Bifocals Might Trip You Up

June 9, 2016

THURSDAY, June 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Wearing bifocals or progressive lenses may cause visual blurring. And that puts older people at risk of making a misstep and falling, researchers say.
The effects of blurry vision on stepping accuracy were greatest when study participants were looking ahead of where they were stepping, the findings showed.
The […]


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 […]


Men Miss Out on Bone Loss Screening

May 12, 2016

THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Unlike women, men at risk for osteoporosis don’t get routinely screened for bone loss, a new study shows.
As a result, men may not receive treatment or take the steps necessary to protect their bone health, the researchers found.
“Women have a screening safety net,” Dr. Mary Ruppe, a Houston […]


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, […]


Could ADHD Drugs Lower Kids’ Bone Density?

April 1, 2016

FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Commonly prescribed drugs to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may affect bone density, a new study says.
Researchers found that young people who take stimulants such as methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta) and Adderall have lower bone density than their peers. This could have serious consequences later in life, the study […]


Brain Bleed Risk From Warfarin May Be Higher Than Thought

March 9, 2016

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The widely used blood thinner warfarin — also known as Coumadin — may raise the risk of severe bleeding inside the skull by much more than previously thought, a new study suggests.
Researchers examined data from nearly 32,000 U.S. veterans, aged 75 and older, with a common heart rhythm […]


Health Problems Can Plague Seniors After Cancer Surgery

February 24, 2016

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — After cancer surgery, certain older patients face an increased risk for injuries and problems that can keep them in a hospital longer and slow their recovery, new research reveals.
The researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, reviewed data from more than 939,000 people, aged 55 or older. […]


For Stronger Bones, Men Should Do This Kind of Exercise

February 23, 2016

Men who engage in high-impact physical activity and resistance training as teens and young adults are likely to have greater bone density by middle age.


Weakened Knees a Big Cause of Falls for Older People: Study

February 11, 2016

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A new study supports what many American seniors may already know: that knee “instability” boosts their odds for a dangerous fall.
“Falls, injury from falls and poor balance confidence are extremely common and debilitating problems in older people,” said study author Michael Nevitt, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics […]


Exercise May Prevent Harmful Falls in Men

February 4, 2016

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Regular exercise reduces older men’s risk of serious injuries from falls, a new study finds.
“The physical activity program was more effective in reducing the rate of serious fall injuries in men than in women,” said study author Dr. Thomas Gill, a professor of geriatrics at Yale University, in […]



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