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CDC Panel Urges Seniors to Get New, More Potent Flu Shot This Fall

CDC Panel Urges Seniors to Get New, More Potent Flu Shot This FallTHURSDAY, June 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine advisory panel on Wednesday voted to recommend that Americans 65 and older get the new, more potent flu shots because the regular shot doesn't offer enough protection.The more powerful vaccines might also offer more or longer protection for seniors with weakened immune systems who don't respond as well to traditional shots. The choices include Fluzone High-Dose, Fluad with an immune booster and Flublok, the Associated Press reported. The CDC usually adopts the panel's recommendations. This is the first time the federal government has backed a preferred vaccine for older adults. The agency urges all Americans aged 6 months and older to get a flu shot every season.Flu vaccines aren't...

Inhaled Pollutants Go Directly From Lungs to Brain: Study

22 June 2022
Inhaled Pollutants Go Directly From Lungs to Brain: StudyWEDNESDAY, June 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Breathing in air pollution can lead to toxic particles entering the brain -- and not just through the nose. New research suggests they have a direct pathway through the bloodstream, potentially contributing to brain disorders and neurological damage. "There are gaps in our knowledge around the harmful effects of airborne fine particles on the central nervous system. This work sheds new light on the link between inhaling particles and how they subsequently move around the body," said study co-author Iseult Lynch, a professor at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom."The data suggests that up to eight times the number of fine particles may reach the brain by traveling, via the bloodstream, from the lungs than pass directly via the...

Researchers Spot Sign of Alzheimer's Risk That Scammers Love

22 June 2022
Researchers Spot Sign of Alzheimer`s Risk That Scammers LoveWEDNESDAY, June 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Could the way a senior handles his or her money offer clues about their risk for Alzheimer's disease?Yes, according to a new study involving dozens of elderly men and women that found a higher likelihood to give away money to anonymous individuals correlated with a poorer performance on the kinds of tests that screen for dementia.The study did not, however, assess the mental state of seniors who might decide to more freely donate to a recognized charitable cause, stressed lead researcher Gali Weissberger, who conducted her work while a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine. She is now a senior lecturer with the interdisciplinary department of social sciences at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat...

Can You Stand on One Leg for 10 Seconds? You Might Live...

22 June 2022
Can You Stand on One Leg for 10 Seconds? You Might Live LongerWEDNESDAY, June 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- It sounds easy, but standing on one leg for 10 seconds can be harder than you think.And your ability to do so — or not — may predict whether you are more likely to die within the next decade, a new study suggests. That's why an international team of researchers says the 10-second test should be part of routine health checks for all middle-aged and older adults."[It] provides rapid and objective feedback for the patient and health professionals regarding static balance," the researchers said, adding that the test adds useful information regarding a patient's risk of premature death.Dr. Claudio Araujo of the Exercise Medicine Clinic in Rio de Janeiro led the study.Araujo's team noted that balance, unlike aerobic fitness, muscle strength...

Ageism Is Everywhere and Can Harm Health

20 June 2022
Ageism Is Everywhere and Can Harm HealthMONDAY, June 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- In a cancel culture where there's zero tolerance for prejudice, at least one form of discrimination appears to be alive and well.Ageism involves prejudice based on people's advancing age. It can be as overt as not hiring someone because they are older, or as subtle as giving a loved one a meant-to-be funny "you're over the hill" birthday card.And it turns out that nearly all older adults have experienced some form of ageism in their day-to-day lives, a new study shows."Ageism may be the most common form of discrimination and the most socially condoned form," said study author Julie Ober Allen, an assistant professor of health promotion at the University of Oklahoma."Awareness of how harmful racism, sexism, homophobia and other '-isms' can be...

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