Please rate this article Researchers from the University of Alberta in Canada are developing a saliva test to detect the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease before the onset of symptoms. Sporadic Alzheimer’s disease is the most prevalent neurodegenerative disease of aging. In early stages, people with Alzheimer’s disease show signs of memory loss and impaired cognitive
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] In a recent study published by Nature Medicine, researchers investigated the genetic predispositions to developing dementia. A common form of inherited early-onset dementia that occurs within the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain is often caused by tau, granulin precursor (GRN), and chromosome 9 open reading frame
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers compared the fracture and fall risk in elderly dementia patients taking the antidepressant trazadone or antipsychotic drugs. In Canada, the prevalence of dementia is 25% in individuals over 85 and around 62% amongst residents in continuing-care facilities. The behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia are very distressing
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A study looks at the relationship between artificial nighttime light and the use of sleeping pills, addressing how light pollution can lead to insomnia in older adults. Light pollution is an ever-expanding problem as our civilizations develop and make use of artificial nighttime lights. The excessive use of
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Published in Nature Genetics, Raj and colleagues investigated the alternate splicing of genes as a potential cause of Alzheimer’s progression. The expression of genes encoded in DNA is responsible for almost the entirety of our body’s functioning. However, the things we need to do—the proteins we need to
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A study in healthy adults investigated whether day-to-day variation in sleep quality affects standing balance and increases fall risk. The ability to balance is essential for normal daily activities. Disturbed balance can lead to problems such as feeling dizzy or nauseous and having difficulty walking. It also increases
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Probiotics are often touted as an effective and natural treatment for many illnesses. A recent study investigated if probiotics could be used for infection prevention in the elderly. Infections are more common and more dangerous in older adults than they are in younger people. Older adults commonly have
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A survey conducted in France characterized the impact of psychological perception on possibly improving quality of life. Coming to grips with one’s mortality remains as one of the more mature lessons that adults face as they enter older phases of their life. The emotional weight of these realizations
Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 5] Researchers investigated whether giving whey or collagen protein supplements could prevent muscle loss and aid in rebuilding muscle in elderly people. As people age, they gradually lose muscle mass. This is partly due to reduced physical activity, although muscle loss occurs even in active seniors. Muscle loss causes
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Blood pressure treatment is beneficial for most people with high blood pressure. A recent study suggests that this may not always be the case for the elderly. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is one of the most important risk factors for stroke and heart disease. It is
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Advances in recent Alzheimer’s research has shown that one day the disease could be predicted during an eye exam. Alzheimer’s disease affects an estimated 5.4 million people in the United States. It is the most common form of dementia and is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder. It causes
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Osteoporosis is a common disease with many causes. It can have many physical, social and economic implications. Current treatment options for osteoporosis include lifestyle changes and medications. In this review, we will discuss five natural osteoporosis treatment options that are important to adjust before or while taking medication.
Our Reader Score [Total: 3 Average: 3.7] Today, September 21, 2018, is World Alzheimer’s Day. Today is about raising awareness and challenging the stigma associated with Alzheimer’s disease. This disease is not only difficult for the individual, but it is also extremely difficult for family and friends to watch a loved one slowly decline. What
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine investigated if a specific type of bacteria can slow down the rate of bone loss in older women. Bone loss due to osteoporosis is a major health concern for older adults. In osteoporosis, bones can become so weak
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers reviewed the role of vitamin D insufficiency and how it may link to other diseases in older individuals. Vitamin D has many effects on the body, including maintaining muscular health and aiding calcium absorption. The synthesis of vitamin D in the body largely depends on the intensity
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study investigated the choice of activities after retirement and how they impact mental health. Retirement is surely a period of big changes in an individual’s life, and the way individuals use their time may impact their mental health differently. In some cases, people going through retirement
Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 2] For the most part, good cholesterol decreases the risk of heart attacks or strokes, whereas bad cholesterol increases the risk. A complex study looked more closely at the different types of cholesterol, and how they could affect the risk of disease in post-menopausal women. Cholesterol is a type
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Many studies have shown that physical exercise can improve brain health in older adults, however, it is not clear how much exercise is needed. Almost 1,000 clinical trials have studied the effect of physical exercise on cognitive brain health in older adults. The majority of these studies have
Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 5] Tai chi, an ancient martial art form, has multiple health benefits for the elderly and may be the key to improved health care for the older population. Tai chi is a form of exercise originating in China. The martial art is all-encompassing, engaging the mind and body simultaneously.
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] There is no medical test that can predict if someone will develop dementia. A recent study investigated if people with a thinner retina were more likely to develop dementia. Dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease are a major cause of disability and death in older adults. Currently, there is
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Adults with high blood pressure are more likely to develop dementia. A recent study attempted to better understand the ages and blood pressure levels that were most associated with dementia. For many years, doctors have known that having high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, increases the risk
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Are blood glucose levels and dietary glycemic load linked to bone health? Spanish researchers recently investigated whether this possible association is linked to the risk of osteoporotic fractures in the elderly. As we age, we have an increased risk of developing osteoporosis, a disease characterized by bones becoming
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Polypharmacy, or using different medications at the same time, can increase the risk of dangerous side effects. A recent study measured how common polypharmacy is among older adults in the United Kingdom. Combining prescription medications can potentially cause serious side effects. Known as polypharmacy, using many different medications
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers performed a pilot study to investigate the physiological mechanisms of tai chi on brain and muscle function in an aging population. Tai chi is a moderate-intensity aerobic exercise that requires good concentration with breathing control. Previous studies have suggested that aerobic fitness has beneficial effects on neuronal
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Published in BMJ Open, researchers discuss how anxiety as a predictor of cognitive deterioration in adults may be an independent risk factor dementia. Dementia is a progressively debilitating neurodegenerative condition. Early intervention and reducing its development by identifying its risk factors are the main goals in dementia treatment.
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Frailty in older adults increases the risk of injury and death. In a recent study, researchers investigated if a diet with large amounts of added sugars is associated with an increased rate of frailty. Aging is often associated with a decrease in strength and mobility. This can make
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers summarized the effectiveness of pharmacological interventions used to prevent or delay cognitive decline or dementia in adults. Dementia is a disorder that affects an individual’s mental processes. It is characterized by memory disorders, changes in personality, and impaired reasoning. These can affect an individual’s independent daily activities.
Our Reader Score [Total: 2 Average: 4] Sleeping pills are commonly prescribed to treat insomnia. A recent study investigated if non-benzodiazepine sleeping pills increase the risk of falls and fractures in adults. Insomnia, or difficulty sleeping, can have a negative effect on an individual’s quality of life. Doctors commonly prescribe hypnotic drugs, commonly known as