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Couple dancing the tango
S cientists from Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Neurological Institute have found that people with peripheral neuropathy can tango their way to better balance. Peripheral neuropathy causes numbness, tingling, and sometimes pain in the arms or legs because of nerve damage. Studies show that the prevalence of peripheral neuropathy among seniors ranges from about 25% to 55%. These...
Walnuts are unique because they are made up of mostly polyunsaturated fat.
F or several years, it’s been known that eating a handful of nuts each day can reduce your risk of heart disease. Now, Harvard Medical School researchers have found that walnuts might have an additional benefit, especially for women. Although high in fat, nuts contain nutrients such as unsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and fiber. Walnuts are unique because they are made up of...
Barley has similar cholesterol lowering capabilities as oats.
Oats have been the stars of the grain family when it comes to lowering so-called bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL). Now, researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada, have found that barley might give oats a run for their money. Researchers conducted a review of 14 studies in seven countries. These studies investigated the effects of barley and barley products on...
upper extremity frailty
R esearchers at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, and University of Arizona, Tucson, have found a quick and simple way to measure frailty in older adults. Frailty is a condition characterized by weight loss, weakness, and a lack of physical resiliency. If someone is frail, they are less likely to recover from surgery or trauma and more likely to have lasting disability. Validated methods for...
Adults over age 65 have been shown to have less protection against the flu.
W hen flu vaccines become available in the next couple of months, you might want to receive yours early in the morning. That’s because researchers at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. have conducted research showing that your body may have a more effective response to vaccines given earlier in the day rather than later. Scientists have long known that there are naturally occurring...
Senior in car.
In this country, driving means freedom and enjoyment of life no matter how old you are. In fact, studies show that over 80% of adults over age 65 in the United States have a driver’s license. Inevitably, however, the aging process can take a toll on the ability to drive safely. But now, researchers have found that when seniors stop driving, their health may suffer. In a study recently published...
Nursing care team at hospital.
If you are having elective surgery, choosing the right hospital may affect your outcome. But the factors that make a good hospital great such as good patient outcomes, low infection rates, and high patient and staff satisfaction may not be the only factors you should consider. A study published in the journal JAMA Surgery has shown that the quality of nursing care may be a key factor in whether...
musical notes
Researchers from Mount Sinai Health System’s Louis Armstrong Center of Music and Medicine recently conducted a study examining the effect of music therapy as an addition to standard treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD affects over 15 million Americans and is the third leading cause of death in this country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and...
Doctor evaluating x-ray
Some cancer screening tests become less necessary as you age, but if you think you are too old to keep getting an annual mammogram, think again. Breast cancer is second in line behind skin cancer when it comes to the most common type in women, and except for lung cancer, kills the most women in the U.S. every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mammography has been...