silver lining: Those with declining memory and thinking skills may be significantly less likely to die from cancer, new research indicates.
Analyzing more than 2,600 Spaniards over the age of 65, scientists found that people experiencing the fastest [...]

Hearing Loss Might Make Elderly Feel More Isolated

April 9, 2014

WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many elderly people tend to be less outgoing the older they get, but those with hearing loss may become even more socially isolated, according to a new study.
Researchers in Sweden cautioned that hearing loss could affect older people’s well-being. Therefore, diagnosing hearing loss and treating the condition with [...]

Aerobic Exercise May Help Older Women at Risk for Dementia

April 9, 2014

WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Regular aerobic workouts increase the size of the brain’s memory area in older women and may help slow the progression of dementia, according to a small new study.
It included 86 women, aged 70 to 80, who had mild memory problems, also known as “mild cognitive impairment,” which researchers [...]

Poor Sleep Tied to Mental Decline in Older Men

April 4, 2014

FRIDAY, April 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Poor sleep is tied to a higher risk of mental decline in older men, according to a new study.
It included more than 2,800 men, average age 76, in six locations across the United States. Sleep data was collected from the men through a wrist device for an average [...]

Why Your Mentally Stimulating Job May Help Keep You Sharp in Retirement

April 4, 2014

People with jobs that require problem solving, planning and information analysis appear more likely to retain a clear memory and keen reasoning as they grow older, said lead author Gwen Fisher, an assistant professor of psychology at Colorado State University.

Scientists Explore Better Way to Deliver Treatment for Eye Disease

April 2, 2014

WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Scientists may have found a new method for treating age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.
People with the condition suffer a loss of central vision, and those with advanced stages of the disease can’t read, watch TV, drive or use computers.
There are two forms of age-related macular [...]


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