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Many Americans Will Grieve Parents, Grandparents Lost to Coronavirus

WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As deaths from coronavirus continue to mount, researchers are calling attention to another toll of the pandemic: the many people left behind to grieve, in a time of social isolation. Losing a loved one is a traumatic event at any time. But experts say the ongoing crisis presents unique difficulties for people in mourning -- from the suddenness of the loss, to the societal shifts happening around it. And a huge number of people will be affected in the months to come. "This will be a mortality shock that the U.S. has never experienced," said Emily Smith-Greenaway, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. Greenaway and colleague Ashton Verdery recently published an analysis estimating how...

How to Ease Loved Ones With Alzheimer's Through the Pandemic

7 April 2020
TUESDAY, April 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The coronavirus pandemic is throwing Americans' daily lives into disarray, and such disruptions are especially hard on people with Alzheimer's disease. Changes in daily routines can trigger anxiety, confusion, agitation and/or discomfort for people with Alzheimer's, but there are a number of things family caregivers can do to adapt, according to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA). "There is often comfort in the familiar," said Charles Fuschillo Jr., foundation president and CEO. "As we all adjust to the 'new normal' created by the coronavirus outbreak, caregivers should know about steps they can take to adapt routines and help their loved ones stay calm and comfortable." Try to maintain normal daily schedules for getting up,...

Heavy Drinking Into Old Age Ups Health Risks: Study

7 April 2020
TUESDAY, April 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term heavy drinking may lead to significant weight gain and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke in older adults, British researchers warn. They analyzed data from more than 4,800 U.K. civil servants who were 34 to 56 years old when the study began in the mid-1980s. Three-quarters were men. Heavy drinking -- defined as three or four drinks, four or more times a week -- over a lifetime was linked to numerous health issues. They included higher blood pressure, poorer liver function, increased stroke risk, and a larger waist circumference and body mass index (BMI) in later life. (BMI is an estimate of body fat based on weight and height.) And that link remained even if the person stopped drinking heavily before age 50. But...

Daily Aspirin Won't Stop Dementia, Study Finds

25 March 2020
WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans pop a low-dose aspirin each day to help ward off heart issues, but a new study finds that protection may not extend to dementia. Although the anti-inflammatory effects of aspirin have been touted as protection against thinking and memory (or "cognitive") problems from Alzheimer's and other dementias, a large, randomized trial suggests aspirin won't slow mental decline. "The findings are very relevant to the care of older people and indicate that aspirin should not be prescribed solely on the basis of potential cognitive benefits," said lead researcher Joanne Ryan, of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. "Our study provides strong evidence that low-dose aspirin will not reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease,"...

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Low Folate Levels Raise Heart Risks

2 March 2020
MONDAY, March 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Low folate levels are associated with an increased risk of heart disease death in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a new study suggests. People with RA have a 60% increased risk of dying from heart disease, but the reasons have been unclear. "Our study is the first to show an association between serum folate and increased cardiovascular mortality in patients with rheumatoid arthritis," lead author Kalyani Sonawane said in a University of Texas news release. She is an assistant professor at UTHealth's School of Public Health. This study included 683 RA patients who were divided into three groups based on their blood levels of folate, a B vitamin also known as folic acid. One group had levels below 4.3 nanograms per milliliter, the...

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