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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.

Could Age of First Period Influence Development of Diseases in Older Women?

Genetics involved with menarche may hold keys to preventing diabetes or osteoporosis in later life

BOSTON – A novel study shows that the age girls reach puberty is influenced by 'imprinted genes‘—a subset of genes whose activity differs depending on which parent contributes the gene. This is the first evidence that imprinted genes can control the rate of development after birth and details of this study were published today in the journal Nature.

 

Boston-Area Researchers Develop New Delirium Severity Measure for Older Adults

New method to measure delirium offers potential to improve clinical care, prognosis and response to treatment

BOSTON – A new method for measuring delirium severity in older adults has been developed by researchers from Harvard, Brown, and UMASS. The new scoring system, CAM-S, is based on the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) and standardizes the measurement of delirium severity for both clinical and research uses. Details of this study are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Research Sheds New Light on Heritability of Disease

Study explores the role DNA plays to predispose individuals to diseases such as type 2 diabetes

Managed Care Reduces Hospitalizations Compared to Traditional Fee-for-Service Insurance in Nursing Home Residents with Advanced Dementia

BOSTON – Nursing home residents with advanced dementia commonly experience burdensome, costly interventions that do not improve their quality of life or extend their survival. Now a new study suggests that providing intensive primary care services may result in less burdensome and less costly care for these terminally ill residents.

Study Findings Question Frequency of Bone Mineral Density Testing For Predicting Fracture Risk

A second bone mineral density (BMD) screening four years after a baseline measurement provided little additional value when assessing risk for hip or other major osteoporotic fracture among older men and women untreated for osteoporosis, and resulted in little change in risk classification used in clinical management, findings that question the common clinical practice of repeating a BMD test every 2 years, according to a study in the September 25 issue of JAMA.

Hebrew SeniorLife Researchers Find Link between Nonbenzodiazepine Hypnotic Drugs and Hip Fractures in Nursing Home Residents

Study Suggests Caution Should be Exercised when Prescribing Sleep Medications

BOSTON —The risk for hip fracture is elevated among nursing home residents using sleep medications, according to a study by researchers at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Researchers state this is likely due to an increased risk of falling associated with drug use.

New Study Sheds Light on Link Between Dairy Intake and Bone Health

Researchers at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research find not all dairy products are equal in maintaining strong bones

Hebrew SeniorLife links delirium and long-term cognitive decline in Alzheimer's patients

Patients with Alzheimer's disease who suffered episodes of delirium while hospitalized had a sharply increased rate of mental decline for up to five years after being hospitalized compared to those who did not have any such episodes, according to a study by researchers at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

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