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New Evidence For Epigenetic Effects Of Diet In Healthy Ageing

Healthy Senior News - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 04:00
New research in human volunteers has shown that molecular changes to our genes, known as epigenetic marks, are driven mainly by ageing but are also affected by what we eat. The study showed that whilst age had the biggest effects on these molecular changes, selenium and vitamin D status reduced the accumulation of epigenetic changes, and high blood folate and obesity increased them...

Gladstone Scientists Discover Novel Mechanism By Which Calorie Restriction Influences Longevity

Healthy Senior News - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 04:00
Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have identified a novel mechanism by which a type of low-carb, low-calorie diet - called a "ketogenic diet" - could delay the effects of aging...

Standardized Road Test Results Differ From Older Adults' Natural Driving

Healthy Senior News - Sun, 12/09/2012 - 03:00
If you're thinking that little old lady driving 35 miles per hour in the passing lane shouldn't be behind the wheel, you may be right. Studies at Rhode Island Hospital, and elsewhere, have shown that our driving abilities decline with age, and for those with cognitive issues such as dementia, it can be even worse...

Extraverted Gorillas Enjoy Longer Lives, Research Suggests

Healthy Senior News - Sat, 12/08/2012 - 03:00
An international team of researchers looked at the role of personality by studying 298 gorillas in North American zoos and sanctuaries for over 18 years. The gorillas' personalities were assessed by keepers, volunteers, researchers and caretakers who knew the gorillas well. Their personality was scored with measures adapted from techniques for studying people and other primates...

New Technique - Metabolic Profiling - For Preventive Molecular Medicine

Healthy Senior News - Fri, 12/07/2012 - 04:00
One of the big challenges of biomedicine is understanding the origin of illnesses in order to improve early detection and significantly increase recovery rates, as well as being able to do what CNIO researchers call preventive molecular medicine, which consists of identifying those individuals who have a greater molecular risk of suffering certain pathologies in order to prevent them...

Prostate Cancer Care Needs To Keep Up With Increased Life Expectancy

Healthy Senior News - Thu, 12/06/2012 - 04:00
The population of the United States is getting older, due not only to aging boomers but also to a four-year increase in life expectancy from 1990 to 2010. An aging population means increased diagnosis of prostate cancer. Statistically, the older the patient at time of diagnosis, the more aggressive the disease - and also the less well the patient is likely to tolerate traditional chemotherapies...

Meals On Wheels Service Can Keep Many Seniors In Their Homes

Healthy Senior News - Thu, 12/06/2012 - 03:00
Many older adults need only a little support to stay in their homes, but when that isn't available they can end up in an expensive nursing home where they don't need most of the available services. According to a new study, states that invest more in delivering meals to seniors' homes have lower rates of such "low-care" seniors in nursing homes, after adjusting for several other factors...

Largest Ever Study Of Clostridium Difficile Infection To Attempt To Reveal True Incidence Of Disease

Healthy Senior News - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 05:00
Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), a potentially fatal disease, is one of the most common healthcare acquired infections[1] This week marks the launch of the EUropean, multi-centre, prospective bi-annual point prevalence study of CLostridium difficile Infection in hospitalised patients with Diarrhoea (EUCLID), the largest study of the prevalence of CDI ever conducted in Europe...

Gaps In UK Life Expectancy Between Rich And Poor Set To Increase Over Next Ten Years

Healthy Senior News - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 03:00
Recession and slow economic growth to blame Health inequalities between England's richest and poorest areas have widened in the ten years between 1999 and 2008. Researchers warn, in a study published today on bmj.com, that over the next ten years, we may experience smaller increases in life expectancy than in the past decade and health inequalities may rise at an even faster rate...

Affordable Care Act Saves Medicare Recipients Billions On Prescription Drugs

Healthy Senior News - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 13:00
As the last week of Medicare Open Enrollment gets closer, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius declared yesterday that savings on prescription drugs have topped $5 billion thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Over 5...

The Aging Brain Shows Diminished Response To Untrustworthiness, May Explain Why Older Adults Become Fraud Victims More Often

Healthy Senior News - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 04:00
Why are older people especially vulnerable to becoming victims of fraud? A new UCLA study indicates that an important clue may lie in a particular region of the brain that influences the ability to discern who is honest and who is trying to deceive us. Older people, more than younger adults, may fail to interpret an untrustworthy face as potentially dishonest, the study shows...

Scientists Create Roadmap To Metabolic Reprogramming For Aging

Healthy Senior News - Sun, 12/02/2012 - 03:00
In efforts to understand what influences life span, cancer and aging, scientists are building roadmaps to navigate and learn about cells at the molecular level...

Beware The Dangers Of Long Term Marathons

Healthy Senior News - Fri, 11/30/2012 - 05:00
Cardiologists say that for optimum health we should limit vigorous exercise to between 30 and 50 minutes per day. The researchers, from Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, USA, explained in the journal Heart that running for too long or too fast does not do more good to health than a moderately vigorous session of thirty to fifty minutes...

Epigenetic Study Suggests Immune System Could Play A Central Role In AMD

Healthy Senior News - Fri, 11/30/2012 - 03:00
Changes in how genes in the immune system function may result in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of visual impairment in older adults, based on preliminary research conducted by National Institutes of Health (NIH) investigators...

Fracture Risk Predictable From History Of Falls

Healthy Senior News - Thu, 11/29/2012 - 16:00
A new UK study finds that when clinicians are aware of a patient's fall history, they are better able to predict whether he or she will fracture a bone. You can read how researchers from the University of Southampton arrived at this conclusion in an early "in press" issue of a paper that was published online in the journal Bone...

Moderate Exercise Immediately Boosts Memory

Healthy Senior News - Thu, 11/29/2012 - 14:00
A short surge of condensed exercise boosts the compression of memories in both elders in good mental shape as well as those with slight cognitive impairment, according to new research by a team of scientists from UC Irvine's Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory...

Questioning The Safety And Effectiveness Of 4 Common Antipsychotic Drugs Prescribed For Older Adults

Healthy Senior News - Thu, 11/29/2012 - 03:00
In older adults, antipsychotic drugs are commonly prescribed off-label for a number of disorders outside of their Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved indications - schizophrenia and bipolar disorder...

Radiologists May Help In Identifying Potential Cases Of Elder Abuse

Healthy Senior News - Wed, 11/28/2012 - 04:00
Radiologists in Toronto have begun to identify a pattern of injuries that may be indicative of elder abuse, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). According to lead researcher Kieran J. Murphy, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., F.S.I.R...

Memory Immediately Enhanced By Brief Exercise

Healthy Senior News - Wed, 11/28/2012 - 04:00
A short burst of moderate exercise enhances the consolidation of memories in both healthy older adults and those with mild cognitive impairment, scientists with UC Irvine's Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory have discovered. Most research has focused on the benefits of a long-term exercise program on overall health and cognitive function with age...

Unique Research Into Eye-Movements While Reading Discovers That Word Recognition Patterns Change As We Grow Older

Healthy Senior News - Tue, 11/27/2012 - 04:00
Psychologists from the University of Leicester have carried out unique eye tests to examine reading styles in young and old people - and discovered for the first time that the way we read words changes as we grow older. The team from the School of Psychology used an innovative method of digitally manipulating text combined with precise measures of readers' eye movements...