A study published online ahead of press in the Gerontology Society of America's Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences reports that the condition of frailty in older adults is associated with a critical mass of abnormal physiological systems, over and above the status of each individual system, and that the relationship is nonlinear. This research is the first evidence that frailty is related to the number of abnormal physiological systems, rather than a specific system abnormality, a chronic disease, or chronological age. It suggests significant alterations in system biology with aging, and underlying frailty. Clinical implications are that prevention and treatment may be more likely to be effective if any given intervention improves multiple systems, not just one.
Hebrew SeniorLife has received a $105, 000 grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation for the expansion and implementation of three evidence-based healthy aging programs designed to disseminate preventive health-related information to seniors in the community. "This expansion will educate more than 500 more seniors on nutrition, exercise and falls prevention, helping to maintain their overall health and independence, " says Robert Schreiber, M.D., HSL's physician-in-chief. "The prevention education will additionally reflect a cost-effective method of avoiding hospitalizations and treatments for diseases and disabilities." Since 2004, HSL has trained more than 200 leaders in the implementation of three evidenced-based healthy aging programs - on proper nutrition, exercise and falls - at 30 community organizations.
Nepean Consensus Statement Meeting: Treatment For Osteoporosis In Institutionalised Older People In Australia
Leading Australian bone and geriatric specialists have hailed the Nepean Consensus Statement meeting on the treatment of osteoporosis in the aged care setting a major success, and a significant step forward in addressing this growing national issue. Osteoporotic fractures are an important cause of morbidity and mortality in residential aged care facilities. While those in the aged care setting are at greater risk of osteoporotic fractures compared to those in the wider community, osteoporosis continues to go under-diagnosed and undertreated, signifying a genuine need for the Nepean Consensus Statement Meeting. Held on 25th July, invited delegates, which also included GPs and nurses, developed consensus recommendations outlining best management practice for the prevention of osteoporotic fractures in the institutionalised elderly population.
FDA Approves Sculptra R Aesthetic, A Facial Injectable For Correction Of Nasolabial Folds And Other Facial Wrinkles
Sanofi-aventis U.S. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Sculptra(R)Aesthetic (injectable poly-L-lactic acid) for the correction of shallow to deep nasolabial fold (smile lines) contour deficiencies and other facial wrinkles which are treated with the appropriate injection technique in healthy patients. Sculptra(R)Aesthetic works gradually to offer natural-looking results that can last up to two years. "We are excited by the FDA approval of Sculptra(R)Aesthetic because it changes the landscape of what physicians can offer patients seeking natural and gradual looking results from an aesthetic injectable that is long-lasting, " said Doris Day, M.
New research released by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) reveals how older people are taking a cocktail of medicine without fully understanding what they are or the side effects they are causing. The RPSGB survey shows that nearly half (43%) of over 65's are currently taking over five medicines at any one time. However, one in five admits to not always taking the medicine as prescribed. Sixty per cent also believe that they either definitely or possibly have had a side effect from medicine - yet one if five said they did not get it checked out. In response to these findings, the RPSGB is launching a campaign to urge older people to review the medicine they are taking by visiting their local pharmacist for a Medicine Use Review (MUR).
A study comparing how two common dietary oil supplements affect body composition suggests that both oils, by themselves, can lower body fat in obese postmenopausal women with Type 2 diabetes. The two oils compared were safflower oil, a common cooking oil, and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a compound naturally found in some meat and dairy products that has been associated with weight loss in previous studies. Both are composed primarily of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are considered "good fats" that, when consumed in proper quantities, are associated with a variety of health benefits. Martha Belury In the study, 16 weeks of supplementation with safflower oil reduced fat in the trunk area, lowered blood sugar and increased muscle tissue in the women participants.