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Medications

Drug that lowers blood sugar also reduces blood vessel dysfunction caused by aging

An FDA-approved drug to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes also may decrease blood vessel dysfunction associated with aging, according to a new study from the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Medical economics

Age-related muscle loss linked to socioeconomic disadvantage

New research from Trinity shows that age-related muscle loss, known as sarcopenia, was twice as common in adults with the most socioeconomic disadvantage (47%) compared to the least socioeconomic disadvantage (21%). Consistent ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Video: Researchers discuss their 'pace of aging' score

Five decades ago, Duke psychologists Terrie Moffitt and Avshalom Caspi began working with a long-term study of 1,000 people in New Zealand to get a better perspective on how childhood factors may have led to adolescent behaviors, ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Brain capital: A new investment approach for late-life well-being

Within many societies and cultures around the world, older adults are too often undervalued and underappreciated, according to a new article in the journal Innovation in Aging. This exacerbates many key challenges that older ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Consumer health: Osteoporosis and exercise

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about this bone disease. Osteoporosis affects approximately 10 million people in the U.S., 80% of whom are women, according ...

Immunology

Next-gen vaccines set to maintain immunity as the years advance

Vaccine potency drops in the elderly and little is known about why this happens. Now, European scientists are on a mission to understand waning immunity and to develop strategies that make vaccines work effectively in all ...

Health

Hospices vary widely in prescribing of 'comfort kit' medications

When a person nearing the end of their life enters hospice care, their hospice agency's doctors may prescribe a "comfort kit" of small amounts of medications that their caregivers can give them in case of urgent, distressing ...