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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Seniors Health: Anti-aging tricks from dietary supplement ♦ Early warning gene signature for Alzheimer's ♦ New directions in mental health care for older adults

Anti-aging tricks from dietary supplement seen in mice The dietary supplement alpha lipoic acid can stimulate telomerase, the enzyme that lengthens chromosomes' protective caps, with positive effects in a mouse model of atherosclerosis, scientists report. The discovery highlights a potential avenue for the treatment for chronic diseases.
Men, people over 65 sleep better when they have access to nature Men and persons age 65 and older who have access to natural surroundings, whether it's the green space of a nearby park or a sandy beach and an ocean view, report sleeping better
Early warning gene signature for Alzheimer's A 'gene signature' that could be used to predict the onset of diseases, such as Alzheimer's, years in advance has been developed by scientists. The study aimed to define a set of genes associated with 'healthy aging' in 65 year olds. Such a molecular profile could be useful for distinguishing people at earlier risk of age-related diseases.
New directions in mental health care for older adults The aging of the population, shifting diagnostic criteria, and new health care policy initiatives are some of the factors driving changes in mental health treatment for older Americans, according to new research.

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