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Musicians less likely to suffer age-related hearing problems
Posted On: Sept. 27, 2011
Washington, Sept 14 (ANI): Lifelong musicians experience less hearing problems in old age than non-musicians, Canadian researchers have found. The study led by Baycrest's Rotman Research Institute in Toronto sought to see if lifelong musicians were less prone to the hearing problems prevalent in the elderly, who often report having difficulty understanding speech through background noise, what scientists have dubbed ...
Musicians less likely to suffer age-related hearing problems
A drink a day 'boosts healthy aging in women'
Posted On: Sept. 7, 2011
Washington, Sept 7 (ANI): Here's good news for all those women who like to sip a glass of wine or beer at the end of the day - you are boosting your chance of good health later in life. A new study has found that middle-aged women who have one drink a day (15 grams or less of alcohol) are ...
A drink a day 'boosts healthy aging in women'
Short-term memory loss may best predict Alzheimer's
Posted On: Sept. 7, 2011
New Delhi, Sept 6 (ANI): Spanish researchers have found that a short-term memory loss may help predict Alzheimer's disease. Lead researcher Dr. Gomar of Centro de Investigation Biomedica en Red de Salud Mental, Barcelona, and colleagues looked at 116 people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who developed Alzheimer's disease within two years, 204 patients with the condition who didn't develop ...
Short-term memory loss may best predict Alzheimer's
Tiny 'hidden' clots in the brain linked to signs of ageing
Posted On: Sept. 7, 2011
London, Sept 6 (ANI): Some signs of old age such as stooped posture and restricted movement may be due to 'hidden' blood vessel damage in the brain, US scientists say. A team of scientists at the Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago, carried out autopsies on the brains of nuns and priests. The brains were examined under a microscope for ...
Tiny 'hidden' clots in the brain linked to signs of ageing
Genetic variation that protects against Parkinson's disease identified
Posted On: Sept. 5, 2011
London, Aug 31(ANI): An international team of researchers led by neuroscientists at Mayo Clinic in Florida has said that they have discovered a genetic variation that protects against Parkinson's disease. The gene variants cut the risk of developing the disease by nearly 20 percent in many populations. The study also reported the discovery of different variants of the same gene, ...
Genetic variation that protects against Parkinson's disease identified
'Memory fitness program help older people improve their memory abilities'
Posted On: Sept. 5, 2011
Washington, August (ANI): Normal age-related memory decline affects more than half of all seniors, and those over 80 are the most vulnerable. Now, a new UCLA study has found that a memory fitness program offered to older adults in their senior living communities helped improve their ability to recognize and recall words, benefiting their verbal learning and retention. The study ...
'Memory fitness program help older people improve their memory abilities'
Experience helps older adults make better decisions than younger people
Posted On: Aug. 25, 2011
Washington, August 24 (ANI): A study has found that older adults are better at decision making than young adults as they are more experienced. Texas psychologists tested the ability to make decisions one at a time without regard to past or future. These psychologists designed a model requiring participants to evaluate each result in order to strategize the next choice, ...
Experience helps older adults make better decisions than younger people
Stem cells may harbour Parkinson's disease cure
Posted On: Aug. 25, 2011
London, Aug 24 (ANI): A team from the Universities of Edinburgh and London, including an Indian-origin scientist, has moved a step closer to developing new treatments for patients with Parkinson's disease. The researchers have for the first time generated stem cells from one of the most rapidly progressing forms of Parkinson's - a development which they say could help determine ...
Stem cells may harbour Parkinson's disease cure
High-salt diets coupled with little exercise put older adults at risk of cognitive decline
Posted On: Aug. 24, 2011
Washington, August 23 (ANI): A study led by researchers at Baycrest in Toronto has indicated that older adults who lead sedentary lifestyles and consume a lot of sodium in their diet may be at risk not only for heart disease but also cognitive decline. A study led by Baycrest researchers - in collaboration with colleagues at the Institut Universitaire de ...
High-salt diets coupled with little exercise put older adults at risk of cognitive decline
Vitamin C treatment may help curb Alzheimer's
Posted On: Aug. 22, 2011
Washington, August 19 (ANI): Taking vitamin C might help patients with Alzheimer's disease, a study has suggested. According to Lund University researchers, treatment with vitamin C can dissolve the toxic protein aggregates that build up in the brain in Alzheimer's disease. The brains of people with Alzheimer's disease contain lumps of so-called amyloid plaques, which consist of misfolded protein aggregates. ...
Vitamin C treatment may help curb Alzheimer's
Soon, a pill to reverse effects of ageing on immune system
Posted On: Aug. 19, 2011
Washington, August 17 (ANI): Scientists have found new drug targets which could temporarily reverse the effects of ageing on immunity and could, in the future, allow for the short-term boosting of the immune systems of older people. Researchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have discovered a new mechanism controlling ageing in white blood cells. Weakened ...
Soon, a pill to reverse effects of ageing on immune system
The thinner elderly people are, the more they'll live, claims study
Posted On: Aug. 16, 2011
Washington, Aug 12 (ANI): A new study involving an Indian-origin researcher has suggested that elderly people must maintain a normal weight to expand their life expectancy. Research from Adventist Health Studies found that men over 75 with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 22.3 had a 3.7-year shorter life expectancy than their thinner counterparts. Meanwhile, women over 75, with ...
The thinner elderly people are, the more they'll live, claims study
New test of the ageing process based on DNA evidence developed
Posted On: Aug. 5, 2011
London, July 27 (ANI): A new test of the ageing process based on DNA evidence has been developed by scientists in Glasgow. They have said it could provide faster feedback on public health measures. Glasgow Centre for Population Health work has confirmed the link between social factors and the rate at which people age. The scientists measured the length of ...
New test of the ageing process based on DNA evidence developed
Prion formation find could pave way for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's cure
Posted On: July 23, 2011
Washington, July 23 (ANI): Scientists have identified a yeast protein that can promote spontaneous prion formation - a breakthrough that could lead to therapies for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and even Huntington's.sb2 - the unstable, short-lived protein is strongly induced by cellular stresses such as heat. Its properties also illustrate how cells have developed ways to control and regulate prion formation. The ...
Prion formation find could pave way for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's cure
Small hippocampus associated with depression in the elderly
Posted On: July 22, 2011
Washington, July 20 (ANI): A study has found that people with depression have smaller hippocampal volumes than healthy individuals. The hippocampus is a brain region involved in learning and memory, spatial navigation, and the evaluation of complex life situations or "contexts". However, because in prior studies hippocampal volume was only measured in people once they became depressed, it has been ...
Small hippocampus associated with depression in the elderly
Why it gets tougher to get a good night's sleep as we get older
Posted On: July 22, 2011
Washington, July 20 (ANI): A new study has provided new insights into why older people have difficulty sleeping and adjusting to time changes. The study of the brain's master circadian clock - known as the suprachiasmatic nucleus, or SCN - revealed that a key pattern of rhythmic neural activity begins to decline by middle age. "Aging has a profound effect ...
Why it gets tougher to get a good night's sleep as we get older
Soon, 'robo-nurses' to care of the sick and elderly
Posted On: July 22, 2011
London, July 17 (ANI): A research team from the Queen Mary University and the University College London is trying to develop socially conscious robots that can interact with humans by recognizing their facial expressions, and responding accordingly. Professor Peter McOwan is running the EU-funded four-year project involving specialists from seven countries. "Our research aims to develop software, based on biology, ...
Soon, 'robo-nurses' to care of the sick and elderly
How living a healthier lifestyle can prevent Alzheimer's
Posted On: July 22, 2011
London, July 19 (ANI): A study has found that Alzheimer's can be prevented by making some simple lifestyle changes like smoking less and exercising more. Study author Dr Deborah Barnes, from San Francisco VA Medical Centre, called the findings "exciting". "Over half of all Alzheimer's disease cases could potentially be prevented through lifestyle changes and treatment or prevention of chronic ...
How living a healthier lifestyle can prevent Alzheimer's
Falls, balance problems may be early indicators of Alzheimer's disease
Posted On: July 22, 2011
Washington, July 20 (ANI): A new study has found that falling down and losing balance frequently may be early indicators of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that study participants with brain changes suggestive of early Alzheimer's disease were more likely to fall than those whose brains did not show the same changes. ...
Falls, balance problems may be early indicators of Alzheimer's disease
Soon, brain cells made from patients' skin could treat Parkinson's
Posted On: July 16, 2011
London, July 07 (ANI): Researchers have found a novel way to treat people with Parkinson's disease - brain cells made from patients' own skin. Two teams of researchers have independently worked out how to turn skin cells into specialised neurons that make dopamine. This neurotransmitter, which is vital for mobility, is depleted in the brains of people with Parkinson's, reports ...
Soon, brain cells made from patients' skin could treat Parkinson's
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