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Health: United States

Archives: 1997 - 2000

Stress, memory and social support (December 26, 2000)
Many people expect increasing memory loss as they age, but impaired memory has more to do with stress, according to a McGill research project. Restoring cortisol levels restored memory in the elderly people’s brains.

Health Officials Say They Suspected PPA's Link to Higher Stroke Risk (November 8, 2000)
Regulators' warnings that an ingredient in dozens of popular over-the-counter drugs increases the risk of stroke may have shocked to consumers.

New Weapons Against Alzheimer's Disease
Possible Use of Vaccines and Experimental Drugs Are Explored by Researchers (July 18, 2000)

World Alzheimer Congress 2000 deals with new approaches that could soon make a difference in treatment and prevention of this illness. Among the most exciting is the development of a possible vaccine for Alzheimer's disease. Animal studies suggest that the vaccine, known as AN-1792, removes the amyloid brain plaques that are a hallmark of the illness. Researchers believe that eliminating the plaques could help fight the disease or relieve its symptoms.

Food Goes Better With Friends (July 18, 2000)
While many older people deal with circumstances that make it difficult to eat well, there perhaps is no greater deterrent to eating well than having to eat alone. A University of California, Berkeley, study of 4,400 adults found several years ago that men 55 and older were more likely to eat a poor quality diet if they lived alone than if they were married. “Their meals and snacks were providing less than two-thirds of the Recommended Dietary Allowance for at least five nutrients--generally vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, calcium and magnesium.”

A View Into Twilight (July 18, 2000)
Failing eyesight brings a sense of clarity to one man who battles macular degeneration, a steady destruction of vision.

At 55, He Was 'Porky Bill'; At 69, He's a Marathoner (July 18, 2000)
How does an overweight, middle-aged, cocktail-partying, canapé-eating lobbyist transform himself into a marathon runner in just one year, then continue to run two marathons a year as he approaches 70?

So Funny, I Forgot To Laugh (July 18, 2000)
Ageism is no laughing matter. It increases your risk of heart disease, lowers your performance on cognitive tests, accelerates memory loss and impedes your will to live.

'No wonder they're anxious. They started driving before roundabouts even existed' (July 3, 2000)
Elderly people have trouble recognizing that their driving ability is failing. According to the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR), elderly drivers are involved in as many accidents per mile as 25 year-olds. Failing vision may be the main reason elderly people stop driving.

The Roles of Medicare and Medicaid in Financing Health and Long-Care for Low-Income Seniors (July 2000)
This report of the Commonwealth Fund Task Force on Academy Health Centers (AHCs) identifies the specialty care mission of academic health centers. It shows how AHCs are the main providers and initial developers of many procedures, treatments and reports. The AHCs provide a disproportionate share of specialty services to poor and uninsured patients.

A Good Night's Sleep (May 2000)
Many older people do not enjoy a good night's sleep on a regular basis. Sleep patterns change as we age, but disturbed sleep and waking up tired every day is not part of normal aging.

Foot Care (May 2000)
Years of wear and tear can be hard on our feet. So can disease, poor circulation, improperly trimmed toenails, and wearing shoes that don’t fit properly

Forgetfulness It is Not Always What You Think (May 2000)
Many older people worry about becoming more forgetful. They think forgetfulness is the first sign of Alzheimer's disease. In the past, memory loss and confusion were considered a normal part of aging. However, scientists now know that most people remain both alert and able as they age, although it may take them longer to remember things.

Hearing and Older People (May 2000)
About one-third of Americans between age 65 and 74 and one-half of those age 85 and older have hearing problems. They may mistake words in a conversation, miss musical notes at a concert, or leave a ringing door bell unanswered. Hearing problems can be small (missing certain sounds) or large (involving total deafness).


HIV, AIDS, and Older People (May 2000)
HIV (short for human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that kills the immune system. When the immune system is weakened to the point where a person gets certain type of life-threatening disease, infections or cancers, they they have AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). Regardless of age, anyone can get HIV or AIDS

Life Extension: Science or Science Fiction? (May 2000)
Explorers once searched for the fountain of youth, and old legends tell of magic potions that keep people young. The ancient questions--Why do people grow old? How can we live longer?--still fascinate people, including the scientists who study aging (gerontologists).

Medicines Use Them Safely (May 2000)
Many older people owe their health in part to new, improved medicines and vaccines. But using medicines may be riskier for older adults, especially when several medicines are used at one time.

Sexuality Later in Life (May 2000)
Most older people want and are able to enjoy an active, satisfying sex life. Regular sexual activity helps maintain sexual ability.

Shots for Safety (May 2000)
Shots (or immunizations ) are not just for children. Adults need to be vaccinated from time to time to protect themselves from serious infectious diseases.

Skin Care and Aging  (May 2000)
Americans spend billions of dollars each year on "wrinkle" creams, bleaching products to lighten age spots, and skin lotions to keep skin looking smooth and healthy. But the simplest and cheapest way to keep your skin healthier and younger looking is to stay out of the sun.

Smoking : It 's Never Too Late for Stop (May 2000)
Cigarette smoke damages your lungs and airways. Air passages swell and, over time, become filled with mucus. This can cause a cough that won't go away and eventually lead to cancer in many persons.

Urinary Incontinence (May 2000)
Urinary incontinence is a major health problem because it can lead older people to disability and dependency.

Accidental Hypothermia (May 2000)
Severely lowered body temperature, usually brought on by staying in a cool place for a long time, is called hypothermia. It is a special problem for older people, who often have other illnesses or take medications that can interfere with the body's ability to regulate its temperature.

Medical Professionalism — Focusing on the Real Issues (April 27, 2000)
Written by a medical doctor at Columbia University School of Medicine and published in the highly influential New England Journal of Medicine, this article reviews how the pharmaceutical industry has distorted and compromised medical professionalism.  The author is not optimistic about the future but does suggest some practical steps that could reduce drug companies’ iron grip on physicians and medical education.

Demographic Profile of the Elderly in Texas (March 2000)
The elderly population in Texas has grown steadily throughout the 20th century. Projections for 2000 indicate that there are more than 2,7 millions Texans aged 60+. The majority of this population is white and live in the most urban regions.

Meeting Future Health and Long-Term Care Needs for Elderly Populations (December 1999)
In this Commonwealth Fund issue, authors discuss" how to ensure access to health care for elderly people in the 21st Century. Medicare spending will become an ever -larger proportion of the GDP and more beneficiaries will be enrolled in Medicare managed care programs.

Eldercare series prompted change (December, 1999)
America is graying. In just a few years today's Baby Boomers everywhere will be turning 65. And like many communities, the graying of America has resulted in a boom of long-term care facilities in Western North Carolina. This rapid expansion, often-unregulated growth, can result in poorly run facilities and abuse of residents.

Reality of Fatality Drivers ( 1998)
Older persons, in cars or as pedestrians, are more likely to be killed in car accidents—getting hit—than younger persons.   This sad fact has direct relevance to Global Action on Aging as we mourn the death of retired nurse, Demetria Marquez , mother of GAA friend, Noemi Fuentes, on Friday, September 5, in Brooklyn, New York. A driver ran the red light hitting Ms. Marquez who sustained severe injuries and died shortly after.  Ms. Marquez was carrying medicine to an ill friend.

Survey: 17 percent of older Americans are addicted (May 8, 1998)
A survey released by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment suggests up to 17 percent of U.S. citizens aged 60 and older are addicted to substances.

An overlooked part of AIDS epidemic: Older adults (January 22, 1998)
Adults over 50 may not be protecting themselves against AIDS because they don't consider themselves at risk for infection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says.

Hunger in America ( 1997)
Award winning reporter Trudy Lieberman covers the scandal of elder starvation and hunger in the USA.  Is this necessary in the richest country in the world?  Why?