TUESDAY, Nov. 23, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Becoming a couch potato as you get older goes against evolution and puts your health at risk, a new study suggests. Humans have evolved to be active in their later years, and staying active can protect against heart disease and a number ofContinue Reading

MONDAY, Nov. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Most prescriptions for the medication gabapentin are for unapproved uses — and many patients end up taking it along with drugs that create potentially dangerous interactions. That’s the conclusion of a new study that looked at “off-label” use of gabapentin. In the UnitedContinue Reading

MONDAY, Nov. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Though airborne exposure causes most cases of COVID-19, the virus lurks on objects near the beds of infected nursing home patients, according to a new study. “Coronavirus is ubiquitous and persistent in the rooms of nursing home residents with COVID-19, and highlight theContinue Reading

THURSDAY, Nov. 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Despite stereotypes about seniors and technology, a small study suggests that older adults in the early stages of dementia can use smartphone apps as memory aids. The researchers found that older people with mild impairments in memory and thinking were not only ableContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The first human clinical trial of a nasal vaccine to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease is set to begin after nearly 20 years of research. This is a “remarkable milestone,” according to Dr. Howard Weiner, co-director of the Ann Romney Center forContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) — More older folks are winding up on liver transplant waiting lists than ever before, as obesity and alcoholism supersede hepatitis C as the main cause of liver failure in the United States. The percentage of liver transplant candidates aged 65 or older roseContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Grandmothers can have a strong bond with the little children in their families — and the connection even shows up on brain scans, researchers say. The investigators embarked on a unique study, looking at the brains of older women — not for signsContinue Reading

MONDAY, Nov. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A new and expensive Alzheimer’s drug called Aduhelm is responsible for about half of the $21.60 increase in monthly premiums for Medicare’s Part B outpatient program in 2022, Medicare officials report. The new premium will be $170.10 a month, and the $21.60 boostContinue Reading

FRIDAY, Nov. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease, slowly robbing patients of their memories and even their sense of selves. Now, new research shows it also robs sufferers of a healthy social life. “Social relationships are an essential feature of our quality of life and canContinue Reading