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FYI Daily Archive 2011

  1. Once and for All, Why Are You Fat? December 30, 2011

    More important: What can you do about it?...  Read more

  2. A Science-Proven Anti-Alzheimer's Diet? December 29, 2011

    Eating these foods regularly can help improve mental functioning and prevent Alzheimer's. ...  Read more

  3. Think Fast! Seniors May Not Slow Down As Much As You Think December 28, 2011

    Healthy older people can think almost as quickly as college students, says a new study published in Cognitive Psychology....  Read more

  4. Another Clue to Disabling Falls: Obesity December 27, 2011

    Study shows it's not just the thin and frail at risk...  Read more

  5. Another Gender Difference: Optimal Time of Day for Flu Shots December 23, 2011

    Want to get the best bang for your buck when getting your flu shot? You might have to schedule your appointment for a certain time of day....  Read more

  6. Are We (Finally) at a "Cultural Tipping Point" on Caregiving? December 22, 2011

    A roundup of efforts that say, Maybe...  Read more

  7. How to Improve Being Hospitalized at the Holidays December 22, 2011

    Tips for making the holidays more enjoyable for someone who is hospitalized. ...  Read more

  8. Depression Treatment: Is a Placebo as Good as a Pill? December 21, 2011

    A small new study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry asserts that people with depression do just as well when taking a placebo as when taking one of two common antidepressants or undergoing one type of talk therapy....  Read more

  9. Smart Gifts Caregivers Really Need December 20, 2011

    Psst! Forward this to a friend! Great New Year's gift ideas, too!...  Read more

  10. Vitamin D: The Latest Overhyped Nutrient? December 20, 2011

    Two new research reviews doubt anti-cancer, anti-heart disease benefits....  Read more

  11. Memory Pill? It Might be Closer Than You Think December 19, 2011

    Researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston have found that suppressing an immune molecule known as PKR gives mice a big memory boost....  Read more

  12. Hospitals Aren't Meeting Dementia Patients' Needs December 16, 2011

    UK report critical; what can caregivers do?...  Read more

  13. Caregiver Stress Rises at Holidays: Steps to Decompress December 15, 2011

    A gift basket of ideas from those in the trenches...  Read more

  14. Gift Ideas for Someone With Alzheimer's December 15, 2011

    For dementia-friendly choices, focus on these 6 key word....  Read more

  15. Can Taking a Walk or Playing a Game Help With Parkinson's? December 14, 2011

    Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Baltimore VA Medical Center think exercise -- either physical or mental -- might help people with Parkinson's stay independent longer....  Read more

  16. Cancer Screenings After 75 Not Recommended But Popular December 13, 2011

    To screen or not to screen? Ideas differ....  Read more

  17. How To Talk to Someone With Cancer December 13, 2011

    10 great rules; #5: Don't tell them how to fix it...  Read more

  18. Rats Choose Caring Over Chocolate December 12, 2011

    A new study in Science shows that rats might be more compassionate critters than we give them credit for....  Read more

  19. In Dementia, Both Loss and Gratitude December 09, 2011

    A daughter finds some good in a bad situation...  Read more

  20. Near Half of Cancers Due to Lifestyle Choices December 08, 2011

    British report blames tobacco, fat, diet...  Read more

  21. To Age Well, Try Being President December 08, 2011

    Stress, yes, but they actually outlive their peers, study says....  Read more

  22. Jane Fonda: Still a Workout Guru at 73 December 07, 2011

    A living testimony to the power of exercise (and plastic surgery)...  Read more

  23. How Technology Can Help Doctors Better Work With Caregivers December 06, 2011

    Opportunities abound to simplify caregiving, improve care...  Read more

  24. TV Asks, What If Alzheimer's Had Never Struck? December 06, 2011

    "Grey's Anatomy" Kate Burton storyline examines a common lament...  Read more

  25. Diabetes With Depression Doubles Dementia Risk December 05, 2011

    They're like the three R's, but less fun: When people make type 2 diabetes and depression, they're twice as likely to get dementia too....  Read more

  26. Employed Caregivers Need More Workplace Resources December 02, 2011

    Companies lose $25 billion a year, but support resources can help...  Read more

  27. Aging Rapidly: 1 in 8 Americans Over 65 December 01, 2011

    And more in poverty due to medical expenses, Census says...  Read more

  28. Test Alzheimer's Drugs Earlier for Better Success? December 01, 2011

    Study claims we're currently starting therapies too late...  Read more

  29. Eating Fish Might Lower Alzheimer's Risk November 30, 2011

    Here's another reason to opt for the salmon over the steak: A new study shows that eating baked and broiled fish at least once a week may lead to a larger brain volume in areas related to memory and learning....  Read more

  1. Caregiver Stress Isn't All in Your Head November 29, 2011

    Hormone levels rise in response to loved one's agitation...  Read more

  2. Federal Nursing Home Ratings Skewed by Dementia Care November 29, 2011

    Underscores a need to look more closely, report says...  Read more

  3. Clint Eastwood, 81, Is Still Cool With Getting Older November 29, 2011

    Life is full of "primes at different times," he says...  Read more

  4. A New Addition to Med School Curricula: Shakespeare 101? November 28, 2011

    It turns out that required undergraduate English class might not have been totally worthless to pre-meds....  Read more

  5. A Natural Painkiller: Swearing (Sparingly) November 26, 2011

    Research points to possible mental and physical health benefits of swearing. ...  Read more

  6. Just 4 Meds Lead to Two-Thirds of ER Drug Visits for 65-plussers November 25, 2011

    Heart and diabetes drugs cause most adverse reactions...  Read more

  7. This Thanksgiving, Watch Out for BPA November 23, 2011

    Here's a new reason to listen to Martha Stewart: Eating canned food may raise urine levels of bisphenol A (BPA) more than a thousand percent over eating food cooked from scratch....  Read more

  8. Don't Want to Forget? Don't Leave the Room November 21, 2011

    It's happened to all of us -- we're thinking about something in the kitchen, but once we get to the bedroom, we've totally forgotten our train of thought....  Read more

  9. Having Dementia Doesn't Make You a "Hopeless Patient" November 21, 2011

    New movement lead by university researchers seeks to change the way people think and talk about dementia patients. ...  Read more

  10. To Live Longer, Make Changes Big and Small November 19, 2011

    To change individuals, change communities, longevity expert says....  Read more

  11. Calls for Help With Eldercare Are Spiking November 18, 2011

    4 questions to ask when you're "home for holidays" ...  Read more

  12. Hospitals Offering More Alternative Therapies November 17, 2011

    Pre-surgery acupuncture, massage, music therapy on the rise...  Read more

  13. Brad Pitt Looking Forward to Aging November 17, 2011

    With cash, looks, talent, and a big family of potential future caregivers, why wouldn't he?...  Read more

  14. Kiwi May Lower Blood Pressure November 16, 2011

    A small study asserts that eating three kiwi a day may do a better job of lowering systolic blood pressure (about 3.6 mmHg) than eating an apple....  Read more

  15. Looking for Vets Exposed to Radiation November 15, 2011

    The Department of Justice announced a program which will give certain veterans $75,000. ...  Read more

  16. Putting Off That Dentist Appointment Might Hurt Your Heart November 14, 2011

    Research presented at the American Heart Association's recent scientific meeting in Orlando states that people who get their teeth professionally cleaned decrease their risk of heart attack by 24 percent and their risk of stroke by 13 percent, compared to people who don't see a dentist....  Read more

  17. Perry Debate Gaffe: A Common Forgetfulness November 14, 2011

    A linguist explains "tip of the tongue phenomenon"...  Read more

  18. Mind Trick Lessens Stress of Alzheimer's Care November 11, 2011

    "Cognitive reframing" also boosts relationship with care receiver, major study review shows....  Read more

  19. Honoring Veterans: The Story Behind 11-11 November 11, 2011

    Facts about the holiday provide talk opportunities with older loved ones...  Read more

  20. Top 10 Priorities in Fight Against Alzheimer's Disease November 10, 2011

    What 43,000 Americans say the National Alzheimer's Plan must address...  Read more

  21. Home Sweet Med Cottage: New Backyard Elder-Housing Option November 10, 2011

    Virginia Tech researcher comes up with a way to have your parents move in with you without living in your house. ...  Read more

  22. So About That Low-Sodium Diet Thing... November 09, 2011

    A new study in the American Journal of Hypertension claims that, while reducing sodium may lower blood pressure, it might also increase levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and certain hormones that have been linked to heart disease....  Read more

  23. New Scan Might Help Diagnose Parkinson's November 09, 2011

    A new test called DaTscan might help diagnose difficult cases of Parkinson's and similar disorders, says the Chicago Tribune....  Read more

  24. Stranger Than SciFi: 4 High-Tech Cancer Studies You Should Know About November 09, 2011

    It's an exciting time in the field of cancer research: Four new studies were published this week that outline possible new cancer treatments. Here's the roundup....  Read more

  25. Glen Campbell, Still on the Line Despite Alzheimer's November 08, 2011

    Country Music Association Awards honor the singer, going strong...  Read more

  26. New Diet Solution for IBS Sufferers? November 08, 2011

    The low Fodmaps diet is gaining attention...  Read more

  27. Watch for Signs of Retina Damage -- and Act November 08, 2011

    Signs of serious retina damage you should be looking out for and what to do if you notice them. ...  Read more

  28. Forgetting Things? Maybe It's All in Your Head November 07, 2011

    According to a new study published in Psychological Science, older adults who are primed to think about the effects of aging on memory have a harder time remembering things than those who aren't....  Read more

  29. Modern Life Is Making Us Depressed November 04, 2011

    ...yet happiness is linked to living longer, in a new study...  Read more

  30. Get Your Fluzone: New Flu Vaccine More Widely Available This Year November 03, 2011

    Specially designed to create stronger immune response in older adults...  Read more

  31. Obama Honors Family Caregivers, Others November 02, 2011

    It looks like November will be an exciting month in the world of caregiving: President Obama has declared it National Family Caregivers Month, National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, and National Diabetes Month, along with a few other things....  Read more

  32. To Drink or Not to Drink? November 02, 2011

    In the latest in seemingly conflicting medical advice, regular drinking may increase the risk of breast cancer, while a compound found in red wine may significantly boost metabolism, leading to likely weight loss....  Read more

  33. Nursing Home of the Future Looks...Homey November 01, 2011

    "Green houses" are smaller in size, cozier in feel...  Read more

  34. Heart Attack Toll Greater for Women November 01, 2011

    Higher risk of complications and death -- and a particular reason to quit smoking...  Read more

  35. Drug-Candy Mixups: A Student Science Project Warning November 01, 2011

    Project done by 6th graders reveals that people confuse candies and medication surprisingly often. ...  Read more

  1. In Some Cases, Aspirin Might Protect Against Colon Cancer October 31, 2011

    Scientists report that taking aspirin twice a day might reduce some people's risk of colon cancer....  Read more

  2. To End Isolation, Get Older Adults Online October 28, 2011

    80- and 90-somethings thriving on Facebook, YouTube...  Read more

  3. Pat Summitt Alzheimer's Update: Business as Usual October 28, 2011

    How is University of Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summit doing since her Alzheimer's diagnosis?...  Read more

  4. When End-of-Life Treatment Isn't What Anyone Has in Mind October 27, 2011

    "Transitions" in late-life health care often prove fatal....  Read more

  5. Memory Trouble? Blame Your Genes, Exercise More October 26, 2011

    One small change in one specific gene may determine how quickly you'll lose your marbles, according to Ahmad Salehi, M. D., PhD at Stanford....  Read more

  6. A New Way to Help Diagnose COPD October 25, 2011

    In a new study by JAMA, researchers found that lung CT scans might help catch COPD early, which could help patients make important lifestyle changes to manage the disease....  Read more

  7. Walk Safer: New Shoes for Alzheimer's and Arthritis October 25, 2011

    New high-tech shoes are hitting the market that allow caregivers to keep track of wandering Alzheimer's patients and reduce arthritis pain. ...  Read more

  8. Can This Man Solve Your Problems? October 25, 2011

    Boomer bizman Ken Dychtwald is tackling aging with new urgency. Of course....  Read more

  9. New Research Might Shed Light on Why We're Not Shedding Pounds October 24, 2011

    A new study published by the American Dietetic Association used an eye-tracking device to observe 203 participants who first viewed nutrition labels in different locations on food packages and then indicated whether they would buy the items....  Read more

  10. Boomer on Board: License Plates Proposed to Fund Elder Services October 21, 2011

    Would you drive a car that told everyone your birthday?...  Read more

  11. Married 72 Years, Died Within an Hour of Each Other, Holding Hands October 20, 2011

    Read the heart-wrenching story of a couple who died holding hands after 72 years together...  Read more

  12. Do You Have to Forget to Remember? October 19, 2011

    While it sounds counterintuitive, a new study makes the case that forgetting is an important part of remembering....  Read more

  13. Should a Mammogram Be on Your Social Schedule? October 17, 2011

    According to the Chicago Tribune, a new study recommends that women have mammograms every two years instead of every year, reopening the debate about breast cancer screening and its efficacy....  Read more

  14. What the Future of Longterm Care Coverage Could Look Like October 17, 2011

    New thinking needed now that CLASS has been flunked....  Read more

  15. Do Thinking Patterns Play a Role in Alzheimer's? October 14, 2011

    Research on mice provides interesting food for thought....  Read more

  16. Yes, Caregiving Is Stressful"¦But Maybe It's Also Good for You October 13, 2011

    New studies say taking care of a loved one is a high cost, high reward proposition...  Read more

  17. Stockbroker Striking Out? Maybe It's SAD October 12, 2011

    Your emotional state might affect your financial risk tolerance, according to a new study....  Read more

  18. Moneysaving Research: Skip the Supplements, Especially After 60 October 11, 2011

    A large study finds daily vitamins can actually increase the risk of death....  Read more

  19. Bobby Flay's Diet Plan Brings Home the Bacon October 11, 2011

    Find out how the celebrity chef uses exercise, discipline, and a few mental tricks to stay slim....  Read more

  20. To PSA or Not to PSA? Prostate Test Highlights That Not All Cancers -- or Medical Decisions -- Are Alike October 10, 2011

    A new ruling adds confusion. But maybe that's a good thing. ...  Read more

  21. Using Maggots to Clean Wounds "“ Creepy or Curative? October 10, 2011

    Hawaiian researchers suggested a new (or, rather, a very, very old) approach to healing stubborn wounds in diabetics with poor circulation "“ applying maggots. Researchers gave the maggot treatment to 37 diabetes patients, some with wounds they'd been battling for five years. Sealed inside a mesh en......  Read more

  22. British Superbroccoli Fights Heart Disease, Cancer, Crime October 07, 2011

    Ok, it might not really fight crime, but Beneforte, the new superbroccoli, does have increased levels of glucoraphanin, which may help prevent heart disease and some types of cancer....  Read more

  23. Is Classical or Classic Rock Better in the Operating Room? October 06, 2011

    Ninety percent of UK surgeons play music while they operate, according to a new survey. But does the type of music make a difference in the outcome?...  Read more

  24. A New Study "“ and Insightful Commentary -- in Favor of Living Wills October 05, 2011

    They save money, but mostly they really can guide torn families...  Read more

  25. Celebrate the Ways Steve Jobs Made Aging Easier (and More Fun) October 05, 2011

    The late Apple founder made tools that are helping older adults remember, socialize...  Read more

  26. Too Much of a Good Thing: Researchers ID The 5 Most Overprescribed Tests and Drugs October 04, 2011

    Statins alone account for $6.7 billion in waste, researchers say....  Read more

  27. What Andy Rooney Would Do If He Could Live His Life All Over Again October 03, 2011

    And for once, the retiring commentator is neither cranky nor complaining....  Read more

  28. New Research: Don't Kick That Coffee Habit Just Yet October 03, 2011

    Albert Ascherio, a physician and professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, followed more than 50,000 women for a decade and asked lots of questions about their caffeine consumption and their happiness. Ascherio found that women who drink coffee have about a 20 percent lower risk of depressio......  Read more