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An x-ray of a surgically repaired hip fracture

For loved ones of dementia patients, deciding what type of medical treatment is best in any situation is a challenge. Now a new study may provide more information about what to do in case of a hip fracture. 

A man and a woman look concerned while sitting on a couch, watching tv

Watching news reports about bad events can make you feel sad or angry. Once you go about your day or settle down for sleep, however, the news is usually off your mind. But for some people who have watched an upsetting news show, feelings of sadness or anger persist, and researchers think this may have more far-reaching effects on emotional well-being than originally thought.

An arm grips a railing with a walker

You’ve seen the commercials about high-tech devices you can use to call for help in an emergency situation, such as a fall. There are several available, including wristbands, home sensors, and pendants. They seem like a good idea and could be a lifesaver for many seniors.

a heart shaped bandage

Wound dressings have become more effective as the medical community discovers more about the healing process. Now researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences along with the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have taken another step toward fast and scar-free healing.

A new poll indicates that of those whose doctors recommended unwanted tests or prescriptions, only about half of patients complied.

A new poll shows that when it comes to medical tests or medicines, few people over age 50 think more is better.

Graphic of thought bubbles.

Going to a nursing home for short-term rehabilitation or long-term care is a decision not to be taken lightly. Since 2009, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has helped people make that choice by offering the Nursing Home Compare website. 

Graphic depiction of a brain.

Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder, affects 1% of people over 60 in the U.S., according to the Parkinson’s Foundation. While that number may seem low, the disease is considered to be fairly common, and prevalence is expected to rise.

close up photo of a housefly

Scientists have long suspected that flies can carry and spread disease. Finding proof about the mechanisms of transmission and extent of the threat to humans, however, has been hard to come by. 

Senior couple walking outside.

Getting out of the house may help you live longer, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Using data from the Jerusalem Longitudinal Study, researchers observed that adults ages 70 to 90 years old who left the house at least once a day had improved survival rates compared to peers who went out less frequently.