Happy in Marriage? Genetics May Play a Role
People fall in love for many reasons — similar interests, physical attraction, and shared values among them. But if they marry and stay together, their long-term happiness may depend on their individual genes or those of their spouse, says a new study led by Yale School of Public Health researchers.
Too Many Older Patients Get Cancer Screenings
Mrs. Altemus, who entered a nursing home in November, was screened for breast cancer this summer. “If the screening is not too invasive, why not?” asked her daughter, Dorothy Altemus. “I want her to have the best quality of life possible.” But a growing chorus of geriatricians, cancer specialists and health system analysts say that say that for the best quality of life, she’d be better off skipping the screening. Such testing in the nation’s oldest patients is highly unlikely to detect lethal disease. It is also hugely expensive and more likely to harm than help, since any follow-up testing and treatment is often invasive. “In patients well into their 80s, with other chronic conditions, it’s highly unlikely that they will receive any benefit from screening, and more likely that the harms will outweigh the benefits,” said Dr. Cary Gross, a professor at the Yale School of Medicine.Source: New York Times
Aging impairs innate immune response to flu
Aging impairs the immune system’s response to the flu virus in multiple ways, weakening resistance in older adults, according to a Yale study. The research reveals why older people are at increased risk of illness and death from flu, the researchers said.
Yale School of Public Health symposium on lifetime exposures and human health: the exposome; summary and future reflections
The exposome is defined as “the totality of environmental exposures encountered from birth to death” and was developed to address the need for comprehensive environmental exposure assessment to better understand disease etiology.Source: Human Genomics
Battling belly fat: Specialized immune cells impair metabolism in aging
In a new study, Yale researchers have described how nervous systems and immune systems talk to each other to control metabolism and inflammation. Their finding furthers scientists’ understanding of why older adults fail to burn stored belly fat, which raises the risk of chronic disease. The study also points to potential therapeutic approaches to target the problem, the researchers said.
Handing Over the Keys: A Doctor Seeks Data to Help Elderly Women Decide When to Stop Driving
One of four new studies funded through Women’s Health Research at Yale’s Pilot Project Program, Dr. Richard Marottoli aims to identify the cognitive, health and environmental factors that can predict adverse events among women drivers, such as crashes and tickets.
Women’s Health Research at Yale to Fund Four New Studies
With seed money through this year’s Pilot Project Program – including the second-ever Naratil Pioneer Award recipient for research on the verge of a significant breakthrough – the researchers aim to answer questions vital to improving women’s health.
One-size-fits-all approach can lead to over-treatment in older diabetes patients
Diabetes treatments have saved many lives, but in older patients with multiple medical conditions, aggressively controlling blood sugar with insulin and sulfonylurea drugs, could lead to over-treatment and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), according to new research by Yale School of Medicine researchers.
Veterans Who Embrace Growing Old Found to Have Better Mental Health
There is significantly less chance of older veterans experiencing posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety and thoughts of suicide when they resist negative age stereotypes, a new nationally representative study by the Yale School of Public Health has found.
How Do Aging Couples Cope With Dementia? Love
It's estimated that more than a third of US adults are affected by it - either because they have it, or others close to them do. Often that leaves an aging spouse as chief caregiver. ideastream health reporter Sarah Jane Tribble asks, how do caregivers cope?Source: Ideastream.org