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Potential breakthrough for osteoporosis announced

"Bone could be regrown to treat osteoporosis after breakthrough," The Daily Telegraph reports. This headline follows the development of a new drug that may increase bone formation, which could potentially combat osteoporosis. But this has only been tested in the lab so far and

Posted On June 15, 2015
Older People

A third of over-70s report `frequent sexual activity`

“A third of pensioners have sex at least twice a month,” the Daily Mail reports. A new UK study reinforces the point that sex doesn’t automatically stop once a person gets their free bus pass.

The study looked at sexual activity and sexual health among more than 6,000 men and women aged 50 to 90. It showed that

Posted On January 29, 2015
Older People

Study finds care home residents `more likely` to be dehydrated

"Care home residents five times more likely to be left thirsty," The Independent reports after an analysis of some London hospital admission records found people admitted from care homes were five times more likely to be dehydrated than people coming from their own homes.

Posted On January 16, 2015
Older People

Are silver surfers more health savvy?

"Older people who use the internet … may be better equipped to keep on top of their health," BBC News reports. A survey found regular internet use in older people was associated with good health literacy.

Health literacy is a term used to describe an individual`s ability to find, understand and make use of h

Posted On November 26, 2014
Older People

Over-60s exercise claim based on just 12 people

"Two minute of exercise … is enough to boost pensioners` health," the Daily Mirror reports. A pilot study into high intensity training suggests it may be an effective method of combating the effects of ageing.

However, the UK media are guilty of hyping the implications of a small study, involving just 12 pe

Posted On July 28, 2014
Older People

Owning a dog may make older adults fitter

“Want to appear 10 years younger? Just buy a dog,” is the dubious claim on the Mail Online.

A study has found a link between dog ownership and increased physical activity in older adults, but how this is linked to looking younger is unclear.

Contrary to the headline, the study did not measure or men

Posted On July 16, 2014
Older People

Centenarians are outliving `lifestyle` diseases

"Centenarians have found a way to beat the common diseases of old age," BBC News reports. A UK study found that the over-100s are less likely to die of diseases associated with lifestyle and more likely to die from infections such as pneumonia.

Over a 10-year period, researchers examined trends in outcomes for

Posted On June 04, 2014
Older People

Could young blood `slow` ageing?

“Vampire treatment with young blood reverses ageing process,” The Independent reports. But before you get too excited, we should clarify that the headlines relate to a study on mice.

The research involved connecting the circulation of young and aged mice, to discover how this affected the area of the brain inv

Posted On May 06, 2014
Older People

NICE drugs policy for the elderly is unchanged

"NHS ban medicine if you are `too old` in new attack on Britain`s elderly" is the headline in the Daily Express, with many other news sources echoing similar dire warnings.

The media storm is based on the news that, as part of a consultation, the Department of Health has asked the National I

Posted On February 18, 2014
Older People

Excess deaths rose by a third last winter

A steep rise in the number of deaths last winter has been widely reported, with The Independent blaming the excess deaths on the "bitter conditions" and The Daily Telegraph reporting that "thousands of over-75-year-olds perished during the coldest winter for nearly 50 years".

The reports are based on figures

Posted On November 27, 2013
Older People

Vitamin D supplements may not strengthen bones

"Bad news for osteoporosis sufferers: Vitamin D supplements `do not help bone health`," The Independent warns. The claim comes after the publication of a major study into the effects of vitamin D supplements on bone density.

Bone density weakens as we get older – with post-menopausal wo

Posted On October 11, 2013
Older People

Oily fish may reduce risk of rheumatoid arthritis

"Eating fish could halve risk of arthritis" is the encouraging news in The Guardian, as a Swedish study found that women who regularly ate high levels of oily fish were less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis.

Researchers asked women about their diet at two

Posted On August 13, 2013