Seniors / Aging

Financial hardship may accelerate aging

Research shows that adults who spend as few as 4 years in economic hardship could be at risk of accelerated aging in comparison with adults who do not experience periods of poverty. New research examines the effects of financial difficulties on aging. The term accelerated aging describes people who are physically less capable at an […]

Immune System / Vaccines Seniors / Aging

Has a small trial stumbled upon a way to reverse biological aging?

In a small clinical trial, scientists were looking for a means to restore the thymus — the gland that forms and releases key immune cells. By doing so, they actually managed to reverse various aspects of biological aging. A three-pronged intervention demonstrates it may be possible to reverse biological aging. The thymus gland, located between […]

Seniors / Aging

AI-enhanced ECGs may soon assess overall health

Scientists have trained an artificial intelligence tool to predict sex and estimate age from electrocardiogram readouts. They suggest that, with further development, the tool could soon be helping doctors to assess the overall health of their patients. One day, an AI-enhanced ECG could estimate a person’s overall health. An electrocardiogram, also known as an ECG […]

Seniors / Aging

Do antibiotics raise the risk of rheumatoid arthritis?

New research suggests that antibiotics may raise the risk of rheumatoid arthritis by altering the gut microbiota. New research suggests that antibiotics may put people at increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis. About 1.3 million adults in the United States are living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune condition that causes inflammation of the joints. Researchers […]

Alzheimer's / Dementia Seniors / Aging

Mild cognitive impairment: Meditation can boost brain health

Research shows that adults with mild cognitive impairment who practice mindfulness meditation could experience a boost in cognitive reserve. New research suggests that meditation can improve the brain health of older adults with mild cognitive impairment. Researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, NC, published a paper in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease that […]

Seniors / Aging

Designing a blood test that can predict lifespan

The ability to predict how long someone is likely to live would help doctors tailor treatment plans. A new study looking at biomarkers in the blood concludes that more accurately estimating mortality might soon be possible. Researchers analyze blood in the search for markers of mortality risk. As it stands, doctors can predict mortality within […]

Seniors / Aging Women's Health / Gynecology

Testosterone may improve women’s sex lives after menopause

A wide-ranging review of 36 trials found that testosterone may have profound positive effects on sexual function and well-being in postmenopausal women. New research extols the benefits of testosterone for the sexual well-being of older women. This review, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, included blinded randomized controlled trials of testosterone treatment that had […]

Cardiovascular / Cardiology Seniors / Aging

Why older adults need regular metabolic risk screening

The Endocrine Society have revised their clinical practice guideline on identifying adults at higher risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. New guidelines recommend that older adults should undergo regular screening for metabolic risk. The previous edition of the guideline was in 2008. The recent revision looks at metabolic risk in the light of […]