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Relationship between Physical Activity and Coenzyme Q10 Status in the Elderly

Posted March 4, 2014

In a study involving a cohort of healthy, community-dwelling elderly people who were divided according to gender and fitness, people with higher levels of functional capacity were found to have lower levels of cholesterol and lipid peroxidation, accompanied with higher levels of coenzyme Q10 in plasma, and the ratio of coenzyme Q10/cholesterol and coenzyme Q10/LDL increased in these people as well.

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Vitamin D and the Elderly

Posted February 20, 2014

In this health minute Deborah Ray looks at the benefit of vitamin d supplementation for the elderly.

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Healthy Diet and Adequate Sleep may Reduce Mortality in Elderly

Posted February 7, 2014

A recent study found that diet could affect the relationship between sleep and mortality, especially in elderly men. The findings of the study were published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

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Postprandial muscle protein synthesis is higher after a high whey protein, leucine-enriched supplement than after a dairy-like product in healthy older people: a randomized controlled trial

Posted January 24, 2014

The aim of this study was to evaluate whether a specifically designed nutritional supplement in older adults stimulates muscle protein synthesis acutely to a greater extent than a conventional dairy product. Moreover, the combined effect with resistance exercise was studied by using a unilateral resistance exercise protocol.

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New research: Cranberry concentrate reduces risk of urinary tract infections in elderly

Posted January 22, 2014

New research published in the American Journal of Geriatrics shows that over 25% of bladder infections (cystitis) can be reduced with the regular use of cranberry concentrate supplements in vulnerable older people in nursing homes at high risk of urinary tract infections. Over 20% of these high-risk elderly did not develop any UTI’s at all when taking the cranberry capsule. The Public Health and Primary Care (PHEG) department of the Leiden University Medical Center conducted the one-year study in 21 Dutch nursing homes in cooperation with the supplier of cranberry concentrate Springfield Nutraceuticals.

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Vitamin E supplements may reduce bone fracture rate in the elderly: Study

Posted January 17, 2014

Use of vitamin E alpha-tocopherol supplements may reduce the rate of bone fractures in older people, says a new study that supports the potential bone health benefits of the vitamin.

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Chronic Pain Steals Elderly Quality of Life While Alternative Treatments Ignored

Posted December 4, 2013

Life is miserable everyday for many older Americans because of pain. Pain is a widely underestimated cause of increased suffering and premature deaths. The pain itself immobilizes people and can be associated with serious emotional problems such as anxiety and depression. And many pain sufferers end up addicted to pain medications which can cost them their lives. Therefore alternative treatments for pain are desirable.

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Micronutrients supplementation and nutritional status in cognitively impaired elderly persons: a two-month open label pilot study

Posted November 18, 2013

Malnutrition is a widespread problem in elderly people and is associated with cognitive decline. However, interventional studies have produced ambiguous results. For this reason, we wanted to determine the effect of micronutrient supplementation on blood and tissue levels and on general nutritional status in persons with mild or moderate cognitive impairment.

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Older Heart Patients Need Personalized Preventive Care

Posted October 29, 2013

Strategies to prevent heart attack, stroke and other major cardiac events should be individualized for older adults who should play a role in choosing their therapies, according to an American Heart Association scientific statement published in its journal Circulation.

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Acupuncture May Improve Sleep Quality in Elderly Patients with Dementia

Posted August 26, 2013

In a controlled study involving 19 elderly subjects with dementia, treatment with acupuncture for a period of 6 weeks was found to be associated with significant improvements in resting time and total sleep time, as compared to sleep quality during a 6 week control period during which time no acupuncture treatment was received.

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