By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
SUNDAY, March 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A blood test has been developed that can predict with 90 percent certainty whether a senior will suffer from dementia within the next few years, researchers report.
The test relies on levels of 10 lipids, or fats, in the bloodstream to estimate the chances of either [...]
By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, March 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Hearing loss is associated with depression among American adults, especially women and those younger than age 70, according to new research.
While other studies previously have found the same link, many of them looked only at older adults or at specific regions or ethnicities, and results [...]
WEDNESDAY, March 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — How middle-aged people rate their own physical fitness could provide clues about their risk for future dementia, Finnish researchers report.
Among people aged about 50, those who self-rate their level of fitness as poor are four times more likely to develop dementia within 30 years than those who say [...]
WEDNESDAY, March 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new study in twins is offering clues to the power of genetics in charting the course of the brain-robbing disease Alzheimer’s.
Experts have long known that the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and the brain changes associated with the condition can vary widely from person to person.
But in twins [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Seniors who take drugs to lower their blood pressure may be more likely to fall and end up with a broken hip or head injury, Yale University researchers report.
Side effects of blood pressure medications include dizziness and problems with balance, the study authors noted. Older [...]
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Common compounds in the “Western” diet seem to promote Alzheimer’s-linked brain deposits and memory problems in mice, researchers say.
Scientists found that when they added the compounds — called advanced glycation end products (AGEs) — to the lifelong diets of laboratory mice, the animals developed greater [...]
By Mary Brophy MarcusHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Feb. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Even a little walking each week appears to lower the risk of hip fractures in men over 50, a new long-term study suggests.
Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital mined data from a large study, collecting information on the activity and sitting habits of almost [...]
THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older adults with slightly elevated thyroid activity may be at increased risk for depression, a new study indicates.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 1,500 people, average age 70, who were depression-free and had their thyroid activity assessed at the start of the study.
Over eight years of follow-up, people [...]