August 2014

seniorpain114x170.jpgHere’s an excuse to stay in bed this weekend with zero guilt: Logging extra hours of sleep can reduce pain sensitivity and increase daytime alertness, according to a new study soon to be published in the journal SLEEP.

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LegCramps150x170.jpgIt’s happened to practically everyone: A sudden, painful cramp in your leg or foot startles you awake in the middle of the night. Studies suggest that one-third to one-half of people over 60 get these involuntary muscle contractions on a regular basis, and their frequency may increase with age. Lasting anywhere from a few seconds to several excruciating minutes, cramps occur when irritated nerves send muscles a signal to repeatedly contract.

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VitaminsAtoZ150x170.jpgThe best way to get crucial vitamins and minerals is by eating the right balance of healthy foods. But for people over age 50, even the best diet may not provide enough of some important nutrients. "How many of us can claim to be getting the full complement of what we need from our diet each day?" asks Meir Stampfer, M.D., professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard University.

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therapy150x170.jpgAmong patients who don't respond to antidepressants, adding talk therapy to their prescription appears to ease depressive symptoms, a new study found.

In a randomized controlled trial, adding cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT to drug therapy was associated with a more than threefold increased likelihood of response to treatment after six months, Dr. Nicola Wiles of the University of Bristol in England and colleagues reported online in The Lancet.

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optimism150x170.jpgA resilient attitude may be the secret to successful aging, perhaps even trumping good physical health, finds a new study.

Researchers surveyed 1,006 randomly selected adults in San Diego, Calif., between the ages of 50 and 99 (with a mean age of about 77) through a 25-minute phone interview, followed by a mail-in survey. In addition to evaluating the participants' physical health conditions, such as chronic disease and disability, the survey looked at more subjective factors like adults' social engagement and self-assessments of their overall health and degree of successful aging.

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