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19 Jul

High Out-of-Pocket Costs For Childbirth, Even With Insurance

Giving birth in the U.S. now costs nearly $19,000 and insured patients are responsible for paying about $3,000 of that bill, researchers say.

23 Feb

Exercising After COVID or Flu Shot May Boost Immune Response

90 minutes of light-to-moderate exercise after COVID or flu vaccination may help you produce more antibodies, researchers say.

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Sports-Linked Cardiac Arrest Rare in Seniors, Study Finds

The saga of Damar Hamlin's recent collapse during a football game has thrown the dangers of sports-related cardiac arrest into the spotlight.

What about this happening to someone much older?

A new study brings reassuring news: It’s rare for an older adult to have a sudden cardiac arrest during exercise, and those who do tend to have fewer health issues than those who experienc...

Marriage Could Be a 'Buffer' Against Dementia

Tying the knot is now tied to healthier aging brains: People who stay married for the long haul may gain some protection from dementia, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that compared with both divorced people and lifelong singles, older adults in a long-term marriage were less likely to develop dementia. Roughly 11% were diagnosed with dementia after age 70, versus 12% to 14% of t...

Home Workouts Help Your Brain, But Group Exercise May Be Even Better

A good physical workout benefits an older brain. So does socializing. Put those two together and the payoff may be even bigger.

Researchers in Japan found that link in a new study that looked at exercising solo and in a group.

"Exercise is manageable for many older people, and we saw cognitive benefits from it compared with those who don't exercise," said study senior author

Marijuana-Linked ER Visits by Seniors Are Rising

New research out of California finds seniors are being treated in emergency rooms in significantly higher numbers for adverse side effects from cannabis consumption.

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) said they studied the issue because they noticed more primary care patients ending up in the ER after using marijuana products.

"While we did expect to see...

Seniors, Make This Winter an Active & Healthy One

Winter may feel like a time for hibernation, but it’s important for seniors to safely keep up their hobbies and physical activity in the cold weather.

“It’s important to get outside as much as possible, whether it’s temperate or even if it’s colder, as long as it’s safe to do so,” said Dr. Angela...

For Seniors, Declining Sense of Smell Could Signal Frailty

Doctors already test seniors’ hearing and vision. Sense of smell could be added to screenings one day, according to researchers who found links between its loss and risk of frailty in older adults.

“We use our sense of smell to identify the threat of a fire or to enjoy the fragrance of flowers on a spring day. But just like vision and hearing, this sense weakens as we age,” said stu...

New Year: Time for Your Memory Screening Appointment

Many conditions cause memory issues, and early detection is essential for effective treatment, according to a national Alzheimer’s disease organization.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) encourages people to get a memory screening in the new year.

The foundation offers free, confidential virtual memory screenings. It doesn’t set a minimum age and there are no insura...

Staying Hydrated Could Mean Less Disease, Slower Aging

Could hydration hold the key to longevity?

Maybe, suggests new research that discovered older adults who are properly hydrated may be healthier and live longer than those who aren't, having less incidence of conditions like heart and lung disease.

"Staying well-hydrated may slow down aging, prevent or delay development of chronic diseases, and therefore prolong disease-free life," s...

Doctors' Group Updates Guidelines on Treating Osteoporosis

As millions of Americans born in the baby boomer generation are already finding out, bone loss is a common sign of aging.

And now experts at the American College of Physicians (ACP) — one of the leading groups representing primary care doctors — is issuing updated guidelines on how best to prevent and treat weakening bones.

"Osteoporosis is a systemic skeletal disease characteri...

Could Estrogen Help Ease the Delirium That Can Come With UTIs?

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Older women with urinary tract infections (UTIs) often experience delirium along with them, and researchers may have found a solution.

Estrogen, often given as part of hormone replacement therapy after menopause, may prevent these mental changes, according to researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, who

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  • January 3, 2023
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  • Neighbors Make the Difference for Isolated Chinese-American Seniors

    Living in tight-knit communities where neighbors are connected to one another helped improve health outcomes for older Chinese Americans, a new study found.

    Rutgers University researchers used data from a study of more than 3,100 elderly Chinese people in the Chicago area to investigate whether the perception of trust and connection among neighbors had an impact on their risk of death.

    Vitamin D May Help Maintain Muscle as You Age

    One way to maintain muscle strength with age: Get enough vitamin D.

    Researchers in Brazil and the United Kingdom found that older folks who were deficient in the vitamin increased their risk of losing muscle strength by 78%.

    "Vitamin D is known to participate in various functions. …," said study co-author

    Americans' Odds for Parkinson's May Be Higher Than Thought

    Parkinson's disease is a much bigger problem than previously thought, particularly for aging Americans, a new study finds.

    There are about 50% more new cases of the degenerative disorder diagnosed each year in North America than currently estimated, researchers concluded after an extensive data review.

    "We used to say 60,000 people a year were getting diagnosed, but really it's 90,0...

    Exercise, Mindfulness May Not Boost Seniors' Thinking, Memory

    Exercise and mindfulness are known for their health benefits, but a new study found that didn't extend to boosting memory or thinking skills in healthy seniors.

    That doesn't mean these activities wouldn't be beneficial for memory if practiced for a longer period of time or in adults with impairments, the researchers noted, just that there were not apparent benefits during the study.

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    Are Retired NFL Players Aging Faster Than Other Men?

    Former elite football players may age faster than their more average peers, a new study suggests.

    NFL players, especially former linemen, had fewer disease-free years and earlier high blood pressure and diabetes diagnoses. Two age-related diseases, arthritis and dementia, were also more commonly found in former football players than in other men of the same age.

    This research was p...

    Twins Study Shows Exercise Altering How Genes Behave

    One might expect identical twins to have the same health outcomes.

    But it's not just genetics that makes a notable difference in their weight and in how their genes behave, according to a new study. Exercise can alter genetic markers of metabolic disease -- any of the diseases or disorders that disrupt norma...

    Vitamin D Might Help Shield the Aging Brain

    Older adults who harbor more vitamin D in their brains may stay mentally sharper, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that when older adults had higher levels of vitamin D in their brain tissue, they tended to perform better on standard tests of memory and thinking. They were also less likely to have dementia or milder cognitive impairments.

    Experts stressed that

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  • December 8, 2022
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  • Seniors Urged to Get Flu Shots as U.S. Cases Rise

    Experts are asking seniors to get their flu shots ASAP as an exceptionally nasty flu season unfolds across the United States.

    Already, 8.7 million flu cases have been reported, with 78,000 hospitalizations and 4,500 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the last week alone, the nu...

    Aerobic Exercise Reinvigorates the Aging Brain

    Regular aerobic exercise improves blood flow to the brain, which should help keep seniors sharper as they age, a new trial has revealed.

    At least a half-hour of power walking or jogging four to five times a week promoted better blood flow in and out of the brain among a small group of older adults, said study co-author

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  • November 16, 2022
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  • Dementia Rate Declining Among Older Americans: Study

    There's good news for aging adults: Prevalence of dementia declined in the United States from 2000 to 2016, a new study reveals.

    In people ages 65 and up, prevalence of dementia dropped by 3.7 percentage points. Disparities also decreased between white and Black men and between men and women.

    "The ...

    Vision Is Vulnerable With Age: Here's What to Look For

    Routine eye checks can help ensure seniors know if they're developing any age-related vision issues.

    An expert from Baylor College of Medicine spells out what seniors need to know.

    "Don't blame vision issues on just aging eyes. Get your eyes checked out because it can be a more serious issue that can be treated," said

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  • November 6, 2022
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  • Almost 20 Million Older Americans Live With Sight-Robbing Macular Degeneration

    In a finding that suggests more Americans than ever are struggling with their sight as they get older, researchers report that nearly 20 million adults have age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

    Broken down, about 18.3 million people aged 40 and up had an early stage of the condition in 2019, while almost 1.5 million people had late-stage AMD.

    "There haven't been many new examin...

    Half of Americans Over 50 Are Now Caregivers

    More than half of Americans aged 50 and up are helping an older adult manage tasks ranging from household chores to care for medical conditions, a new national poll shows.

    Researchers said the findings highlight the critical ro...

    Bad Sleep Might Raise Your Odds for Glaucoma

    Poor sleep may be linked to glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness, new research suggests.

    The study drew on a database of more than 400,000 people to explore links between sleep and vision loss.

    Glaucoma is marked by progressive loss of light-sensitive cells in the eye and optic nerve dama...

    Get a Free Memory Screening From the Alzheimer's Foundation This November

    Early detection of memory issues is important.

    It can help rule in or out a variety of health issues, including vitamin deficiency, thyroid condition, sleep apnea, urinary tract infection and, of course, Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

    The Alzheimer's Foundation of America suggests getting scr...

    Heading South for the Winter? Check This Medical Checklist

    Escaping from a cold, wintery place to a warm climate can be fun for so-called "snowbirds" who migrate south for the winter.

    Still, experts say it's a good idea for older adults to prepare by having a "medical checklist" to ensure both regular care and help in case of an emerging issue while away from home.

    "Snowbirds should have their medical checklists completed a month before th...

    Many Urban Seniors Rely on 'Broken' City Transit to Get to Medical Appointments

    More than 700,000 older Americans rely on public transportation to get to and from their medical appointments.

    That's roughly 1 in 10 seniors who live in cities.

    But when individuals were frail, or used a wheelchair, or sidewalks along their route were damaged, they were less likely to take the subway or bus, pointing to a need for improvement, according to a

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  • October 27, 2022
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  • No Change in Number of Post-Op Opioid Prescriptions, But Dosages Drop

    New research out of Canada offers some encouraging news amid concerns about the opioid epidemic.

    Doctors are prescribing a lower dose of the painkillers after older adults have surgery, the study found. They are not, however, writing fewer prescriptions for the potentially addictive drugs.

    "While it's good news that the dos...

    Tips on Keeping Joints Limber, Healthy as You Age

    For many people, it is possible to slow the loss of joint cartilage as they age and avoid surgery to boot.

    Certain steps can help with that, said one orthopedic surgeon from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who offered...

    1 in 10 U.S. Seniors Has Dementia; Minorities Hit Hardest

    One in 10 older Americans has dementia, and twice as many have mild mental impairment, a new study finds.

    As the nation's population grows older, the burden on families and society is likely to grow, and minorities will be affected most, experts say.

    "As the population in the U.S. ages, it is projected that there will be more cases of cognitive impairment, unless and until effective...

    Good Sleep Could Keep Illness at Bay as You Age

    As men and women enter their golden years, those who regularly fail to get a good night's sleep face a higher risk for developing not one but two serious chronic illnesses at the same time, new research shows.

    Researchers from France, Finland and United Kingdom tracked the self-reported sleep routines and health status of nearly 8,000 Britons from ages 50 to 70.

    While the new analys...

    There's a Push to Expand Medicare's Coverage of Dental Issues

    Dental coverage under Medicare could soon start expanding for seniors under a new proposal from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

    Still, the proposed rules would not provide full coverage for regular dental care, which has been explicitly excluded from Medicare since...

    Counting Steps? Here's How Many You Need to Boost Health

    Taking that often-cited 10,000 steps a day — or even slightly fewer — may indeed be enough to improve your health, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that among 6,000 middle-aged and older adults, those who got at least 8,000 to 9,000 steps daily had reduced risks of developing an array of conditions over seven years. The list included obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, slee...

    Years of Diabetes Could Speed Onset of Menopause

    The earlier a woman is diagnosed with diabetes, the sooner she may enter menopause, new research shows.

    Rates of diabetes have grown steadily, so researchers wanted to understand the long-term implications of

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  • October 12, 2022
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  • When Is a Fracture Potentially Deadly for an Older Adult?

    Researchers studying fractures in older adults found a higher death rate when those fractures were closer to the center of the body and also when patients had particular underlying health issues.

    This information coul...

    Retirement Means Sleeping More, Exercising Less: Study

    Retirees, it's time to get up out of your easy chair and get moving.

    That's the message from a Finnish study that used a wrist-based device to determine just how much retired adults were moving every day.

    “Based on our research, people who are retiring should aim to increase the amou...

    Brain Secrets of the Super-Sharp 'Super-Agers'

    Researchers have discovered another clue as to how some older people stay sharp as a tack into their 80s and beyond: Their brain cells are really big.

    The study focused on what scientists have dubbed "super-agers" — a select group of elderly adults who have the memory skills of people decades younger.

    The researchers found that in a memory-related area of the brain, super-agers ha...

    Not Enough Older Americans Are Checking Blood Pressure At Home

    Regular home monitoring can help with blood pressure control, but only half of people who have hypertension or other related conditions actually do it, a new study found.

    Of Americans ages 50 to 80 who take blood pressure me...

    Soaring Food Prices Are Tough on Older Americans, Poll Finds

    While many older Americans are experiencing sticker shock when they shop for food, lower-income and less-healthy adults are hurting the most, a new poll reveals.

    Three-quarters of respondents in the latest University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging said the price of groceries has affected them somewhat or a lot. Ab...

    Talking to a Loved One About a Move to Assisted Living

    It can be hard to talk to your loved ones about moving into assisted living, so don't push them too hard and make sure they feel safe and comfortable with the idea, one expert advises.

    "Start the conversation as early as possible, and focus on what matters,” said Dr. Angela Catic....

    Over 7 Million U.S. Seniors Have Mental Declines That Threaten Financial Skills

    As Americans age, millions end up struggling with dementia or some level of memory impairment and diminished capacity to think clearly and make decisions.

    Yet a new study says that despite such serious challenges, many seniors continue to manage their own finances, often alone, and despite a...

    Mental Skills Slow With Age, But Seniors Gain in Other Ways: Study

    Seniors, there's good news and bad from a new study of mental health. The brain-centered research confirms that mental skills do decline with age -- but it also finds many people over 60 having better psychological health than folks in their 20s.

    "We wanted to better understand the interplay between cognition and mental health across aging, and whether they rely on activation of similar o...

    COVID Appears to Raise Risk for Alzheimer's Disease

    COVID-19 infection may significantly boost an older person's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new, large-scale study suggests.

    People 65 and older who contracted COVID were nearly 70% more likely overall to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's within a year of their infection, researchers report. Th...

    Seniors, This Daily Routine May Keep You Sharper, Happier

    Older adults who rise and shine early every day may have sharper minds and fewer depression symptoms, a new study suggests.

    The researchers found that U.S. adults aged 65 and older who typically got up early — before 7 a.m. — then stayed active throughout the day performed better on tests of memory and thinking than their peers with less "robust" daily routines. They were also less li...

    Vitamin D, Fish Oil Won't Help Elderly Stay Strong, Study Finds

    If only you could pop vitamin D and fish oil supplements to fight the frailty that often comes with aging, but new research delivers a disappointing message: Don't count on it.

    In reaching that conclusion, t...

    Poll: Most Americans Over 50 Suffer Some Type of Joint Pain

    Aching joints are common for people over 50, but it's still important to talk to a doctor about it rather than endlessly self-medicating, experts say.

    Now, a new poll from the University of Michigan breaks down

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  • Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's Longest-Reigning Monarch, Dies at 96

    Queen Elizabeth II, who reigned over Great Britain for 70 years -- the longest reign in the nation's history -- died at 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Thursday.

    "The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon," a statement posted late Thursday afternoon from Buckingham Palace read.

    Earlier in the day, the palace had an...

    Doctors 'Concerned' About Health of Queen Elizabeth II

    Buckingham Palace on Thursday announced that Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been placed under medical supervision following "concern" from her doctors over her health.

    The queen, 96, is still residing at Balmoral Castle, her estate in the Scottish Highlands, and has not been placed under hospital care, the palace ...

    Assisted Living Will Become Financially Out of Reach for Many Middle-Class Americans

    America's middle-income seniors could face a time of financial reckoning within the next decade, with the rising costs of health care and assisted living overwhelming their meager savings, a new study reports.

    The number of middle-income seniors in the United States is expected to nearly double by 2033, with 16 million people 75 or older making too much to qualify for government assistanc...

    How 'This Is Us' Put Alzheimer's Care in the Spotlight

    When the wildly popular TV show “This Is Us” wrapped up its final season this year, it did so with a storyline that showed one of the lead characters dealing with Alzheimer's disease as her adult children disagreed over the type of care she should receive.

    Now, a new online survey of more than 700...

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