Slow walkers are at a higher risk of ageing faster

The walking speed of 45-year-olds, particularly their fastest walking speed without running, can be used as a marker of their ageing brains and bodies

Slow walkers are at a higher risk of ageing fasterHow fast people walk in their 40s is a sign of how much their brains, as well as their bodies, are ageing, scientists have suggested. Using a simple test of gait speed, researchers were able to measure the ageing process. Not only were slower walkers’ bodies ageing more quickly – their faces looked older and […]

Heavy smoking causes faces to look older, finds study

‘Smoker’s Face,’ a condition where smokers look older than they are, is just one of many negative effects caused by heavy tobacco usage

Heavy smoking causes faces to look older, finds studyLouise Millard of the University of Bristol and colleagues report these findings in a new study published 31st October in PLOS Genetics. Some people carry one or two copies of a genetic variant that is associated with heavier tobacco use. To identify the effects of the heavier smoking, scientists can separate out the effects of […]

Dementia risk higher in those who eat more trans fats, finds study

Artificial trans fats, or trans-fatty acids, are the primary source of trans fats in the diet and are the product of an industrial process that adds hydrogen to vegetable oil to make it solid

Dementia risk higher in those who eat more trans fats, finds studyA new study of older adults in a Japanese town has found that those whose blood contained higher levels of trans fats were more likely to develop dementia than those with lower levels. The researchers also found that sweet pastries were likely the biggest source of dietary trans fats in that population. There are two […]

Seafood rich in omega-3 may promote healthy ageing

Higher blood levels of omega 3 fatty acids found in seafood are associated with a higher likelihood of healthy ageing among older adults, finds a US study published by The British Medical Journal

Seafood rich in omega-3 may promote healthy ageingIn our increasingly ageing society, it is worth asking: what can we do to ensure that we don’t just live longer lives, but also healthier ones? New research suggests one possible answer -eat more seafood! Seafood contains fatty acids that may help people age healthily. A new study, led by Heidi Lai from the Friedman […]

#WorldAlzheimersDay: Five common misconceptions about Alzheimer’s busted

On World Alzheimer’s Day, the Alzheimer’s Society (UK) puts five common misconceptions about the disease to rest

#WorldAlzheimersDay: Five common misconceptions about Alzheimer’s busted  Dementia describes a group of symptoms that include a decline in memory and cognitive abilities. There are a number of conditions labelled as dementias, the most common of which is Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia just affects your memory When people think of the word dementia, then tend to also think of memory problems, but it’s […]

#WorldAlzheimersDay: Can exercise slow down Alzheimer’s?

A proof-of-concept brain imaging study suggests that exercising four or five times a week may delay the progression of Alzheimer's disease in people who already have toxic build-ups of beta-amyloid protein

#WorldAlzheimersDay: Can exercise slow down Alzheimer’s?The new research is a 1-year randomized controlled trial led by Prof. Rong Zhang. The team published their findings in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Prof. Zhang is affiliated with the departments of neurology, neurotherapeutics, and internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas. He and his team previously dedicated their […]

Does poor oral health impact brain function?

Oral health can be a surprisingly good indicator of a person's well-being. Not only can oral diseases reduce a person’s quality of life, but they can also increase the risk of other serious conditions

Does poor oral health impact brain function?Researchers have linked gum disease and tooth loss to the occurrence of stroke. An article published in the Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology in 2010 concluded that gum disease could raise a person’s risk of heart disease by around 20%. It is, however, necessary to carry out more research in these areas. Teams at […]

Anger more harmful to health of older adults than sadness, suggests study

Anger may be more harmful to an older person's physical health than sadness, potentially increasing inflammation, which is associated with such chronic illnesses as heart disease, arthritis and cancer, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association

Anger more harmful to health of older adults than sadness, suggests studyBarlow and her co-authors examined whether anger and sadness contributed to inflammation, an immune response by the body to perceived threats, such as infection or tissue damage. While inflammation, in general, helps protect the body and assists in healing, long-lasting inflammation can lead to chronic illnesses in old age, according to the authors. “As most […]

New study reveals why people gain weight as they get older

Many people struggle to keep their weight in check as they get older. Now, new research at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden has uncovered why that is: Lipid turnover in the fat tissue decreases during ageing and makes it easier to gain weight, even if we don’t eat more or exercise less than before. The study is published in the journal Nature Medicine

New study reveals why people gain weight as they get olderThe scientists studied the fat cells in 54 men and women over an average period of 13 years. In that time, all subjects, regardless of whether they gained or lost weight, showed decreases in lipid turnover in the fat tissue, defined as the rate at which lipid (or fat) in the fat cells is removed […]

How to deal with lower back pain: Its causes, prevention and treatment

In most cases regarding lower back pain stem from strain or sprain due to simple overuse, unaccustomed activity, excessive lifting, or an accident. In most cases the best move is to wait and see if the pain resolves on its own. If the pain does not improve after three to four days, then it's time to see a doctor

How to deal with lower back pain: Its causes, prevention and treatmentWhat Is Low Back Pain? Low back pain is a universal human experience — almost everyone has it at some point. The lower back, which starts below the ribcage, is called the lumbar region. Pain here can be intense and is one of the top causes of missed work. Fortunately, low back pain often gets […]
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