Health and Aging

News of Note

  • End-of-life legal instruments
    August 1, 2003
    What sets Alzheimer's disease apart from many other terminal diseases is the progressive, irreversible loss of cognitive abilities, which begins early and becomes increasingly worse. The majority of patients arrive at the later stages of...
  • Genes and their functions
    December 1, 2002
    A gene provides the code, or blueprint, for the type and order of amino acids needed to build a specific protein. Everything in the body is made up of proteins. Bones and teeth, muscles and blood, for example, are formed from different proteins....
  • Training improves cognitive abilities of older adults
    November 12, 2002
    Training sessions for 2 hours a week for 5 weeks improved the memory, concentration and problem solving skills of healthy independent adults 65 years and older who participated in the nation's largest study of cognitive training. The training...
  • Scientific task force to examine usefulness of testosterone replacement therapy in older men
    November 6, 2002
    A multi-disciplinary task force, led by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), will evaluate the pros and cons of conducting clinical trials of testosterone replacement therapy in older men. The year-...
  • Driving and dementia: Health professionals can play important role
    June 1, 2002
    As a person ages, driving skills change due to both muscle and vision degeneration, slowing reaction time, and the effects of illnesses and medications. Although older drivers are among the safest drivers in the United States, car crashes are the...
  • Tips for caregivers: When driving should stop
    June 1, 2002
    What course of action is open to the caregiver of a person with Alzheimer's disease when faced with clear evidence that driving should stop? How can the caregiver avoid confrontation when suggesting that a driver's license should be...
  • Get your "upper" lowered for good health
    May 10, 2001
    Getting your "upper" blood pressure number below 140 can boost your chances of staying healthy. Many older people don't know that a high "upper" number can put them at risk for heart disease, heart attack, or a stroke, with...
  • Low dose estrogen improves bone health with fewer side effects in older women
    December 10, 2000
    A low dose of estrogen was as effective in reducing bone turnover -- with fewer side effects -- as higher doses when given to a group of healthy women 65 years and older, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of...
  • Vitamin D deficiency may increase risk of hip fracture in older women
    April 27, 1999
    Underlying vitamin D deficiency in post-menopausal women is associated with increased risk of hip fracture, according to investigators at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. In a group of women with osteoporosis hospitalized...
  • Modest levels of estrogen may protect older women from fractures
    September 9, 1998
    Post-menopausal women have low levels of naturally occurring estrogen in their blood which may still be of benefit in protecting them from fractures of the hip and vertebrae, according to scientists at the University of California at San Francisco (...

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