Healthy adults don’t need annual COVID boosters, WHO advisors say

ARS TECHNICA – A vaccine advisory group for the World Health Organization said Tuesday that, at this point, it does not recommend additional, let alone annual COVID-19 booster shots for people at low to medium risk of severe disease. It advised countries to focus on boosting those at high risk—including older people, pregnant people, and those with underlying medical conditions—every six to 12 months for the near- to mid-term. The new advice contrasts with proposed plans...

Death toll climbs in outbreak linked to recalled eye drops as new treatment identified

CBS NEWS – The death toll has now climbed to three in the outbreak of extensively drug-resistant bacteria that was linked to recalled eye drops, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday, confirming two more deaths in people infected by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Eight people have lost their vision and four have had their eyeballs removed, according to the CDC's latest update, out of 68 patients identified across 16 states with the bacteria. One...

Seniors With Anxiety Frequently Don’t Get Help. Here’s Why.

KAISER HEALTH NEWS – Anxiety is the most common psychological disorder affecting adults in the U.S. In older people, it’s associated with considerable distress as well as ill health, diminished quality of life, and elevated rates of disability. Yet, when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent, influential panel of experts, suggested last year that adults be screened for anxiety, it left out one group — people 65 and older. The major reason the task...

When will Medicare cover medical marijuana?

NERD WALLET – Many older adults are using medical marijuana to treat a variety of conditions, but experts say that conflicting laws, unclear safety standards and complicated rulemaking processes mean it could be years before Medicare may cover the drug. One in five Medicare recipients currently uses medical marijuana, according to an April 2022 poll by the Medicare Plans Patient Resource Center, an organization that provides Medicare guidance and information. And nearly a quarter have...

Sleep this way to add almost 5 years to your life

CNN – Want to live longer? Then prioritize sleep in your life: Following five good sleep habits added nearly five years to a man’s life expectancy and almost 2.5 years to a woman’s life, a new study found. Study coauthor Dr. Frank Qian, a clinical fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School and internal medicine resident physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, said: “If people have all these ideal sleep behaviors, they are...

Is It Aging or Alzheimer’s?

Is Your Memory Slipping? We all forget things sometimes, especially when life gets busy. You may start to notice this happening more often as you get older. Mild memory loss can be a normal part of aging. It doesn't necessarily mean you're going to have dementia. Only 1% of people over age 65 with normal age-related memory issues will get dementia each year. When Forgetfulness Is a Problem If memory loss makes it hard for you to handle...

Study finds mushrooms magnify memory by boosting nerve growth

University of Queensland – Researchers from The University of Queensland have discovered the active compound from an edible mushroom that boosts nerve growth and enhances memory. Professor Frederic Meunier from the Queensland Brain Institute said the team had identified new active compounds from the mushroom, Hericium erinaceus. "Extracts from these so-called 'lion's mane' mushrooms have been used in traditional medicine in Asian countries for centuries, but we wanted to scientifically determine their potential effect on brain...

Consumer Health: What is vascular dementia?

MAYO CLINIC NEWS NETWORK – Vascular dementia is a general term describing problems with reasoning, planning, judgment, memory and other thought processes caused by brain damage from impaired blood flow to your brain. There's no specific test that can confirm vascular dementia. Instead, health care professionals make a judgment based on any medical history for stroke or disorders of the heart and blood vessels, and results of tests that can clarify the diagnosis. Symptoms Vascular dementia symptoms...

World’s oldest person on the keys to longevity: ‘stay away from toxic people’

María Branyas was born in California and moved back to Spain when she was eight. María Branyas Morera was born in California and moved back to Spain when she was eight. Photograph: Guinness World Records

Audits — Hidden Until Now — Reveal Millions in Medicare Advantage Overcharges

Newly released federal audits reveal widespread overcharges and other errors in payments to Medicare Advantage health plans for seniors, with some plans overbilling the government more than $1,000 per patient a year on average.

A brain expert shares his 7 ‘hard rules’ for boosting memory and fighting off dementia

As a neuroscience researcher, here are seven hard rules I live by to keep my brain sharp and fight off dementia.

Why Do Women Get Alzheimer’s More Than Men? Study Offers Clue

MEDSCAPE – Of the more than 6 million Alzheimer’s patients in the U.S. age 65 or older, nearly two-thirds are women. A new study may help explain the gender gap — and offer clues to new treatments for helping patients of both sexes fight back. Scientists at Case Western Reserve University zeroed in on a gene named USP11, found on the X chromosome. Women have two X chromosomes, while men at birth have one X and...

Coffee Habits That Are Aging You Faster, According to a Dietitian

While coffee isn't necessarily unhealthy, there are a few bad coffee habits that can contribute to faster aging depending on how you drink it.

How to keep joints healthy as you age

MAYO CLINIC NEWS NETWORK — For joints to work well, they need cartilage, a slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones, acts like a shock absorber, and helps joints move smoothly. Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo, M.D., Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon, says many people lose cartilage as they age, but it does not mean that joint replacement is inevitable. Here are some tips for keeping joints healthy. Cartilage degenerates for various reasons, Dr. Sanchez-Sotelo says. People...
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