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29 Jul
Loneliness Raises Opioid Dangers in Seniors: Study

Loneliness Raises Opioid Dangers in Seniors: Study

Illustrating a heartbreaking cycle, new research finds that lonely seniors are much more likely to take opioid painkillers, sedatives, anti-anxiety drugs and other medications.

This puts them at increased risk for drug dependency, attention problems, falls, accidents and...

23 Mar
Nearly All Seniors Take Meds That Raise Their Odds of Falling

Nearly All Seniors Take Meds That Raise Their Odds of Falling

Among older Americans, deaths from falls are up sharply, dovetailing with a surge in use of medications that increase the risk of falling, researchers say.

Two decades ago, about 57% of U.S. seniors took medications that increased their risk of falls. By 2017, that numbe...

19 Feb
Cold Facts on Avoiding Snow and Ice Dangers

Cold Facts on Avoiding Snow and Ice Dangers

Severe winter weather has a grip on much of the United States, which increases the risk of injuries from slipping on ice, shoveling, sports such as skiing and sledding, and car crashes.

"One of the most frequently seen causes for visits to the emergency room this time of...

27 Dec
How to Stay Safe From Falls, Freezing This Winter

How to Stay Safe From Falls, Freezing This Winter

Outdoor activities can help you keep fit this winter while staying safe from COVID-19, but you need to take precautions to reduce your risk of injury, an expert says.

Skiing and snowboarding are good examples. Falls are common in these sports, but proper technique and sa...

11 Dec
High-Dose Vitamin D Won't Prevent Seniors' Falls: Study

High-Dose Vitamin D Won't Prevent Seniors' Falls: Study

High doses of vitamin D may increase seniors' risk of falls, rather than reduce it, according to a new study.

Preliminary studies suggested vitamin D may increase muscle strength and improve balance, so Johns Hopkins researchers investigated whether high doses of vitamin...

25 Nov
Strong Sleeping Pills Tied to Falls, Fractures in Dementia Patients

Strong Sleeping Pills Tied to Falls, Fractures in Dementia Patients

Strong sleeping pills known as "Z-drugs" may increase the risk of falls, fractures and stroke among people with dementia, British researchers report.

People with dementia can have trouble sleeping and are often prescribed drugs such as zaleplon (Sonata), zolpidem (Ambien...

20 Nov
How Hospitals Can Cut Patients' Falls

How Hospitals Can Cut Patients' Falls

A new toolkit to help reduce falls and fall-related injuries among hospital patients is highly effective, a new study shows.

Falls are the leading cause of preventable injury, so researchers set out to create a fall prevention toolkit for patients and their families.

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01 Oct
Shall You Dance? Study Finds Dancing Helps Seniors Avoid Falls

Shall You Dance? Study Finds Dancing Helps Seniors Avoid Falls

Preventing falls in older age could be as fun as dancing them away, new research shows.

Researchers found a 31% reduction in falls and a 37% reduction in fall risk for those aged 65 and older when reviewing clinical trials on "dance-based mind-motor activitie...

21 Sep
Fall Risk Rises Even in Alzheimer's Early Stages

Fall Risk Rises Even in Alzheimer's Early Stages

In older people a fall can sometimes be a sign of oncoming Alzheimer's disease, even in the absence of mental issues, new research suggests.

Although falls are common among older people, in some cases they can be a sign of hidden mental problems that can lead to dem...

16 Sep
Parkinson's Ups the Odds for Dangerous Falls, But Prevention Is Key

Parkinson's Ups the Odds for Dangerous Falls, But Prevention Is Key

A major cause of falls in older people is more common among Parkinson's patients, and monitoring for the condition might lower patients' risks, new research shows.

Ever feel dizzy and lightheaded when you suddenly stand up? It's caused by a sudden drop in blood press...

06 Jul
Ladder Injuries Can Go Far Beyond Broken Bones

Ladder Injuries Can Go Far Beyond Broken Bones

Falling off a ladder can cause long-lasting mental and physical health problems, researchers say.

The new study included 134 people who fell off ladders and were seen at the emergency departments of two hospitals in Queensland, Australia, between October 2015 and Oct...

20 Apr
Active Older Vets More Likely to Fall, But Less Likely to Get Hurt: Study

Active Older Vets More Likely to Fall, But Less Likely to Get Hurt: Study

Physically active U.S. veterans are more likely to fall but less likely to get hurt when they do, compared with inactive older adults who didn't serve in the military, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed 2006-2015 data from nearly 12,000 veterans and nearly 37,00...

12 Apr
Sheltering at Home? Take Steps to Prevent Injuries From Falls

Sheltering at Home? Take Steps to Prevent Injuries From Falls

As you shelter at home during the coronavirus pandemic, eliminate hazards inside that could lead to falls, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) suggests.

Preventing injuries will help avoid putting added strain on a health care system struggling to tre...

11 Mar
Serious Eye Problems Common in People With Parkinson's

Serious Eye Problems Common in People With Parkinson's

People with Parkinson's disease often have eye problems, which can interfere with their daily activities and increase their risk for falls, researchers say.

"It is especially important for people with Parkinson's to have the best vision possible because it can help c...

03 Feb
Bedside 'Sitters' May Not Prevent Hospital Falls

Bedside 'Sitters' May Not Prevent Hospital Falls

Many hospitals use bedside "sitters" to protect patients from falling, but a new review finds little evidence the tactic works.

However, researchers said the problem is a lack of rigorous studies -- and not proof that bedside sitters are ineffective. So it would be p...

26 Dec
To Avoid Falls, Check Your Balance

To Avoid Falls, Check Your Balance

Bad balance is a common cause of dangerous falls, especially among older adults. Falls send more than 2 million adults to the emergency room every year and often result in lengthy rehab stays.

Preventing falls is a priority for staying healthy and preventing painful ...

05 Nov
Vitamin D is Key to Muscle Strength in Older Adults

Vitamin D is Key to Muscle Strength in Older Adults

Vitamin D deficiency is linked with poor muscle health in older adults, a new study finds.

Maintaining muscle health helps seniors maintain their independence, mobility and quality of life. It also lowers their risk of falls and frailty.

Researchers looked ...

22 Oct
Jimmy Carter Recovering From Broken Pelvis After Fall

Jimmy Carter Recovering From Broken Pelvis After Fall

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is recovering in a Georgia hospital after he broke his pelvis in a fall at his home on Monday night.

"He has been admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center for observation and treatment of a minor pelvic fracture," said a statement i...

09 Sep
Aggressive Blood Pressure Treatment Does Not Put Seniors at Risk: Study

Aggressive Blood Pressure Treatment Does Not Put Seniors at Risk: Study

Intensive treatment to lower high blood pressure can decrease older adults' risk of sharp blood pressure drops that can cause dizziness and increase the likelihood of falling, a new study says.

It included more than 2,800 patients, average...

20 Aug
When Is It Time for Seniors to Hand Over the Car Keys?

When Is It Time for Seniors to Hand Over the Car Keys?

Driving is a source of independence for many seniors, so determining when they should hang up the keys requires careful consideration, an expert says.

"Driving retirement is a normal part of aging, and should be carefully considered and discussed openly," said Dr. Er...

19 Aug
Upping Seniors' Blood Pressure Meds After Hospital Can Sometimes Bring Danger

Upping Seniors' Blood Pressure Meds After Hospital Can Sometimes Bring Danger

For seniors who've been hospitalized for non-cardiac conditions, any hike in blood pressure medications as they leave the hospital can prove dangerous, new research shows.

That's because the prescription change may not help and could do harm -- putting them at higher...

02 Aug
Scorching Pavement Sends Some to the ER With Burns

Scorching Pavement Sends Some to the ER With Burns

Make sure rubber, not your skin, meets the road: When skin touches sunbaked pavement, serious burns can quickly set in.

In sizzling regions like the Southwestern United States, all it takes for a severe burn is 2 seconds of unprotected skin-on-asphalt contact, expert...

30 Jul
Middle Age Now a High-Risk Time for Bad Falls

Middle Age Now a High-Risk Time for Bad Falls

Serious falls aren't the sole domain of seniors: New research shows they are a significant risk among middle-aged adults.

Why?

Blame multiple prescription medications, as well as alcohol and illegal drug use, a new study suggests.

Health care prov...

01 Jul
3 Moves for Better Balance

3 Moves for Better Balance

Guarding against falls isn't just for the elderly. The inner ear's ability to maintain balance can begin to decline as early as age 40, according to a study in Frontiers of Neurology. So the time to improve your balance is now.

Strong legs and flexible ankles ...

04 Jun
Falls Are Increasingly Lethal for Older Americans

Falls Are Increasingly Lethal for Older Americans

Deaths from falls are increasing sharply among elderly Americans, a new study finds.

Nearly 25,000 people 75 and older died as a result of falls in 2016 -- almost three times as many as in 2000. And experts warn that the toll is likely to rise along with population ...

24 May
Senior Falls a Key Factor for Hospital Readmission

Senior Falls a Key Factor for Hospital Readmission

Fall-related injuries are a major reason why seniors are readmitted to the hospital within a month after being discharged, a new study finds.

"Falls are a trifecta in terms of reasons why they need an increased focus," said principal investigator Geoffrey Hoffman, an...

06 May
New Theory Sheds Light on Leonardo da Vinci's Artistic Decline

New Theory Sheds Light on Leonardo da Vinci's Artistic Decline

A fainting-related fall that caused nerve damage in his right hand could explain why Leonardo da Vinci's painting skills declined later in life, a new paper suggests.

The report, published as the world marks the 500th anniversary of the ar...

24 Apr
Fatal Medical Emergencies on the Rise Worldwide: Study

Fatal Medical Emergencies on the Rise Worldwide: Study

Injuries, heart attacks, lung infections, strokes and other medical emergencies caused about half of the world's 28 million deaths in 2015, a new study reports.

Such deaths are on the rise, and rates are much higher in poor countries than wealthy ones, the researcher...

06 Mar
Pooch Peril: More Elderly Are Fracturing Bones While Dog Walking

Pooch Peril: More Elderly Are Fracturing Bones While Dog Walking

Walking the dog can be great exercise for seniors, but there could be one downside: bone fractures.

Fractures suffered by elderly Americans while walking their dogs have more than doubled in recent years, new research shows.

Still, taking your dog for a wal...

25 Jan
Emergency Rooms the Destination for Many Electric Scooter Users

Emergency Rooms the Destination for Many Electric Scooter Users

Rented electric scooters have become all the rage in getting around cities, but they are also accidents waiting to happen, a new study reveals.

In two Southern California emergency departments, nearly 250 people were seen for injuries linked to electric scooters in a...

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