Items Tagged ‘aging’

Discovery of Dementia-Related Genes is Key Step in Finding Therapies

May 7, 2019

Discovery of Dementia-Related Genes is Key Step in Finding Therapies

By uclahealth uclahealth

More than 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that figure is likely to triple by 2060. Currently no treatment can alter the course of dementia associated with the death of brain cells (neurodegeneration).  Dementia Genes Linked to Buildup […]

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Tags: aging, dementia, Dr. Daniel Geschwind, genes, genetic testing, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA


Ask the Doctors - Do glasses weaken your eyes?

August 8, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Do glasses weaken your eyes?

By Ask the Doctors Ask the Doctors

Dear Doctors: About a year ago, when I turned 44, I started using reading glasses that I purchased at the drug store and they seemed to work just fine. Now I need a stronger pair and I wonder whether using them has weakened my eyes. We’re happy to be able to reassure you that using […]

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Tags: aging, Ask the Doctors, corrective lenses, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, eyesight, farsightedness, glasses, glaucoma, nearsightedness, vision


Ask the Doctors - What is the cause of death in Alzheimer's disease?

July 5, 2018

Ask the Doctors – What is the cause of death in Alzheimer’s disease?

By Ask the Doctors Ask the Doctors

Dear Doctors: I understand that Alzheimer’s disease causes memory loss and leads to dementia. But when someone has Alzheimer’s, what is the actual cause of death? Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease of the brain in which dementia is the most noticeable of numerous symptoms. Changes within the tissues of the brain slowly destroy vital […]

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Tags: aging, Alzheimer’s disease, Ask the Doctors, cause of death, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko


Ask the Doctors - Can alcohol affect risk of breast cancer recurrence?

March 1, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Can alcohol affect risk of breast cancer recurrence?

By Ask the Doctors Ask the Doctors

Dear Doctor: I read your recent response to a question about alcohol consumption and its correlation to breast cancer. But what about the risk once you’ve been diagnosed? I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and have completed radiation. I am on medication and have a very positive prognosis. I enjoy a glass of wine […]

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Tags: aging, alcohol consumption, alcohol for women, breast cancer, breast cancer risk, cancer, cancer recurrence, Cancer Treatment Reviews, Dr. Robert Ashley, radiation, women, women's health


Why do some people stay sharp as they age? Massive study may yield clues

August 1, 2017

Why do some people stay sharp as they age? Massive study may yield clues

By Leigh Hopper Leigh Hopper

Look closely at the brain scans above, and one of the first things you notice is how the ventricles – the dark, butterfly shapes in the middle of the brain — are much larger in the image labeled “old” than in the image labeled “young.” (The scans are from a 38-year-old and a 73-year-old.) You […]

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Tags: aging, brain, brain imaging study, cognition, functional MRI, menopause, MRI


In a comparison of yoga vs. memory training, the clear winner is yoga

January 20, 2017

In a comparison of yoga vs. memory training, the clear winner is yoga

By Leigh Hopper Leigh Hopper

Crossword puzzles and other mentally demanding activities are well-known as memory boosters for older adults. But what if word games aren’t your thing? What if you’d rather learn to relax, doing something like yoga? UCLA researchers found that yoga is better for both memory and mood. In a head-to-head comparison of yoga versus a type […]

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Tags: aging, Anxiety, brain metabolites, brain structure, chemistry, depression, Dr. Helen Lavretsky, Kirtan Kriya, Kundalini yoga, memory booster, memory training, mild cognitive impairment


Hot news flash! Menopause speeds up aging.

November 2, 2016

Hot news flash! Menopause speeds up aging.

By Elaine Schmidt Elaine Schmidt

As if the hot flashes, night sweats and dry skin caused by menopause weren’t indignity enough, a new UCLA study has found that the change of life also accelerates the body’s biological clock, increasing women’s risk for aging-related diseases and earlier death. Published July 25 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the results could […]

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Tags: aging, aging-related diseases, biological age, biological clock, cardiovascular disease, chronological age, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, dry skin, epigenetic clock, estrogen, genetics, hormone therapy


Make your eyes part of a healthy aging strategy

September 27, 2016

Make your eyes part of a healthy aging strategy

By uclahealth uclahealth

Nearly two out of three adults in the United States report having eye or vision problems, according to a national survey released by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. A significant percentage of them, however, do not seek regular eye exams. In observance of Healthy Aging Month in September, UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes […]

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Tags: age-related macular degeneration, aging, blurry vision, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, dilated comprehensive eye exam, double vision, eye disease, eye exams, eye problems, glaucoma, healthy aging