Elder Care (Everybody)


  • Telomere shortening -- a sign of cellular aging -- linked to signs of Alzheimer's in brain scans
    on March 22, 2023 at 11:09 pm

    Changes in the brain caused by Alzheimer's disease are associated with shortening of the telomeres -- the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that shorten as cells age -- according to a new study.

  • Solving the Alzheimer's disease puzzle: One piece at a time
    on March 14, 2023 at 7:50 pm

    Researchers have uncovered a novel regulatory mechanism in the brain that is essential for making the right kinds of proteins that promote healthy brain function, and its malfunctioning may be an early contributor of the development of Alzheimer's disease.

  • Ozone pollution is linked with increased hospitalizations for cardiovascular disease
    on March 10, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    New evidence shows that exceeding the World Health Organization (WHO) ozone limit is associated with substantial increases in hospital admissions for heart attack, heart failure and stroke. Even ozone levels below the WHO maximum were linked with worsened health.

  • Ultra-soft and highly stretchable hydrogel-based sensor for monitoring overactive bladder
    on March 9, 2023 at 12:11 pm

    Researchers have developed an ultra-soft and highly stretchable tissue-adhesive hydrogel-based multifunctional implantable sensor for monitoring of overactive bladder.

  • Incident atrial fibrillation appears to heighten dementia risk
    on March 8, 2023 at 10:16 pm

    People with a recent diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common irregular heart rhythm, have a modestly higher risk of developing dementia than people without the condition, according to new research. The research involved nearly 197,000 patient records from Kaiser Permanente health systems in California. Half of the patients had been recently diagnosed with atrial fibrillation; their counterparts in the control group were selected for similar age and health profiles but did not have AF. Both patient groups' medical records were reviewed for three years, on average, to identify subsequent diagnoses of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. Overall, people with newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation had a 13% higher risk of developing dementia.

  • Spinal cord stimulation doesn't help with back pain, says new review
    on March 8, 2023 at 1:44 pm

    People with chronic back pain may turn to spinal cord stimulation to ease their pain, but a Cochrane Review found no sustained benefits to the surgery that outweigh the costs and risks.

  • Fledgling chronic back pain therapy needs more rigorous study
    on March 2, 2023 at 2:34 pm

    Cognitive Functional Therapy treats chronic back pain as part of a person's entire pain experience, but more research is needed to assess its effectiveness.

  • Researchers identify three intestinal bacteria found in dementia with Lewy bodies
    on March 1, 2023 at 1:52 am

    Researchers have identified gut bacteria that are associated with dementia with Lewy bodies. Changing the levels of three bacteria, Collinsella, Ruminococcus, and Bifidobacterium, may delay the onset and progression of this neurodegenerative disease.

  • Study finds 1-in-5 patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease refuse statin therapy
    on February 28, 2023 at 4:37 pm

    The study found that in patients at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease, over 20 percent refused to take statin medications. Women were about 20% more likely than men to refuse statin therapy when first suggested by their physician, and 50 percent more likely than men to never accept the recommendation.

  • Study identifies four distinct pain trajectories in nursing home residents
    on February 28, 2023 at 12:33 am

    Despite awareness that pain is common in nursing home residents, there has been minimal attention focused on how this pain changes over time. A new study presents compelling evidence of the existence of four distinct pain trajectories in this population. This new understanding of pain over time can help nursing home staff and clinicians better understand, recognize and respond to risk factors associated with persistent pain in individuals living in nursing homes. Ultimately, consideration of pain trajectories may alter courses of care and illness, prevent adverse outcomes and improve quality of life.

  • Novel heart failure treatment using cell therapy
    on February 27, 2023 at 9:13 pm

    Physician-scientists announced today the results of the largest cell therapy trial to date in patients with chronic heart failure due to low ejection fraction. The therapy benefited patients by improving the heart's pumping ability, as measured by ejection fraction, and reducing the risk of heart attack or stroke, especially in patients who have high levels of inflammation. Also, a strong signal was found in the reduction of cardiovascular death in patients treated with cells.

  • Being flexible is key to protecting mental wellbeing in people with chronic pain
    on February 27, 2023 at 6:27 pm

    Research has found the biggest threat to the mental health of people living with chronic pain isn't necessarily how intense their pain is, but the extent to which it interferes with their daily life.

  • Reproductive factors in women contribute to risk of cardiovascular disease
    on February 27, 2023 at 6:26 pm

    An earlier first birth, a higher number of live births, and starting periods at a younger age are all linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular problems in women, according to new research.

  • Spinal cord stimulation instantly improves arm mobility after stroke
    on February 20, 2023 at 6:19 pm

    Pioneering clinical trial showed that spinal cord stimulation could enable survivors of moderate to severe stroke to conduct their normal daily activities more easily.

  • Changes in the brain responsible for motor skill learning
    on February 13, 2023 at 5:06 pm

    A new study has identified a marker in the brain that controls the ability to reach and grasp, a fundamental fine motor skill that is often impaired in motor or neural injuries such as a stroke.

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