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Neuroscience

Delirium may cause long term cognitive decline

A new meta-analysis of 24 observational studies from researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons found that delirium may cause significant long-term cognitive decline.

Immunology

A balancing act between immunity and longevity

As we age, the immune system gradually becomes impaired. One aspect of this impairment is chronic inflammation in the elderly, which means that the immune system is constantly active and sends out inflammatory substances. ...

Health

Family caregiving may not harm health of caregivers after all

For decades, family caregiving has been thought to create a type of chronic stress that may lead to significant health risks or even death, alarming potential caregivers and presenting a guilt-ridden obstacle for those needing ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

More lonely deaths in hospitals and nursing homes from COVID

Patients who died from COVID in 2020 were almost 12 times more likely to die in a medical facility than patients who died from any cause in 2018, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Do COVID-19 patients really have to die alone?

(HealthDay)—Hospitals have put in place strict no-visitation rules meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but these precautions have led to another heart-wrenching dilemma.

Gerontology & Geriatrics

More than one in four seniors reported falling in past year

(HealthDay)—In 2018, 27.5 percent of older adults reported falling at least once in the previous year, with 10.2 percent reporting an injury from a fall, according to research published in the July 10 issue of the U.S. ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Pandemic inspires framework for enhanced care in nursing homes

As of May 2020, nursing home residents account for a staggering one-third of the more than 80,000 deaths due to COVID-19 in the U.S. This pandemic has resulted in unprecedented threats—like reduced access to resources needed ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

2008 to 2018 saw increase in shingles vaccination in over-60s

(HealthDay)—From 2008 to 2018, there was an increase in shingles vaccination among adults aged 60 years and older, with demographic, socioeconomic, and geographic variations in vaccination rates, according to a July data ...

Neuroscience

Research shows hearing persists at end of life

Hearing is widely thought to be the last sense to go in the dying process. Now UBC researchers have evidence that some people may still be able to hear while in an unresponsive state at the end of their life.

Gerontology & Geriatrics

When is someone old?

Populations around the world are living longer lives than was the norm just a few decades ago, presenting governments with significant challenges in terms of caring for their growing elderly populations. According to a new ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Researchers work to better measure delirium severity in older patients

In a study published in the journal Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorder, researchers reported on their effort to improve and validate tools used to assess the severity of a condition called delirium, an acute confusional ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Physical activity of older people requires tailored monitoring

The ability to move about may deteriorate when aging, and must be considered when assessing physical activity in older people. A study on active aging at the University of Jyväskylä examined movement that exceeds the intensity ...

Immunology

Age-related impairments reversed in animal model

Elderly people are more prone to infectious diseases as the function of their immune system continuously declines with progression of age. This becomes especially apparent during seasonal influenza outbreaks or the occurrence ...