News Roundup – Summer 2012

Unafraid of Aging
The signal public health achievement of the 20th century was the increase of the average human life span. Now, as that achievement helps raise the proportion of the aged around the world, what once seemed an unalloyed blessing is too often regarded as a burden — a financial burden, a health care burden, even a social burden. “It’s nuts,” said Dr. Linda P. Fried, an epidemiologist and geriatrician who is dean of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
New York Times, June 25, 2012

Joint Replacement Boosts Heart Attack Risk Right After Surgery: Study
Experts say doctors need to cut chances of cardiac trouble before procedure
HealthDay, June 23, 2012

Senior Olympics Recruiting for 2013 Games
As the 2012 Summer Olympics in London continue to draw the world’s attention, Mike Sophia is already focused on summer 2013. That’s when the National Senior Games — aka the “Senior Olympics” — will take place, and Sophia is already lining up older athletes to compete in what he expects to be a record-breaking event.
AARP, August 7, 2012

Alcohol May Not Be Kind to the Aging Brain
Studies suggest potential problems, like memory issues, but don’t prove a link.
HealthDay, July 18, 2012

Growth Hormone Improves Cognitive Skills in Elderly, Study Finds
Healthy older adults and those with mild cognitive impairment given a drug that spurs hormones important to normal brain function had improved concentration, decision-making skills and verbal memory, a study found.
Bloomberg News, August 7, 2012

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