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How vitamin C could help over 50s retain muscle mass
New research shows that vitamin C could help over 50s retain muscle mass in later life. (2020-08-26)
Cancer and its treatment may accelerate the aging process in young patients
A new study examines the effects of cancer and its treatment on the aging process. (2020-08-24)
High blood pressure and salt, anti-aging factor Klotho key
The mechanism behind salt-intake and hypertension has been elucidated for the first time, through vascular non-canonical Wnt5a/RhoA under Klotho deficiency. (2020-08-19)
Childhood maltreatment linked to higher risk of multiple health conditions in later life
People who suffer one or more forms of maltreatment in childhood have a higher chance of multimorbidity in later life. (2020-08-19)
Risk of sepsis greatest for patients with frailty, older age or urinary tract infections
Patients with frailty, older age and urinary tract infections (UTIs) are at greatest risk of developing sepsis following infection consultations in primary care, research has found. (2020-07-24)
Difference between cystatin C- and creatinine-based eGFRs contains clinical information
It is common to see clinic patients whose eGFR by creatinine and cystatin are different by >15 mL/min. (2020-07-16)
Don't Let social isolation keep you from being active
Researchers from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil recently reported on the dangers of physical inactivity for older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. (2020-07-15)
Study highlights multiple health risks among a people living longer with HIV
A suite of articles in The Journal of Infectious Diseases contains the first swath of important data from the world's largest study of cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention in people with HIV. (2020-07-10)
Regular physical activity can maintain or improve frailty
Frailty is the medical term for becoming weaker or experiencing lower levels of activity or energy. (2020-06-11)
Age affects decisions related to breast cancer surgery
A new BJS (British Journal of Surgery) study indicates that breast cancer surgery is safe for patients who are older than 70 years of age, but age can influence the decision to undergo surgery. (2020-06-03)
Dementia gene raises risk of severe COVID-19
Having a faulty gene linked to dementia doubles the risk of developing severe COVID-19, according to a large-scale study. (2020-05-26)
SCAI releases official position statement on optimal percutaneous interventional therapy for complex coronary artery disease
The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) has published a position statement addressing optimal percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) treatment of patients with complex coronary artery disease (CAD). (2020-05-14)
UBC professor encourages seniors to pick up weights to combat frailty
Physical exercise may not be top of mind for older adults during the COVID-19 outbreak. (2020-05-04)
Elderly patients with pneumonia twice as likely to die as those with broken hips, yet underestimate the danger of pneumonia
Elderly patients who are hospitalised with pneumonia are twice as likely to die as those hospitalised with hip fractures -- yet many elderly people fail to accurately assess their risk of pneumonia, concludes research due to be presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID). (2020-04-17)
'Frailty' from age 40 -- what to look out for
With all eyes on avoiding major illness this year, health researchers are urging people as young as 40 to build physical and mental health to reduce or even avoid 'frailty' and higher mortality risk. (2020-04-15)
Leaving its mark: How frailty impacts the blood
Fifteen blood metabolites are key for diagnosing the age-related disorder, frailty, new study finds. (2020-04-06)
Adding a measure of patient frailty to Medicare payment model could lead to fairer reimbursement for clinicians
Researchers identified a way to measure frailty using patients' medical claims that more accurately predicts costs-of-care, especially for clinicians with disproportionate shares of frail patients. (2020-04-06)
Gut enzyme IAP found to prevent aging and frailty in animal models
Studying mice and fruitflies, researchers found that the enzyme intestinal alkaline phosphotase helped prevent intestinal permeability and gut-derived systemic inflammation, resulting in less frailty and extended life span. (2020-03-26)
Frailty may be highly predictive of complications, death in patients with mitral valve disease
Frailty measurements have become increasingly important in assessing surgical risk in patients with mitral valve disease, and research published online today in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery shows that frailty plays a significant role in outcomes following mitral valve procedures. (2020-03-19)
Tool for identifying frail patients to reduce surgical risk works in health system setting
UPMC research shows that the Risk Analysis Index, which takes 30 seconds to complete, can be implemented at scale for health systems to identify frail patients and reduce surgical risk. (2020-03-02)
Elder-friendly care after emergency surgery greatly improves outcomes for older patients
Tailoring care for older patients who have had emergency surgery can reduce complications and deaths, decrease the length of hospital stays and cut down on the need for alternate care at discharge, according to a new study led a University of Alberta researcher. (2020-02-18)
Mediterranean diet promotes gut bacteria linked to 'healthy ageing' in older people
Eating a Mediterranean diet for a year boosts the types of gut bacteria linked to 'healthy' ageing, while reducing those associated with harmful inflammation in older people, indicates a five-country study, published online in the journal Gut. (2020-02-17)
New measure of biological age can predict health risks
People age in different ways. Biological age is a metric that scientists use to predict health risks, the relevance of which can be enhanced by combining different markers. (2020-02-11)
Frailty can affect how well older adults fare following emergency surgery
A new study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society sought to gain more information about how frailty affects older adults in the months after surgery. (2020-02-11)
Inequitable medicare reimbursements threaten care of most vulnerable
Hospitals, doctors and Medicare Advantage insurance plans that care for some of the most vulnerable patients are not reimbursed fairly by Medicare, according to recent findings in JAMA. (2020-02-07)
Lower levels of lymphocyte blood cells may indicate increased risk of death
Lower levels of lymphocyte blood cells -- a condition called lymphopenia -- could be an early warning for future illness, as low counts were associated with a 60% increase in death from any cause, found a Danish study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2020-01-13)
New frailty index may help determine adverse outcomes in older patients after hospital discharge
A new frailty index shows promise in determining how acute illness affects functional ability in older patients admitted to hospital, according to a new study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) co-led by researchers from Dalhousie University, Canada, and University College London (UCL), United Kingdom. (2020-01-06)
First step taken to find causes of muscle wasting disease
Researchers have gained new insight into the mechanisms involved in how skeletal muscles lose their mass and strength as people age, called sarcopenia. (2019-12-20)
Treating more than just the heart is critical for geriatric patients
Geriatric conditions such as frailty, cognitive impairment, taking multiple medications and having multiple medical conditions complicate care for older people with acute cardiovascular diseases. (2019-12-09)
Getting to the 'art' of dementia: UC researchers highlight benefits of art intervention
University of Canberra researchers have shown that art gallery programs can improve the wellbeing of people living with dementia -- and they've backed it up by testing study participants' saliva. (2019-12-04)
Does frailty affect outcomes after traumatic spinal cord injury?
A new study has shown that frailty is an important predictor of worse outcome after traumatic spinal cord injury in patients less than 75 years of age. (2019-11-21)
Older Mexican American adults experiencing pain are at risk of developing frailty
Researchers funded by NIH have found that older Mexican Americans who suffer from pain were 1.7 times likelier to become frail, compared to study participants who did not report pain. (2019-11-15)
Study raises new warnings about frail surgery patients
A Veterans Affairs study has shown that frail surgery patients may be at higher risk than previously thought, leading the researchers to conclude that 'there are no 'low-risk' procedures among frail patients.' (2019-11-13)
Study finds no such thing as a low-risk surgery for frail patients
Even a minor surgery such as a laparoscopic gallbladder removal can prove to be a high-risk and even fatal procedure for frail patients, according to new research published in JAMA Surgery. (2019-11-13)
Even low-stress surgery can be fatal for frail patients, study finds
Frail patients were more likely to die within 30, 90 and 180 days after surgery than non-frail patients, even if the surgery was classified as low or moderate stress, according to a study that included a researcher from UT Health San Antonio. (2019-11-13)
Regular use of prescription drugs for pain and sleep increases frailty risk by 95 percent
Regular use of prescription drugs for pain and sleep increases frailty risk by 95 percent among older adults. (2019-11-13)
New assessment could identify risks of frailty
Signs of frailty, and the risks it brings, could be identified in young and old people alike through a new assessment developed in a study led by researchers at the University of Strathclyde. (2019-11-05)
Movement patterns predict frailty and disability in the elderly
Elderly people who show more random changes in daily movement tend to be at greater risk of frailty, disability and death, according to a large study involving 1,275 individuals over the course of 13 years. (2019-10-30)
Predicting frailty, disability and death
In a study led by investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital, researchers analyzed patterns of movement among elderly study participants and found that irregular, spontaneous fluctuations could predict a person's risk of frailty, disability and death years later. (2019-10-30)
Vitamin D deficiency is associated with poor muscle function in adults aged 60+
New research from Trinity College Dublin shows that vitamin D deficiency is an important determinant of poor skeletal muscle function in adults aged 60 years and over. (2019-10-23)
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