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Medical economics

Actinic keratosis diagnosed in almost one-third of older adults

Nearly three in 10 Medicare beneficiaries have at least one actinic keratosis diagnosis encounter over five years of follow-up, according to a research letter published online July 27 in JAMA Dermatology.


A virtual trip to the museum can improve the health of seniors stuck at home

Scientists have long known that social isolation is associated with a number of health problems, including increased risks for stroke and heart disease, as well as mental decline and even premature death. The risks are especially ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Research finds biomarkers in older adults with late-life depression

Major depression in older adults is very common, disabling, and increases the risk of many diseases of aging, including Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, cardiovascular issues and even mortality. Therefore, it constitutes ...

Medical economics

When telemedicine isn't the solution

In a study published today in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai paint a first-of-its-kind nationally representative portrait of the health care needs of older ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Pseudobulbar affect: An often-overlooked condition

"Understanding Pseudobulbar Affect," the inaugural publication of the new Insights & Implications in Gerontology series from The Gerontological Society of America, addresses an often overlooked or misunderstood condition ...

Medical economics

Study finds US nursing homes underreport pressure ulcers

Researchers at the University of Chicago have found that the number and severity of pressure ulcers suffered by Medicare residents in U.S. nursing homes is substantially underreported, leading to unreliable data that many ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Fewer rural early-onset Alzheimer's patients see specialists

Rural Americans suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's are less likely than city dwellers to be seen by specialists and receive tests that can benefit both them and their families, new research has found.

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Biological age, not birthdate may reveal healthy longevity

A first-of-its-kind study of 1,813 older women suggests that the accelerated biological aging of the body—epigenetic age acceleration specifically—is associated with lower odds of living to be 90 years old and also being ...

Oncology & Cancer

Hearing loss and tinnitus are common in cancer survivors

While children receiving chemotherapy routinely undergo hearing tests, adults don't, and a new study by UC San Francisco reports for the first time that significant hearing issues often occur among adult survivors of the ...


Head injury tied to olfactory dysfunction in older adults

There appears to be an association between a history of head injury and olfactory dysfunction in older adults, according to a study published online July 21 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Weak handgrip strength may signal serious health issues

Muscle strength is a powerful predictor of mortality that can quickly and inexpensively be assessed by measuring handgrip strength. In a new study, researchers developed cut-off points that apply to the general population, ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Urinary incontinence poses burden to long-term care

The impact and management of urinary incontinence (UI) related to overactive bladder is a substantial burden to long-term care (LTC) residents and staff, according to a study published online July 1 in the Journal of Gerontological ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Hearing screening ups awareness of hearing loss, hearing aid use

Having a recent hearing test is associated with a lower risk for underreporting hearing loss and greater likelihood of hearing aid use, according to a research letter published online July 14 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Bolstering the reliability of epigenetic clocks

Epigenetic clocks are powerful biomarkers based on DNA methylation that were developed to track aging in population studies, clinical trials, and personal health applications. Intended to measure biological age, they strongly ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Finding the right memory strategy to slow cognitive decline

What's the best way to improve your memory as you age? Turns out, it depends, a new study suggests. But your fourth-grade math teacher may have been onto something with that phrase to help you remember how to work out a complicated ...


Extreme heat safety tips for older adults

As older adults age, their ability to regulate body temperature becomes increasingly more difficult, especially during hot summer months. The heat can have a significant, rapid impact on them—and it can even happen within ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Introducing a protocol for using robotic pets in memory care

You might think it was a typical therapy session at a long-term care facility. In a quiet room, a therapist sets down a pet carrier, brings out a cat, and sets it on a resident's lap. As the resident gently strokes the cat's ...