Geriatrics

Higher levels of free thyroxine associated with increased risk of mortality

thyroid hormone
In a report presented at the Endocrine Society meeting, researchers have found that higher levels of free thyroxine in elderly euthyroid men are associated with an increased risk of all- cause mortality. It is already a known fact that thyroid disease and subclinical thyroid function are linked with increased mortality. But this is for the first time that the researchers tried to explore the relationship between thyroid hormones and mortality in men with normal thyroid functions. For their...

Practicing Tai Chi found to Improve Brain Size and Cognition in the Elderly

In an article published in the latest issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers from the University of South Florida and Fudan University in Shanghai have found that Chinese elderly who practiced Tai Chi three times a week showed an increase in their brain size and an associated improvement in cognitive functions. The study also showed an increase in the brain size and an improvement in cognitive abilities, although to a lesser degree, when the elderly participated regularly in...

Pumping Iron may increase Memory in Elderly Women

Cognitive decline is a problem facing the elderly people all over the world with statistics revealing that one new case of dementia is detected every seven seconds. Experts feel that the correct time to intervene and change the course of dementia in senior citizens is around the time when mild cognitive decline has just set in. Exercise has been known to improve the cognitive functions of the brain. It has been shown to decrease the cognitive decline as well as improve the functional brain...

Elderly Patients with Metabolic Syndrome more likely to Develop CKD

Although the development of chronic kidney disease (CKD) has been found to be related to the presence of metabolic syndrome in middle age, there was no such study in the elderly people which could establish a similar link. However, according to a latest study, published in the journal Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, elderly patients, suffering from high insulin resistance, have been found to be more predisposed to developing a rapid loss of renal function whereas elderly patients...

Enzyme Controlling Ageing Process in Yeast Identified

yeast
  Scientists working at John Hopkins Institute, along with researchers from National Taiwan University, have identified a protein in the yeast cells which is responsible for controlling its life span. This particular protein is found in young yeast cells but decreases as the age of the yeast cell advances. Removing the protein from the cell shortens its life span, whereas replacing it extends the life of the cell. Thus, the life span of the yeast cell can be manipulated.   The...

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