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Household antibacterial chemical linked to weakened bones

"Chemical found in soap and toothpaste linked to osteoporosis in women," reports The Daily Telegraph.

Chinese researchers used data from US surveys to look for a link between levels of the chemical triclosan in the body and bone strength (bone mass density).

Triclosan is an antibacterial chemical

Posted On June 26, 2019
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Poor sense of smell in the elderly linked with higher risk of dying

The Independent and the Mail Online report that older adults with a poor sense of smell are more likely to die in the next 10 years, while The Guardian goes so far as to suggest that smell tests could be used to spot dementia.

The reports are prompted by a new study involving 2,000 adults aged 76 years on average,

Posted On April 30, 2019
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Puzzle-solving `doesn`t slow down mental decline in older people`

"Crosswords do not prevent dementia but can make your brain sharper to start off with," reports the Mail Online.

The question of whether doing puzzles and problem-solving activities can stave off mental decline in older age is often debated.

This study of 498 people born in Scotland in 1936 found people

Posted On December 11, 2018
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Older people `would benefit` from weight training and more protein

"GPs should prescribe protein powders and weight lifting to pensioners to help reverse frailty," The Daily Telegraph reports.

While there is no exact definition of frailty, it is usually used as an umbrella term to describe a range of linked age-related factors such as lack of energy, unintentional weight loss,

Posted On December 04, 2018
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Healthy older people do not benefit from taking aspirin

"Millions of healthy people who take aspirin to ward off illness in old age are unlikely to benefit from the drug, a trial has found," The Guardian reports.

Aside from its painkilling properties, aspirin can also thin the blood. So it is often recommended for people with risk factors that mean they could have

Posted On September 17, 2018
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Statins `may not help over-75s without diabetes`

"Millions given statins `just in case` are wasting their time and don`t receive any benefit," reports the Mail Online.

Statins are a class of medicine that helps lower the body`s cholesterol level. They`re recommended for people thought to be at increased risk of cardiovascular

Posted On September 06, 2018
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Italian study suggests human lifespan could continue increasing

"Want a long life? Hang in there! Study claims our risk of death drops after 80 and plateaus when we reach 105 – but we still haven`t reached our limit," reports the Mail Online.

A new Italian study looked at the survival rates of more than 3,000 people in Italy who were 105 or older. The findings showed that t

Posted On June 29, 2018
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Probiotics `may help strengthen bones` in older adults

"Elderly people should take probiotics to preserve their bones," claims the Mail Online, referring to a Swedish trial that gave supplements to a small group of women.

Researchers wanted to see whether taking probiotic supplements containing so-called "friendly bacteria"

Posted On June 25, 2018
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Exercise `doesn`t slow` progression of dementia

"`Surprising` study suggests exercise may make dementia worse," reports The Daily Telegraph.

A trial in which people with dementia took part in a moderately intense exercise programme for 4 months found their mental decline did not slow and may even have worsened faster than in people who did not take part in

Posted On May 17, 2018
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Could age-related muscle weakening be prevented?

"Inevitable muscle wasting of old age could be stopped, scientists believe," reports The Daily Telegraph.

As people get older, muscles lose strength and mass, known as sarcopenia. A new study looked at a group of 95 men aged 65 to 90 who had varying degrees of sarcopenia, and compared their muscles and related

Posted On March 12, 2018
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Denture wearers may have a risk of poor nutrition – but no link to frailty

Denture wearers are "at risk of malnutrition because they can`t chew healthy food," says The Daily Telegraph, while the Mail Online suggests they are also at "higher risk of weak joints and muscles".

These headlines are based on a study which looked at dental health, nutrient intake and frailty (based on hand

Posted On December 11, 2017
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Rates of newly diagnosed HIV increasing in over-50s

"HIV rises among over-50s as they neglect safe sex" is the headline from The Times.

The news is based on a European study that found more over-50s are being diagnosed with HIV compared with 12 years ago.

The study collected data on more than 360,000 people who had been newly diagnosed with HIV between

Posted On September 27, 2017