11/21/2012 – Positive Outlook Helps Seniors Heal

Older patients with positive attitudes on aging may be more likely to fully recover from severe disability compared with those who can’t see the bright side of life, a new study found.

A positive stereotype about aging was associated with a 44 percent greater likelihood of recovery from severe disability versus negative stereotypes, according to study author Becca Levy from the Yale School of Public Health and colleagues.

Read the full article at ABC News.

11/19/2012 – Can You Move It And Work It On A Treadmill Desk?

National Public Radio’s Patti Neighmond reports, there’s a backlash brewing to sedentary office life as more people realize how sitting all day can do a body wrong.

Read or listen to the full story at National Public Radio.

11/13/2012 – Visible signs of aging signaled increased risk of heart disease, study finds

Certain types of baldness, earlobe creases, fatty deposits around eyes among potential factors, according to researchers

Visibly aging but young at heart? Don’t count on it, researchers suggested.

In a study following more than 10,000 people over 35 years, the presence of visible signs of aging signaled an increased risk of heart attack and heart disease.

Read the full article at The Chicago Tribune.

10/24/2012 – U.S. elderly, middle-aged see higher obesity rates: poll

Data from nearly 600,000 U.S. adults showed that people aged 18 and older were more likely to be obese than they were in 2008, according to the Gallup survey. Researchers noted a significant jump among adults in their 40s, 70s and 80s.

Read the full article at Reuters.

10/24/2012 – The Island Where People Forget to Die

In 1943, a Greek war veteran named Stamatis Moraitis came to the United States for treatment of a combat-mangled arm. He’d survived a gunshot wound, escaped to Turkey and eventually talked his way onto the Queen Elizabeth, then serving as a troopship, to cross the Atlantic. Moraitis settled in Port Jefferson, N.Y., an enclave of countrymen from his native island, Ikaria. He quickly landed a job doing manual labor. Later, he moved to Boynton Beach, Fla. Along the way, Moraitis married a Greek-American woman, had three children and bought a three-bedroom house and a 1951 Chevrolet.

Read the full article at The New York Times.

10/17/2012 – Carbs, Sugar Linked With Cognitive Impairment Risk In Elderly: Study

A Mayo Clinic study of 1,230 people between the ages of 70 and 89 found that those who eat food high in carbohydrates have nearly four times the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment. The danger also rises with a heavy-sugar diet.

Read the full article at Huffington Post.

 

 

10/17/2012 – Get Up. Get Out. Don’t Sit.

Just as we were all settling in front of the television to watch the baseball playoffs, two new studies about the perils of sitting have spoiled our viewing pleasure.

The research, published in separate medical journals this month, adds to a growing scientific consensus that the more time someone spends sitting, especially in front of the television, the shorter and less robust his or her life may be.

Read the full article at The New York Times.