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Pacemakers Common for Those With Dementia and Irregular Heartbeats

July 28, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People who have dementia and heart rhythm irregularities are more likely to get a pacemaker than people without dementia, new research has found.
In fact, the study of more than 16,000 people found that those with dementia were up to 80 percent more likely to get [...]


Chronic Medical Conditions Can Shorten Seniors’ Lives: Study

July 28, 2014

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) –
The more chronic medical conditions people have at retirement age, the shorter their life expectancy may be, a new study claims.
Since nearly four in five older Americans have multiple health issues, scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore said the findings may help explain [...]


Distractions Seem More Troublesome With Age

July 25, 2014

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Seniors are more easily distracted during thinking and memory tasks than younger people, a new study finds.
“Almost any type of memory test administered reveals a decline in memory from the age of 25 on,” study co-author Randi Martin, professor of psychology at Rice University, said in a university [...]


Technique Used in Some Hysterectomies May Help Spread Cancer: Study

July 22, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Removing the uterus with a minimally invasive procedure known as morcellation carries a risk of spreading undetected cancer, and now a new study pinpoints the likelihood more clearly.
Twenty-seven of every 10,000 women who had the technique had undetected uterine cancer at the time of the [...]


Vitamin B No Help for Alzheimer’s: Review

July 16, 2014

WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Taking B vitamins does not slow age-related mental decline or prevent Alzheimer’s disease, a new review says.
People with Alzheimer’s have high blood levels of a compound called homocysteine, and people with elevated levels of the compound have been shown to be at higher risk for Alzheimer’s.
It’s known that [...]


Researchers Spot Potential New Culprit Behind Alzheimer’s

July 16, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although the exact reason why Alzheimer’s disease develops still remains elusive, scientists report that they’ve found a new protein that may play an important role in the devastating memory illness.
What they don’t yet know is whether or not this new protein — called TDP-43 — [...]


Surgery Soon After Stroke Can Be Risky: Study

July 15, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People who’ve had a stroke face a significantly higher risk of serious complications if they have an elective surgery during the nine months following their stroke, according to a new Danish study.
And, the sooner it is after the stroke, the greater the risk.
The odds of [...]


Stroke Rates Declining Among Seniors, Study Shows

July 15, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Seniors in America are suffering fewer strokes, regardless of their race or sex, a new long-term study reveals.
“We found that stroke incidence [among those 65 and older] has been declining for the last 20 years,” said senior study author Dr. Josef Coresh, a professor of [...]


A Healthy Lifestyle May Deflect Dementia

July 15, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Seniors at risk for dementia may help safeguard their memory and ability to think by adopting a healthier lifestyle, a new study from Finland suggests.
Older people who began eating right, exercising, playing “brain games” and socializing more often performed better on memory and problem-solving tests [...]


Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Likely Saves Money, Study Finds

July 15, 2014

TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Insurance companies should cover home blood pressure-monitoring kits because the devices could bring savings in patient health care costs over the long term, new research indicates.
“Home blood pressure monitors should be reimbursed, widely adopted across America and integrated into current clinical practice for diagnosis and treatment of hypertension,” [...]



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