Aging

A recent study investigated whether Parkinson’s disease affects intimacy and relationship satisfaction when the caregiver is a female spouse. Parkinson’s disease with mild cognitive impairment is a long-term neuro-degenerative disorder that mainly impacts the individual’s motor functions. Early symptoms include difficulty walking, shaking, rigidity, and slow movement. Between 20% and 50% of those with Parkinson’s
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A recent comprehensive review on the use of fMRI sought to evaluate the robustness and effectiveness of this approach for studying Alzheimer’s patients. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disorder and is characterized by the gradual loss of cognitive abilities to the point of severe dementia. Due to the complex pathophysiology of the disease,
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A team of researchers studied individuals with a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s disease in an effort to understand when memory loss begins. Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder which features the degeneration of nerve cells over time and the eventual onset of dementia. Memory is one of the capacities most often affected early on in
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A recent study explored the effects of tai chi on mild cognitive impairment and the activities of daily living in older adults. Mild cognitive impairment is characterized by mild problems in cognitive abilities such as memory, thinking and reasoning skills. People with mild cognitive impairment may also have minor difficulties carrying out instrumental activities of
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Researchers recently investigated whether there is an association between calcium and vitamin D supplements and fracture incidence in community-dwelling older adults. Studies have shown that approximately 40% of women older than 50 years old will experience a major osteoporotic fracture. These fractures come at a high cost. Additionally, the most serious type of osteoporotic fractures
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Researchers investigated whether the intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids is related to bone mineral density in women with osteopenia and osteoporosis. Bones are in a dynamic state of breakdown and regeneration known as “bone remodelling”. Bone mass increases during growth up to a peak at around 25 years. However, from about the age of 35
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Although there is no evidence that Alzheimer’s can be prevented, researchers review the evidence on how social activities may delay the onset of the disease. In 2010, there were five million people with Alzheimer’s-related cognitive impairment in the United States. By 2040, there could be 16 million people with the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is characterized
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Recent research from Ireland has investigated whether age-related hearing loss is associated with cognitive decline, cognitive impairment, and dementia. Adults older than 65 years of age often experience a disabling hearing loss. There are cohort studies that have shown that age-related hearing loss (ARHL) precedes the onset of clinical dementia by 5 to 10 years,
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A newly published study on the effects of a sedentary lifestyle has examined associations between physical activity and physical functioning in a geriatric population. Physical functioning is a key determinant of health for geriatric populations. The drop in the physical function has been found to be associated with disability and mortality. With the increasingly aging
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A recent study, published in BMC Geriatrics, investigates the association between total cholesterol and mortality in geriatric patients. It further explores whether this association can be altered with the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs. The association between high levels of total cholesterol and the increased risk of mortality in young and middle-aged people is well established.
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Researchers from East Carolina University performed a study using mice to look at the effects of exercise in reversing metabolic dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a neurological degenerative condition that leads to cognitive decline and memory loss. Alzheimer’s disease is strongly associated with aging and it is believed that over time, specific
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Researchers use data from large-scale postmenopausal studies to determine whether long-term bisphosphonate use is a good solution for preventing osteoporotic fractures. Osteoporosis is frequently associated with an increased risk of fracture due to a reduction in bone mineral density. About half of women over 50 years old are expected to experience an osteoporotic fracture. Bisphosphonates,
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Researchers examined the relationship between gait stability and physical activity in older adults performing treadmill exercises. Walking is a good physical activity, and previous studies have found that it provides improved gait stability in the elderly. As published in the European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, researchers recently used treadmill exercises to evaluate the
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