A research conducted by West Virginia University School of Public Health and the University of Colorado suggests that exercise can reduce risks of osteoporosis and improve bone density in postmenopausal women. "Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones, increasing the risk of sudden and unexpected fractures. Literally meaning "porous bone," it results in an increased loss of bone mass and strength. The disease often progresses without any symptoms or pain," according to Cleveland clinic.org.
Living in an ethnically homogenous neighborhood may be good for the health of African-American and Mexican-American seniors, suggests a new study from the Mailman School of Public Health. The study claims that residing in an ethnically homogeneous community reduces their risk of contracting cancer or heart disease. Contrary to earlier studies, the researchers found that "living in the barrio or ethnically dense communities isn't always bad for your health," said Kimberly Alvarez, a Ph.D. candidate at Mailman who conducted the study with Becca Levy, associate professor of epidemiology and psychology at the Yale School of Public Health.
According to a new study by researchers from Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, much of the previously reported increase in suicide cases in the U.S. between 2000 and 2010 can be attributed to an increase in hanging/suffocation. The increase in hanging/suffocation is largest among those aged between 45 and 59 years (104 percent increase), Medical Xpress reported.
A new study, presented at The Gerontological Society of America's 65th Annual Scientific Meeting, San Diego reveals that elders who live in areas with high air pollution may have a decreased cognitive functionality. "As a result of age-related declines in health and functioning, older adults are particularly vulnerable to the hazards of exposure to unhealthy air," Jennifer Ailshire, PhD, a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Biodemography and Population Health and the Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California, said.
A national study of the elderly in America reveals that "frail" citizens with limited mobility and low physical activity are more likely to report having a "food insufficiency" when compared to those who are not frail. According to the study which is nationally representative and involved 4700 older citizens, frail elderly are five times more likely to report lack of food than others. People included in the study were 60 years and above and the data used for the study was from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
A new study suggests that eating red meat and poultry may boost the risk of breast cancer in white women - but not black women. "Most breast cancer studies have been conducted in [white] women," said senior study author Dr. Elisa Bandera, an epidemiologist at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, in an institute news release. Since most of the previous researches have been around white women, the current research aimed at collecting more information on the impact of consumption of meat on breast cancer in women with African and European origin as well, Bandera noted.
A new study has suggested that older women who regularly drink green tea may slightly lower their risks of contracting colon, stomach and throat cancers, when compared to women who do not take the green herb. According to the Canadian study that went on for a duration of 10 years and involved 69,000 Chinese women, women who have green tea at least three times a week reduce their risk of developing cancer of the digestive system by 14 percent. The study has added to the debate of the benefits of the herb, as recent studies have shown that drinking green tea may not be helpful in reducing cancer risk, even though the extracts of the tea are believed to be beneficial.
Exercising regularly has various health benefits for people of all age groups. Not only does it keep one physically fit, it also has a considerably positive impact on people's psychological well-being. A new study suggests that seniors who indulge in regular physical activity may benefit from it by reducing their chances of contracting dementia. The study has found that older, non-disabled people who exercised regularly cut down their risk of vascular-related dementia by 40 percent and cognitive impairment of any etiology by 60 percent.
It is never too late to stop working out, as one can receive its benefits no matter what age they start exercising at. A new study suggests that taking up sports or any physical activity at middle age could boost brain power, along with helping people stay healthy. The study that observed overweight men who exercised regularly for just a few months revealed that along with a shrunken waist size, the men also benefited mentally from exercising.
A study published in the latest article of The Journal of Sexual Medicine reveals that the prevalence and risk factors associated with Sexual Dysfunction (SD) vary with different age groups among the Iraq/Afghanistan veterans.
As if the mood swings, irritability, tearfulness, anxiety, and feelings of despair in the years leading up to menopause are not bad enough, women also have to deal with a layer of fat around their waists, adding to the misery of what can be called as one of the worst phases of mid-life. However, researchers from Monash University in Australia may have good news for all the ladies struggling through this tough period in their lives. A new study by them claims that the increase in total body fat and abdominal fat seen at menopause is due to the hormonal changes taking place, and can be improved by estrogen treatment.
A new study suggests that as people grow older, their ability to rightly estimate the weight of the objects they lift keeps diminishing. The study, by Jessica Holmin and Farley Norman from North Dakota State University and Western Kentucky University respectively, suggests that older citizens cannot understand much difference between the weights of the different objects they lift.
Everyone dreads old age. No one wants wrinkled skin, bad sight, diminishing body strength, and worst of all, the plethora of diseases that entail old age. A new study suggests that life can really begin at 40, if only one could quit smoking, limit alcohol intake, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and workout. In other words, simply follow a healthy lifestyle. Researchers conducted a study for 16 years that looked at the benefits of certain good habits that one could have during old age.
Published in the journal Nature, for the first time ever, an international team of scientists from King's College London, Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital have stopped the aging process in the muscles of mice by manipulating the chemical components of a commonly used drug.
In a world that is growing every day in regards to technology, it is not only difficult for the older generation but the newer generation itself struggles to keep with the latest... A new study suggests that surfing the net, using Skype, email and social networking sites helps older people stay "connected" with their communities.
They may not be scientifically based, but the need for a solution outside of pharmaceuticals may encourage you to consider such options. When traditional medicine is not quite doing the trick, thinking outside the box and trying one of these options may bring surprising results.