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Loneliness Could Raise Risk for Parkinson's, Study Finds

Loneliness Could Raise Risk for Parkinson`s, Study FindsTUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Loneliness can leave many feeling desolate, but new research now suggests it may also leave people vulnerable to Parkinson's disease.Among more than 490,000 people listed in the UK Biobank who were followed for up to 15 years, loneliness appeared to increase the chances of a Parkinson's diagnosis by 37%."The association between loneliness and incident Parkinson's disease was not due to shared genetic, clinical or behavioral risk factors," said senior researcher Angelina Sutin, a professor in the department of behavioral sciences and social medicine at Florida State University's College of Medicine in Tallahassee.Although this study can't prove that loneliness causes Parkinson's disease, there appears to be a connection, Sutin said."We show that...

Arthritic Hands: What Works (and Doesn't) to Ease the Pain?

2 October 2023
Arthritic Hands: What Works (and Doesn`t) to Ease the Pain?MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of people who live with the pain and stiffness of arthritis in their hands get steroid or hyaluronic acid injections directly into their finger joints in the hopes of feeling better.Now, a new review shows that even though these injections are widely recommended in treatment guidelines, they don’t really work.Joint injections to relieve the symptoms of hand osteoarthritis were no better than dummy (placebo) injections, the study found.That’s not all current treatment recommendations for hand arthritis seem to get wrong, either. Most also call for topical pain relievers as the first-line therapy for hand osteoarthritis, but the evidence on those is iffy, said study author Dr. Anna Døssing, a rheumatology resident at the Parker...

Take These Steps to 'Fall-Proof' Your Home

30 September 2023
Take These Steps to `Fall-Proof` Your HomeSATURDAY, Sept. 30, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of falls increases in older age, and along with it, the risk for serious physical or psychological damage, but there are steps people can take to help prevent these accidents.Each year, about 27% of adults 65 and older fall and about 10% of those are injured.“If you've experienced a fall or have a fear of falling, you are at a higher risk of falling. Once an older adult falls, they can develop post-fall anxiety syndrome,” said Dr. Angela Catic, associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine's Center on Aging, in Houston.“It’s important for older populations to remain as independent as possible in their own homes. You can help support this by making sure common falling hazards are not in their homes,” Catic added in a...

Jimmy Carter 'Happy' in At-Home Hospice Care as 99th...

29 September 2023
Jimmy Carter `Happy` in At-Home Hospice Care as 99th Birthday NearsFRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Former President Jimmy Carter turned quite a few heads last week when he made a surprise visit to the Plains Peanut Festival in Georgia.Carter, who turns 99 on Sunday, decided back in February “to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care instead of additional medical intervention,” according to an announcement made at the time by the Carter Center.But instead of languishing at home, Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, 96, rode through the Peanut Festival in a black SUV, taking in the scene as spectators took photos and waved at them.The Carters’ visit to a treasured annual event is really the essence of hospice care -- the ability for a person to fully enjoy the remaining time they have, said Larry Atkins,...

Most Older Americans Object to Cancer Screening Cutoffs Based on Life Expectancy: Poll

29 September 2023
Most Older Americans Object to Cancer Screening Cutoffs Based on Life Expectancy: PollFRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- While guidelines for cancer screening have begun factoring in life expectancy, a new poll shows a majority of older adults disagree with age cutoffs based on how long a person is expected to live.The University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging queried more than 2,500 adults aged 50 to 80 by phone and online in January 2023.The poll found that 62% of people in this age group thought that national guidelines for stopping cancer screenings in individual patients should not be based on how long that person might have left to live.“Personalizing cancer screening decisions to each patient’s health situation, rather than using one-size-fits-all age cutoffs, could benefit both very healthy and less healthy patients in different ways,”...

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