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Keep up-to-date with the latest news from the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife.

Hebrew SeniorLife Researcher Recognized for Impact on Hospital Clinical Practice

A paper by lead author Susan Mitchell, M.D., M.P.H., associate scientist in the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, was selected by the Annals of Internal Medicine as one of the 11 most important papers published in 2004 for physicians with active inpatient practices. According to the journal, the articles were identified through a MEDLINE search and 15 major medical journals. Experts were also consulted to help identify the topics that were most important to these physicians.

More Than One-Third of Nursing Home Residents with Severe Cognitive Impairments Have Feeding Tubes

The use of feeding tubes among nursing home residents with severe cognitive impairment is common and is associated with patient characteristics as well as nursing home-related factors, according to a study in the July 2 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Why Don’t More Physicians Order Bone Scans for Postmenopausal Patients?

An article recently published online by Osteoporosis International confirms findings of earlier surveys that many physicians seldom order  bone mineral density scans for postmenopausal patients; this despite evidence that the tool is useful in diagnosing osteoporosis. Douglas P. Kiel, M.D., M.P.H., director of medical research in the Research and Training Institute of Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged, was among the report’s authors.

Center Researcher Joins efforts of World Health Organization

Marian T. Hannan, DSc, MPH, senior researcher in the Research and Training Institute of Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged (the Center), was recently invited to join the National Bone and Joint Decade Committee, part of a World Health Organization  initiative. The goal of this global campaign is to improve quality of life for people with musculoskeletal conditions, such as arthritis and osteoporosis, and to advance understanding and treatment through research, prevention and education.

Study Shows, with Help, We Can Stay Sharp in Old Age

It is not news that Americans over 65 represent one of the fastest growing segments of the population. And, a popular notion is that age dulls the senses, making it difficult for seniors to perform activities that are mainstays of independent living.

Hebrew Rehab Researcher Looks at Why Older Women Become Disabled

Most people envision a future where they grow old gracefully in their own homes. However for many, disability in old age greatly impacts independence and quality of life. An article co-authored by Suzanne G.Leveille, Ph.D., of the Research & Training Institute at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged in Boston, published recently in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, answers the question “What do older disabled women report as the main symtoms causing their disability?” Dr.

Eat Your Vegetables – They’re Good for Your Bones

Researchers, including Marian T. Hannan, D.Sc., and Douglas P. Kiel, M.D., M.P.H., of Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged’s Research and Training Institute, have found that high fruit and vegetable intake appears to have a protective effect on bone mineral density (BMD) in men. In contrast, high candy consumption is associated with low BMD in both men and women. These conclusions were published recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Beer, Bananas and Beans: The three B’s to stronger bones

Research indicates that silicon is important to bone formation. However, whether or not our bodies can get what we need from the foods we eat has been poorly understood. Douglas P. Kiel, M.D., M.P.H., Director of Medical Research at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged Research & Training Institute has co-authored a report indicating that eating the right foods can supply the silicon necessary to build and maintain strong bones. The report, Dietary silicon intake and absorption, appears in the June 2002 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Study Shows Hip Fracture Underestimated as Public Health Threat

Topping the list of current public health threats are lifestyle habits like smoking, overeating and lack of exercise that lead to illness and premature deaths from heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Fast forward a decade or two and other types of health problems will start to loom large as more and more Americans live past 85 years of age. One of those concerns will very likely be the incidence of hip fracture. As with any public health concern, the better prepared the healthcare community is, the better equipped it will be to find ways to prevent an epidemic.

Boston Study Adds Another Piece to Protein Puzzle

The healthful advantages of a vegan diet - one that excludes all forms of animal protein - have been espoused by its proponents in the popular press.