Loss of Y Chromosome in Men Tied to Alzheimer’s Risk

May 23, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Men who lose Y chromosomes from their blood cells as they age may have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests.
The study of more than 3,200 men found those who already had Alzheimer’s were nearly three times more likely to show […]

Blood Pressure Swings Linked to Faster Decline in Mental Skills

May 23, 2016

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Fluctuations in blood pressure may be linked to faster declines in thinking skills among seniors, a new study suggests.
Among older patients, those whose systolic blood pressure — the top number in a blood pressure reading — varied between doctor’s visits showed more rapid […]

Newer Drugs Helping Older People With Eye Disease

May 20, 2016

FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — New medications are boosting quality of life for many older people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a new study indicates.
The drugs Avastin and Lucentis have significantly increased the number of people with AMD whose vision remains good enough to do daily activities, such as read standard print or […]

Elderly Benefit From Intensive Blood Pressure Treatment

May 20, 2016

FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Intensive treatment of high blood pressure reduces older adults’ risk of heart disease without increasing their risk of falls or other complications, a new study shows.
“These findings have substantial implications for the future of high blood pressure therapy in older adults because of its high prevalence in this […]

Why Pleasant Mealtimes Could Be Key to Alzheimer’s Care

May 17, 2016

TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Making meals more enjoyable for people with dementia might reduce their risk of malnutrition and dehydration, researchers report.
Family-style meals and music, in particular, showed promise for improving eating and drinking habits, British researchers found.
“It is probably not just what people with dementia eat and drink that is important […]

More Support for Aggressive Blood Pressure Treatment for Elderly

May 14, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
SATURDAY, May 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) — People who get their high blood pressure down to normal levels may substantially cut their risk of heart disease — even if they’re elderly or have already had heart problems, new research suggests.
The study results, from a major clinical trial called SPRINT (Systolic Blood Pressure […]

Facebook’s Lure the Same for Young and Old

May 13, 2016

FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Older adults are joining Facebook in large numbers for the same reasons as kids and younger adults — to develop social connections, a new survey finds.
“Earlier studies suggest a positive relationship between bonding and bridging social capital and Facebook use among college students,” said researcher Eun Hwa Jung, […]

Disabling Falls Don’t Have to Happen

May 12, 2016

THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Seniors are at high risk for falls, but there are ways to reduce that risk, experts say.
One-third of Americans aged 65 and older fall each year. And, falls are the leading cause of nonfatal and fatal injuries among older Americans, according to the American Trauma Society.
Each year, more […]

Poor Vision and Dangerous Falls Plague Many U.S. Seniors

May 5, 2016

THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Millions of American seniors have severe vision impairment, and with it comes the risk of a fall that could lead to disability, a new report finds.
About 2.8 million seniors are thought to have severe vision impairment — defined as either blindness or difficulty seeing, even with eyeglasses, […]

Widely Used Heart Drug Tied to Dementia Risk

May 5, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — People with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation may have a heightened risk of developing dementia — and the quality of their drug treatment may play a role, a new study hints.
Specifically, researchers found, patients on the clot-preventing drug warfarin showed a higher dementia risk […]


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