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insomnia
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that is used for a multitude of problems. It has been shown to be effective for primary insomnia (not due to an underlying condition), but little is known about its effectiveness for secondary insomnia (due to concomitant conditions such as emotional problems, chronic pain, or heart disease). A survey by the National Institute on Aging...
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Researchers from the University of Sheffield and the University of York in the United Kingdom (U.K.) have found that a drug commonly used to treat liver disease may in fact slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease affects 1 million people in the U.S. and 127,000 people in the U.K. It is a neurological disease in which the brain stops making the neurotransmitter...
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How you feel about your life, whether it is contented or not, tends to stay constant over time. It can change, however, depending on how you cope with negative life events such as chronic illness or the death of a spouse. Some people bounce back and some don’t. Now, scientists from Chapman University in Orange, Calif., think how you view life may be more important than previously thought...
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Vision problems are common among older adults for several reasons, including cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. But some vision changes are not due to the eye structures themselves and may be related to changes in brain function. Visual changes can affect quality of life and daily functioning, especially when it interferes with reading, your sense of balance, or driving ability. Older...
age discrimination
About 20% of older Americans suffer age discrimination in the health care system according to a new study, and it can affect their health. Researchers analyzed information from over 6,000 study participants who were part of the National Institute on Aging’s Health and Retirement Study—a longitudinal study evaluating changes in labor force participation and the health transitions that...
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Researchers from the Long Life Family Study (LLFS) recently found that several diseases are less prevalent in families of people who live a long time. These findings were published in the Journals of Gerontology , Series A. The scientists compared siblings in long-lived (over age 90) families to controls of the same age in the general population. They found that seven medical conditions were less...
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Over 700,000 strokes occur each year in the U.S., according to the National Institutes of Health, and these events are a leading cause of long-term injury, disability, and death. When it comes to treating a stroke, time is of utmost importance. But treatment is contingent upon the type of stroke that’s occurring, and figuring that out can take precious time. Most strokes are of the ischemic...
depressed senior
Estimates show that up to half of people with dementia are depressed. Some research shows that depression is a risk factor for dementia, and other studies show that depression may in fact be a complication of the condition. Now, a new study from researchers at the University of Manchester in the U.K. have found that depression among people with dementia may be more common if they are cared for at...
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You can keep track of your health status at home in several ways, including measuring blood pressure, blood glucose, and pacemaker function. Now, researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Aging Research have developed a dementia-screening tool for home use ( agingbraincare.org/tools/h...). The Healthy Aging Brain Care Monitor (HABC) measures 27 items on a...