Aging and Longevity

Beta Blockers taken for High Blood Pressure might prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers found that men who took beta-blockers for treating high blood pressure were less likely to have brain shrinkage and other anomalies that could signal Alzheimer’s disease or other kinds of dementia.

The Honolulu-Asia Aging Study involved 774 elderly Japanese-American men. After the men died, autopsies were conducted. Six-hundred-ten out of 774 men had high blood pressure or were being treated with high blood pressure medication.

Less than half, around 350, of the men had been taking blood pressure medication; 15 percent took only beta blocker medication, 18 percent took beta blockers with one or more other hypertensive medications, and the remaining took another type of blood pressure medication with no beta blockers.

Fish Oil Supplements helped Heal Bedsores

(Best Syndication News) - Taking fish oil supplements may help bedsores heal in critically ill patients, according to a study from the Tel Aviv University. The researchers noticed a 20-25 percent reduction in pressure ulcers when eight grams of fish oil were taken daily for three weeks. The results were published in the British Journal of Nutrition and the American Journal of Critical Care.

Prof. Pierre Singer of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine explained that bedsores are a common problem for critically ill patients because of constant pressure on the skin and tissue. Bedsores form from a lack oxygen because the blood flow is reduced and there is skin wetness. Other studies have found fish oil supplements were helpful for lowering blood pressure and reducing inflammation of the skin and in joints.

Steriod Injection for Back Pain associated with Bone Loss in Postmenopausal Women

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from Henry Ford Hospital found that postmenopausal women who received epidural steroid injections to ease back pain had six-times the loss of bone density than what is usual after six months. The study results were published in the December 1 edition of the journal Spine.

The study’s lead author, Shlomo Mandel, M.D., a Henry Ford orthopedic physician, said that physicians should be careful when prescribing epidural steroid injections for patients that are at risk for bone loss. He suggests that physicians should consider prescribing calcium and vitamin D supplements and exercise to the patient as part of treatment regimen.

The researchers wanted to see if the steroid injections used to treat lumbar stenosis, an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal, would increase the risk for postmenopausal bone loss in women.

Women in Midlife benefited from Walking over 6,000 Steps Daily

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(Best Syndication News) - Get moving and counting at least 6,000 steps daily may improve the health outcome for women in midlife. A study found that increasing activity decreased the risk for diabetes and metabolic syndrome. The researchers will be publishing their findings in the journal of the North American Menopause Society, Menopause.

While walking is the most obvious way to get 6,000 steps, it need not be from that activity. There were 292 women between 45 and 72 years old participating in the study. They wore pedometers that counted the number of steps they took each day. The participants were also measured for cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and waist and hip circumference. The researchers categorized the women who took over 6,000 steps as being active; those who stepped less were considered inactive.

Drivers with Glaucoma at an increased risk for Car Accidents

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(Best Syndication News) - A study conducted in Japan found that people with glaucoma had around twice as many accidents compared to a person with normal vision when using a driving simulator. The study results were presented today at the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, which this year has been joined with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology.

Around 2.7 million Americans over the age 40 have glaucoma. Many people may not be aware that they have the disease because the vision loss is gradual and painless. Left untreated, the person can become blind. First they lose peripheral vision, but eventually the optic nerve can become damaged.

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