Aging

Researchers are growing increasingly interested in the relationship between blood pressure and dementia. The most recent study investigates how patterns of change in blood pressure over the decades might influence risk. What can blood pressure fluctuations tell us about dementia risk? As the United States population ages, dementia incidence rises in tandem. Today, around 5
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In a recent study, researchers evaluated cardiovascular health at age 50 to determine the prevalence of dementia 20 years later. Pathophysiological markers of dementia can appear as early as fifteen to twenty years before diagnosis. Previous studies have shown that a healthier cardiovascular score is linked to a lower risk of dementia. However, results from
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Most people have occasional lapses in memory, such as forgetting a new acquaintance’s name or misplacing the car keys. Most of the time, this is simply a sign that a person is a bit too busy or is preoccupied. On the other hand, having a consistently poor memory can be problematic for someone. Many factors
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During the International Conference on Nutrition and the Brain, experts were asked to propose possible guidelines for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease with the goal to develop practical guidance to recommend to the general public. Many factors can increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease such as; aging, genetic factors, family history, history of head
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New research compares intensive blood pressure control with standard blood pressure management and finds that the former correlates with a lower chance of developing white matter lesions later in life. Managing your blood pressure ‘intensively’ may prevent brain damage later in life, new research suggests. Numerous large, cohort studies have linked midlife hypertension to mild
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New research has found a correlation between taking osteoporosis drugs and a lower risk of premature mortality. However, many people ignore their doctor’s advice when it comes to taking medication for bone health, the investigators note. Researchers have found an association between taking drugs for osteoporosis and a significantly lower death risk. Osteoporosis is an
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Researchers already knew that men and postmenopausal women have a higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease than premenopausal women. Now, a recent study in mice concludes that estrogen may be responsible. The authors also hope that estrogen might form the basis of future treatments. Why does Parkinson’s affect more men than women? The answer may
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Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a machine-learning model that could predict the rate of Alzheimer’s-related cognitive decline for up to 2 years in the future. MIT researchers have developed a machine-learning model that they say could accurately predict cognitive decline. Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of people worldwide, yet scientists still do
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A wide-ranging review of 36 trials found that testosterone may have profound positive effects on sexual function and well-being in postmenopausal women. New research extols the benefits of testosterone for the sexual well-being of older women. This review, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, included blinded randomized controlled trials of testosterone treatment that had
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A recent study has concluded that people with both higher-than-normal and lower-than-normal levels of hemoglobin have a higher risk of developing dementia as they age. A new paper looks at the link between hemoglobin and dementia risk. Hemoglobin is a protein present in red blood cells. It is responsible for carrying life giving oxygen from
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The Endocrine Society have revised their clinical practice guideline on identifying adults at higher risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. New guidelines recommend that older adults should undergo regular screening for metabolic risk. The previous edition of the guideline was in 2008. The recent revision looks at metabolic risk in the light of
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In a small clinical study, researchers reported improvements in cognitive function in older adults who drank tart cherry juice every day for 12 weeks. However, the study received industry funding. Is tart cherry juice good for brain health? Cognitive health is the ability to think clearly, remember, and learn new things. Cognitive decline is a
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Binge drinking affects more than one-tenth of older adults in the United States, according to new research. New research finds that a large number of older adults regularly engage in binge drinking. Binge drinking can be harmful for older people because it increases the risk of injuries and falls and the chances of developing chronic
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A large new study following thousands of participants found that older people who stop taking statins have a significantly increased risk of hospital admission due to cardiovascular problems. New research suggests that interrupting statin use may increase the risk of poor cardiovascular health in older people. Statins are a class of drugs that people take
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Exercise that builds muscle endurance, or resistance training, can help older adults to preserve their independence and quality of life. It can overcome the loss of muscle mass and strength, build resilience, ease the management of chronic conditions, and reduce physical vulnerability. A new position statement extols the benefits of resistance training for older adults
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The elastic muscles of the vagina can stretch and return to their usual shape. During aging and after childbirth, the muscles around the vagina may become less strong. Despite the myths, sex does not have a lasting impact on vaginal tension. The pelvic floor muscles surround the vagina. These may weaken over time, which can
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New research reveals that a particular group of lymphatic vessels plays a pivotal role in helping the brain dispose of waste. It also suggests that deterioration of these vessels through aging could contribute to neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. New findings into the brain’s clearance system may help us better understand aging-related neurological diseases. Until
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Research conducted in a Chinese population has found an intriguing link between the consumption of chili peppers and a heightened risk of cognitive decline. Regularly eating a lot of hot peppers may increase a person’s risk of cognitive decline. Many populations around the world add spicy peppers to their local dishes to enhance the taste
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New insights into a specific gene variant may help to explain why some Alzheimer’s drugs work in certain people but may fail in others. The findings call for a more personalized approach to drug testing. An individual’s genotype may explain why some Alzheimer’s drugs work and others fail, new research shows. Earlier this year, a
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Researchers found that using a computer, playing games, and participating in social activities may reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment. New research suggests that playing games, using a computer, and having a rich social life can keep mild cognitive impairment at bay. Our brains go through changes as we get older, and some people
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