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Rutgers receives $2.3 million federal grant to research use, safety of antipsychotics
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, has received a $2.3 million grant from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Food and Drug Administration to lead a major study of use, safety and effectiveness of antipsychotic medications. (2008-10-21)

Socioeconomic and treatment factors affect non-Hodgkin lymphoma patients' survival
Socioeconomic factors and the type of treatment received have an impact on a non-Hodgkin lymphoma patient's risk of dying. (2008-10-20)

Landmark study links sleep, memory problems in elderly African-Americans
A landmark study led by North Carolina State University researchers shows that African-American seniors who have trouble falling asleep are at higher risk of having memory problems -- raising the possibility that identifying and treating sleep difficulties in the elderly may help preserve their cognitive functioning. The study is the first to examine the link between sleep and cognitive functioning in older African-Americans. (2008-10-14)

Boston Medical Center receives $5.8m grant
Boston Medical Center has received a $5,807,469 grant over five years from the National Institute on Aging to fund the Boston Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center. BMC's Pepper Center is one of only 11 Pepper Centers in the country. (2008-10-10)

Jefferson awarded multi-million dollar grant from National Eye Institute for new clinical trial
Researchers at the Farber Institute for Neurosciences at Thomas Jefferson University and the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University were recently awarded a $3.7 million grant from the National Eye Institute to study depression in patients diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration. (2008-10-01)

Restless nights put older adults at risk for depression recurrence
Poor sleep among the elderly is common, but it may also be a precursor of the first signs of depression. (2008-09-29)

Seniors with vocal problems want treatment but aren't getting it
The breathy, hoarse voice of senior citizens is often thought to be a normal sign of aging. But doctors at the Duke Voice Care Center say that's a false perception that needs to change. And they've discovered that it may partially explain why seniors who want treatment for the condition aren't seeking it. (2008-09-23)

The aetiology of acute gastrointestinal bleeding in aged patients
The incidence of acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding (AUGIB) in aged patients has been increasing rapidly over the last years in the Western World. Two clinical groups from Greece analyzed the aetiology and clinical outcome of AUGIB in aged patients and examined the factors related to mortality in octogenarians with AUGIB. They found that rebleeding and emergency surgery rates are relatively low in octogenarians with AUGIB, severe co-morbidity is the main factor of adverse outcome. (2008-09-23)

Seniors not seeking treatment for common, debilitating swallowing and voice problems
Despite widespread suffering of debilitating swallowing and voice problems among seniors, many are not seeking treatment for these issues, according to new research presented at the 2008 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO, in Chicago, Ill. (2008-09-23)

Statins increase risk of postoperative delirium in elderly patients
The use of statins is associated with a 28 percent increased risk of postoperative delirium in elderly patients, found University of Toronto professor Dr. Donald Redelmeier and colleagues in a retrospective cohort analysis involving more than 280 000 patients. (2008-09-22)

Minimally invasive aortic valve bypass benefits high-risk elderly patients
A study conducted at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore concludes that an uncommonly used surgical procedure that bypasses a narrowed aortic valve, rather than replacing it, effectively restores blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body and gives high-risk patients a safe alternative to conventional valve surgery. Aortic valve bypass is an important treatment option for high-risk elderly patients with a narrowed aortic valve, a condition called aortic stenosis. (2008-09-18)

Audio relaxation program may help lower blood pressure in elderly
Study highlights an audio-guided relaxation CD with background sounds of ocean waves and a calming voice may lower blood pressure in elderly people. Listening to Mozart also significantly lowered blood pressure in the study, but to a lesser degree. The technique has been used for chronic pain, but had never been tested in the hypertensive elderly. (2008-09-17)

Blood pressure drug combination reduces heart attack deaths
Thousands of patients with high blood pressure could benefit from changing their drug treatment regimen to reduce their risk of cardiac death. Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers analyzed data from existing clinical trials of diuretic drugs and found that combining a thiazide diuretic with a (2008-09-16)

Listeriosis infection primer for health-care providers and the public
With the current outbreaks of listeriosis in Canada, CMAJ is releasing guidelines for health-care professionals and the general public about symptoms, who is at risk, symptom management and how to reduce the risk of listeriosis. (2008-09-11)

Vitamin B12 may protect the brain in old age
Vitamin B12, a nutrient found in meat, fish and milk, may protect against brain volume loss in older people, according to a study published in the Sept. 9, 2008, issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2008-09-08)

Cholesterol drugs lower risk of stroke for elderly too
Elderly people who take a cholesterol drug after a stroke or mini-stroke lower their risk of having another stroke just as much as younger people in the same situation, according to research published in the Sept. 3, 2008, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2008-09-03)

Study shows subjective sensitivity skin temperature change is decreased in older insomniac adults
A study in the Sept. 1 issue of the journal Sleep shows that the subjective interpretation of temperature change is decreased in older adults, particularly those who suffer from insomnia. (2008-09-01)

TIME-CHF trial: Elderly HF patients do not benefit from intensive medical therapy
Intensified, BNP-guided therapy was no more effective than a standard, symptom-guided approach in elderly heart failure patients in reducing the number of deaths and all-cause hospitalizations. However, the response to this intervention differed significantly between patients aged 60-74 years and those aged ≥75 years. This indicates the need for specific data in this large subset of very old heart failure patients who have been largely excluded from large treatment trials. (2008-08-31)

Flu shot does not reduce risk of death
The widely-held perception that the influenza vaccination reduces overall mortality risk in the elderly does not withstand careful scrutiny, according to researchers in Alberta. The vaccine does confer protection against specific strains of influenza, but its overall benefit appears to have been exaggerated by a number of observational studies that found a very large reduction in all-cause mortality among elderly patients who had been vaccinated. (2008-08-29)

Anti-psychotic drug use in the elderly increases despite drug safety warnings
Three regulatory warnings of serious adverse events slowed the growth of use of atypical antipsychotic drugs among elderly patients with dementia, but they did not reduce the overall prescription rate of these drugs, found a research analysis of prescription drug claims data in Ontario. (2008-08-25)

Elderly patients less likely to be transported to trauma centers than younger patients
Elderly trauma patients appear to be less likely than younger patients to be transported to a trauma center, possibly because of unconscious age bias among emergency medical services personnel, according to a report in the August issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2008-08-18)

Flu vaccine may not protect seniors well
A Group Health study in the Aug. 2 Lancet fuels the growing controversy over how well the flu vaccine protects seniors. The study of more than 3,500 Group Health patients age 65 found no link between flu vaccination and risk of pneumonia during three flu seasons. This largest case-control study of flu vaccine in the elderly suggests the flu vaccine doesn't protect seniors as much as has been thought. (2008-07-31)

Flu vaccine for elderly not effective at preventing community-acquired pneumonia
The effect of influenza vaccination on the risk of pneumonia in immunocompetent elderly people during influenza seasons might be less than previously estimated. This is the conclusion of authors of an article in this week's edition of the Lancet. (2008-07-31)

Protein made by fat cells may increase risk of heart attack in older adults
Adiponectin, a protein produced by fat cells, may play a pivotal and counterintuitive role in cardiovascular health for older Americans according to a new study accepted for publication in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. (2008-07-30)

Overweight elderly Americans contribute to financial burdens of the US health care system
The extra Medicare cost associated with overweight elderly people could place a significant burden on taxpayers. (2008-07-25)

Elderly falls cut by 11 percent with education and intervention
Commonly viewed as an inevitable consequence of aging and often ignored in clinical practice, falls among the elderly were cut by 11 percent when researchers at Yale School of Medicine used a combination of fall prevention educational campaigns and interventions aimed at encouraging clinicians to incorporate fall-risk assessment and management into their practices. (2008-07-17)

Long-term care fraught with uncertainties for elderly baby boomers
The continued decline of the nursing home -- once the mainstay care for the frail elderly -- and an upsurge in popularity of assisted living will lead to many dramatic changes in long-term care, according to a University of Florida expert and editor of a new book on the subject. (2008-07-09)

Androgen deprivation therapy for localized prostate cancer not associated with improved survival
A therapy that involves depriving the prostate gland the male hormone androgen is not associated with improved survival for elderly men with localized prostate cancer, compared to conservative management of the disease, according to a study in the July 9 issue of JAMA. (2008-07-08)

Lowering blood pressure could reduce dementia in very elderly
New results from the 'Hypertension in the Very Elderly Trial' suggest that reducing blood pressure might reduce the risk of dementia in those aged 80 and over, according to research published early online today and in the August issue of Lancet Neurology. (2008-07-07)

New study finds coronary arterial calcium scans help detect overall death risk in the elderly
Measuring calcium deposits in the heart's arteries can help predict overall death risk in American adults, even when they are elderly, according to a new study published in the July issue of Journal of the American College of Cardiology. (2008-07-02)

Geriatric Oral Research Award presented to Steele
Dr. James Steele, professor of oral health services research at Newcastle University, England, is being presented with the 2008 International Association for Dental Research Geriatric Oral Research Award at the 86th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR in Toronto, ON, Canada on July 2, 2008. (2008-06-25)

Elderly's restless nights helped by ancient martial art
More than half of all older adults complain about having difficulties sleeping. Most don't bother seeking treatment. Those who do usually turn to medications, which can lead to other health problems. Now, UCLA researchers report that practicing Tai Chi Chih, the Westernized version of the 2,000-year-old Chinese martial art, promotes sleep quality in older adults with moderate sleep complaints. (2008-06-20)

Molecular imaging sheds new light on progression of Alzheimer's disease
In the past, physicians were able only to follow the progression of Alzheimer's disease through careful clinical histories, noting the often subtle changes associated with cognitive decline over a number of years. Recent research suggests that the use of molecular imaging in the management of neurodegenerative disease, particularly for early diagnosis of AD, will enable researchers to monitor the progression of the disease, identifying those at risk and assessing the effectiveness of new therapies. (2008-06-16)

Study pinpoints strategies that protect older adult's physical health
Existing research on longevity supports the notion that one should become actively involved in one's health in an effort to prevent further decline. The elderly are urged to use (2008-06-12)

Use of bright lighting may improve dementia symptoms for elderly persons
The use of daytime bright lighting to improve the circadian rhythm of elderly persons was associated with modest improvement in symptoms of dementia, and the addition of the use of melatonin resulted in improved sleep, according to a study in the June 11 issue of JAMA. (2008-06-10)

Hip and knee replacement patients not receiving treatment to reduce blood clot risk
Hip and knee replacement surgery patients -- who are often elderly -- are at increased risk of developing potentially life-threatening thrombosis, or blood clots. Nevertheless, according to a study by Dr. Elham Rahme of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre and McGill University, most patients in Quebec do not receive the recommended treatment to prevent a thrombosis. The study will be published June 3 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2008-06-02)

New research offers insight into oral cancer, chronic pediatric ear infections, and hearing health
Three new studies published in the June 2008 edition of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery focus on what role gender plays in the prognosis of oral tongue cancer, chronic ear infections in children, and the success rates of hearing aid implants in the elderly. (2008-06-01)

UQ researchers improve foods for elderly
Improved foods for elderly patients with swallowing difficulties are a potential outcome from a new industry linkage grant awarded to a team of University of Queensland researchers. (2008-06-01)

Active social life may delay memory loss among US elderly population
In a new study, Harvard School of Public Health researchers found evidence that elderly people in the US who have an active social life may have a slower rate of memory decline. (2008-05-29)

Hormone may hold key to helping elderly men live longer
Elderly men with higher activity of the hormone IGF-1 -- or insulin-growth factor 1 -- appear to have greater life expectancy and reduced cardiovascular risk, according to a new study accepted for publication in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. (2008-05-27)

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