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Decreased Muscle Strength Predicts Functional Impairments In Older Adults

Decreased muscle strength is associated with difficulty in performing functional activities such as stooping, crouching, or kneeling (SCK) in older adults, according to an observational study published in the January issue of Physical Therapy, (PTJ) the scientific journal of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). These researchers found that adults with SCK difficulty had significant decreases in adjusted strength measurements of trunk extensor, knee extensor, and ankle flexion muscles. Concluding that measurements of strength predict SCK difficulty, their study sets the stage for research exploring whether rehabilitation programs that focus on training specific muscle groups are effective in improving functional performance and whether improvements in functional performance reduces falls in older adults.

How to Treat Age Spots Using Natural Methods

If you want to treat age spots in a painless way, try natural methods. These are also quite effective. The problem with surgical methods is that they are generally expensive. Treating one spot at a time sends your bill rocketing to sky heights. For natural methods, you only have to wait for a few months to see the effects on your dermis. In that span of time, you have to incorporate diligence in your routine. Otherwise, you won't really see the effects you are looking for. Here are some ways for you to treat age spots the natural way: Step 1: Squeeze one lemon and combine the juice with olive oil. Mix it carefully and then apply it on the affected area of your dermis.

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Iowa Senate To Consider Extending No-Cost Family Planning To Older Women

An Iowa Senate committee will soon debate a proposal to provide no-cost family planning services to low-income women ages 45 through 54 whose private insurance does not cover the care, the Des Moines Register reports. The proposal would include coverage of comprehensive annual exams, pap tests, cervical cancer screening, birth control and other services. Current law defines child-bearing age as ages 13 through 44. At least one Iowa physician is speaking out against extending the age limit to 54. Donald Young, a medical director at Mid-Iowa Fertility, said, "The odds of a woman taking home a baby at age 45 is one in 50, 000." He added, "The idea that we need to provide birth control/family planning services for women up to age 55 is against basic reproductive physiology and a waste of taxpayer dollars.

Quality Of Compounded Medicines Supported By New Standards

To further protect the safety of patients taking individually prepared medications, the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has developed new and revised quality guidelines for pharmacists who compound - or individually prepare - these life-saving drugs. As the use of compounded medicines has grown in recent years, the need for clear and rigorous standards to help ensure these preparations are of high quality and purity has become increasingly important. USP has long had such standards, but is now proposing updates and new content for General Chapter Quality Assurance in Pharmaceutical Compounding. USP is seeking comments on these proposed revisions from compounding pharmacists and other interested parties.

Research Roundup: Raising Seniors' Co-Pays Increases Costs; The Stimulus And Safety Net Providers

New England Journal of Medicine: Increased Ambulatory Care Copayments And Hospitalizations Among The Elderly - This study examines the consequences of increasing copayments for outpatient care of Medicare enrollees in managed-care plans. "As compared with matched control plans in which copayments for ambulatory care were unchanged, Medicare plans that increased these copayments by an average of 95% for primary care and 74% for specialty care had a reduction in the number of outpatient visits but an increase in hospital admissions, in the number of days of hospital care, and in the proportion of enrollees who used hospital care, " the authors write.

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Healthy Adults May Need Less Sleep As They Age According To Study

A study in the Feb. 1 issue of the journal SLEEP suggests that healthy older adults without sleep disorders can expect to have a reduced "sleep need" and to be less sleepy during the day than healthy young adults. Results show that during a night of eight hours in bed, total sleep time decreased significantly and progressively with age. Older adults slept about 20 minutes less than middle-aged adults, who slept 23 minutes less than young adults. The number of awakenings and the amount of time spent awake after initial sleep onset increased significantly with age, and the amount of time spent in deep, slow-wave sleep decreased across age groups.

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