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Brain Gains for Older Adults Who Start Exercising

November 30, 2015

MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Beginning an exercise program may help protect older adults’ brains or even reverse early mental decline, a small study suggests.
Researchers placed 34 inactive people, aged 61 to 88, on an exercise regimen. It included moderate-intensity walking on a treadmill four times a week for 12 weeks.
On average, heart/lung […]

Genes May Help Shield Seniors From Mental Decline: Study

November 30, 2015

MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Humans have evolved to have gene variants that protect older adults from mental decline, new research suggests.
“We unexpectedly discovered that humans have evolved gene variants that can help protect the elderly from dementia,” study co-leader Dr. Ajit Varki, a professor of medicine and cellular and molecular medicine at […]

FDA Approves First Flu Shot With Added Ingredient to Boost Immune Response

November 25, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The first flu vaccine with an adjuvant has been approved for use in seniors, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.
An adjuvant is any compound used in vaccines to boost the immune response of vaccinated people.
Fluad is a trivalent vaccine, which means it is produced from three […]

Alzheimer’s-Linked Brain Plaques May Also Slow Blood Flow

November 24, 2015

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — They’ve long been associated with Alzheimer’s disease, and now new research in animals suggests that protein plaques might slow the brain’s blood flow, as well.
Buildup of the amyloid beta protein clumps could harm the brain in multiple ways, according to a team from the University of Alabama […]

Potential Treatment for a Serious Respiratory Infection in Kids

November 19, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An experimental drug shows promise as a treatment for a common and potentially serious illness known as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
Currently, there is no treatment or vaccine for RSV, which can be deadly for infants and the elderly. Kids are nine times more likely to […]

Alzheimer’s-Linked Gene Tied to Brain Bleeds in Men: Study

November 17, 2015

TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Men who have the Alzheimer’s disease-linked ApoE4 gene variant may have an increased risk for brain bleeds, a new study suggests.
Researchers analyzed brain scans of more than 1,100 people, ages 36 to 91, in the United States, Canada and Sweden. Some were healthy, some had mild thinking and […]

Failing Sense of Smell Might Be Alzheimer’s Warning

November 16, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Losing your sense of smell may mark the start of memory problems and possibly Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that older adults who had the worst smell test scores were 2.2 times more likely to begin having mild memory problems. And if […]

Physical Fitness Linked to Mental Fitness in Seniors

November 12, 2015

THURSDAY, Nov. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Connections between different parts of the brain weaken with age, but new research suggests that being physically fit can boost long-term brain function.
A study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that age-related differences in the brains of older adults varied, depending on their level of aerobic […]

Hormone-Like Drug Doesn’t Help Women With Alzheimer’s: Study

November 4, 2015

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The drug raloxifene doesn’t help the declining memory and thinking skills of women who have mild to moderate dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease, a small study suggests.
“We found no effect,” said study researcher Dr. Victor Henderson, professor of health research and policy and neurology and […]

Statins May Dampen Protective Powers of Flu Vaccines

October 29, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Two new studies raise the possibility that the popular cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins may blunt the effectiveness of flu vaccines in seniors.
But experts caution that more research is needed to better understand the issue, and that older people shouldn’t throw away their statins just […]


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