The Lancet: Older adults are at greater risk of cardiovascular events than younger people, and benefit at least as much from cholesterol-lowering medications, two studies suggest

Peer-reviewed / 1 Observational study + 1 Systematic review and meta-analysis / People An observational study finds risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease is highest in people aged 70 and over with elevated levels of LDL cholesterol, compared to younger age groups, and estimates the number needed to treat with statins to prevent one […]

Liver scarring relatively common among middle-aged adults

(Boston)– A substantial minority of participants from the Framingham Heart Study, (nearly nine percent), had potentially clinically significant liver fibrosis (scarring). This the first study of this size and scale done in the United States. “Before this study, we did not know how common asymptomatic liver fibrosis (scarring) was among adults living in the community,” […]

Social distancing is increasing loneliness in older adults

IMAGE: Professor Anna Whittaker view more  Credit: University of Stirling Social distancing introduced in response to COVID-19 is increasing feelings of loneliness in Scotland’s older population and impacting their wellbeing, according to a new University of Stirling study. The research has identified a link between increases in loneliness in over 60s and the worsening of wellbeing […]

Baby dinosaurs were ‘little adults’

Mounted skeleton of Plateosaurus “Fabian” in the Sauriermuseum Frick, with the 20 inch (50 cm) long thigh bone (femur) of a larger Plateosaur as size comparison. Credit: Saurermuseum Frick, Switzerland Long neck, small head and a live weight of several tons—with this description you could have tracked down the Plateosaurus in Central Europe about 220 […]

Weight-reduction surgery for severely obese adults may prevent second heart attack, death

DALLAS, October 26, 2020 — People with severe obesity (BMI >35) and a prior heart attack who undergo weight-reduction surgery may lower their risk of a second heart attack, major cardiovascular event, heart failure and death compared to people with similar medical histories who did not have weight-reduction surgery, according to new research published today […]

34% of older adults in the US are prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs — ScienceDaily

The prescription of potentially inappropriate medications to older adults is linked to increased hospitalizations, and it costs patients, on average, more than $450 per year, according to a new University at Buffalo study. The research, which sought to determine the impact of potentially inappropriate medications on health care utilization and costs in the United States, […]

It’s about time adults start rising up against climate change

The planet being left to today’s youth is hurting, and it’s all of our job to heal it. (Shadia Fayne Wood, 350.org /) The following is an excerpt from All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, an anthology of provocative and illuminating writing by women at the forefront of the […]

Everyone should have a social life, especially older adults

In a new study, researchers found a visit with one person, once a week was enough to make a notable difference in preserving brain health in older adults. (Unsplash/) For older adults, social engagement may help strengthen brain areas associated with dementia, a new study published in the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences finds. The […]