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People are living longer than ever before, and many seniors live active and healthy lives. However, as we age, our bodies and minds change. There are things you can do to stay healthy and active as you age, and it is important to understand what to expect. This category includes news on the biology of aging, demographics, continuity of care, quality of life, care needs, longevity and lifestyle.
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Could this brain stimulation technique reverse memory decline?

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 09:00
New research examines the effect of a noninvasive brain stimulation technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation on age-related memory decline.

People are living longer despite care inequalities

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 09:00
A new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) examines global life expectancies and access to health services across the world.

Syncing brain waves may fight age-related memory problems

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 09:00
Working memory tends to decline with age, and this problem is characterized by poor synchronicity between brain regions. Can researchers 'fix' this issue?

How does oxidative stress affect the body?

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 12:00
Oxidative stress can damage cells and occurs when there is an excess of free radicals. The body produces free radicals during normal metabolic processes but also produces antioxidants to neutralize them. Long-term oxidative stress can contribute to aging and may play a role in a number of conditions. Learn more here.

How 1 hour of brisk walking can benefit people with osteoarthritis

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 08:00
A new study investigates the impact of 1 weekly hour of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity on disability in people with knee osteoarthritis.

Dark spots on the skin: Causes and how to treat them

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 13:00
Dark spots on the skin are usually the result of hyperpigmentation. They are usually harmless. In this article, we look at the symptoms, causes, and treatments for dark spots on the skin.

Smoking may not be related to dementia risk after all

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 10:00
Study of 531 cognitively healthy older adults over 11.5 years finds no link between smoking and dementia after accounting for 'competing risk' of death.

Knee osteoarthritis: A low-carb diet may relieve symptoms

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 09:00
A new study compares the effects of a low-carb diet with those of a regular diet and a low-fat diet on knee osteoarthritis in older adults.

The key to brain health: Light but frequent exercise

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 08:00
New research shows that light and moderate exercise benefits the brain both immediately and in the long run, providing a person is active frequently.

Why your gut may hold the key to cardiovascular health

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 09:00
A new study examines the link between gut bacteria, aging, and cardiovascular health. The authors conclude that 'the fountain of youth may lie in the gut.'

This 'caterpillar fungus' may help treat osteoarthritis

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 01:00
A compound derived from a parasitic fungus could lead to the development of new, better treatments for osteoarthritis, according to recent research.

10 minutes of leisurely activity per week may lower death risk

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 01:00
New observational research in a large cohort has found a strong link between leisurely physical activity — even in low amounts — and a lower death risk.

Skin moisturizer could reduce risk of disease

Sun, 03/17/2019 - 01:00
Dry and damaged skin can be uncomfortable but, according to a new study, it might also increase the risk of some age-related chronic diseases.

Manganese and Parkinson's: Mechanism may explain link

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 04:00
New research discovers a mechanism that may explain why exposure to manganese induces Parkinson's symptoms. The findings may aid diagnosis and treatment.

Does eating mushrooms protect brain health?

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 01:00
Mushrooms are tasty and nutritious, but can they protect the brain from cognitive decline? That is what researchers from Singapore aim to find out.

Is high blood pressure always bad?

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 08:00
Most experts believe that people should treat hypertension as a risk factor. However, new research suggests that high blood pressure is not always bad.

Napping may be as good as drugs for lowering blood pressure

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 01:00
Researchers have now uncovered evidence that indulging in a midday nap can help control blood pressure levels about as well as taking medication.

Genes may contribute to marital satisfaction

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 10:00
When at least one partner within a married couple had the GG oxytocin gene receptor variant, the spouses reported greater feelings of marital satisfaction and security.

Excessive daily TV at older age tied to poorer memory

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 09:00
Adults aged 50 and older who watched TV for 3.5 hours or more per day had greater verbal memory decline after 6 years than those who watched less TV.

Osteoporosis: Some yoga poses may cause bone injuries

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 01:00
New research warns that certain yoga poses can be risky for people with osteoporosis and advises caution when engaging in this practice.