Aging News

Weight Changes Common with Parkinson’s

November 21st, 2014
New research discovers that it is normal for patients with Parkinson’s disease to have significant weight fluctuations. People may gain or lose weight depending on the stage of the disease. They may also gain up to 25 pounds after a course of deep ...

Herpes Simplex Virus May Up Risk of Alzheimer’s

November 20th, 2014
A person who carries certain antibodies of the herpes simplex virus may be at double the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, according to two new Swedish studies. "The identification of a treatable cause [herpes simplex] of the most common dementia disorder is a breakthrough," ...

New Brain Disease ID’d With Similarities to Alzheimer’s

November 17th, 2014
Researchers have identified a disease that has similar symptoms as Alzheimer’s yet is biologically different. Investigators believe the ability to diagnose different forms of memory impairment will aid the development of effective treatments for brain diseases. The new neurological disease is called primary age-related ...

Too Much of Two Drugs May Increase Risk of Dementia

November 16th, 2014
Long-term overtreatment with the anti-clotting drug warfarin, combined with antiplatelet therapy with aspirin or clopidigrel to prevent stroke, may increase the risk of dementia in people with atrial fibrillation, according to a new research. Atrial fibrillation is a common heart rhythm abnormality that ...

Anxiety Increases Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

November 11th, 2014
A new study discovers that people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) are at increased risk of Alzheimer's disease within a few years. And the risk of Alzheimer’s increases significantly if they suffer from anxiety. Researchers at Baycrest Health Sciences' Rotman Research Institute in Toronto, ...

Neighborhood Design Help Seniors Maintain Cognitive Health

November 10th, 2014
A neighborhood’s “walkability” can be a key factor for maintaining physical and cognitive health among older adults. Researchers from the University of Kansas presented evidence at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America that neighborhoods which motivate walking can stave off ...

Sense of Meaning & Purpose Linked to Longer Life

November 8th, 2014
A new study found that people with the greatest well-being are 30 percent less likely to die during an eight-year follow-up period than those with the least well-being. For the study, researchers at the University College London (UCL), Princeton University, and Stony Brook ...

Global Alzheimer’s Report Calls for Prevention

November 6th, 2014
A new global report on Alzheimer's disease is highlighting the need for better prevention. Currently, more than five million Americans are living with the condition. Alzheimer's Disease International, the worldwide federation of Alzheimer's associations, commissioned the "World Alzheimer Report 2014 Dementia and ...

Kids’ Beliefs About Soul, Afterlife Persist as Adults

November 4th, 2014
A new study finds that what we believe as children about the soul and afterlife influences our beliefs as adults. Researchers reviewed if our ingrained opinions (implicit belief) changes and if our ingrained thoughts are different from our contemporary or explicit beliefs. “My starting ...

Pre-Op Pain & Depression Put Elders at Risk for Later Delirium

November 4th, 2014
A new study suggests elders who suffer pain and depression before a surgery need to be aware of the risk for post-surgical delirium. Delirium is associated with a sharp decline in attention and mental function. Older adults are especially susceptible to delirium following ...