Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Recent Alzheimer’s research reveals the potential for a new therapy for the disease by modifying the body’s own immune system. Currently, there are no drugs that can cure or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s research has shown that inflammation in the brain and the immune system
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Osteoporosis is a common disease with many causes. It can have many physical, social and economic implications. Current treatment options for osteoporosis include lifestyle changes and medications. In this review, we will discuss five natural osteoporosis treatment options that are important to adjust before or while taking medication.
Our Reader Score [Total: 3 Average: 3.7] Today, September 21, 2018, is World Alzheimer’s Day. Today is about raising awareness and challenging the stigma associated with Alzheimer’s disease. This disease is not only difficult for the individual, but it is also extremely difficult for family and friends to watch a loved one slowly decline. What
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry shows there is a good reason to keep fit as you age, including a lower risk for depression in seniors. The golden years can start to grow dim as physical activity wanes in the latter stages of life. In fact, cardiovascular
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine investigated if a specific type of bacteria can slow down the rate of bone loss in older women. Bone loss due to osteoporosis is a major health concern for older adults. In osteoporosis, bones can become so weak
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers reviewed the role of vitamin D insufficiency and how it may link to other diseases in older individuals. Vitamin D has many effects on the body, including maintaining muscular health and aiding calcium absorption. The synthesis of vitamin D in the body largely depends on the intensity
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Many medical conditions affect men and women differently. A new study investigates the role of sex in Alzheimer’s disease in hopes of optimizing diagnosis and promoting gender-sensitive precision medicine. Dementia is a general term for the loss of memory and other cognitive skills. Unlike cognitive impairment associated with
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study investigated the choice of activities after retirement and how they impact mental health. Retirement is surely a period of big changes in an individual’s life, and the way individuals use their time may impact their mental health differently. In some cases, people going through retirement
Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 2] For the most part, good cholesterol decreases the risk of heart attacks or strokes, whereas bad cholesterol increases the risk. A complex study looked more closely at the different types of cholesterol, and how they could affect the risk of disease in post-menopausal women. Cholesterol is a type
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Many studies have shown that physical exercise can improve brain health in older adults, however, it is not clear how much exercise is needed. Almost 1,000 clinical trials have studied the effect of physical exercise on cognitive brain health in older adults. The majority of these studies have
Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 5] Tai chi, an ancient martial art form, has multiple health benefits for the elderly and may be the key to improved health care for the older population. Tai chi is a form of exercise originating in China. The martial art is all-encompassing, engaging the mind and body simultaneously.
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] There is no medical test that can predict if someone will develop dementia. A recent study investigated if people with a thinner retina were more likely to develop dementia. Dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease are a major cause of disability and death in older adults. Currently, there is
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Nursing home residents often sleep poorly. American researchers recently reviewed all the previous studies that investigated methods to improve sleep in nursing homes. People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities often sleep poorly. Poor sleep is associated with many problems, including cognitive decline, heart
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Adults with high blood pressure are more likely to develop dementia. A recent study attempted to better understand the ages and blood pressure levels that were most associated with dementia. For many years, doctors have known that having high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, increases the risk
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Are blood glucose levels and dietary glycemic load linked to bone health? Spanish researchers recently investigated whether this possible association is linked to the risk of osteoporotic fractures in the elderly. As we age, we have an increased risk of developing osteoporosis, a disease characterized by bones becoming
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Polypharmacy, or using different medications at the same time, can increase the risk of dangerous side effects. A recent study measured how common polypharmacy is among older adults in the United Kingdom. Combining prescription medications can potentially cause serious side effects. Known as polypharmacy, using many different medications
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers performed a pilot study to investigate the physiological mechanisms of tai chi on brain and muscle function in an aging population. Tai chi is a moderate-intensity aerobic exercise that requires good concentration with breathing control. Previous studies have suggested that aerobic fitness has beneficial effects on neuronal
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Published in BMJ Open, researchers discuss how anxiety as a predictor of cognitive deterioration in adults may be an independent risk factor dementia. Dementia is a progressively debilitating neurodegenerative condition. Early intervention and reducing its development by identifying its risk factors are the main goals in dementia treatment.
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers summarized the effectiveness of pharmacological interventions used to prevent or delay cognitive decline or dementia in adults. Dementia is a disorder that affects an individual’s mental processes. It is characterized by memory disorders, changes in personality, and impaired reasoning. These can affect an individual’s independent daily activities.
Older adults with reduced mobility and a slower walking speed may have a lower quality of life. A recent study investigated if having a low socioeconomic status was a risk factor for slower walking speed and health in older adults. Aging is associated with many health problems. Modern medicine has been very successful in extending
A recent study published in PLoS ONE evaluates whether rural health care is meeting the needs of older adults with lower socioeconomic status. As the average age of the population increases, dependence on the health care system also increases. The elderly population is highly dependent on health care services due to the deterioration of their
New research uses the study of epigenetics, the study of gene expression, to uncover a link between aging and gene expression in Alzheimer’s disease. Aging is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and is the most common cause of dementia in elderly people. Changes in specific genes may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
A recent Finnish study published in BMC Geriatrics investigated if older adults with diabetes were more likely to suffer from chronic pain. Many older adults suffer from chronic pain. In addition to causing physical discomfort, chronic pain is associated with poor mobility and an increased risk of early death. Some studies have found that chronic
A recent comprehensive review on the use of fMRI sought to evaluate the robustness and effectiveness of this approach for studying Alzheimer’s patients. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disorder and is characterized by the gradual loss of cognitive abilities to the point of severe dementia. Due to the complex pathophysiology of the disease,
Amino acid supplements might be helpful for older adults who need to build muscle. A recent scientific review summarized all the clinical studies that investigated this topic. As we get older, we tend to lose muscle mass. Losing too much muscle can significantly impair mobility and strength, a condition called sarcopenia. Almost half of those
A recent pilot study laid the groundwork for a larger study to investigate whether tai chi could help older adults with chronic pain. Many older adults suffer from chronic musculoskeletal pain. Musculoskeletal pain is pain that affects bones and muscles, as well as the ligaments and tendons that connect them. Adults with chronic pain, such
A team of researchers studied individuals with a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s disease in an effort to understand when memory loss begins. Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder which features the degeneration of nerve cells over time and the eventual onset of dementia. Memory is one of the capacities most often affected early on in
A large study in France examined the link between chronic heavy alcohol use and the risk of dementia and early onset dementia. Researchers have concluded from a large cohort study that chronic heavy drinking can lead to early onset dementia in an article published in the British Medical Journal on February 2018. The study recommends that individuals