Report identifies 3 dimensions to lifelong ‘longevity fitness’

Perseverance and attention to social connections, health, and finances will give people the best chance to thrive as they age, according to a new report titled «Longevity Fitness: Financial and Health Dimensions Across the Life Course.» It also says that policymakers, employers, and individuals can take actions now to give people the best chance of…

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Aging experts advocate global effort to ensure health spans match life spans

Across the world, more people are living longer. But «whether the extra years will be good ones — and whether societies and economies will benefit as a result — depends on the actions we take now,» states an editorial in a new supplemental issue of the Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical…

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Pacemakers can improve heart function in patients with chemotherapy-induced heart disease

BOSTON — With the advent of new therapies, cancer patients are surviving longer than ever before — but the incidence of side-effect chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy (CHIC), or weakness of the heart muscle, is increasing. Research published in JAMA has shown that treating CHIC with commercially available cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) delivered through a surgically implanted defibrillator…

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Study teases out factors associated with postpartum overdose

BOSTON— Massachusetts researchers have published a new study in the journal Addiction that uncovers several risk factors associated with postpartum opioid overdose. The factors include a history of overdose during pregnancy, a diagnosis of opioid use disorder (OUD), neonatal opioid withdrawal, and greater than average use of emergency care in year before the birth. The…

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Even low-stress surgery can be fatal for frail patients, study finds

The threshold for when to perform elective surgery in a frail patient may be much higher than previously thought, according to new research coauthored by Paula Shireman, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., of UT Health San Antonio. The journal JAMA Surgery published the findings Nov. 13. The retrospective study of 432,828 patients treated in veterans hospitals between…

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Precisely poking cells en masse to cure cancer

What if you could cure cancer by re-engineering patients’ cells to better target and destroy their own tumors? With the advent of powerful new cellular engineering technologies, this is no longer the stuff of science fiction. In the past few years, these technologies have enabled the development of revolutionary engineered cell therapies for treating cancer,…

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Mayo Clinic study finds differences in how men and women perceive their own health

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A Mayo Clinic study published in the American Journal of Health Behavior investigates differences in how men and women perceive their own health. The study finds that confidence in maintaining good health habits can be influenced by gender. Men reported higher levels of physical activity and greater confidence in their ability to…

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