News Category: Older people

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Potential breakthrough for osteoporosis announced

15 June 2015

"Bone could be regrown to treat osteoporosis after breakthrough," The Daily Telegraph reports. This headline follows the development of a new drug that may increase bone formation, which could potentially combat osteoporosis. But this...

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People may age at different rates

08 July 2015

"Ageing rates vary widely, says study," BBC News reports. For 12 years, researchers tracked a range of biomarkers associated with the ageing process, such as cholesterol levels, and found striking differences in people of the same chronological age…

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Is there really a middle-class drinking 'epidemic' in over-50s?

24 July 2015

"Middle-class over-50s have become a generation of problem drinkers," the Mail Online reports – a headline that actually has little basis in fact...

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Some over-the-counter drugs may be linked to falls in older men

29 July 2015

"Popular over-the-counter drugs for hay fever and insomnia may increase the risk of a serious fall among older men," the Daily Mail reports after a study suggested anticholinergic drugs, which can cause side effects such…

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Many white English and Irish pensioners 'drinking to excess'

24 August 2015

"One in five people over 65 who drink is consuming an "unsafe" level of alcohol, say researchers," BBC News reports. Their research found "unsafe drinking was far more common among the white British and Irish population"…

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How having 'senior moments' may be a good thing

27 August 2015

"Senior moments? Only worry if you don't notice them," the Daily Mail reports. A new study suggests becoming unaware of failing memory could be a warning sign of impending dementia…

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Tai chi 'may help people cope better with diseases of ageing'

21 September 2015

"Tai chi can help older patients with disabling conditions," The Guardian reports, after an analysis of old data found the martial art may help relieve some symptoms of four age-related diseases…

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Stronger legs linked to stronger brains in older women

11 November 2015

"Strong legs 'help the brain resist the effects of ageing','' the Mail Online reports. A study that tracked 324 female twins (162 sets) over 10 years found an association between leg strength and cognitive ability, measured…

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Do high doses of vitamin D increase falls risk in the elderly?

06 January 2016

"Giving pensioners high doses of vitamin D to strengthen their leg bones may put them at higher risk of a fall," The Times reports, after a Swiss study suggested high doses of the supplement offer no benefits, but do increase the risk of falling…

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'Not enough over-50s' taking aspirin to prevent heart disease

01 December 2016

"Aspirin a day could dramatically cut cancer and heart disease risk … study claims," the Mail Online reports. U.S. researchers ran a simulation of what might happen if all Americans over 50 years old took aspirin on a daily basis…

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Report looks at the health of the 'baby boomer' generation

09 December 2016

"Baby boomers should 'stay in work to keep healthy'," reports BBC News, while The Daily Telegraph warns that "Swinging sixty-somethings see swell in sexually transmitted diseases"…

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Grandparents who babysit 'tend to live longer'

03 January 2017

"Grandparents who babysit their grandchildren tend to live longer than seniors who do not care for other people, a study has found," the Mail Online reports. Researchers found grandparent babysitters had a 37% lower mortality risk…

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Owning a dog may encourage older people to exercise

09 June 2017

"NHS should prescribe dogs to keep over-65s fit," the Daily Mail reports. The headline was prompted by the results of a new study with the rather unsurprising finding that older adults who own dogs walk more than those who don't…

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Rates of newly diagnosed HIV increasing in over-50s

27 September 2017

“HIV rises among over-50s as they neglect safe sex” is the headline from the Times. The news is based on a European study that found more over-50s are being diagnosed with HIV compared with 12 years ago.

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Denture wearers may have a risk of poor nutrition – but no link to frailty

11 December 2017

Denture wearers are “at risk of malnutrition because they can't chew healthy food,” says The Telegraph. The Mail Online suggests that this means they are also at “higher risk of weak joints and muscles”

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Could age-related muscle weakening be prevented?

12 March 2018

'Muscle loss in old age linked to fewer nerve signals' BBC News reports

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Exercise 'doesn't slow' progression of dementia

17 May 2018

"'Surprising' study suggests exercise may make dementia worse," reports The Telegraph.

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Probiotics 'may help strengthen bones' in older adults

25 June 2018

"Elderly people should take probiotics to preserve their bones," claims the Mail Online, referring to a Swedish trial that gave supplements to a small group of women.

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Italian study suggests human lifespan could continue increasing

29 June 2018

'Want a long life? Hang in there! Study claims our risk of death DROPS after 80 and plateaus when we reach 105 - but we still haven't reached our limit' reports the Mail Online.

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Statins 'may not help over-75s without diabetes'

06 September 2018

'Statins not recommended for healthy pensioners over 75, new study finds' The Daily Telegraph reports

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Healthy older people do not benefit from taking aspirin

17 September 2018

'Millions of healthy people who take aspirin to ward off illness in old age are unlikely to benefit from the drug, a trial has found' The Guardian reports

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Older people 'would benefit' from weight training and more protein

04 December 2018

"GPs should prescribe protein powders and weight lifting to pensioners to help reverse frailty," The Daily Telegraph reports.

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Puzzle-solving 'doesn't slow down mental decline in older people'

11 December 2018

"Crosswords do not prevent dementia but can make your brain sharper to start off with," reports the Mail Online. The question of whether doing puzzles and problem-solving activities can stave off mental decline in older age is often debated. This study of 498 people born in Scotland in 1936 found people who enjoyed intellectually stimulating tasks had better mental functioning at around age 64 than less intellectually active people, but that their rate of mental decline from that point was the same.

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Poor sense of smell in the elderly linked with higher risk of dying

30 April 2019

'Routine sense of smell tests could be used to spot signs of dementia' The Guardian reports

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Household antibacterial chemical linked to weakened bones

26 June 2019

"Chemical found in soap and toothpaste linked to osteoporosis in women," reports The Daily Telegraph. Chinese researchers used data from US surveys to look for a link between levels of the chemical triclosan in the body and bone strength (bone mass density). Triclosan is an antibacterial chemical used in some hand washes and gels, and also in some types of mouthwash and toothpaste.

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