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Alzheimer’s: How a Small Worm May Help the Fight

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Photo: Blue Roundworm [19/03/2014] Scientists at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biology of Ageing in Cologne have found that a naturally occurring molecule has the ability to enhance defense mechanisms against neurodegenerative diseases. Feeding this particular metabolite to the small roundworm C. elegans helps clear toxic protein aggregates in the body and extends life span. Alzheimer’s: How a Small Worm May Help the Fight - Read more

Assisted Suicide: Women More Likely to Receive Help Than Men

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Photo: Two female hands holding each other [20/02/2014] Organisations involved in assisted suicide help women die more frequently than men. In addition, those living alone, the divorced and well-educated people make above-average use of assisted suicide. This has been demonstrated by a study supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).Assisted Suicide: Women More Likely to Receive Help Than Men - Read more

Hospital: Geriatric Care May Help Older Patients after Car Accident

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Photo: Elderly patient and doctor [05/12/2013] Older patients who received extra geriatric care following a traumatic injury were able to return to roughly two thirds more daily activities than those without a consultation, according to a new study led by researchers from the University of Michigan Health System and University of California, Los Angeles.Hospital: Geriatric Care May Help Older Patients after Car Accident - Read more

Novel Rehabilitation: Device Improves Motor Skills After Stroke

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Photo: Rehabilitation Device [02/12/2013] Using a novel stroke rehabilitation device that converts an individual's thoughts to electrical impulses to move upper extremities, stroke patients reported improvements in their motor function and ability to perform activities of daily living.Novel Rehabilitation: Device Improves Motor Skills After Stroke - Read more

Aging: Learning New Skills Keeps an Mind Sharp

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Photo: An older couple [22/10/2013] Older adults are often encouraged to stay active and engaged to keep their minds sharp, that they have to "use it or lose it." But new research indicates that only certain activities — learning a mentally demanding skill like photography, for instance — are likely to improve cognitive functioning.Aging: Learning New Skills Keeps an Mind Sharp - Read more

Older Adults: Delaying Age Rather Than Fighting Fatal Diseases

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Photo: Aging happily [15/10/2013] A new study shows that research to delay aging and the infirmities of old age would have better population health and economic returns than advances in individual fatal diseases such as cancer or heart disease.Older Adults: Delaying Age Rather Than Fighting Fatal Diseases - Read more

Age: Weight Change Is More Important Than Starting Point

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Photo: Weighing [20/09/2013] Some overweight older adults do not need to lose weight to extend their lives, but they could risk an earlier death if they pack on more pounds. People who are slightly overweight in their 50s but keep their weight relatively stable are the most likely to survive over the next 16 years.Age: Weight Change Is More Important Than Starting Point - Read more

USA: Poor Blacks Likely to Get Worse Nursing Home Care

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Photo: Old hands [04/09/2013] Prof. Latarsha Chisholm conducted a study, which found that nursing homes that serve predominantly black residents tend to struggle financially and provide lower quality care than nursing homes with no black residents.USA: Poor Blacks Likely to Get Worse Nursing Home Care - Read more

Children: Vaccination Protects Older Adults

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Photo: Vaccinating [12/07/2013] Children who receive a vaccine to prevent blood and ear infections, appear to be reducing the spread of pneumonia to the rest of the population, especially their grandparents and other older adults.Children: Vaccination Protects Older Adults - Read more

Medication: Virtual "Pillbox" Increases Safety

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Photo: Tablet [13/06/2013] Researchers at the Universidad Miguel Hernández (UMH) in Elche have designed an application for mobile devices that helps elderly people with multiple illnesses improve medication management.Medication: Virtual "Pillbox" Increases Safety - Read more