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

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- 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 foun...

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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  • September 13, 2022
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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...

    High-Tech Socks Could Prevent Falls in At-Risk Patients

    Every year, anywhere from 700,000 to 1 million people fall while in U.S. hospitals, and this often triggers a downward health spiral.

    Little has been shown to make a dent in those numbers. Until now.

    Enter Smart Socks, which are wired with sensors that send an alert...

    Get Moving! Any Sports Can Lower Seniors' Odds of Early Death

    Here's a fresh prescription for seniors who want to live longer and lower their odds of dying from cancer or heart disease: Lace up your running shoes or grab your tennis racket.

    A new U.S. National Cancer Institute study found older folks who played racquet sports lowered their risk of deat...

    Steps to Long Life: Short Walk Each Day Helps Folks Over 85

    It's never too late to benefit from regular walks.

    A new study suggests that a 10-minute daily stroll can prolong life in folks well into their 80s and beyond.

    “Adults are less likely to meet activity recommendations as they get older,” said study author Dr. Moo-Nyun Jin of Inje University Sanggye Paik Hospital in Seoul, South Korea. “Our study suggests that walking at least o...

    Too Much TV Time May Really Harm Your Brain

    Older adults who get a lot of "screen time" may have an increased risk of developing dementia — but a lot depends on what type of screen they use, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that among older British adults, those w...

    In Trial, Brain Zaps Gave Seniors a Month-Long Memory Boost

    If you're a senior who struggles to remember where you put your car keys, could noninvasive brain stimulation boost your memory?

    Yes, clai...

    Bedsores Can Cause Serious Harm — Are U.S. Nursing Homes Hiding Cases?

    People might want to think twice before relying on federal quality ratings to help choose a nursing home for an elderly or frail relative, a new study warns.

    The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) established the Nursing Home Compare website in the 1990s to publicly report patient safety indicators for every nursing facility in the nation.

    But the site appears to ...

    'Virtual' Museum Visits Are Good Medicine for Seniors

    By combining technology with interactive art activities, older people at home can have museums come to them -- and this can support their physical, mental and social well-being, a new study reports.

    "This participatory art-based activity could become a model that could be offered in museums and arts institutions worldwide to promote active and healthy aging," said lead author Dr. Olivier...

    U.S. Nursing Homes Are Understaffed, But Minority Communities Have It Worst

    Staffing shortages at nursing homes across the United States are severe in disadvantaged areas where needs may be greatest, researchers say.

    The study — recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society — looked at staffing before the COVID-19 pandemic. It f...

    Everyday Activities That Can Cut Your Odds for Dementia

    Reading, doing yoga and spending time with family and friends might help lower your risk of dementia, a new study suggests.

    "Previous studies have shown that leisure activities were associated with various health benefits, such as a lower cancer risk, a reduction of

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  • August 12, 2022
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  • Data Shows 2 Biggest Factors for Cancer Risk

    Smoking and older age are the two most important risk factors for cancer, a new, large study shows.

    The researchers also said doctors should look at excess body fat, family history and several other factors to help patients decide if they need additional

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  • August 8, 2022
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  • Many Seniors Love Pickleball, But Injuries Can Happen

    Pickleball has become a wildly popular sport for older Americans, but seniors who enjoy playing it should know about potential injuries and how to avoid them.

    The most common problem is with the rotator cuff tendon in the shoulder, which can cause pain. Issues can included

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  • August 6, 2022
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  • Lifestyle May Be Key to Helping You Avoid Dementia

    Socializing, taking classes and exercising may boost your brain's cognitive reserve and stave off memory and thinking problems down the road, a new study suggests.

    Cognitive reserve refers to the brain's ability to withstand the effects of diseases like Alzheimer's and not show signs of de...

    Even Chores, Socializing Might Lower Your Odds for Dementia

    Your daily walk, cleaning the house and lunch with friends could together be keys to staving off dementia, according to researchers.

    A new study looked at lifestyle habits that could help lower risks, instead of factors that may contribute to the disease.

    Researchers in China combed t...

    Alternative Medicine Popular Among Seniors, But Most Don't Tell Their Doctors About It

    Lots of older folks are turning to alternative medicine to help them with the pains of aging -- but they don't necessarily think that's any of their doctor's business.

    About 40% of older adults use at least one alternative medicine practice to help w...

    Exercise, Puzzles, Games: They Help Men's, Women's Brains Differently

    Exercising your body and mind can help stave off memory problems as you age, and some of these benefits may be even greater for women, a new study suggests.

    The study looked at cognitive reserve, or the brain's ability to withstand the effects of diseases like Alzheimer's without showing a decline i...

    Post-Stroke Memory Loss Can Resolve for Some Patients

    Memory loss is a common symptom after a stroke, but there's hope for some that those memories could return.

    A new study from Norway examined 86 patients with relatively mild strokes and found many had improved mental functioning after 12 weeks.

    "Our study shows that around half of patients suffering a stroke had various forms of memory impairment one week after the stroke. But by t...

    Being Social May Be Key to 'Sense of Purpose' as You Age

    Want to feel you matter after you retire? Start socializing, a new study suggests.

    Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis found that positive connections with other people were associated with a sense of purposefulness in older adults.

    Having a sense of purpose is...

    Gardening Can Blossom Into Better Mental Health

    If you are feeling stressed and depressed, new research suggests that grabbing a trowel and getting your hands dirty may improve your mood.

    Researchers found that tending to plants can reap mental health benefits, even for first-time gardeners. The activity was linked to decreased stress, anxiety and depression in h...

    Aching Backs in Seniors: An Expert's Guide to Pain Meds

    Back and neck pain are often an unfortunate part of aging, but older adults can safely find relief with various medications, a new research review concludes.

    The review of 138 clinical trials breaks down the evidence on medication options for seniors with

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  • July 8, 2022
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  • How Childhood Abuse Can Haunt the Senior Years

    Poor mental and physical health among older adults may trace back to childhood abuse, a Canadian study suggests.

    The study, published online July 7 in the journal Aging and Health Research, found that people who were physically abused during childhood were twice as likely ...

    Disability Payments Can Help Keep Veterans With Diabetes Out of the Hospital

    More disability payments led to fewer hospitalizations for Vietnam veterans with diabetes, according to a new report.

    The research looked at 14,000 Vietnam vets who benefited...

    Will You Be Depositing at the 'Stool Bank' Someday?

    Banking samples of your own poop in your youth and then transplanting them back when you're old might be a key to healthy aging, scientists suggest.

    Stool samples frozen and stored when a person is vital and healthy could potentially rejuvenate bacteria in the gut that's become damaged due to aging, disease or antibiotic use, according to an opinion piece published June 30 in the journal ...

    Staffing Shortages Have U.S. Nursing Homes in Crisis

    There's a shortage of nursing home beds for the elderly in America due to a severe staffing crisis that has caused long-term care facilities to cut back on new admissions, new research shows.

    Three out of five nursing homes (61%) have limited new admissions due to staffing shortages, according to a

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  • June 29, 2022
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  • Vision Issues Could Raise Odds for Dementia

    Untreated vision loss may put an older adult at an increased risk for dementia, though it's not clear why, according to a new study.

    Researchers found that the likelihood of having some form of cognitive impairment was 137% higher in seniors who had trouble seeing than in those without vision issues. Cognitive impairment is a general term for problems with thinking and memory.

    "Alt...

    COVID Boosters Raise Antibody Levels by 85% in Nursing Home Residents

    Getting a COVID-19 booster shot can significantly increase an at-risk person's immunity and protect against the contagious Omicron variant.

    New research focusing on nursing home residents and their caregivers found a third dose of vaccine boosted antibodies by more than 85%...

    Tough Choices: When It's Time to Move From Home to Assisted Living

    While 8 in 10 Americans ages 65 and older say they want to age in their homes, it's not always possible when health declines.

    Knowing when a loved one needs a more supportive environment, such as assisted living, continuing care retirement community or a nursing home, can be challenging. Though "aging in pla...

    Very Old Reptiles Give Clues to Longevity in Humans

    Historically, not much has been recorded on the aging of amphibians and reptiles, unless they live in a zoo.

    Now, a team of international researchers has changed that in a study that traversed the world.

    The team of 1...

    Researchers Spot Sign of Alzheimer's Risk That Scammers Love

    Could the way a senior handles his or her money offer clues about their risk for Alzheimer's disease?

    Yes, according to a new study involving dozens of elderly men and women that found a higher likelihood to give away money to anonymous individuals correlated with a poorer ...

    Ageism Is Everywhere and Can Harm Health

    In a cancel culture where there's zero tolerance for prejudice, at least one form of discrimination appears to be alive and well.

    Ageism involves prejudice based on people's advancing age. It can be as overt as not hiring someone because they are older, or as subtle as giving a loved one a...

    Sleep Throughout the Lifespan: When You Get Best, Worst Slumber

    Americans are night owls at age 20, get the least sleep at 40, and then finally get more shut-eye after retirement.

    Those are among the key takeaways from a study that looked at the sleep patterns of Americans of all ages. In short, teenagers and young adults often fall asleep after midnight, while folks in their 40s go to bed earlier but devote the fewest hours to sleep.

    That might...

    Salsa Is Smart: Latin Dance May Boost Your Aging Brain

    Latin dance classes may be a great workout and social outlet, but new research suggests that learning the intricate steps of the salsa, samba and merengue may also improve your memory.

    In the study, a Latin dance program was offered to more than 300 Spanish speakers over four years at 12 different sites in Chic...

    Boomers Sicker Than Their Parents Were at Same Age

    There's some discouraging news for baby boomers.

    Americans born between 1948 and 1965 are more likely than the generations that preceded them to have multiple health problems as they age, a new study shows.

    And, many develop ...

    High Hopes: Optimism Helps Women Live Longer

    The key to a long life may be your attitude.

    Researchers at Harvard studied the impact of optimism on women's lifespans, finding that optimism was associated with greater longevity, such as living past age 90.

    Lead study author Hayami Koga, a PhD candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, decided instead of studying risk factors, she wanted to look at posi...

    Stress Can Age, Weaken Your Immune System

    Stress may take a huge toll on your health, weakening your immune system and opening the door to serious illness, a new study suggests.

    Traumatic events, job strain, daily stressors and discrimination may all speed aging of the

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  • June 14, 2022
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  • Shingles Won't Raise Risk for Dementia: Study

    If you've survived a painful bout of shingles, at least you won't have to worry that it might raise your future risk of dementia, new research indicates.

    Shingles, caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus, results in a blistering rash from nerve inflammation, and there has been speculation that the in...

    Isolation May Raise Odds for Dementia, Brain Study Suggests

    Staying connected to others may help protect your brain as you age, new research reveals.

    The study showed that social isolation - but not loneliness - can cause changes to ce...

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