Geriatrics
Researchers develop novel test which can tell how well a person is ageing

Researchers develop novel test which can tell how well a person is ageing

London: The findings, published in Genome Biology, could help improve management of age-related disease by identifying people most at risk of diseases affected by age, as well as improve the way anti-ageing treatments are evaluated. more

Study may lead to potential treatments for age-related degenerative diseases

Study may lead to potential treatments for age-related degenerative diseases

Washington: A new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, represents a major advance in the understanding of the molecular mechanisms behind aging while providing new hope for the development of targeted treatments for age-related degenerative diseases. more

Hearing loss accelerates brain function decline in older adults

Hearing loss accelerates brain function decline in older adults

Washington: Older adults with hearing loss are more likely to develop problems thinking and remembering than older adults whose hearing is normal, according to a new study by hearing experts at Johns Hopkins Medicine. more

Aspirin may slow the decline in mental capacity among elderly patients

Aspirin may slow the decline in mental capacity among elderly patients

Stockholm: A daily dose of acetylsalicylic acid equivalent to a fourth of an aspirin may slow the decline in intellectual capacity among elderly individuals with high cardiovascular risk. This is shown in a study by Sahlgrenska Academy. more

Causes of death in older people in Latin America, India and China

Causes of death in older people in Latin America, India and China

London: Deaths of people over 65 represent more than a third of all deaths in developing countries yet, until now, little research has focused on this group. New research reveals that stroke is the leading cause of death in people over 65 in developing countries, and that education helps protect against early mortality. The study was led by researchers at King’s College London and is published in PLoS Medicine. more

New web resource helps doctors assess life expectancy of older patients

New web resource helps doctors assess life expectancy of older patients

Washington: A team led by researchers from the San Francisco VA Medical Centre (SFVAMC) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) has completed the first systematic review of prognostic indices used to calculate a patient’s life expectancy, and created a website that puts these indices in one central location. more

High blood sugar levels in older women linked to colorectal cancer

High blood sugar levels in older women linked to colorectal cancer

Washington: Elevated blood sugar levels are associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer, according to a study led by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. The findings, observed in nearly 5,000 postmenopausal women, appear in the British Journal of Cancer. more

To prevent post-hospital disability, focus on patient function in the hospital: Physicians

To prevent post-hospital disability, focus on patient function in the hospital: Physicians

To prevent the onset of disability in their elderly patients, hospitals should focus on maintaining and restoring patients’ abilities to carry out activities of daily living while they are still inpatients, according to physicians from the San Francisco VA Medical Centre (SFVAMC) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). more