Tag: aging

Newsbriefs: Probiotics; Stroke Risk; Sodium

Probiotics Linked to Brain Health
A recent study (Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, Nov. 10, 2016) suggests that probiotics may improve thinking and memory in people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Probiotics (see right) are live bacteria that are present in some yogurts, and also available in supplement form. They are typically recommended

Don’t Give In to Shingles Pain

Don’t Give In to Shingles Pain

Shingles pain can be debilitating for seniors. I experienced the effects of shingles several years ago, and it’s something I’d rather not repeat. I hope that sharing my personal experience will encourage you to get vaccinated or, if not, to recognize the symptoms of shingles early enough to benefit from

Alzheimer’s Disease: Working to Solve the Mystery

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) affects 5.1 million Americans, and there is currently no cure. However, neurologist Sam Gandy, MD, PhD, director of Mount Sinai’s Center for Cognitive health and NFL Cognitive Care says that there are some hopeful developments in AD research—along with potentially promising data you may have seen reported

Don’t Allow Overactive Bladder to Compromise Your Quality of Life

Millions of American women suffer from overactive bladder (OAB), a condition that occurs when the muscles of the bladder involuntarily contract. OAB is characterized by urinary urgency (feeling a sudden urge to urinate) and frequency (urinating eight or more times in a 24-hour period, and/or waking two or more times

Newsbriefs: Hospital Falls; Cognition

In-Hospital Falls Due to Inappropriate Drugs and Dosages
Older adults who fall while in hospital have frequently been prescribed medications that are considered high risk for the elderly, according to a study co-authored by Focus on Healthy Aging Editor-in-Chief Rosanne Leipzig, MD, PhD. The study (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society,

Sleep Plays an Important Role in Brain and Body Health

Research has shown that how much and how well you sleep has a significant impact on many aspects of your health, including how well your brain functions. For example, a study in the May 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found an association be-tween sleep duration

Ask the Doctor: Sepsis; Caregiving for AD Sufferers

Q: My neighbor passed away after developing sepsis while in the hospital after an operation. I’m going to be in the hospital undergoing surgery—how can I protect myself?

A: Sepsis is an infection in the bloodstream, which may spread there from any source of infection (including bacterial, viral, or fungal) in

Lifting and Firming Aging Skin

What woman hasn’t secretly wondered how she’d look without crow’s feet, sagging skin, or other signs that tell the world she’s aging? Every year, millions of women try to turn back the clock with cosmetic surgery or a skin-improvement procedure.

Today, a wide variety of noninvasive and minimally invasive procedures make

Newsbriefs: Memory Decline; Dementia Risk; Lutein; Aerobics

Changes in Gait Can Predict Decline in Memory and Thinking.
A study by researchers from the Mayo Clinic found that certain factors involved in a person’s gait can predict declines in memory and thinking. The study involved 3,426 cognitively normal participants between ages 70 and 89. The researchers used gait criteria,

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