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Depression a possible danger in elderly

According to a new study elderly patients who are depressed are more likely to be re-admitted to hospital. It has long been known that depression is linked to poor physical health, and this relationship may be especially common among older people. Researchers in Switzerland, studied over 300 patients on hospital admission, tested then for depression and then followed them up for six months. Those...

More Elderly Take Inappropriate and Harmful Medications

More than one in five elderly Americans living on their own takes a medication that could put them at risk for injuries and illness. According to the report, more than 21% of elderly Americans--representing nearly 7 million// individuals--had received at least one of these 33 potentially inappropriate medications in 1996. ....Nearly 3% used a medication that elderly people should always avoid, in...

Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer Tolerated Well by Elderly Patients

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center treated 33 prostate cancer patients, over age 80, with external beam radiation therapy. // Patients received the same radiation doses that patients in their 50s and 60s receive. ..Results of the study show the elderly patients had a five-year survival rate of more than 60 percent. Researchers say these patients experienced no unusual or...

The elderly can sleep better now!

Researchers from Hong Kong have found from a recent study that auricular therapy may help the elderly who have trouble in getting a good night's sleep. Auricular therapy is an ancient treatment, similar to acupuncture, which is intended to stimulate certain nerve endings, particularly in the ear. The treatment is done by placing magnetic pearls on various points on the ear.// ....One hundred and...

New method of measuring arterial stiffness in elderly hypertensives

Researchers have now discovered a new method by which arterial stiffness in elderly hypertensive patients can be evaluated, using the "arterial stiffness index", which is measured by computerized oscillometry at the upper arm. The researchers from the Osaka University Medical School in Japan studied 42 patients, 26 of whom were over 60 years of age. They evaluated arterial stiffness index// and c...

Depression Weighs Heaviest on the Elderly

As crippling as depression can be for young and middle-age adults, it's truly severe in the elderly, and more often fatal.// And while depression and related illnesses afflict 20 percent of America's elderly, only a fraction are getting the treatment they need. ...."Depression kills not just through suicide," says Barry Lebowitz, director of treatment research at the National Institute of Mental...

Chronic Diseases said to Cause Falls in the Elderly

A new study shows elderly women with chronic diseases may be at risk for experiencing dangerous falls. ..Researchers studied more than 4,000 women between ages 60 and 79. The women were asked if they // had fallen in the last 12 months, how many times they had fallen, and whether they received any medical attention for the falls. ..They also brought all their current medications to the intervie...

Depression a cause for Death in Elderly

Depression and its symptoms have been shown to accelerate death in many people, but previous research has not looked at the elderly in particular. // ..A new study focuses on depression in elderly people living in the community and not in assisted-living facilities or nursing homes. ....The study, involved 250 participants in a community health program. At the start of the study, researchers det...

Elderly Women With Depression More Prone to Heart Disease

New research shows older women with depression may have an increased risk of heart disease and death. // Researchers in New York studied more than 93,600 older women who participated in the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study (WHI-OS). The WHI-OS is a long-term program designed to determine how biological and lifestyle factors influence the risk of heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, a...

Depression in Elderly

Older American population constitute 13 percent of the population but account for nearly 20 percent of all suicides. Researchers say depression is a major risk factor for // suicide in the elderly. New research shows intervention programs may help reduce suicidal thoughts in depressed elderly patients. ..Researchers from Cornell University and the University of Pittsburgh studied nearly 600 eld...

Elderly Women With Depression More Prone to Heart Disease

New research shows older women with depression may have an increased risk of heart disease and death. // Researchers in New York studied more than 93,600 older women who participated in the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study (WHI-OS). The WHI-OS is a long-term program designed to determine how biological and lifestyle factors influence the risk of heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, a...

Depression Found To Be A Major Cause for Death in Elderly

A new study which focused on depression in elderly people living in the community and not in assisted-living facilities or nursing homes found that // depression and its symptoms have been shown to accelerate death in many elderly people . ..The study, involved 250 participants in a community health program. At the start of the study, researchers determined the presence of depression and then did...

Risky Drugs To Be Avoided In The Elderly

Researchers say a greater awareness is needed about the risks of certain prescribed drugs in elderly patients . As people age, they often have // multiple chronic conditions and take several drugs concurrently many drugs which have increased risks for people as they age. ..Researchers conducted a study to look at medication prescriptions in the elderly population. They looked at 765 prescriptions...

The Options For Relieving Chest Pain In the Elderly Questioned

According to a new study researchers say they found that chest pain relief and improved quality of life were similar in elderly patients treated // with angioplasty and those on medication , but those treated with invasive surgery reached these benefits earlier. ..Patients treated with surgery appeared to benefit in other ways, as well. Medically treated patients required more antianginal drugs...

Depression A Cause for Death in Elderly

A new study which focused on depression in elderly people living in the community and not in assisted-living facilities or nursing homes found that // depression and its symptoms have been shown to accelerate death in many elderly people . ..The study, involved 250 participants in a community health program. At the start of the study, researchers determined the presence of depression and then did...

Activity Found To Improve Sleep In The Elderly

A new study suggests getting active can help elderly patients who have trouble sleeping .For the study researchers enrolled // 12 healthy adults between the ages of 67 and 86 in a 90-minute daily activity program. The program consisted of 30 minutes of exercise followed by 30 minutes of seated social activity and another 30 minutes of exercise. The sessions took place either in the morning or in...

Diabetes A Common Problem In The Elderly

High blood sugar, or hyperglycemia, is a common problem among critically ill patients, regardless of whether they are diabetic or not.// The condition can be caused by a number of factors, including insulin resistance, impaired glucose metabolism, various medications, or even some nutritional supplements. Previous studies have shown hyperglycemia can worsen outcomes for patients. ..Researchers in...

Two Sessions Of Exercise A Week Could Help Elderly Patients

Researchers studied men and women, 60 to 96 years old, who suffered from loss of body mass and strength, otherwise known as sarcopenia.// The individuals trained for eight to 12 weeks and showed an average increase in muscle strength ranging from 113 percent to 174 percent. A recent study shows older people can minimize muscle loss by incorporating a weight training routine into their lifestyle b...

Weight Loss An Indicator Of Dementia In The Elderly

New research suggests weight loss may be an early sign of dementia in the elderly. Researchers found weight loss begins before the onset of // definite dementia symptoms and accelerates by the time of diagnosis. ..Weight loss in the elderly is common and may be associated with various diseases including Alzheimer's. This has been documented in people who already have dementia. For the study resea...

Vitamin D May Help The Elderly With Osteoporosis

Studies have shown that osteoporosis which occurs in people above the age of 50 yrs may be benefited from taking supplements // of vitamin D. ....Patients who are suffering from increased bone fracture and rapid porous ness of bones may benefit greatly from taking Vitamin D, says a study in Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. The researchers are of the opinion that nutritional...

Drug for osteoporosis can reduce memory loss in elderly women

New research says that the drug raloxifene, used for treating osteoporosis is also able to control the risk// of mild cognitive impairment in women who are in their postmenopausal age. ....The study observed women in their postmenopausal life who were given 60 or 120 mg of raloxifene daily for bone fractures due to osteoporosis for three years versus who did not receive the medication. After thre...

FDA warnings against use of antipsychotic drugs for elderly

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of US had warned the public and medical professionals against use of //certain drugs broadly called as atypical antipsychotic drugs on elderly patients with dementia. ....The drugs, aripiprazole, olanzapine, quetiapine, risperidone, clozapine and ziprasidone, are approved for the clinical treatment of schizophrenia and mania. Use of these drugs to treat elde...

Vitamin D, calcium don’t prevent fractures in elderl

Elderly people, who are at a high risk of having fractures, are often routinely prescribed vitamin D and supplemental// calcium as a preventive measure. Recent study had brought to light the fact that this may not be true. Calcium and vitamin D may not be successful in preventing fractures in the elderly people. ....The study had looked into 5292 people of aged 70 years and older. All these peopl...

Elderly people with chronic pain can use narcotics safely

Scientists have reported that use of narcotics for chronic pain in elderly works, as they are less likely to //ask for increasing the dose. On the other hand, the use of the drug for younger adults may lead to constant increase in the dosage with serious health repercussions. ......The drugs in question are opioid pain medications like morphine, methadone and oxycodone. Opioid drugs are used for...

Elderly people are more at risk from eye damage

Increasing stiffness of the eyes, which has aged, makes them more at risk to damage// and eye injury. ....As the eyes age along with the person the lens of the eyes become stiff and more susceptible to damage. The aged eye lens will be four times as stiff as it were at birth. Researchers of the Wake Forest-Virginia Tech School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences have developed a computer mode...

Listeria Food Poisoning Can Be Dangerous In Pregnant Women And Elderly

Infection of food due to Listeria can be life-threatening unless vigilance is practiced to curb the infection // according to the report published by Food Safety Authority of Ireland.(FSAI). The mortality due to infection can be as much as 30% associated with Listeria food contamination and only miniscule amounts need to be consumed to cause serious infection. ....Professor Flynn said.: “The...

Obesity may cause frailties in elderly women

Women who are above 60 years of age and have a body mass index of above 30 will be// known as obese and this may add to their woes more, apart from other health problems, as researchers have been able to relate obesity in elderly women to heightened risk of falling and hurting themselves, and other physiological vulnerabilities. ....Frailty is a condition that is associated with increased risk fr...

Preventing falls in elderly with noise

A new study by the researchers of University of British Columbia had showed that noise// might be not a hindrance but a help to our concentration and efficiency, more so when that is effectively used to help the older people maintain their balance. ....Noise is often thought as the one sensation that comes in our way of concentration on subjects we want to concentrate upon. Noise is often related...

Innovative footwear may prevent fall in elderly

A new device may be able to stop the geriatric population from falling and hurting themselves from being //unable to maintain their balance... ..The device is called Yaktrax Walker. This is plastic netting like structure that conforms to the footwear and helps the people wearing them in maintaining a stable walk that will prevent falls. ....Researchers for the device had asked the participants t...

Insomnia is not normal for the elderly

Problem faced by the elderly people of sleeping less may be due to other reasons// than age itself. ....Research has found out that the loss of sleep that had been associated with increased age for the elderly population as normal may not be so normal at all. Instead, the findings of the research show that there may be other factors involved that can lead to insomnia or lack of sleep for the geri...

Elderly People Needs To Tackle The Heat Effectively

For the elderly population, adjusting to the raising temperatures// in the summer months are quite difficult. Health problems due to heat that may affect the elderly people are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. ....The recent issue of Harvard Health Letter from the Harvard Medical School had given some tips to the elderly people that might make their lives a little easier during the summers. .......

Elderly Women Remain At Risk From Hypertension

Elderly women, especially those above the age of 80yrs, may remain at a higher risk from hypertension //and their condition may remain undetected for long as well. The report, which was published in the recent issue of JAMA, said that about 75% of the participants of the survey conducted in the concerned age group have hypertension. ....The research, which was based on data from the National Hear...

Elderly Women Remain At Risk From Hypertension

Elderly women, especially those above the age of 80yrs, may remain at a higher risk from hypertension //and their condition may remain undetected for long as well. The report, which was published in the recent issue of JAMA, said that about 75% of the participants of the survey conducted in the concerned age group have hypertension. ....The research, which was based on data from the National Hear...

Obesity More Likely to Cause Disability than Death in Elderly

People above the age of 70 years may have high chance of becoming disabled due to //obesity, though they do not have increased risk of death from being obese. ....A study by University of South Florida School of Aging Studies researcher published in the August issue of The Gerontologist suggests that obesity in later life has little impact on life expectancy in adults over age 70, but obesity doe...

Vitamin B12 Deficiency In Vegans And Elderly

Generally people talk of vitamin overdose but with the case of vitamin B12 //it is just the opposite. Especially vegans and elderly subjects are most likely to suffer from this vitamin deficiency declares a study from the Harvard Medical School. .. ..The symptoms of B12 deficiency are subtle cognitive and neurological changes. A serious deficiency may cause dementia or anaemia. Breast-fed infants...

Angioplasty plus stenting better than thrombolysis for elderly patients with AMI

Comparative trials and observational studies previously conducted in elderly populations have yielded conflicting results, researchers explain. These studies were performed before intracoronary stents and use of glycoprotein IIb/IIIa antagonists were routinely employed. ....Therefore, Dr. Hanoch Hod, of Chaim Sheba Medical //Center in Tel Hashomer, Israel, and associates followed 130 consecutive...

Physicians Lack Clinical Guidelines For Treating Elderly With Multiple Illnesses

According to an article in JAMA, clinicians lack guidelines for treating the elderly with many illnesses. ....The aging of the population and the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases pose challenges to the development and application of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs Clinical practice guidelines are based on clinical evidence // and expert consensus to help decision making about treatin...

Gene Decides How Much Exercise In Needed For The Elderly People

Research suggests that the reason why elderly population differs in their ability to exercise for better physical ability may be genetical by //nature. ....Researchers found that an enzyme involved in blood pressure regulation may also influence how the body responds to exercise. The findings, by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and colleagues, are reported today in the Jo...

Elderly People Can Take Up Computers To Fight Depression

In a research paper presented at the 113th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, researchers had said that it is possible to regulate the incidence of depression in senior citizens by helping // them use the computer to stay connected with people.....The data regarding computer use and depressive symptoms was collected as part of the latest wave of an ongoing longitudinal s...

Latest Research Shows That Multivitamins Might Not Prevent Infections In All Elderly

Multivitamin and mineral supplements do not appear to prevent infections in older people living at home, report researchers in Scotland today, raising questions for a significant segment of the supplement-taking population. //.. ..Studies in the past have shown that when taking vitamin E supplements, elderly people in nursing homes were 20 per cent less likely to get a cold and also had fewer col...
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