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Ageing and Wellbeing

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Pinpointing genes that protect against frailty

Frailty is a common condition associated with old age, characterized by weight loss, weakness, decreased activity level and reduced mobility, which together increase the risk of injury and death. Yet, not all elderly people become frail; some remain vigorous and… Read more →

“Seeing” through virtual touch is believing

Visual impairment comes in many forms, and it’s on the rise in America.

A Univ. of Cincinnati experiment aimed at this diverse and growing population could spark development of advanced tools to help all the aging baby boomers, injured veterans,… Read more →

ActiveProtective airbag belt to protect hips from fractures

Car airbags have helped prevent countless injuries, offering a soft spot for the head, and these days nearly every other part of the body, to crash into. But cars are not the only places where this technology may prove useful,… Read more →

Lung cancer diagnosis tool can be used safely in elderly to make more accurate diagnosis

Lung cancer diagnosis tool shown to be safe and effective for older patients.

A recent study in Manchester has found that a procedure to take tissue samples from lung cancer patients can be used safely in the elderly – allowing… Read more →

Telephone support program beneficial for caregivers of those with dementia: Helps reduce symptoms of caregiver depression, health issues

Rhode Island Hospital researchers have found that a support program administered entirely by telephone can significantly reduce depression and other symptoms in informal caregivers, such as family or friends, of individuals with dementia. The study is published online in advance… Read more →

Anti-cholinergic drugs could be responsible for decline in cognitive, physical function in elderly patients

Drugs widely prescribed to the elderly could be responsible for a decline in cognitive and physical function according to research from the University of East Anglia and the Regenstrief Institute.

A new report reveals that anti-cholinergic drugs – which are… Read more →

Mortality rates decrease for hip and knee replacement surgeries in older patients

Over the past decade, a greater number of patients, age 80 and older, are having elective orthopaedic surgery. A new study appearing in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) found that these surgeries are generally safe with mortality… Read more →

Older adults are at greater danger of falling when walking for utilitarian purposes

Older adults are at a greater danger of falling when walking for utilitarian purposes such as shopping and appointments than when walking for recreation, according to a study from UMass Medical School.

“Older adults have two times the risk of… Read more →

Alice in Continent is a game you play with your ladybits

Skea is a piece of internally wearable tech that pairs with a smartphone app to “gamify” the process of strengthening your pelvic floor muscles.This is the second such “Fitbit for your ladybits” that Wired.co.uk has come across in the last… Read more →

New method increases targeted bone volume by 30 percent

In an important development for the health of elderly people, University of Liverpool researchers have developed a new method to target bone growth.

As people age their bones lose density and, especially in women after the menopause, become more brittle.… Read more →

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