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Insomnia May Forecast Depression, Thinking Problems in Older People

Insomnia May Forecast Depression, Thinking Problems in Older PeopleSATURDAY, May 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Insomnia may significantly increase the risk that older adults will be unable to shake off depression, researchers say. For the study, the investigators analyzed data on nearly 600 people over age 60 who visited primary care centers in New York City, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. All had some level of depression. Compared to patients whose sleep improved, those with worsening sleep problems were about 28 times more likely to be diagnosed with major depression at the end of the 12-month study. Patients whose sleep worsened also had nearly 12 times the odds of minor depression and were 10% more likely to report having suicidal thoughts, according to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study. The report was recently published...

Get Moving, Seniors: It's Good For Your Brain

15 May 2020
Get Moving, Seniors: It`s Good For Your BrainFRIDAY, May 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Want to give your brain a boost? Go for a swim, take a walk, or spin your partner on the living room floor. A new study finds that aerobic exercise can improve older adults' thinking and memory, even if they're longtime couch potatoes. This type of exercise increases blood flow to the brain and counters the effects of normal aging, according to the study published online May 13 in the journal Neurology. "As we all find out eventually, we lose a bit mentally and physically as we age. But even if you start an exercise program later in life, the benefit to your brain may be immense," said study author Marc Poulin, of the University of Calgary School of Medicine in Canada. "Sure, aerobic exercise gets blood moving through your body. As our study...

Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Worse Mental Outcomes After Stroke

14 May 2020
Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Worse Mental Outcomes After StrokeTHURSDAY, May 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Memory and thinking skills are generally worse after a stroke for people with type 2 diabetes compared to people with normal blood sugar levels or prediabetes, new research suggests. "We found that diabetes, but not prediabetes, is associated with poorer cognitive performance in every aspect of cognition tested," said study lead author Jessica Lo. She's a research associate from the University of New South Wales Sydney's Center for Healthy Brain Aging in Australia. Prediabetes is a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. People with diabetes are more likely to have strokes than people without the disease. In fact, every two minutes someone with diabetes in the...

Millions of Older Americans Can't Get Enough Food

14 May 2020
Millions of Older Americans Can`t Get Enough FoodTHURSDAY, May 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Older Americans were going hungry even before the coronavirus pandemic short-circuited the nation's food supply, a new poll finds. Before the COVID crisis, 1 in 7 adults ages 50 to 80 had difficulty getting enough food because of high costs or other factors, according to the National Poll on Healthy Aging conducted by the University of Michigan. The number unable to obtain needed food in the past year was even higher among blacks, Hispanics and those not yet getting Medicare, researchers said. "Access to nutritious food and health status are closely linked, yet this poll reveals major disparities in that access," said poll director Dr. Preeti Malani, a professor of internal medicine at Michigan Medicine. "Even as we focus on preventing...

Parkinson's Patient Improving After First-Ever Stem Cell Therapy

13 May 2020
Parkinson`s Patient Improving After First-Ever Stem Cell TherapyWEDNESDAY, May 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In a first, scientists have treated a Parkinson's disease patient with his own skin cells -- repurposing them to become key brain cells that the disease kills off. Two years after receiving the experimental treatment, the patient has had no adverse effects, his doctors report. His symptoms, meanwhile, have either stabilized or gotten somewhat better. "The improvement has been modest," said senior researcher Kwang-Soo Kim, who directs the molecular neurobiology laboratory at the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital, in Belmont, Mass. "But," he added, "before this treatment he'd been deteriorating rapidly, and afterward his worsening stopped." Kim said his team is planning to study the therapy in additional patients. For now, this patient...

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