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Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Senior Women with Diabetes Less Likely to Have Mammogram Despite Higher Risk

Researchers find low socioeconomic status an additional obstacle to preventive care in already disadvantaged population

April 14, 2014 – Older women with diabetes are much likely to develop breast cancer and less likely to survive the cancer, yet, researchers find these diabetic women are 14 percent less likely to be screened for breast cancer compared to women without diabetes. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Seniors See Colorectal Cancer Surgery Decline, Mortality Rates Increase; Still Do Worse in Surgery

The good news is colon cancer surgery rates down and survival rates up, even for elderly; researchers concerned with lack of senior citizens in clinical trials

April 9, 2014 – Senior citizens age 65 and older are the most likely to undergo colorectal cancer surgery and the experience the worse outcomes than do younger patients. The good news is the total number of colon cancer operations has decreased in the last decade and mortality rates have improved. Read more...

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Breast Cancer Screening Strategy in JAMA May Be Deadly for Many Women

Two medical groups continue to recommend annual mammograms beginning at age 40

April 2, 2014 – Not all physicians are in total agreement with a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that raises new questions about mammograms. At present, breast cancer screening based primarily on risk - as discussed in the JAMA article - would miss the overwhelming majority of breast cancers present in women and result in thousands of unnecessary deaths each year, according to a statement from two medical groups closely associated with mammograms. Read more...

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Millions of Seniors Achieved Goal for Blood Pressure Overnight, Reports JAMA

Seniors age 60 and up were focus of 2014 guidelines that set treatment for hypertension at 150-over-90 mm Hg, rather than 140/90

March 30, 2014 – A new estimate projects that 13.5 million U.S. adults – primarily seniors age 60 or older – will would now be considered as having achieved their goal for blood pressure, as defined by the 2014 BP guidelines announced last December. Almost six million adults can relax, too, since they will no longer be classified as needing hypertension medication, according to a JAMA study released online to coincide with the 2014 American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions. Read more...

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Macular Degeneration Now Leading Cause of Blindness in Rich Nations; Poor Vision Drops

Macular degeneration has become leading cause of blindness in rich countries as rates of blindness in developed world improve dramatically in 20 years

March 26, 2014 – Rates of blindness and impaired eyesight have plummeted over the past 20 years in the developed world. But the bad news – especially for senior citizens and women – is that macular degeneration has replaced cataract as the leading cause of blindness in wealthy countries, where women were more likely to be blind or to have poor vision than men in all years studied. Read more...

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New Cancer Drug ZL105 Ten Times More Effective Fighting Some Cancers: Game-Changer

Doctor looks for cancer in lung x-rayMay be ten times more effective in treating ovarian, colon, melanoma, renal, and some breast cancers

March 26, 2014 - A game-changer in the battle against cancer may just be a new drug called ZL105, which researchers say can manipulate the body’s natural signalling and energy systems, allowing the body to attack and shut down cancerous cells. They foresee a revolution in cancer treatment that may lead to a dramatic improvement in cancer survival rates. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Obese Women See Uterine Cancer Risk Reduced Over 70 Percent After Bariatric Surgery

May not be senior age limit for surgery or Medicare coverage if all other criteria met

March 22, 2014 - Bariatric surgery resulting in dramatic weight loss in formerly severely obese women reduces the risk of uterine cancer by 71 percent and as much as 81 percent if normal weight is maintained after surgery.  There is no specific age limit for this surgery, nor for Medicare coverage, if all other criteria is met. Generally, age is covered by requiring patients to have “acceptable surgical risk.” The Mayo Clinic says the risks increase for senior citizens over age 65. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Physical Activity Reduces Breast Cancer Risk at Any Age Says Study of Four Million Women

Age, nor size, nor geographical location alters the benefits of physical exercise

March 20, 2014 – A new study leaves little doubt that physical exercise – at least one hour per day - reduces the risk of breast cancer for women of any age or size, regardless of where they live. The researchers reviewed all the studies – 37 – published from 1987 to 2013 that included four million women. Those with the highest level of physical activity reduced the risk by 12 percent. Read more...

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Senior Stroke Patients Double Survival with Surgery to Relieve Brain Pressure

Proven successful with patients under 60, it has now been proven that hemicraniectomy surgery can save elderly lives, too

March 20, 2014 – Seniors over the age of 60 double their chance of surviving a major stroke due to blockage of the middle cerebral artery if they undergo surgery in the first 48 hours to remove part of the skull above the affected brain tissue to relieve pressure on the brain. But, the news is not all good – they often survive with severe disabilities. On the other hand, those without this surgery generally die quickly, according to a new study. Read more...

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Seniors 60-Plus Most Affected by New Expanded Guidelines for Statin Use

Almost 13 million more Americans to be eligible for statins; 8.3 million would be people over the age of 60, says Duke Medicine study

March 20, 2014 – An additional 12.8 million in U.S. may soon be taking statins to prevent cardiovascular disease, including stroke, due to new guidelines expanding the criteria for use to include people with an elevated 10-year risk. The most affected will be seniors between the ages of 60 and 75 without cardiovascular disease - 87.4 percent of men and 53.6 percent of women will fall within the new guidelines. Read more...

Aging News & Opinion

Cheers for the ‘Age-Adjusted’ Cutoff Making Pulmonary Embolism Test Work for Senior Citizens

Is this a break-through in health care adjusting to meet the demands of an aging society that is different than the one we grew up in?

By Tucker Sutherland, editor, SeniorJournal.com

March 18, 2014 – Probably more common sense should be applied to the medical care of older people. A study released today by the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) lauds the accomplishment of international doctors who solved the problem of a blood test for pulmonary embolism (blood clot in lungs) that was no longer working for senior citizens. Seniors seem to find themselves increasingly excluded from certain medical testing due to their advanced age. Read more...

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Colon Cancer Rate Takes Big Drop, Particularly for Senior Citizens

Larger declines among Medicare-eligible seniors likely reflect higher rates of screening because of universal insurance coverage

March 17, 2014 - Colon cancer incidence rates have dropped 30 percent in the U.S. in the last 10 years among adults 50 and older due to the widespread uptake of colonoscopy, with the largest decrease being in senior citizens over age 65. Colonoscopy use has almost tripled among adults ages 50 to 75, from 19 percent in 2000 to 55 percent in 2010. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Large Waist Indicates Shorter Life for Men and Women; Even if Body Mass Index Okay

March 14, 2014 - Having a big belly has consequences beyond trouble squeezing into your pants. It’s detrimental to your health, even if you have a healthy body mass index (BMI), a new international collaborative study led by a Mayo Clinic researcher found. Men and women with large waist circumferences were more likely to die younger. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Pancreatic Cancer Linked to Diabetes in Large Review of International Research

Researchers suggest new diabetics should be tested for pancreatic cancer

March 14, 2014 - Researchers, combing through massive data included in 88 international studies, have claimed the discovery of a link between pancreatic cancer and diabetes. And, they suggest it may be important to consider screening all newly diagnosed diabetics for pancreatic cancer. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Emotional Stress in Women Appears Linked to Artery Dysfunction, Heart Attacks

Women may have chest pain related to the heart being starved for oxygen but have no evidence of arterial obstruction

March 13, 2014 – In research to be presented today, researchers describe their study finding that emotional stressors – such as those provoking anger – may cause changes in the nervous system that controls heart rate and trigger a type of coronary artery dysfunction, primarily in women that may lead to heart attacks and other cardiac problems. Read more...

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Senior Citizens Being Denied Proper Access to Cancer Care; Evidence, Protests Growing

We need a fundamental change in cancer policy for the elderly patient, says editorial in British Medical Journal; U.S. VA study finds fault with ‘simple age cut-offs’ - see video

Joel, 75, talks about his experience as a colon cancer patient.March 11, 2014 – There is growing evidence and an increasing outcry that senior citizens may be suffering and dying just because testing or treatment that could save their lives is denied strictly on the basis of their age. An editorial in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) says older people around the world are being denied proper access to cancer care. A new U.S. study finds a “simple age cut-off” is not the answer in screening for colorectal cancer. Read more...

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Ovarian Cancer Directly Linked for First Time to Being Overweight

Below story see statistics and information of the National Cancer Institute on Ovarian Cancer and Obesity

March 11, 2014 – Being overweight was directly linked to ovarian cancer, which primarily strikes senior women, in an announcement today by the World Cancer Research Fund International. It is the first time obesity has been directly linked to this deadly cancer, although, many cancer organizations list it as a possible risk factor. This report estimates about five percent of cases in the U.S. are preventable with a healthy body weight. Read more...

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Elderly Diabetics Treated with Insulin Much More Likely to be Hospitalized for Hypoglycemia

The risks of hypoglycemic conditions in elderly should be considered in decisions to prescribe and intensify insulin,

March 10, 2014 - Elderly patients 80 years or older treated with insulin for diabetes were more than twice as likely to visit the emergency department (ED) and nearly five times more likely to be hospitalized for insulin-related hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and insulin-related errors (IHEs).than patients 45 to 64 years old. Read more...

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Next Step for Smart Phones is Keeping Tabs on Patients; Hi-Tech Moving into Health Care

Health care providers seek to monitor patients remotely through new technologies, aiming to identify problems early, cut costs and inefficiencies

By Daniela Hernandez, KHN Staff Writer
This story was produced in collaboration with WIRED

March 10, 2014 - Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, knows when his patients’ hearts are racing or their blood pressure is on the rise, even if they’re sitting at home. With high-risk patients hooked up to “personal data trackers” - a portable electrocardiogram built into a smartphone case, for instance - he and his researchers can track the ups and downs of patients’ conditions as they go about their lives. Read more...

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Binge Drinking is Frequent Among Older People and Significant Public Health Problem

Among older moderate drinkers, those who binge drink have a significantly greater death risk than regular moderate drinkers

arch 5, 2014 - A study of the association between binge drinking and mortality among moderate-drinking older adults has found that those who engage in binge drinking have more than two times higher odds of dying within 20 years in comparison to regular moderate drinkers. It is believed to be the first study of binge drinking among older people who are considered moderate drinkers based on average consumption over time. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Burst of Anger Greatly Increases Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke and Brain Aneurysm for Many

‘…Overall risk for people without other risk factors like smoking or high blood pressure is relatively small’

March 4, 2014 – Warning people they are going to have a heart attack if they don’t calm down is, perhaps, better advice than you have imagined. New research says the risk of a heart attack in the two hours following an outburst of anger is five times greater than when we are calm. And, the risk of a stroke jumps almost four times. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Acute Pancreatitis May Be Early Warning of Pancreatic Cancer, Especially for Senior Citizens

Early discovery of pancreatic cancer offers much greater opportunity for survival; researchers want esophageal ultrasound screening after acute pancreatitis

Feb. 28, 2014 – Pancreatic cancer is one of the most feared, due to its low survival rate, which is primarily due to the late discovery of the disease. Researchers seeking a way to find this cancer earlier and, hopefully, save lives have found what appears to be an early warning sign – acute pancreatitis - for many who will be hit with this cancer and their discovery may be most important for senior citizens age 70 and older. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Quick Screening on Electronic Pad in Waiting Room Tells Doctor if Patient Depressed

Seniors may need to brush up on their iPad skills if new device becomes popular tool for screening patients in waiting rooms

By Valerie DeBenedette, HBNS Contributing Writer

Feb. 25, 2014 – A quick screening on a electronic pad in the doctor’s waiting room appears to have the ability to easily recognize depression and anxiety in patients, who were actually there to visit the physician about another ailment. The results can be sent directly to the waiting doctor for immediate action. Read more...

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Older Muscle Stem Cells Rejuvenated to Function Like Younger Cells, May Help Elderly Repair Muscle

Stanford researchers pinpoint why normal aging is accompanied by a diminished ability to regain strength and mobility after muscle injury

By Krista Conger

Feb. 17, 2014 - Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have pinpointed why normal aging is accompanied by a diminished ability to regain strength and mobility after muscle injury: Over time, stem cells within muscle tissues dedicated to repairing damage become less able to generate new muscle fibers and struggle to self-renew. Read more...

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Women Fare Worse Following Stroke; Difference Greatest in Those Over Age 75

Follow-up study to look at cognitive decline in men and women before and after stroke

Feb. 7, 2014 – The good news about stroke is that more people survive stroke now than 10 years ago due to improved treatment and prevention. The bad news: women who survive stroke have a worse quality of life than men and the difference is greatest for the elderly, according to a study published just one day after the American heart and stroke associations issued the first guidelines aimed specifically at preventing strokes in women. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Credit Card-Size Device Could Analyze Biopsy, Help Diagnose Pancreatic Cancer in Minutes

By Michelle Ma, University of Washington

Pancreatic cancer is particularly deadly; faster detection may save many lives as it has victims of other cancers

Feb. 7, 2014 - Pancreatic cancer is a particularly devastating disease. At least 94 percent of patients will die within five years, and in 2013 it was ranked as one of the top 10 deadliest cancers. Routine screenings for breast, colon and lung cancers have improved treatment and outcomes for patients with these diseases, largely because the cancer can be detected early. But because little is known about how pancreatic cancer behaves, patients often receive a diagnosis when it’s already too late. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

First Guidelines for Reducing Stroke Risks in Women Presented by AHA

American Heart / Stroke Associations see unique risk for women: influenced by pregnancy, birth control pills, migraine headaches with aura and other factors

Feb. 6, 2014 — For the first time, guidelines have been developed for preventing stroke in women, according to a new scientific statement published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Blood Pressure, Cholesterol Lowering Fails to Lower Cognitive Decline Risk in Diabetes Patients

Type 2 diabetes patients at increased risk for decline in cognitive function due to reduced brain volume and increased white matter lesions

Feb. 4, 2014 – Type 2 diabetes patients are at risk of cognitive decline, particularly as they grow older, due to diabetes-related changes in the brain. Hopes that intensive blood pressure and cholesterol lowering would reduce this risk for older patients has been dashed, however, by new research that finds it does not lower the risk. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Obesity Could Be Best Guideline for Colon Cancer Screening in Men

Obesity is a known risk factor for many cancers including colon cancer

Feb. 4, 2014 – Most health screening guidelines are based on age. Current guidelines for colon cancer say regular screening should begin at age 50 and continue through age 75. A new study, however, says – at least for men – obesity may be a better guide to which men should be tested. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Simple, At-Home Test Will Detect About 79 Percent of Colorectal Cancers

Largest and most comprehensive review of ‘FIT’ finds it is an effective cancer-screening tool - see video

Feb. 4, 2014 – Seniors who frequently dread colonoscopies will be delighted by a new study that finds tests that require patients to collect a single stool sample at home and then send it to a lab for analysis will detect about 79 percent of colorectal cancers. The review of 19 studies examining eight different fecal immunochemical tests, known as “FITs,” also finds that the tests will correctly identify about 94 percent of patients who do not have cancers of the rectum or colon. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Clue to Why Cancer Risk Increases With Age Discovered by NIH Study

Age-related methylation may disable the expression of certain genes, making it easier for cells to transition to cancer

Feb. 3, 2014 - We have known for years that the risk of getting cancer increases with age but the reason for this has not been established. Now, researchers suspect that the accumulation of age-associated changes in a biochemical process that helps control genes may be responsible for at least some of the increased risk of cancer seen in seniors, according to a National Institutes of Health study. Read more...

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Patients, Caregivers Will Have Direct Access to Lab Test Results Due to New Rule by HHS Agencies

Now patients and their designated care-givers can not only get info from physicians, but also directly from laboratories

Feb. 3, 2014 - Patients or someone they designate will soon have direct access to completed laboratory test reports from the lab performing the test. As part of an ongoing effort to empower patients to be informed partners with their health care providers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and two other agencies in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) joined forces to issue the new rule. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

New Imaging Technique Speeds Removal of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers

Provides same accuracy as current “gold standard” used in Mohs surgery minus the lengthy wait

Jan. 30, 2014 – Senior citizens, the most frequent victims of skin cancer, may find a common surgery for non-melanoma skin cancer, known as Mohs surgery, taking a lot less time. It typically achieves excellent results but can be a long process, as the surgeon successively removes the area of concern until the surrounding tissue is free of cancer. Now, NIBIB-funded researchers have developed a microscopic technique to analyze removed tissue rapidly right in the clinic - dramatically reducing the length, inefficiency, and expense of this procedure. Read more...

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Some Hospitals Set Their Charges at 10 Times Their Costs, Says Nurses United

National Nurses United warn of ongoing harm for patients needing care

Jan. 29, 2014 - With growing national attention to hospital pricing practices, new data released earlier this month by the nation’s largest nurses organization showed that hospital charges continue to skyrocket with some U.S. hospitals charging more than ten times their cost – nearly $1,200 for every $100 of their total costs. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Early Detection of Lung Cancer May Be Possible From Exhaled Breath

New test of suspected lung cancer is simple, with high accuracy rate; encouraging to senior citizens – average age of diagnosis today is about 70

Jan. 28, 2014 - Specific compounds found in exhaled breath may help diagnose lung cancer in its early stages, according to a study released today at the 50th Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The discovery was made when Michael Bousamra, MD. and researchers from the University of Louisville examined patients with suspicious lung lesions. Lung cancer mainly occurs in senior citizens - about 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with lung cancer are 65 or older. Read more...

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Prostate Cancer Patients Receiving ADT Should be Counseled to Improve Mental Well-Being

Previous studies have reported cognitive and affective symptoms following ADT, particularly in the elderly

Jan. 24, 2014 – A new study published in the Journal of Urology reports that prostate cancer patients treated with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) experienced changes in mental and emotional well-being during treatment, although there was no meaningful decline in emotional quality of life two years after treatment. Previous studies have reported cognitive and affective symptoms following ADT, particularly in the elderly. Symptoms include emotional upset (tearfulness, irritability, and anger), decreased motivation, hopelessness, and cognitive interruptions in attention, memory, and visual processing. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Physically Active Men Live Longer After Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease; Reduce Heart Failure

Most active older cancer survivors 38% less likely to die of cancer; 49% less likely to die of cardiovascular disease

Jan. 23, 2014 – Two new studies have found physical activity is very beneficial for older men. The results of one reports exercise it significantly extends the lives of senior cancer and cardiovascular disease survivors, and the other concludes it reduces heart failure risk. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Hearing Loss in Seniors Linked to Faster Brain Shrinkage, Growing List of Associated Ailments

Among other problems for senior associated with hearing loss are dementia, falls, failing physical and mental health

Jan. 22, 2014 - Although the brain becomes smaller with age, the shrinkage seems to be fast-tracked in older adults with hearing loss, according to the results of a study by researchers from Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging. The findings add to a growing list of health consequences associated with hearing loss, including increased risk of dementia, falls, hospitalizations, and diminished physical and mental health overall. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Risk of Blindness from Glaucoma Cut Almost in Half by Diagnosis, Therapy

Caution that a significant proportion of devastating eye disease sufferers still progress to blindness

Jan. 21, 2014 - The probability of blindness due to the serious eye disease glaucoma has decreased by nearly half since 1980. The researchers speculate that advances in diagnosis and therapy are likely causes for the decrease, but caution that a significant proportion of patients still progress to blindness. The National Eye Institute recommends that seniors age 60 and older have an eye exam at least every two years. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Over-The-Counter Pills Left Out of New FDA Acetaminophen Limits

Consumers will still be able to buy pills with up to twice that dose over the counter at gas stations and grocery stores - information for seniors below article

by Jeff Gerth and T. Christian Miller, ProPublica

Jan. 16, 2014 - Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration urged health care providers to stop writing prescriptions for pain relievers containing more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

What Does Team-Based Care Mean for Patients? Expanding Rapidly with Push by Medicare

Editor’s Note: There are over 360 Accountable Care Organizations working with Medicare to provide higher-quality coordinated care for seniors. Doctors, hospitals and health care providers establish ACOs to work together to provide better health care, while working to slow the growth of health care cost.

By Jessie Gruman, President, Center for Advancing Health

Jan. 16, 2014 - Have you heard that soon most primary care in the U.S. will be delivered by teams? Yep. Team-based care is one of the characteristics of the patient-centered medical home, a way of organizing the care of patients that allows primary care clinicians to see more patients in a day while at the same time delivering better care. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

FDA Approves Drug Combo to Treat Advanced Melanoma Found Most Often in Seniors

Mekinist in combination with Tafinlar is new hope for those with advanced melanoma; 76% success is shrinking, killing cancer

Jan. 14, 2014 -The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Mekinist (trametinib) in combination with Tafinlar (dabrafenib) to treat patients with advanced melanoma that is unresectable (cannot be removed by surgery) or metastatic (late-stage). Melanoma rates are highest in older people aged 55-64 years. The median age is 61. But deaths are highest in senior citizens aged 75-84 years with the median age being 69. Read more...

 

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Millions of Senior Women at High Risk of Breast Cancer May Get Preventive Drugs Free

Estimates are that over 10 million women in U.S.age  35 to 79 could be eligible for tamoxifen chemoprevention on the basis of their risk factors; Obamacare

By Phil Galewitz, Capsules, Kaiser Health News

Jan. 12, 2014 - Starting next September, women at increased risk for breast cancer will be able to get some drugs shown to help prevent the disease without a co-pay, the Obama administration said Thursday. Read more..

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

What are Chances Your Prostate Cancer Test has been Overdiagnosed? New Tool Can Tell You

Nomogram aims to enable informed decision-making and personalized treatment; a graphical calculating device using patient's age, PSA level and Gleason score

Jan. 11, 2014 - Not sure about your positive prostate cancer test results? Seniors are the most likely to receive an overdiagnosis, since the biggest factor in overdiagnosis is age Researchers say they have help for senior citizens and others to to predict the likelihood of prostate cancer overdiagnosis, which happens in up to 42 percent of these tests. Too often this results in unnecessary treatment and devastating side effects, including impotence and incontinence. Read more...

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Cancer Death Rate Continues Decline, Not Counting Women Over Age 80: Cancer 2014

There will be 1,665,540 new cancer cases and 585,720 cancer deaths in the US in 2014 – see stats by cancer type and age for men, women; video on cancer decrease

See video  on decrease in cancer

Jan. 10, 2014 - For the average American, your chance of dying from cancer has dropped by 20 percent over the last two decades and this steady decline will continue into 2014, according to the annual report from the American Cancer Society. But, for senior citizens over age 70 the odds of invasive cancer are still high. For men the chance is about 37 percent and for women about 27 percent. And, if you are male, the chance of invasive cancer is higher than for women, especially after becoming a senior citizen at age 65. But, if you happen to be a senior white woman 80 years old or older the bad news is that your chance of dying from cancer is not improving. Read more...

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Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement Advantageous for Some Very Elderly Patients

Study suggests transcatheter aortic valve implantation should be considered as treatment option even in patients over age 85

Jan. 6, 2014 – Older age is increasingly becoming a defining cutoff for risky or costly surgery and other medical treatments. A new study, however, has found a new treatment for aortic stenosis in the very elderly – 85 years and older – that is an effective alternative to surgical aortic valve replacement (AVR). Stenosis is a condition when a heart valve doesn't open enough and blocks blood flow. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Top 10 Advances in Heart Disease, Stroke Research in 2013 Picked by American Heart Association

AHA chooses as number one the new guidelines to prevent heart disease and stroke it helped to develop; controlling high blood pressure number 2

Jan. 3, 2014 – New prevention guidelines, programs to control blood pressure, getting more people to access cardiac rehab services and a possible link between digestive bacteria and heart disease risk are included in a recap of last year’s top ten cardiovascular and stroke advances identified by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Read more...

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Seniors Should Heed Study Showing Electronic Health Records Benefit Patients and Physicians

Majority of physicians said they were alerted to a potential medication error or critical lab value by an electronic health record; one-third say they help spot needed tests; Medicare offers physicians incentive

By Sharyn Alden, HBNS Contributing Writer

Jan. 2, 2014 – Senior citizens – the age group most in need of medical care, often from chronic problems – should check to see if their doctors are using electronic health records (EHRs). It may save their life. A new study in Health Services Research finds nearly three-quarters of physicians using EHRs  in 2011 said there were clinical benefits when patients’ medical histories were kept in digital files. Read more...

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Surgery Best Option for Herniated Disks; Age-Related Wear and Tear Usual Cause

Eight-year study shows better long-term outcomes with surgery rather than non-invasive-treatment

Dec. 30, 2013 - For patients with herniated disks in the lower (lumbar) spine, surgery leads to greater long-term improvement in pain, functioning, and disability compared to nonsurgical treatment, concludes an eight year follow-up study in Spine. Herniated disks are usually a result of aging but are more common among middle-age people than senior citizens due to activity levels of younger people. Read more...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare, Other Health Care Spending Slowing but Cost Controls Must Be Implemented

New England Journal of Medicine study finds health spending rose just 0.8% per person in 2012, Affordable Care Act measures to control costs may be contributing to biggest slowdown in decades

Dec. 26, 2013 – The growth of health care cost is slowing and at least a portion is due to actions stemming from Obamacare (Affordable Care Act), but regardless of the causes, the U.S. needs to try to control health spending. An analysis, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, also finds that a broad, bipartisan consensus about strategies that will be effective in controlling costs has emerged. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Holiday Stuffing May Increase Your Need for Health Care but Are Elderly Immune?

Duke Medical researchers find health care costs climb steadily with body mass index increase - but are seniors 75 up immune (sidebar)

Dec. 24, 2013 – Before throwing self-control aside and diving into all the goodies that abound during the holiday season, you may want to consider a shocking research report from Duke Medicine researchers. They have found that health care costs increase in relation to the increase in body mass measurements – the more weight you gain the more healthcare you need. Read more...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Does Cataract Surgery Need Preoperative Consultation? It is Increasing for Medicare Patients

Cataract View

Older patients (75 to 84) were more likely to have a consultation than patients age 66 to 74

Dec. 23, 2013 – Cataract surgery – a low-risk surgery that has almost become routine for senior citizens – has increasingly involved a preoperative consultation for Medicare patients, despite no clear guidelines about when to require such a service. A new study suggests in may be unnecessary use of Medicare health care resources. Read more...

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New High Blood Pressure Guidelines Say Seniors 60 Up Do Not Need Treatment Below 150 Over 90

One of three editorials (below news story) in JAMA says it is likely that there will be considerable controversy in hypertension treatment for the foreseeable future; high blood pressure still 140/90

Dec. 18, 2013 – Seniors age 60 and over were given a little more room before being treated for high blood pressure in a new guideline developed by an expert panel and published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). They recommend treatment for hypertension at 150-over-90 mm Hg, rather than 140/90, which still remains the defined level for high blood pressure. Read more...

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Vitamin Supplements a Waste of Money – Ineffective, Sometimes Dangerous!

A key study found daily multivitamin did nothing to slow cognitive decline among senior men 65 and older; another says multivitamins and minerals do not protect against secondary cardiovascular in people age 50 and older

Dec. 17, 2013 - Editorial writers responding to three articles on vitamin and mineral supplementation being published in Annals of Internal Medicine urge U.S. adults to stop wasting their money on dietary supplements. The authors cite the large body of accumulated evidence showing that most multivitamin supplements are ineffective, and some may cause harm. Read more...

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Lung Cancer Death Rate Continues Decline, Drives Decrease in Overall Cancer Death Rates

Annual Report to the Nation on status of cancer includes special feature highlighting the contribution of other diseases on survival of patients; declines in colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer death rates help overall decline

Dec. 16, 2013 - The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, covering the period 1975–2010, showed death rates for lung cancer, which accounts for more than one in four cancer deaths, dropping at a faster pace than in previous years. However, lung cancer remains by far the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. Read more...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare's Hospital Compare Introduces Information on Deadly Hospital Infections

CDC, CMS collaborate to advance public reporting of important hospital quality indicators deadly diarrhea and MRSA - see guide for finding info

Dec. 13, 2013 - Senior citizens, the most regular hospital patients, have long wanted more information about deadly infections that have been occurring to frequently in hospitals. Yesterday, the Medicare website Hospital Compare provided the first look at how their local hospitals are doing at preventing Clostridium difficile infections (deadly diarrhea) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients May Not Benefit from Surgery, Radiation after Chemotherapy

Study found there was a 7 percent excess death rate in those who received treatment with radiotherapy and surgery

Dec. 11, 2013 - After a response to initial chemotherapy, treatment with radiotherapy and surgical removal of the breast tumor and nearby lymph nodes do not provide any additional benefit to patients with metastatic breast cancer, according to results of a clinical trial presented at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

National Flu Vaccination Week Opens with Senior Citizens as Prime Targets

60 percent of flu-related hospitalizations in the U.S. occur in senior age group; learn about extra-strong vaccine for senior citizens - flu locator

Dec. 9, 2013 - National Influenza Vaccination Week opened Sunday and seniors are prime targets of the campaign by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Senior citizens – age 65 and older – last year recorded the highest flu-related hospitalization rates since the CDC began tracking this information during the 2005-2006 flu season. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Age Shouldn't Limit Access to Transplants for MDS, Study Suggests

Comparing recipients who were 60 to 65 with those over 66, there were no statistically significant differences in overall survival

Dec.9, 2013 - Patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) who were as old as 74 fared as well with stem cell transplantation as did patients in the 60-to-65 age range, according to a study from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Lung Cancer Screening with Low-Dose CT Produces Dangerous Overdiagnosis

False diagnosis may cause additional cost, anxiety, and sometimes death from cancer treatment

Dec. 9, 2013 – More than 18 percent of all lung cancers detected by low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) appeared to represent an overdiagnosis, according to a study of patients between the ages of 55 and 74 years published by JAMA Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. Overdiagnosis cases represent an important potential harm because they incur additional cost, anxiety, and death associated with cancer treatment. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Inflammatory Response in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Beneficial During Early Hours

Concussion secrets unveiled as NIH scientists film early damage and describe brain’s response to injury - see video

Dec. 9, 2013 - There is more than meets the eye following even a mild traumatic brain injury, a serious health concern for seniors. Approximately 22% of all TBI-related hospitalizations involved adults aged 75 years and older. While the brain may appear to be intact, new findings reported in Nature suggest that the brain’s protective coverings may feel the brunt of the impact. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Deaths from Stroke Decline Dramatically in U.S. with Better Prevention, Treatment

Stroke deaths fell 23% in 10 years; ‘One of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th and 21st centuries’

Dec. 5, 2013 — Stroke deaths in the United States have declined dramatically in recent decades due to improved treatment and prevention, according to a scientific statement published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Longer Survival of Metastatic Prostate Cancer Patients Using Docetaxel Prompts Data Release

Three-year survival rate of 69 percent when chemotherapy drug docetaxel given at start of standard hormone therapy

Dec. 6, 2013 - Men with hormone-sensitive metastatic prostate cancer who received the chemotherapy drug docetaxel at the start of standard hormone therapy lived longer than patients who received hormone therapy alone. Due to the success the results were released early from the National Institutes of Health-supported randomized controlled clinical trial. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Solution to Melanoma’s Resistance to Drug Therapy is Goal of Team Funded by NIH

The deadliest of skin cancers a growing problem with increasing number of seniors

Dec. 5, 2013 - Melanoma remains the deadliest, most aggressive form of skin cancer, primarily due to the resistance of the advanced cancer to drug therapy, despite the new BRAF inhibitors that show success in early treatment. And, it is a growing threat, since in often attacks seniors, the most rapidly increasing age group. There is new hope, however, from a $12.5 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to a team of melanoma scientists to find a solution to melanoma’s drug resistance. Read more...

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Older People Make Mistakes Using Shape, Size, Color to ID Their Drugs

People over 50 who identified blood pressure medication by shape, size or color instead of name had poorer adherence, poorer blood pressure control and an increased risk of hospitalization

By Stephanie Stephens, HBNS Contributing Writer

Dec. 5, 2013 - Older people who identify their blood pressure medications by shape, size and color instead of by name may risk poor blood pressure control and increase their risk of hospitalization, finds a recent study in the Journal of Health Communication: International PerspectivesRead more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Carbon Monoxide Prevents Growth in Prostate, Lung Tumors; Enhances Chemotherapy

Opens possibility of new cancer therapy to take advantage of powerful chemotherapy drugs making them more potent and limiting terrible side effects, damage to normal cells

Dec. 4, 2013 – It is hard to imagine anything good coming from carbon monoxide, the highly toxic gas the shoots out your auto exhaust, but a new study says it can play a role in treating cancer. It can prevent tumor growth in prostate and lung cancers and can amplify the effectiveness of chemotherapy 1,000-fold – while sparing noncancerous tissue from chemo's sometimes debilitating side effects. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

New Insights Into How Cancer Develops May Lead to New Early Screening Opportunity

A new appreciation of the genetic changes that occur as precancerous cells turn malignant could help researchers design new early detection screening strategies

Dec. 4, 2013 – Researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center studying the precancerous condition Barrett’s esophagus have shown that rather than resulting from a steady accumulation of small genetic mutations, cancer arises a few years after cells begin to undergo large, drastic mutations. This insight could help researchers detect cells on the cusp of becoming malignant and distinguish benign from dangerous pre-cancerous conditions. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Link Between Obesity and Cancer for Older People Confirmed by Radiographic Imaging

Radiographic imaging exposes relationship between obesity and cancer in aging population; women with more overall fat mass, more visceral fat had a higher risk of cancer; fat puts older men at risk even with healthy BMI

Dec. 4, 2013 - The negative impact of fat on long-term health, particularly of older people, has been confirmed by the first use direct radiographic imaging of adipose (fatty) tissue rather than estimates like body mass index (BMI) or waist circumference. The study focused on the relationship between obesity and cancer risk in aging populations. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Rheumatoid Arthritis Disability, Distress Cut in Half in Last 20 Years

RA patients have better opportunity of living valued life than patients with this autoimmune disease two decades ago

Dec. 3, 2013 - New research reveals that patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), common in seniors, have an easier time with daily living today than did patients diagnosed two decades ago. The study reveals anxiety, depressed mood and physical disability have been cut in half over the last 20 years. Researchers believe a reduction in disease activity is partly responsible for this positive change. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Half of all women and a quarter of men older than 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis: findings to help physicians guide treatment options for women

Dec. 2, 2013 – A study comparing the efficacy and tolerability of two popular osteoporosis drugs, denosumab and zoledronic acid, found that denosumab had a significantly greater effect on increasing spine bone mineral density and zoledronic acid caused more flulike symptoms. These findings were presented recently at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research’s annual meeting. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Half of Senior Citizens Afflicted by Bothersome Pain in Last Month

Pain prevalence was higher in women; older adults with obesity, musculoskeletal conditions, and depressive symptoms; need for public health action for elderly

Dec. 2, 2013 – More than half of senior citizens in the United States – an estimated 18.7 million people – have experienced bothersome pain in the previous month, impairing their physical function and underscoring the need for public health action on pain. Many of those interviewed by investigators for a study published in the current issue of PAIN reported pain in multiple areas. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

High Cholesterol Fuels Growth, Spread of Breast Cancer; Statins Diminish Effect

‘Very significant finding’ especially for older women, suggests there may be simple way to reduce the risk of breast cancer by keeping cholesterol in check

Dec. 1, 2013 – A byproduct of cholesterol functions like the hormone estrogen to fuel the growth and spread of the most common types of breast cancers, researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute report. And, they also found that anti-cholesterol drugs, such as statins, appear to diminish the effect of this estrogen-like molecule. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Do You Poop Your Pants? Should be Asked Older Patients by All Physicians

Bowel leakage affects 1 in 5 women over 40, yet few seek help for this fixable medical problem

ov. 22, 2013 - “Do you poop your pants?” is a question few physicians ask their adult patients, but one that Dana Hayden, MD, colorectal surgeon at Loyola University Health System, believes should be at the top of the list. She points out that 15 million women ages 40 and older (1 in 5) suffer from accidental bowel leakage, which is not a part of normal aging. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Drug Tasquinimod May Improve Survival in Men with Metastatic Prostate Cancer

An oral therapy that activates the body's immune system to fight cancer, also known to block tumor blood vessel growth

Nov. 19, 2013 -  An investigational prostate cancer treatment slows the disease's progression and may increase survival, especially among men whose cancer has spread to the bones, according an analysis led by the Duke Cancer Institute. The drug tasquinimod, a new candidate for treating advanced and recurrent prostate cancer, adds long-term survival and safety data. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Genetic Testing Improves Warfarin Dosing But Not Optimal Dose in Second Study

Predicting right dose of warfarin for older patient can be tricky; two studies of genetics use in warfarin therapy presented at American Heart Association’s Scientific Session; patients with atrial fibrillation, venous thromboembolism, and in second study stroke

DALLAS, Nov. 19, 2013 — Obtaining genetic information before starting warfarin therapy helped patients increase the effectiveness of treatment while reducing the risk of over-anticoagulation and improper dosing in a late-breaking clinical trial presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013. Another study presented, however, found genetics did not prove useful in predicting optimal doses of warfarin. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Sudden Cardiac Arrests Not Always That Sudden; Early Warnings Signs Sometimes

More than half of men studied who had a sudden cardiac arrest had symptoms up to a month before

Nov. 19, 2013 - Sudden cardiac arrest isn’t always so sudden, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013. In a study of middle-age men up to age 65 in Portland, Oregon, more than half had possible warning signs up to a month before their hearts stopped abruptly. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Alzheimer's, Dementia Not Linked in Older People

Very large study in England looked for links between these diseases closely associated with aging

Nov. 14, 2013 – Alzheimer’s disease (AD), dementia and the eye disease age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are all strongly associated with advancing age. A very large study of patients in England has determined, however, that there is no association between having AMD and then developing dementia or AD. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

New Statin Guidelines Not Supportive of Starting Therapy for Elderly Over 75

The few data available did not clearly support initiation of high-intensity statin therapy for secondary prevention in individuals 75 and older

Nov. 13, 2013 – The new clinical practice guideline released yesterday for the use of statins in the treatment of blood cholesterol in people at high risk for cardiovascular diseases caused by atherosclerosis, or hardening and narrowing of the arteries, that can lead to heart attack, stroke or death, identified four “major groups” to target and at least two of them exclude seniors over age 75. It does, however, “support the continuation of statins beyond 75 years of age in persons who are already taking and tolerating these drugs.” Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Add Bone Deterioration to Diabetes Complications for Older Women

12.2 million, or 23.1 percent, of all people age 60 and older have diabetes.

Nov. 12, 2013 - The list of complications from type 2 diabetes is long: vascular and heart disease, eye problems, nerve damage, kidney disease, hearing problems and Alzheimer's disease. Physicians have long thought of osteoporosis as another outcome. Based on a Mayo Clinic study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, that's confirmed: You can definitely add skeletal problems to that list. Read more...

Senior Citizen Politics

Political Squabbling May Cause U.S. to Fail to Improve Failing Health Care System

U.S. spends 50 percent more of GDP on health care, yet life expectancy growing slower here than in other countries; much higher medical costs and worse outcomes; aging population not cause costs

Nov. 12, 2013 – The aging of the population has not been the primary cause of high health care costs over the last decade in the U.S. Nor has it been the large number of tests and treatments being prescribed. Instead, new Johns Hopkins-led analysis suggests it has been the increasing prices of drugs, medical devices and hospital costs - prices that doctors, patients and insurers rarely know until the money has been spent. The administrative costs alone - the costs associated with physicians and hospitals procuring payment from health insurers and individuals - are rising by 6 percent a year. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Elderly Face Future of High Health Care Costs, Needless Pain, Distress in U.S. Without Change

Meeting the challenges of long lives requires substantial changes, quickly

Nov. 12, 2013 – “The United States needs arrangements that allow elderly people to live with confidence, comfort, and meaningfulness at a cost that families can afford and the nation can sustain. Without significant structural changes in service delivery, an aging nation faces a future of substantial costs and needless pain and distress among those who are old,” writes Joanne Lynn, M.D., of the Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness, Altarum Institute, Washington, D.C., in a Viewpoint appearing in the November 13 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on critical issues in U.S. health care. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Improvement in Health Care Outcomes Has Slowed in U.S. Finds Major Study

Included: economics of health care; people who receive care and organizations that provide care; value created in terms of objective health outcomes and perceptions of quality of care; potential factors driving change, including consolidation of insurers and health systems; the patient as consumer - see video

Nov. 12, 2013 – An examination of health care in the U.S. finds that despite the extraordinary economic success of many of its participants, the health care system has performed relatively poorly by some measures; and that outcomes have improved, but more slowly than in the past and more slowly than in comparable countries, according to an article in the November 13 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on critical issues in U.S. health care. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Being Overweight, Obese Better Predictor of Heart Disease Than Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome not the critical risk; Findings put emphasis on achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight (typically, BMI of 18.5 to 25.0) is of paramount importance

Nov. 11, 2013 – Being overweight or obese are risk factors for myocardial infarction (heart attack) and ischemic heart disease (IHD) regardless of whether individuals also have the cluster of cardiovascular risk factors known as metabolic syndrome, which includes high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar, according to a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Obese Older Women at Higher Risk for Death, Disease, Disability Before Age 85

Nov. 11, 2013 – If you are an older woman, obese and have a large waist size, your chances are not good for reaching the age of 85 without dying, developing a major chronic disease or having a mobility disability. This prognostication comes from a new study published by JAMA Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Risk of Temporary Problems with Learning, Memory May Increase with Postoperative Pain

Identifies a probable mechanism for pain-induced cognitive impairment, suggesting pathways that may be targeted by potential preventive measures – see video

Nov. 8, 2013 - The pain caused by a surgical incision may contribute to the risk of postoperative cognitive dysfunction, a sometimes transient impairment in learning and memory that affects a small but significant number of patients in the days following a surgical procedure. Read more...

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Half Elderly Starting Dialysis After Age 75 Die Within Year Finds Mayo Clinic

New evidence to to help guide shared decision-making among the patient, family members and care team - see video

Nov. 8, 2013 - Half of elderly patients who start dialysis after age 75 will die within one year, according to new research from Mayo Clinic finds that. Although, age alone was not a good measure. The findings will being presented this week at the American Society of Nephrology's Kidney Week 2013 in Atlanta. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Testosterone Therapy Lowers Cardiovascular Risk, or Maybe Not, But It Makes Men Honest

New JAMA study finding testosterone therapy increases cardiovascular risk has lots of other research to compete with - check out these three

By Tucker Sutherland, editor, SeniorJournal.com

Nov. 6, 2013 – Before older men make any decisions about testosterone therapy based on the study released today in JAMA, finding it may increase cardiovascular risk, they need to know about a few other recent studies. One released just last month says therapy may actually reduce this risk, while one in September says if you have low testosterone you have greater risk of heart problems. Or, there is one from last October that says men become more truthful after receiving testosterone. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Testosterone Therapy Increases Cardiovascular Risk in Older Men

Results of large study urges both cautious testosterone prescribing and additional investigation – see video

Nov. 6, 2013 - Among a group of older men who underwent coronary angiography and had a low serum testosterone level, the use of testosterone therapy was associated with increased risk of death, heart attack, or ischemic stroke, according to a study in the November 6 issue of JAMA. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Atrial Fibrillation May Double Risk of Heart Attack

Heart attack well established as risk for irregular heartbeat, new study finds reverse also true; especially for women and blacks

Nov. 5, 2013 - Atrial fibrillation (AF, an irregular heartbeat) was associated with a nearly two-fold relative increase in the risk of myocardial infarction (MI, heart attack), especially in women and blacks, according to a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Cancer Cells Eat Themselves When Treated with Drug Combination

Clinical trial to test safety of PI3K/AKT inhibitor combined with sorafenib and regorafenib, which dramatically increased cell death

Nov. 5, 2013 – It is too early for celebration but the effective killing of colon, liver, lung, kidney, breast and brain cancer cells with little damage to noncancerous cells in a preclinical study at Virginia Commonwealth University Cancer Study has focused attention on the new drug combination therapy that caused the cancer cells to self-destruct. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Care that emphasizes patients’ risks of heart disease could prevent up to 180,000 more heart attacks and strokes a year using less medication over all

Nov. 4, 2013 - A new way of using blood pressure-lowering medications could prevent more than a fourth of heart attacks and strokes – up to 180,000 a year – while using less medication overall, according to new research from the University of Michigan Health System and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Eye Exams Emphasized for Seniors with Diabetes to Avoid Common Vision Loss

National Diabetes Month emphasized by National Eye Institute to highlight a leading cause of vision loss in U.S.

Nov. 1, 2013 - If you are one of more than 11 million seniors with diabetes, you probably already know the importance of watching your diet and keeping track of your blood sugar. But did you know it’s also important to have regular eye exams? In the United States, diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of vision loss among working-age adults. Read more...

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Elderly Heart Patients Deserve Preventive Care: American Heart Association Scientific Statement

Oct. 31, 2013 — Strategies to prevent heart attack, stroke and other major cardiac events should be individualized for older adults - age 75 and older - who should also play a role in choosing their therapies, according to an American Heart Association scientific statement published in its journal Circulation. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Eczema Skin Itch Linked to Staph Infection May Have Better Treatment Solution

Staph infections and eczema: What’s the connection? 90 percent of patients with eczema, also called dermatitis, have staph bacteria detectable on their skin

Oct. 31, 2013 - For the millions of people suffering from the intensely red, horribly itchy skin condition known as eczema (′ek·sə·mə), the only thing more maddening than their disease is the lack of understanding of what causes it, or makes it flare up from time to time.  Now, a new finding made by University of Michigan Medical School researchers and their colleagues may bring that understanding closer – and could help lead to better treatments. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Risk of Colorectal Cancer Goes Up in Men Who Sit a Lot, Get Little Exercise

Even meeting daily exercise recommendations cannot overcome lengthy sedentary behavior – "active couch potato paradigm"

Oct. 30, 2013 - Men who spend the most time engaged in sedentary behaviors – a lot of sitting and little exercise - are at greatest risk for recurrence of colorectal adenomas, benign tumors that are known precursors of colorectal cancers, according to results presented here at the 12th Annual AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, held Oct. 27-30. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Overweight Men Much Less Likely to Survive Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer

Men who died from prostate cancer were 50% more likely to be overweight or obese at diagnosis

Oct. 30, 2013 - Men who are overweight or obese when they are diagnosed with prostate cancer are more likely to die from the disease than men who are of healthy weight, according to a new study. In patients with more aggressive forms of prostate cancer, the researchers also found an even stronger correlation between obesity and mortality. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Carotid Artery Stenting Appears to Increase Stroke Risk in Elderly

Risk of stroke higher but risk of death about same as for nonelderly; what is elderly?

Oct. 23, 2013 - Carotid artery stenting (CAS) was associated with an increased risk of stroke in elderly patients but the mortality risk appeared to be the same as for nonelderly patients, according to a review of the medical literature published Online First by JAMA Surgery, a JAMA Network publication. A commentary in the same issue asks what age is “elderly.” Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Flu Vaccine Seems to Offer Seniors Protection from Heart Failure, Heart Attack

Researchers encourage confirmation of this low-cost, annual, safe, easily administered, and well-tolerated therapy to reduce cardiovascular risk up to 50% - see video in story

Oct. 22, 2013 - For senior citizens needing a push to motivate them to get their annual flu shot, a new study showing the influenza vaccination appears to offer as much as 50 percent protection from major adverse cardiovascular events, such as heart failure, stroke or hospitalization from heart attack. And, those who seemed to receive the most benefit were those with recent acute coronary syndrome (ACS), such as heart attack of unstable angina. Read more, see video...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Senior Citizens May Gain New Chance at Life from Teenagers Trained in CPR by AHA

Classroom-tested kit from American Heart Association empowers educators to teach students CPR; People will die within minutes after cardiac arrest without early defibrillation or CPR

- Thousands of senior citizens may someday live to see another day after suffering cardiac arrest, thanks to a new program by the American Heart Association that is training school children throughout the United States in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Lung, Prostate and Other Cancers Diagnosed by Simple Blood Test, Researchers Say

'we identified compounds that appear to be new screening biomarkers in cancer diagnosis and prognosis'

October 15, 2013 – Early-stage lung and prostate cancers as well as their recurrence can be detected with a simple blood test, according to a study presented at the Anesthesiology 2013 annual meeting. Serum-free fatty acids and their metabolites may be used as screening biomarkers to help diagnose early stages of cancer, as well as identify the probability of recovery and recurrence after tumor removal, researchers found. Read more...

Senior Citizen Opinions & Analysis

Why Do They Keep Screening 75-Year-Olds for Cancer When They Are Not Supposed To?

As a 75-year-old I have an opinion on this new JAMA study finding docs keep on doing PSA screening for old guys despite the experts advising against it

By Tucker Sutherland, editor, SeniorJournal.com

Oct. 15, 2013 – Okay, I am 75 years old. I have sort of stopped telling people my exact age, because most of them quickly apply the old-age-label to you and begin to treat you as a has-been. It really hit me when I watched the television show about zombies – The Living Dead – with some of my grandchildren and one of the young ones said, “You can tell the zombies because they walk like old grandpas.” Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Multivitamins with Minerals May Save Lives of Older Women with Invasive Breast Cancer

WOW - Following years of bashing multivitamins, there is possibility they are lifesaver for senior women ages 50 to 79 - See information on below news report

October 10, 2013 - Findings from a study involving thousands of postmenopausal women suggest that women who develop invasive breast cancer may benefit from taking supplements containing both multivitamins and minerals. The new research, published yesterday in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, found that the risk of dying from invasive breast cancer was 30 percent lower among multivitamin/mineral users compared with nonusers. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Oral Health of Older Americans in 'State of Decay' – New Website to Help Find Care

 ‘Older adults face significant health challenges if their oral health is poor, and there is no coordinated program to help fund necessary services.’

Oct.10, 2013 - The oral health of older Americans is in a state of decay, according to a new national report released today by Oral Health America (OHA). It finds more than half of the country received a "fair" or "poor" assessment when it comes to minimal standards affecting dental care access for older adults. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Colonoscopy the Only Way for Seniors – Sigmoidoscopy Cannot Find All the Polyps

Most older people dread the colonoscopy search for possible colon cancer, second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.

Oct. 8, 2013 – Senior citizens are almost universal in their dread of the colonoscopy, which keeps many of them searching for an easier way to guard against colon cancer. These dreams took a hit today from research showing people over age 60 are more likely to have precancerous or cancerous polyps develop in a part of the colon that goes unseen by flexible sigmoidoscopy, a common screening test for colon and rectal cancer. And the problem grows with advanced age. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Close Relatives of Thyroid Cancer Victims Have Increased Risk

Siblings of those diagnosed with PTC had the highest risk of developing the cancer

Oct. 4, 2013 - People that have a first- through third -degree relative diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) have an increased risk of developing it themselves, according to a study by Gretchen M. Oakley M.D., of the University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, and colleagues. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Success of Cancer Chemotherapy Appears Enhanced by Blood Pressure Drug

Treatment with losartan increases drug delivery in animal models by opening collapsed tumor blood vessels in breast and pancreatic cancer

Oct. 2, 2013 - Use of existing, well-established hypertension drugs could improve the outcome of cancer chemotherapy by opening up collapsed blood vessels in solid tumors. Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators report the angiotensin inhibitor losartan improved the delivery of chemotherapy drugs and oxygen throughout tumors by increasing blood flow in mouse models of breast and pancreatic cancer. Read more...

 

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Cardiac Arrest Survival Rate Almost Triples After Efforts to Increase Bystander CPR

There was an increase in the proportion of patients receiving bystander CPR – 21.1% to 44.9%

Oct. 1, 2013 - Ten years ago a study in Denmark found very low frequency of bystander CPR (about 20%) and low 30-day survival (under 6%) after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. These alarming low rates stimulated several national initiatives to strengthen bystander resuscitation attempts and advanced care. A recent study finds the results virtually tripled the survival rates. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Diabetes Not Only Increases Risk of Breast and Colon Cancer but Death from Them, Too

Cancer has long been linked to diabetes but this one of first studies to look at risk of dying from these diabetes linked cancers

Sept. 27, 2013 - Diabetes, a disease common among senior citizens, has been linked to an increased risk of developing cancer, but now researchers have performed a unique meta-analysis that excludes all other causes of death and found that diabetic patients not only have an increased risk of developing breast and colon cancer but an even higher risk of dying from them. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

New Urine Test for Prostate Cancer Hailed as Best Ever and Easily Available by Mail

Research shows the two-marker urine test is more effective than PSA test alone, or PSA testing that’s incorporated into a commonly used online tool - the Prostate Cancer Risk Calculator

Sept. 25, 2013 - A new urine test for prostate cancer that measures minute fragments of RNA is now commercially available to men nationwide through the University of Michigan Mlabs, according to a news release issued by the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The new test - Mi-Prostate Score (MiPS) - improves the utility of the PSA blood test, increases physicians’ ability to pick out high-risk prostate tumors from low-risk tumors in patients, and may help tens of thousands of men avoid unnecessary biopsies. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

New Early Detection Urine Test for Prostate Cancer Introduced at U. Michigan

Test incorporates three specific markers that could indicate cancer and studies have shown that the combination is far more accurate than PSA alone

Sept. 26, 2013 - More than 1 million men will undergo a prostate biopsy this year, but only about one-fifth of those biopsies will result in a cancer diagnosis. The reason is that the traditional prostate cancer screening test – a blood test to measure prostate specific antigen, or PSA – does not give doctors a complete picture.

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Fat and Obesity Gene also Affects Hip Fracture: 82 Percent Risk Increase for Women

Women in study all over 60, bone health was followed between 1989 and 2007; during period, 102 had hip fractures

Sept. 25, 2013 - Australian researchers have demonstrated a strong association between the FTO (fat and obesity) gene and hip fracture in women.  While the gene is already well known to affect diabetes and body fat, this is the first study to show that its high-risk variant can increase the risk of hip fracture by as much as 82%. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

One Statin Caused Memory Loss in Study, Another Did Not: Why the Difference?

Lack of effect of Lipitor certainly suggests that some types of statin may be more likely to cause cognitive impairment than others

Sept. 25, 2013 - New research from the United Kingdom looked at whether two commonly prescribed statin medicines, used to lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or ‘bad cholesterol’ levels in the blood, can adversely affect cognitive function. The study found that Pravachol caused memory impairment in rats, while Lipitor did not. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Targeted Radiation Effective, Safe for Senior Citizens with Pancreatic Cancer

Not a cure but Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) extends life for elderly by months; minimal side-effects even when burdened by other health problems; two patients lived almost two years - see video in story

Sep. 24, 2013 – Effective therapy for pancreatic cancer – the deadliest of cancers – is a major pursuit in healthcare research. It is especially challenging when treating the disease in elderly patients, who often have other health problems that complicate successful treatment. Now, researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit have declared a highly targeted cancer radiation may offer safe and effective treatment for the elderly unable to undergo surgery or combined chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Read more...

Features for Senior Citizens

Jitterbug Mobile Phones for Seniors Get New Plans for Better Mobile Health, Safety

5Star, included in all new GoPlans for Jitterbug, transforms the phone into a personal medical alert device, company says

Sept. 24, 2013 – The Jitterbug cell phone, designed for senior citizens and their families, has new service plans offering unlimited access to medical alert services, medical professionals, and other exclusive health management tools, all combined with minutes for a flat monthly fee. GreatCall, Inc., creator of the phone, announced the new plans last week. Read more...

Senior Citizen Politics

FDA Opens the Door to Rapid Growth in Health Apps for Smart Phones

Seniors may take greater interest in smart phones that help them manage their health

Jeffrey Shuren,  Director, FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, blogs about mobile health care apps below main story.

Sept. 24, 2013 – Senior citizens, the biggest consumers of health care, have a new reason to get a smart phone. The Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday meaning it will not enforce requirements under the Federal Drug & Cosmetic Act for the majority of medical applications, or apps, which are software programs that run on mobile communication devices and perform the same functions as traditional medical devices. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Statins Take Another Hit, Large Study Says They Increase Cataract Risk

Seems to be little doubt statins are effective protecting the heart but there is a growing list of damaging and dangerous side effects

Sept. 23, 2013 – Statins – the wonder drug that was supposed to save millions of older people from cholesterol clogged arteries and death – took another hit recently from researchers reporting the drug increases the risk of cataracts, a main cause of poor vision and blindness in senior citizens. Read more.
 

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Pay for Performance to Physicians Results in Better Patient Outcomes

Incentives offered a whole health care team did not have significant effect

Sept. 17, 2013 – Just modest monetary incentive paid to individual physicians resulted in a significant 8.36 percent increase in patients whose blood pressure was brought down to desired levels or who received an appropriate medical response when it was found that their blood pressure was uncontrolled. However, incentives to a whole health care team or to the physician plus health care team did not have a significant effect, according to a multi-year study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Vaccination Fails to Improve Stage II Melanoma Patients

Idea of treating cancer with a vaccine has been around since first vaccines against infectious disease were developed

By John Bean, PhD, EORTC Medical Science Writer

Sept. 13, 2013 - Results of an EORTC study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology show that vaccination with GM2/KLH-QS-21 does not benefit patients with stage II melanoma.  Vaccination with GM2/KLH-QS-21 stimulates the production of antibodies to the GM2 ganglioside, an antigen expressed by many melanomas. Serological response to GM2 was shown to be a positive prognostic factor in patients with melanoma and was the rationale for this trial. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Crisis in U.S. Cancer Care Fueled by Rapid Growth of Cancer-Prone Senior Citizens

1.6 million cases diagnosed annually; by 2030 cancer incidence to rise by 45% to 2.3 million per year – mostly senior citizens: IOM report - Video in Story

See video belowSept. 11, 2013 - Delivery of cancer care in the U.S. is facing a crisis stemming from a combination of factors and probably first on this list is the rapid increase of senior citizens – people age 65 and older –that account for most cancer diagnoses, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine. It also identifies a shrinking oncology work force, rising costs of cancer care, and the complexity of the disease and its treatment as contributors to the crisis. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Video All Senior Citizens, Caregivers Must See on Fighting Deadly Sepsis

Progression from a localized infection to full-blown deadly sepsis can occur in mere hours, especially in older people

Sept. 10, 2013 – Sepsis kills more than a million Americans every year. It's the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. but older adults, especially those with weakened immune systems, chronic conditions, and those over the age of 85, are most likely to die from this medical condition that develops when the body initiates a powerful immune response against an infection. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Screening for Minor Memory Problems May Wrongly Label Many with Dementia

Experts gather in New Hampshire today to discuss threat to health, the waste of money by unnecessary care; Medicare covers annual cognitive test in wellness visit

Sept. 10, 2013 – The ongoing debate in medical circles over when people – in particular senior citizens – should be screened for various afflictions has not hit the battle against dementia. A political drive, led by the UK and US, to screen older people for minor memory changes (often called mild cognitive impairment or pre-dementia) is leading to unnecessary investigation and potentially harmful treatment for what is arguably an inevitable consequence of ageing, warn experts on bmj.com today. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Choosing to Have Cataract Surgery Will Add Years to Lives of Older People

Australian study finds 40% lower mortality among patients who had vision corrected compared to those who live with the impairment - will affect more than half of all Americans by the time they are 80

Sept. 9, 2013 - People with cataract-related vision loss who have had cataract surgery to improve their sight are living longer than those with visual impairment who chose not to have the procedure, according to an Australian cohort study published this month in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. After comparing the two groups, the researchers found a 40 percent lower long-term mortality risk in those who had the surgery. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

CDC report finds 200,000 heart disease and stroke deaths could have been prevented in 2010

With Obamacare, more Americans should be saved, as more will have access to health coverage and preventive care, including young people, other medically underserved groups

Aug. 3, 2013 - Preventable deaths from heart disease or stroke declined faster in 2010 among senior citizens age 65 through 74 years compared to those under age 65. The bad news is these 65 through 74 seniors still have the highest death rates for those under 75. And, over half of these preventable deaths were people who had not reached their 65th birthday. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Seniors need to better understand cataract surgery and its future

Surgeon answers seven key questions about cataracts that he says you probably never bothered to ask

By Balaji K. Gupta, M.D., Ophthalmologist

Aug. 23, 2013 - Most people know someone who has successfully undergone cataract surgery – without much fanfare. So, as a topic of conversation, cataracts are pretty ho-hum. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

In mild strokes, ultra-early treatment may eliminate risk of disability

If you suspect a stroke, get to a hospital right now! Treatment within 90 minutes for mild-to-moderate stroke can save permanent disability

August 22, 2013 — In the case of mild or moderate strokes, getting treatment ultra-fast – within 90 minutes of experiencing symptoms – greatly reduces the risk of suffering disability, according to a new study reported in the American Heart Association’s journal Stoke. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Reducing calories appears to improve the success of cancer treatment

Valuable new data on how caloric intake may play a role in programmed cancer cell death and better results from targeted cancer therapies

By Tucker Sutherland, editor, SeniorJournal.com

Aug. 21, 2013 – It there is a way to make cancer treatment more successful, most senior citizens will listen. They have watched too many close friends and relatives suffer and die from the ravages of cancer. A study out today, however, offers some hope that we can make cancer treatment more successful. The researchers have discovered that restricting calories for a defined period of time appears to improve the success of cancer treatment. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Rural senior citizens prefer self-care over doctors medical advice

Seniors over age 65 living in rural North Carolina believe they can control their health better than a medical professional

By Valerie DeBenedette, HBNS Contributing Writer

Aug. 21, 2013 - A survey of older rural adults found a high degree of medical skepticism, the belief that one knows and can control their own health better than a medical professional can, reports a recent study in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. For some, these beliefs correlate with a higher tendency toward self-care.

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

High cholesterol much more dangerous for middle-aged men than women

These men should be treated more aggressively than what often is the case today

Aug. 16, 2013 - Living with high cholesterol levels is much more dangerous for middle-aged men than it is for middle-aged women, at least when it comes to having a first heart attack, according to a new study of more than 40,000 Norwegians. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Drug dosing for older heart patients should differ

Difficult to identify the right dose of anti-clotting medications for the elderly after a heart attack

Aug. 16, 2013 - Older heart patients present unique challenges for determining the optimal dosages of medications, so a new study from researchers at Duke Medicine offers some rare clarity about the use of drugs that are used to treat patients with heart attacks. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

A close look at your eyes may reveal your risk of a stroke

Retina shows status of blood vessels in the brain by non-invasive retinal imaging

Aug. 13, 2013 - In a study reported in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, researchers said retinal imaging may someday help assess if you're more likely to develop a stroke — the nation's No. 4 killer and a leading cause of disability. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Promising new approach for harnessing the immune system to fight cancer released today

St. Jude researchers get immune system to shrink melanoma cancer in mice without autoimmune reaction

Aug. 4, 2013 – Researchers announced today the discovery of a way to target the immune system to shrink or eliminate tumors in mice without causing dangerous autoimmune problems that are often associated with current cancer treatments. They say it was particularly dramatic in a mouse model of human melanoma cancer and shows evidence it may operate in humans. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

When it comes to skin cancer, pictures are worth a thousand words

Senior citizens, the most frequent victims of skin cancer, need to be aware of how to identify dangerous melanoma skin cancers before the spread - see graphics

Aug 2, 2013 - Seeing pictures of skin cancer motivates people to regularly check their own moles, according to a new research paper from the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. Senior citizens – men in particular – are the most likely to develop the most deadly of skin cancers – melanomas. Read more..

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

High rate of delirium in senior citizens after surgery  increases risk of cognitive decline, nursing home

45 percent have delirium in recovery room;  adverse effects on hospital outcomes; increased nursing home admission

July 24, 2013 – Close to half of senior citizens undergoing surgery with general anesthesia are found to have delirium in the post anesthesia care unit (PACU), according to a study in the August issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS). Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Nobody Should Die from Advanced-Stage Melanoma, Says Leading Researcher

Tide is turning in skin cancer battle with more than 100 promising drugs for blocking cancer-causing signaling pathways

July 16, 2013 - A decade ago there was little doctors could do to help a patient with advanced-stage melanoma. Now it seems each week yields important new discoveries about the deadly skin cancer. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years, and now is by any measure the most exciting time for melanoma research,” says Brian Nickoloff.  Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Most Older Men Say They Want Prostate Cancer Test Despite Risks, Task Force Objections

Although experts say middle-aged men should not have routine PSA tests, majority of older men disagree, especially those of higher income, black or had recent test

By Valerie DeBenedette, HBNS Contributing Writer

July 11, 2013 - A survey of men age 40 to 74 found that 54 percent say that they would still opt for a popular prostate cancer screening test despite recent recommendations that the test not be performed, finds a new study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Only 13 percent said they would choose not to be tested. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Emergency Rooms Take Toll On Older Patients Says Australian Study

Likely to have “geriatric syndromes” such as immobility, confusion and incontinence - for many, functional and cognitive issues increased afterward

By Kelsey Miller, Kaiser Health News

July 1, 2013 - The majority of older patients who go to emergency departments in several nations around the world are likely to start out with complex conditions that deteriorate after their visits, according to a study published in the June 25 issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Earlier Treatment of Seniors After Stroke Reduces Risk of Death, Increases Chance to Go Home

For every 15 minutes gained, death and hemorrhage was less likely; going home in better shape more likely for these seniors with average age of 72

July 18, 2013 – With all the promotion by the American Heart Association and others about the critical need for quick treatment after a stroke, it is not surprising that a large new study of senior citizens hit with acute ischemic stroke finds that thrombolytic treatment (to help dissolve a blood clot) that was started more rapidly after symptom onset was associated with reduced in-hospital deaths and intracranial hemorrhage and higher rates of independent walking ability at discharge and discharge to home. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Evidence Grows that Observation is Safe, Cost Effective for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer Patients

Study focused on men age 65 to 75 when diagnosed; 70% of prostate cancer is low-risk, but 60% of these get treatment

June 18, 2013 - Many men with low-risk, localized prostate cancers can safely choose active surveillance or “watchful waiting” instead of undergoing immediate treatment and have better quality of life while reducing health care costs, according to a study by researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Seniors with Age-Related Macular Degeneration See Vision Improve with Eylea Injections

Study of elderly with AMD having limited success with Avastin-Lucentis injections finds Eylea improved vision for over 30 percent after six months; half had less fluid around retina

June 18, 2013 – Another of those worries right up there near the top of the list for most senior citizens is age-related macular degeneration. There is no cure for this eye disease that is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in older Americans. A new study, however, seems to have discovered a drug that can at least ease the vision problems. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

The Diabetes ‘Breathalyzer’ – It Could Improve the Way of Life for Many Senior Citizens

Pitt chemists demonstrate sensor technology that could detect and monitor diabetes through breath analysis alone

June 10, 2013 – As millions of senior citizens know, diabetes patients often receive their diagnosis after a series of glucose-related blood tests in a hospital, and then have to monitor their condition daily through expensive, invasive methods. Chemists at the University of Pittsburgh think they have found a way to significantly simplify the diagnosis and monitoring of diabetes through breath analysis alone. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Small Lifestyle Change Has Big Impact on Reducing Risk of Highly Feared Strokes

Study finds the risk drops rapidly with lifestyle changes measured with AHA’s Simple 7

June 6, 2013 – Most senior citizens are usually battling one health threat or another, but, there are certain ailments that are more feared than others. Alzheimer’s, the mind-destroyer, always ranks first. But right up there with it is another mind-wrecker - stroke. A new study, however, offers encouragement that seniors can make just small changes in their lifestyle and make a big reduction in their risk of a stroke. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

More Older Men Should Be Considered for Daily Aspirin to Prevent Cancer Death

Primary benefit of aspiring for middle-aged men increases when this cancer benefit is added to consideration

SJune 6, 2013 – The question of should we take aspirin as a preventive measure never seems to reach a final conclusion. The latest is a research finding that tips the scale in favor a daily aspirin for middle-aged men because of its capacity for preventing cancer deaths, which offsets the risks and thus lowers the age and increase the number of men for whom aspirin should be recommended. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Women with Uterine Cancer Reduce Death Risk by 84 Percent with Statin and Aspirin

Even those just using a statin saw 45% decline in risk of dying; disease usually targets older women

June 3, 2013 – Endometrial (more commonly called uterine cancer) patients who took statins and aspirin reduced their chance of death by a highly significant 84 percent, according to a new study by researchers at Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care. More than half of women diagnosed with endometrial cancer are in the 50-69 age group. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Another Hit for Statins: Linked to Muscle Weakness, Cramps, Joint Disease, Injury

Growing list of problems for this life-saving drug that lowers heart disease

By Tucker Sutherland, editor

June 3, 2013 – Most agree that statin drugs effectively lower cardiovascular illnesses but there is growing evidence that more problems are associated with these drugs that had been assumed. The latest report published Online First by JAMA Internal Medicine links statins with musculoskeletal problems, joint diseases and injuries. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Scientist Say Apigenin Compound Found in Foods Takes Away Power of Cancer Cells to Survive

Abundant in Mediterranean diet that makes cancer cells mortal

May 21, 2013 - New research suggests that a compound called apigenin, abundant in the Mediterranean diet, takes away the "superpower" of cancer cells to escape death. By altering a very specific step in gene regulation, this compound essentially re-educates cancer cells into normal cells that die as scheduled. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Latest Prostatectomy Radiation Treatment – IMRT – Not More Effective for Senior Citizens

New technologies for prostate cancer adopted quickly as many believe newer treatments are better, but often there is a lack of studies to actually compare patient outcomes

May 21, 2013 - Intensity-modulated radiation therapy has become the most commonly used type of radiation in prostate cancer, but new research suggests that the therapy may not be more effective than older, less expensive forms of radiation therapy in patients who have had a prostatectomy and were seniors age 66 or older. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Physical, Emotional Impairments Common, Often Untreated in People with Cancer

‘prehabilitation,’ precursor to rehabilitation, is recommended at time of diagnosis up until treatment begins; rebab cost effective; critical

May 20, 2013 - A majority of cancer survivors will have significant physical and psychological impairments as a result of treatments and these often go undetected and/or untreated, resulting in disability, according to a new review. It finds cancer survivors suffer a diverse and complex set of impairments, affecting virtually every organ system. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Saving A Life After Heart Attack: There Is An iPhone App for That

Inexpensive smartphone app could help save lives by faster diagnosis, treatment for deadliest heart attacks

May 17, 2013 ― An experimental, inexpensive iPhone application transmitted diagnostic heart images faster and more reliably than emailing photo images, according to a research study presented at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2013. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Depressed Cancer Survivors Twice as Likely to Die Prematurely

Prevalence of cancer rising as are number cured or living with it as a chronic disease… due partially to aging population, more effective treatments

May 16, 2013 - Depressed cancer survivors are twice as likely to die prematurely than those who do not suffer from depression, irrespective of the cancer site. That's according to a new study, by Floortje Mols and colleagues, from Tilburg University in The Netherlands. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Salt Intake Restrictions for Seniors, Others Questioned by Institute of Medicine

Potential harm from too little salt? Lack of evidence to support current guidelines

May 15, 2013 – Senior citizens have been well warned by the American Heart Association and a number of other authoritative sources that they should not consume more than 1,500 mg per day of sodium. Now, the prestigious Institute of Medicine is questioning this restriction and even the restriction for younger people of 2,300 mg per day. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

CDC Urges Seniors, Others with Arthritis to Take Action in May to Relieve Symptoms

Arthritis Awareness Month sees 50 million in U.S. living with the pain; walking offers relief; ten ways to get started

May 15, 2013 – About 12.4 million senior citizens - 33.6 percent of those age 65 and older -  in the U.S. suffer with osteoarthritis,  the most common form of arthritis among older people. And, 50 million Americans live with some form of arthritis. In recognition of Arthritis Awareness Month (May) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging patients to take actions to reduce the symptoms and live well. Read more...

   

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Being Proactive Critical in Battle Against Cancer But Study Questions Guidance Provided to Patients

With a focus on shared decision-making between doctors and patients, more studies needed to determine how decision aids help guide choices for cancer screening

May 13, 2013 - When it comes to a cancer diagnosis, timing can be everything – the sooner it’s found, the more treatable it is. But when and how often should someone get screened? Are physicians doing their part to help patients make wise decisions? Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Reason for Fuzzy Memories for Seniors Taking Statins May Be Explained

Memory loss that is reversible sometimes caused by cholesterol-lowering drugs, one of most widely prescribed medications for senior citizens in the world.

May 10, 2013 - A University of Arizona research team has made a novel discovery in brain cells being treated with statin drugs: unusual swellings within neurons, which the team has termed the "beads-on-a-string" effect. It may explain the continued documentation that some patients experience fuzzy thinking and memory loss while taking statins, a class of global top-selling cholesterol-lowering drugs used primarily by older people. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

New Prostate Cancer Test Better at Determining Candidates for Surveillance

UC San Francisco tool billed as better at determining risk; could save many at low-risk from treatment that is now common

May 8, 2013 - A new genomic test for prostate cancer, which most often targets older men, can help predict whether men are more likely to harbor an aggressive form of the disease, according to a new UC San Francisco study. The test, which improves risk assessment when patients are first diagnosed, can also aid in determining which men are suitable for active surveillance – a way of managing the disease without direct treatment. Read more...

Medicare News

Wide Variance in What Hospitals Charge Exposed in Data Release by Obama Administration

Consumers don’t know what hospitals charge them or their insurance company; info aimed at helping them make smart choices

May 8, 2013 – The cost of healthcare just became a lot more transparent with the release of information by Health and Human Services on what hospitals charge for common inpatient services. The information shows an extreme variance across the country and even within communities. Read more...

 

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Doctors' Diagnostic Errors Are Often Not Mentioned But Can Take A Serious Toll

‘Diagnoses that are missed, incorrect or delayed are believed to affect 10 to 20 percent of cases, far exceeding drug errors and surgery on the wrong patient or body part…’

By Sandra G. Boodman, Kaiser Health News

May, 7, 2013 - Until it happened to him, Itzhak Brook, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Georgetown University School of Medicine, didn't think much about the problem of misdiagnosis. That was before doctors at a Maryland hospital repeatedly told Brook his throat pain was the result of acid reflux, not cancer. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Omega-3, Antioxidants Ruled Out in Treating AMD, Leading Cause of Blindness in Elderly

Study clarifies role of supplements, including lutein, zeaxanthin, in preventing advanced AMD: incurable disease that is leading cause of blindness in senior citizens

May 6, 2013 - Adding omega-3 fatty acids did not improve a combination of nutritional supplements commonly recommended for treating age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a major cause of vision loss among older Americans, according to a study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The plant-derived antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin also had no overall effect on AMD. Read more...

Features for Senior Citizens

Seniors May Want to Take a Closer Look at How Smartphone Apps are Changing Healthcare

The field is growing so fast it has spurned a million-person study and an online magazine to medical professional aware of the latest apps

By Tucker Sutherland, editor

May 4, 2013 - Even senior citizens, not often the most interested in new ways of doing things, have probably heard "There's an app for that!" It refers to the applications available for smart phones. Seniors should pay close attention to the new wave of sophisticated apps offering stunning medical help - like an EKG to check your heart, and apps that check blood pressure and heart rate. Among the most amazing is one that helps people with artificial hands determine the grip they want to use. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

New Guidelines Urge Older Men Discuss Benefits, Harms of Prostate Cancer Screening with Doctor

American Urological Association changes position to slow wide-spread screening for men 55 to 69; opposes routine screening of men 40 to 50; no screening if 70+

May 3, 2013 - Men ages 55 to 69 who are considering prostate cancer screening should talk with their doctors about the benefits and harms of testing and proceed based on their personal values and preferences, according to a new clinical practice guideline released today by the American Urological Association (AUA). The guidelines also say screening in men under 40 or 70 and over  is not recommended, nor is routine screening of men 40 to 50 with "average risk". Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Men Who Take Statins Less Likely to Die from Prostate Cancer

Statins prescribed as drugs to control cholesterol but may work against number one cancer killer of men

May 2, 2013 - Men with prostate cancer who take cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins are significantly less likely to die from their cancer than men who don’t take such medication, according to study led by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Too Many Stroke Victims Fail to Use EMS for Fastest Trip to Treatment

Ethnic minorities, rural residents least likely to call 911 at onset of a stroke as recommended by American Heart Association

April 30, 2013 — Time is critical to stroke victims but more than a third don’t get to the hospital by ambulance, even though that’s the fastest way to get help, according to new research in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Fast Acting Virus Kills Melanoma Cancer Cells Before Immune System Can Stop It

Melanoma killer has been highly efficient attacking human cancer cells in animals, lab tests, while ignoring healthy ones

April 23, 2013 - Researchers from Yale University School of Medicine have demonstrated that vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) is highly competent at finding, infecting, and killing human melanoma cells, both in vitro and in animal models, while having little propensity to infect non-cancerous cells. Read more...

 

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Alternative Therapies May Help Lower Blood Pressure But Don’t Match Traditional Methods

New scientific statement from American Heart Association looks at yoga, slow breathing, meditation, hand-grip exercise and more - Over half of those 60+ have hypertension

April 23, 2013 – Don’t kid yourself about effective ways to reduce your life-threatening high blood pressure – some alternative methods can help, especially if they involve physical exercise, but they shouldn’t replace the proven methods long promoted by the American Heart Association. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Ovarian Cancer Detected Using Neighboring Cells, Raises Hope for Early Detection Method

Partial wave spectroscopic (PWS) microscopy has shown promising results in early detection of colon, pancreatic and lung cancers

April 22, 2013 – No reliable early detection method for ovarian cancer currently exists but there is new hope with a discovery that has the potential as a minimally invasive early detection method using cells collected by a swab, exactly like a Pap smear. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Dementia Risk in 20-Year Decline Among Senior Citizens as Cardiovascular Disease Decreases

Reduction of dementia risk important but number of people with dementia will rise with the increase in life expectancy and growing number over age 75

April 20, 2013 – A new Swedish study appears to confirm that dementia is declining among older people: those 75 years old and older. The report in the journal Neurology shows the risk of the elderly developing dementia may have declined for over 20 years, in direct conflict with most assumptions. The reason appears to be the decrease in cardiovascular disease. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Knee Brace Proven to Significantly Reduce Pain of Kneecap Osteoarthritis

Enormous potential for treating common joint condition effectively; providing a simple and cheap alternative to painkillers

April 19, 2013 - A lightweight knee brace can dramatically improve the function and reduce the pain associated with osteoarthritis the affects the kneecap, says a study released today by researchers at The University of Manchester that was funded by Arthritis Research UK. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Reminding Doctors to Test Older People for Osteoporosis Reduced Fractures, Health Care Costs

Just a simple personal reminder letter to family doctors and patients about evaluating fracture patients for osteoporosis significantly improved care at very low cost

April 18, 2013 - Osteoporosis is a condition that is common, costly and undertreated. Low trauma fractures in older people are a "red flag" for osteoporosis, but those at risk often are not treated for the condition. Rates of osteoporosis testing and treatment are typically less than 20 percent in the first year after a fracture. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

You May Have Survived Cancer But Cardiovascular Risk May Now Be Higher Than You Think

Cancer shares many of cardiovascular risk factors such as smoking, low physical activity and obesity; cancer treatment many not help heart either

April 16, 2013 – A study of survivors of breast, prostate, colorectal and gynecologic cancers finds many of these people end up dying of cardiovascular disease. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Almost Half of Deaths from Prostate Cancer Can Be Predicted by PSA Before Men Reach Age 50

Earlier 2010 study in BMJ showed PSA level at age 60 is strongly predictive of the risk of death from prostate cancer by age 85

"As it turns out, the best way to determine risk is a single PSA before the age of 50."

April 17, 2013 - Prostate specific antigen (PSA) screening is widely used for the early detection of prostate cancer, but remains highly controversial, as it became widespread long before evidence to prove its value. There is now evidence that PSA screening can reduce prostate cancer mortality in men who would not otherwise be screened. However, this can come at considerable harm. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Questions About Colon Screening Coverage Still Vex Consumers; Difference for Medicare, Others

People in group, individual health plans don't pay for polyp removal during a screening colonoscopy; feds say it is an integral part of screening and should be covered without cost sharing - Medicare may still require co-pay. Some remain vexed and confused about testing that begins at age 50 for second leading cancer killer

By Michelle Andrews, Insuring Your Health, KHN

April 16, 2013 - No one looks forward to screening tests for colon and rectal cancers. But under the Affordable Care Act, patients are at least supposed to save on out of-pocket costs for them. Coverage is not always clear, however, and despite the federal government's clarifications, some consumers remain vexed and confused. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Targeting Cholesterol Buildup In Eye May Slow Age-Related Vision Loss from AMD for Seniors

Cholesterol build-up in arteries and veins is a natural consequence of aging; cholesterol known to accumulate in the eye in deposits called drusen

April 3, 2013 - Targeting cholesterol metabolism in the eye might help prevent a severe form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the most common causes of blindness in older Americans, according to indications in a study in mice, which was supported by the National Institutes of Health. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Men with Lynch Syndrome Genetic Condition at Greater Risk of Prostate, Other Cancers

New study adds prostate to list of several cancers associated with one of the most common inherited cancer conditions

April 1, 2013 - Men with an inherited genetic condition called Lynch syndrome face a higher lifetime risk of developing prostate cancer and appear to develop the disease at an earlier age, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

EDTA Chelation Therapy Reduces Cardiovascular Events in Heart Attack Victims Age 50 and Over

NIH says 18% reduction was ‘modest;’  Seniors with diabetes appeared to receive particular benefit from this chelation therapy that is supposed to clear plaques from the blood

March 27, 2013 - Chelation therapy, an unproven alternative medicine in the treatment for heart disease, “modestly” reduced cardiovascular events for seniors aged 50 and older who had suffered a prior heart attack, according a news release from the National Institutes of Health, which supported the research. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Depression, Anxiety a Deadly Combination for Older People with Heart Disease

Two new studies look at anxiety and depression among older heart disease patients and find these patients need closer monitoring

March 20, 2013 — Heart disease patients who have anxiety have twice the risk of dying from any cause compared to those without anxiety. It they suffer both anxiety and depression they have a triple risk of dying. Then, a second study finds heart failure patients with moderate or severe depression have four times the risk of dying. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Actinic Keratosis – Dry Scaly Skin Spots Common for Seniors – Can Lead to Cancer

For up to 10 percent of people, AKs – off-color skin blemishes often referred to as “sun spots” - will progress to squamous cell carcinoma.

By Dr. Ellen Marmur

March 19, 2013 - We all know someone who fits the bill: fair-skinned, covered in “sun spots” after having spent their younger days soaking up the sun, getting a nice bronze tan (or sunburn) while unwittingly bathing themselves in the sun’s harmful UV rays. While education around skin cancer has increased dramatically, it doesn’t help the generations of sun-worshippers for whom the damage has already been done. I know, because I am an ex sun worshipper who has survived skin cancer. For these people, proactive skin care and screening is essential. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Older Women Seem to Do Fine with Biennial Mammogram, Regardless of Breast Density

Younger women - 40 to 49 - with high density should stick with annual exams says new study considering harm and benefits of various screening frequencies and considering age, breast density and more

March 15, 2013 – It appears to be okay for older women – those ages 50 to 74 – to have mammograms every two years because a new study finds regardless of breast density or hormone therapy it does not increase the risk of presenting with advanced breast cancer and does substantially reduce the cumulative risk of a false-positive mammography result and biopsy recommendation. Women aged 40 to 49 years with extremely dense breasts, however, should consider annual screening. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

CDC Calls for Action Now to Halt Spread of Deadly CRE Bacteria in Hospitals, Nursing Homes

Antibiotic-resistant CRE bacteria kills up to half of patients who get bloodstream infections from them – seniors at highest risk due to frequent hospital visits, lack of endurance

March 15, 2013 – Senior citizens and the caregivers who watch over them need to pay close attention to a new threat from a family of bacteria that has become increasingly resistant to last-resort antibiotics during the past decade, and more hospitalized patients are getting lethal infections that, in some cases, are impossible to cure. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Bitter Melon Juice Prevents Pancreatic Cancer In Mouse Models

Mice fed bitter melon juice were 60 percent less likely to develop pancreatic cancer

By Garth Sundem, In The Lab

March 12, 2013 - A University of Colorado Cancer study published this week in the journal Carcinogenesis shows that bitter melon juice restricts the ability of pancreatic cancer cells to metabolize glucose, thus cutting the cells’ energy source and eventually killing them. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Antibiotic-Resistant Strain of E. Coli Increasing Among Senior Citizens in Nursing Homes

Spread of E. coli ST131 already a pandemic but has received little attention in the U.S. – ‘making development of strategies to halt further emergence and spread of these strains a public health priority’

March 12, 2013 - Antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli (E. coli) continues to proliferate, driven largely by expansion of a strain of E. coli know as sequence type ST131. A new study points to hospitals and long-term care facilities (LTCF) as settings in which this antibiotic-resistant strain is increasingly found, particularly among senior citizens. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Many Colonoscopies for Older Adults May be Inappropriate, Study Says

Unnecessary screenings are almost 40% for those seniors 76 to 85; 23.4% for all 70 and older. Second study finds senior citizens just keep on getting cancer screenings without results.

March 11, 2013 – Almost 1 of every 4 colonoscopies performed in Medicare beneficiaries 70 years and older in 2008-2009 in Texas and across the country were potentially inappropriate according to age-based screening recommendations or the results of a previous screening. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Lack of Aspirin Before Angioplasty Linked to Significantly Higher Death Rate

Failure to follow basic aspirin protocol raises questions about medical staff adherence to other guidelines

March 7, 2013 - Despite recommendations from leading medical groups, a surprising number of patients are not given aspirin before artery-clearing coronary angioplasty and stenting, and those patients have a significantly higher in-hospital death rate, according to research from a Michigan network being presented at the American College of Cardiology's 62nd Annual Scientific Session. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Key to Heart Failure, Path to New Treatments Discovered by Temple Researchers

First to show that an enzyme called GRK5 (G-protein coupled receptor kinase 5) can gain access to a heart cell's command center, where control of its genes is maintained

March 7, 2013 - Some 5.8 million Americans suffer from heart failure, a currently incurable disease. But scientists at Temple University School of Medicine's (TUSM) Center for Translational Medicine have discovered a key biochemical step underlying the condition that could aid the development of new drugs to treat and possibly prevent it. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Prostate Screening Tests In Older Men Decline, But Many Still Get Them, Study Finds

Government panel recommended in August 2008 that men over age 75 should not be routinely screened for prostate cancer

By Julie Appleby, CAPSULES: Short Takes On News & Events

March 4, 2013 - Fewer men over age 75 are being routinely screened for cancer with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test following a 2008 recommendation against the tests, researchers said today, suggesting a less-is-more approach sometimes works. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Heart Attack Death Risk Appears to Increase After Death of Adult Sibling

Death increases risk of heart attack death of adult siblings and increased risk is most evident years later

March 1, 2013 — Your risk of dying from a heart attack may increase after your adult sibling dies, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Women More Aware of Heart Disease Danger but Room for Improvement

American Heart Association finds women’s awareness of heart disease as leading cause of death nearly doubled in 15 years; culturally and generationally relevant messages on lifestyle and prevention strategies are needed

Feb 22, 2013 - The number of women aware that heart disease is the leading cause of death has nearly doubled in the last 15 years, but that knowledge still lags in minorities and younger women, according to a new study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. And, as might be expected, senior women age 65 and older are more likely to discuss heart disease with their doctor than are younger women. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Recent Studies Linking Aspirin and Age-Related Macular Degeneration Raises Interest in AMD Awareness Month

Five tips on how seniors can help protect their vision from the number one cause of blindness in older people - video on AMD below story

Feb. 20, 2013 – February is AMD Awareness Month and certainly much of the focus will be on two studies published in the last few months that have linked regular long-term aspirin use to neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is a leading cause of blindness in older people. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Study Shows Greater Efforts Needed to Convince Older People to Stop Smoking, Live Longer

Researchers find positive, life-saving results occur faster than assumed for seniors who quit smoking

Feb. 20, 2013 – German researchers are urging more emphasis on encouraging older people to stop smoking, after learning in a study of people age 50 to 74 that the positive results from smoking cessation occur in just a few months. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Walmart Health Screening Stations Touted As Part of 'Self-Service Revolution'

Walmart, Sam's Clubs to have 2,400 health stations offering consumers free and convenient access to health care by allowing them to screen their vision, blood pressure, weight, and body mass index (BMI)

By Julie Appleby, KHN Staff Writer

 In collaboration with USA TODAY

Feb. 19, 2013, Perched by a computer monitor wedged between shelves of cough drops and the pharmacy in a bustling Walmart,  Mohamed Khader taps out answers to questions such as how often he eats vegetables, whether anyone in his family has diabetes and his age. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Study of Seniors Finds Less Response to Shingles Vaccine for Those with Untreated Depression

If antidepressants increase the effectiveness of the shingles vaccine, it may have similar effect on depressed patients to other important vaccines, such influenza

Feb. 15, 2013 – Senior citizens are encouraged to get the vaccination for shingles, which can guard against the painful condition caused by the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus. There has been concern, however, that the vaccine is not more successful. Researchers seeking answers have found a link between untreated depression in older adults and decreased effectiveness of the vaccine. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Large Study Shows Elderly and African-American Men at Increased Risk of Having Aggressive Prostate Cancer

This cancer only found by PSA testing but not known if early detection and treatment can be beneficial

Feb. 13, 2013 – A significant number of elderly men (age 75 and older) and African-Americans may have an aggressive form of prostate cancer that is only diagnosed by PSA testing, according to a large retrospective study. These men have high to intermediate risk prostate cancer staged as T1cN0M0. Read more...

Study Questions Kidney Cancer Treatment in Elderly: May Be Worse Than Disease

Surgery may not help older people with small kidney tumors, a study suggests.

By Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press

Feb. 13, 2013 - In a stunning example of when treatment might be worse than the disease, a large review of Medicare records finds that older people with small kidney tumors were much less likely to die over the next five years if doctors monitored them instead of operating right away. Even though nearly all of these tumors turned out to be cancer, they rarely proved fatal. And surgery roughly doubled patients' risk of developing heart problems or dying of other causes, doctors found. Read more at USA Today

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Got to Go? Harvard Scientists Find New Relief for Urinary Incontinence, Overactive Bladder

New focus on proteins in cells lining the surface of the bladder may lead to new drug relief for incontinence that affects millions of senior citizens

Feb. 11, 2013 - If you have an overactive bladder or urinary incontinence, help could be on the way. Most drug treatments today target proteins in the muscle surrounding the bladder, but new research shows that it may be possible to design drugs that target sensory proteins in the epithelium, a thin layer of cells which line the surface of the bladder. Read more...

International Stroke Conference Closes After More Than 1,300 Presentations: Links to Some of Best are Below

Five research reports today focus on care for stroke victims - links to these and more are below

Feb. 8, 2013 – The information-packed International Stroke Conference 2013 on the latest research in stroke care and prevention ended today with five key presentations on new discoveries in better treatment for stroke victims. Below are links many of the top presentations are below. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Immune System Uses Melanoma's Own Proteins to Kill Off Cancer Cells, Researchers Say

Transfer of cancer building cells to immune system provides crucial intelligence about the attacking cancer, which facilitates the right defense to kill the cancer

Feb. 4, 2013 – Researchers have found that the transfer of a protein that promotes cancer development from melanoma cancer cells to T cells in the immune system alerts the immune cells of the danger and allows them to develop the molecules necessary to kill the cancer. Read more...

Features for Senior Citizens

Marriage Reduces Risk of Heart Attack in Both Men and Women and of All Ages

Cohabiting associated with better prognosis after coronary events before and after hospitalization

Jan. 31, 2013 - A large population-based study from Finland shows that being unmarried increases the risk of fatal and non-fatal heart attack in both men and women whatever their age. Conversely, say the study investigators, especially among middle-aged couples, being married and cohabiting are associated with "considerably better prognosis of acute cardiac events both before hospitalization and after reaching the hospital alive". Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Prostate Cancer Survivors Differ in Side Effects by Treatment, But It Evens Out After 15 Years: All See Sexual, Urinary Decline

All aggressive therapies for prostate cancer have significant side effects and perhaps these data make an argument for active surveillance (avoiding aggressive treatment and closely following the cancer) in certain cases

Jan. 30, 2013 - Prostate cancer patients treated by surgical removal of the prostate rather than radiotherapy had more problems with urinary and sexual functions in the years after treatment, according to a new study, but less with bowel funtion. The researchers found, however, it evened out in about 15 years, although both had significant declines in sexual and urinary function over the duration of the study. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Kidney Donation Over Age 70? Desperate Patients Saying, ‘Yes, Please’

Physicians are conservative about living kidney donors: Nearly three-quarters of transplant centers have not accepted organs from people older than 70

By Judith Graham

Jan. 29, 2013 - Robert Brown was healthy, willing and a good match: So why not give a kidney to his wife, who otherwise would need dialysis? But Brown was 74, an age once unthinkable for a kidney donor. For this retired psychologist from Columbia, that wasn't an issue. "I didn't think about the age thing, not at all..." Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Americans Have Worse Health Than People in Other Prosperous Countries Until They Pass Age 75

‘Americans are dying and suffering at rates that we know are unnecessary because people in other high-income countries are living longer lives and enjoying better health’

Jan. 25, 2013 – Senior citizens are probably more likely than most Americans to consider the U.S. health system as the best in the world for living a long healthy life. They are, however, wrong. Americans die sooner and experience higher rates of disease and injury than people in other high-income countries and this disadvantage extends to age 75, says a shocking new report. There is good news for seniors, however - people over age 75 in U.S. live longer, have  lower death rates from stroke and cancer, better control of blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and lower rates of smoking. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Hyperbaric Treatment in Oxygen Chamber Brings Stroke Damaged Brains to Life

Tenfold increase in oxygen levels during HBOT treatment supplies the necessary energy for rebuilding neuronal connections and stimulating inactive neurons

Jan. 23, 2013 - Stroke, traumatic injury, and metabolic disorder are major causes of brain damage and permanent disabilities, including motor dysfunction, psychological disorders, memory loss, and more. Most therapy and rehab has limited success. There is new hope from Tel Aviv University, however, where researchers say they have been able to restore a significant amount of neurological function in brain tissue thought to be chronically damaged – even years after the initial damage. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Regular Aspirin Use Linked to Greater Risk of Blinding Age-Related Macular Degeneration

‘Findings are, at best, hypothesis-generating that should await validation in prospective randomized studies before guiding clinical practice or patient behavior” – invited Commentary

Jan. 21, 2013 – Regular aspirin use appears to be associated with an increased risk of neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is a leading cause of blindness in older people, and it appears to be independent of a history of cardiovascular disease and smoking, according to a report published Online First by JAMA Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Hearing Loss Signals Faster Cognitive Decline, Impairment for Senior Citizens

Having hearing loss indicated a 30% to 40% accelerated rate of cognitive decline and 24% increased risk for cognitive impairment

Jan. 21, 2013 – Hearing loss in older people appears to signal accelerated cognitive decline and impairment in a study of men and women with an average age of 77. The report is published Online First by JAMA Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Major Hurdle Cleared in Effort to Create a Pill to Improve Hearing Loss for Millions of Seniors

U. of Florida researchers think they have opened the way for research to move forward on hearing-loss drugs for older and younger Americans

Jan. 17, 2013 – A pill to make you hear better? A joy to millions of senior citizens suffering with hearing loss. It maybe closer than you think. University of Florida researchers say they have solved one of the problems that has slowed development of a hearing pill. Read more...

Dieting Does Not Seem to Matter in Health of Obese Seniors Age 75 and Older

Reports even suggest there may be survival benefits associated with overweight, mild obesity among the elderly

Jan. 15, 2013 – Putting senior citizens age 75 and up – described as of “advanced age” - on an overly restrictive diet to treat their excess weight and other conditions appears to have little benefit, according to researchers at Penn State and Geisinger Healthcare System. Read more...

 

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