Long-term proton pump inhibitor (PPI) use does not increase the risk of hip fracture among persons with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The risk of hip fracture was slightly increased for PPI use of less than one year, but not for long-term or cumulative use during a follow-up period of 10 years. In addition, there were no significant differences between PPI drug substances and the associated risk of hip fracture. The findings were published in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics.
For people with heart failure, getting a seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine in a given year was associated with a 50 percent drop in the risk of death during flu season and a 20 percent drop in the risk of death during the rest of the year, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th Annual Scientific Session.
Paid work, volunteering, caring for grandchildren and other activities are good for the health of the elderly. In fact, when older people are more active they perceive themselves as, and are objectively, healthier. The differences in health are significant: ‘active ageing’ is responsible for 30% of the observed differences. Furthermore, active ageing is associated with higher levels of education. The differences in health levels are significant: active ageing is responsible for 30% of these differences.These are the findings of a study led by Professor Bruno Arpino from Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) in Barcelona as part of the European research project ‘CREW’, which is co-funded by the JPI MYBL.
A new study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics suggests that suicidal ideations and suicide attempts are linked to opioid use and pain sensitivity in the elderly. The recent dramatic increase in opioid prescribing and their inappropriate use has led to an epidemic of opioid addictions, often generalizing to other substance use disorders and overdose deaths. In the US, the suicide death rate with opioid overdose increased from 2.2% in 1999 to 4.4% in 2010.
According to a recent study published in The Journal of Physiology, researchers have been able to document for the first time how the same period of inactivity has a greater and more severe impact on the muscle power of the lower limbs of the elderly than young people, which is essential for movements like climbing the stairs.
Daily walks in older adults may improve memory and attention, study finds
Walking more than 4,000 steps a day can improve attention and mental skills in adults ages 60 and older, according to UCLA research published December 12 in a preprint edition of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.