Navigation Links
Balance in Old Age Tied to Brain Changes
Date:3/18/2008

Monitoring white matter levels may assist early identification of walking problems

TUESDAY, March 18 (HealthDay News) -- The severity of age-related changes to white matter in the brain affects how well older people are able to move around and keep their balance, a new study says.

White matter changes -- called leukoaraiosis -- are common in older people.

The study participants included 639 women and men, ages 65 to 84, who underwent walking and balance tests, along with brains scans. The scans revealed that 284 of the volunteers had mild age-related changes to their brain's white matter, 197 had moderate changes, and 158 had severe changes.

Compared to those with mild changes, people with severe changes were twice as likely to score poorly on the walking and balance tests and twice as likely to have a history of falls. Participants with mild changes were 1.5 times more likely than those with mild changes to have a history of falls.

The findings of the three-year study were published in the March 18 issue of the journal Neurology.

"Walking difficulties and falls are major symptoms of people with white matter changes and a significant cause of illness and death in the elderly," study author Dr. Hansjoerg Baezner, of the University of Heidelberg in Mannheim, Germany, said in a prepared statement.

"Exercise may have the potential to reduce the risk of these problems, since exercise is associated with improved walking and balance. We'll be testing whether exercise has such as protective effect in our long-term study of this group," said Baezner, who noted that mobility problems in older people often lead to hospitalization and nursing-home placement.

Monitoring white matter changes may assist early identification of walking problems, which have been linked to other health issues.

"Recently, gait abnormalities have been shown to predict non-Alzheimer's disease dementia, so recognition, early diagnosis and treatment of this disabling condition may be possible through early detection of walking and balance problems," Baezner said.

The causes of white matter changes and the reasons why it's worse in some people aren't fully understood. However, researchers have found evidence of a link to insufficiently treated high blood pressure.

More information

The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging has more about walking problems.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Academy of Neurology, news release, March 17, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Researchers uncover novel mechanism that balances the sizes of functional areas in the brain
2. A chocolate cookie a day puts 20 pounds on an energetically-balanced kid in 4 years
3. Study expected to boost research for hearing and balance therapies
4. Decision-makers seek internal balance, not balanced alternatives
5. Smart Balance Announces Third Quarter 2007 Results
6. Complementary medicines training provides balance, not bias
7. Researchers led by Penn vet uncover the delicate protein balance behind the immune system response
8. Evolution Tips the Balance in Moms Favor
9. Smart Balance Announces Conversion of Convertible Preferred Stock
10. Physical Therapist Intervention for Balance Impairments May Help Reduce Risk of Falling
11. MedeFile Materially Strengthens Balance Sheet Through Equity Financing and Debt Conversion Totaling $4 Million
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Balance in Old Age Tied to Brain Changes
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... ... University, has officially announced the appointment of Peter A. Bell, DO, MBA, HPF, ... Medicine (LUCOM), beginning April 10. Dr. Bell comes to Liberty from the ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... , ... February 24, 2017 , ... ... hearing disabilities, it is so critically important that we all are aware of ... is why Mediaplanet is proud to announce the launch of its newest edition ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 24, 2017 , ... With ProGlass ... Cut Pro X . Users have total control over position, rotation, distortion, edge softness, ... all within Final Cut Pro X. , With ProGlass Prism users are given the ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... ... The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) announces the 2017 top five ... art competition. Selected from 15 submissions from around the nation, the top five finalists ... iaedp Symposium, March 22 – 26 in Las Vegas. , This year, the competition ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... ... specializes in thought leadership , media relations, social media, content marketing and ... will be powered through Act-On, an intuitive marketing automation platform. , Rosica will ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/24/2017)...  This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Chiral ... Products: Intermediates, Analytical, and Others. The End Use ... Agrochemicals. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the ... , and Rest of World. Annual estimates and ... Also, a six-year historic analysis is provided for these ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... -- Medivir AB (Nasdaq Stockholm: MVIR) today ... of Directors that will be submitted to the 2017 ... of the company,s three largest shareholders at the end ... a seat on the Nomination Committee, and the Chairman ... Committee was as follows:  ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... Visiomed, the French leader in medical ... changing the landscape of healthcare with their innovative ... custom-made solutions. Recognizing the rising demand of self-monitoring ... without walls, Visiomed has launched BewellConnect, the most ... professionals that is empowering the lives of patients. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: