Updates (Page 48)

May 25, 2010

A Champion Falls

U.S. primary elections have taken down a fierce champion of medical research. For all of us who count on cures and treatments for the diseases that shorten and stunt human lives, the absence of Arlen Specter from the U.S. Senate will be deeply felt.
January 26, 2010

Not a Part of Normal Aging

Even though it’s a serious condition that typically leads to death after the onset of serious symptoms (such as angina and syncope), aortic stenosis (AS) is under-diagnosed—and even more scary—under-treated.
October 6, 2009

A Long Time Coming

When I learned this week that Dr. Carol Greider will receive the 2009 Nobel Prize for Medicine I was happy for her and for the recognition this brings to science in pursuit of answers for human aging. But it is also disquieting to know how long it has taken for her contributions on the role of telomeres in cancer and aging to achieve the pinnacle of scientific recognition.
September 8, 2009

Obesity Found to Decrease Brain Mass in Older Adults

Researchers from UCLA and the University of Pittsburgh have found more support for the benefits of exercise on dementia.
August 10, 2009

Organizing Your Health

No matter your health status, a health organizer is a simple yet very helpful tool to keep track of important health information, so you don’t have to search high and low every time you or your health care provider needs to know information related to your health.
June 16, 2009

Preventing Injuries at Home

Seniors age 85 and older are five times more likely to die in a fire than those younger mostly because of physical impairments. In addition, falls in the home can cause fractures, which can lead to loss of independence and health complications. During home safety month seniors and their caregivers should take steps to create a safer home environment.
May 14, 2009

Home Therapy: Improving and Extending the Lives of Older Adults

Results from a new study show that a home-based occupational and physical therapy program extended the lives of those who received the therapy compared to those who did not.
May 7, 2009

NIH Accepts Public Comments on Draft Stem Cell Guidelines

In response to President Obama’s March 9th Executive Order lifting the Bush Administration’s restrictions on stem cell research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued draft guidelines on the federal funding of this research. The public comment period for the draft is open through May 26th so there’s still time to have your voice heard!
April 22, 2009

Exercise Safe, Beneficial for Individuals with Heart Failure

If you are one of the 5 million Americans that have heart failure, a new study published in JAMA provides evidence that exercise may help you feel better. Researchers found that moderate exercise is not only safe, but beneficial for heart failure patients.
March 26, 2009

The Alzheimer’s Epidemic Marches On

Alzheimer’s disease has taken an unfortunate step in front of the national news spotlight as of late. The last two evenings, I have seen features on the evening news highlighting the devastating effects of the disease both as a public health epidemic and as a personal, family struggle.