Clinical Studies

Read about the latest clinical studies. The pharmaceutical industry is constantly developing new medications. In some cases, new classes of drugs are discovered that sometimes can be more effective than older drugs as they often target specific sites or may provide a broader spectrum of coverage. For example, they may provide better pain management or may be more effective against resistant strains of bacteria. However, the opposite can be true as new drugs are not always better than those that have been used for decades.

Benefits of Yoga in Elders Who Have Suffered a Stroke

July 14, 2011 | Category Clinical Studies, Exercise

Nineteen men and one woman, with an average age of 66 years met for a one-hour yoga class. After eight weeks, study subjects experienced improvement in various parameters of the balance, as measured by the Berg Balance Scale and the Scale FAB. The improvement was 17 and 34 percent respectively. Participants also showed an increase in confidence. Learn more on how yoga can help post stroke.

Olive Oil Prevents Strokes in Older Adults

June 17, 2011 | Category Clinical Studies, Diet & Nutrition

A new study shows that people 65 years old and older who cook with and use olive oil on their salad can significantly reduce their stroke risk. Read more about this exciting study.

T’ai Chi May Help Quality of Life in Patients with Chronic Heart Disease

June 17, 2011 | Category Clinical Studies, Mind-Body-Spirit

Studies conducted at several Boston hospitals found that participants who were in the T’ai Chi arm of the study experienced an improvement in mood which is important for those suffering from chronic heart disease. Read more about this study.

Vision Breakthrough: Eye Exercises Improve Elders’ Vision in Two Days

December 18, 2010 | Category Clinical Studies, Exercise

“We found that just two days of training in one hour sessions with difficult stimuli resulted in older subjects seeing as well as younger college-age subjects,”chief researcher Andersen said in a media statement.”The improvement was maintained for up to three months and the results were dependent on the location in the visual field where the stimuli were located - suggesting that the brain changed in early levels of the visual cortex.” Learn more about this important study and how it can improve the lives of elders as they age.

Exercise benefits sedentary seniors but does not reverse cardiac stiffening

October 23, 2010 | Category Clinical Studies, Exercise

Exercise cannot reverse the cardiac stiffening effect of years of sedentary behavior in people over 65, but it can improve arterial function and aerobic capacity and induce left-ventricular remodeling. Learn more about how exercise can improve function in seniors who are over 65

Exercise Prevents Mild Cognitive Impairment

September 13, 2010 | Category Clinical Studies, Exercise

Two studies assessed the benefit of moderate physical activity and high-intensity aerobic exercise in elderly subjects.  They found that moderate physical activity performed in midlife or later may be associated with a reduced risk of mild cognitive impairment. They also found that a high-intensity aerobic exercise programme may improve cognitive function in individuals who already have the condition. Learn more about how to maintain your cognitive function.

The Effect of the Mediterranean and Carbohydrate-restricted Diets on Elderly Swedish Men

September 11, 2010 | Category Clinical Studies, Diet & Nutrition

A study of 924 Swedish men aged 71 ± 1 year was conducted in Sweden. The objective was to examine the relations between 10-year mortality and adherence to the World Health Organization dietary guidelines. Learn which cohort fared better.

The Mediterranean Diet and Exercise Equals Longevity

July 12, 2010 | Category Clinical Studies, Diet & Nutrition

A longitudinal study of apparently 1507 healthy men and 832 healthy women aged 70 to 90 years looked at diet, exercise and lifestyle. Participants were recruited from 11 European countries. Learn how elders who followed a Mediterranean type diet combined with 30 minutes of exercise a day and who followed a healthy lifestyle were less likely to die from all-causes and cause-specific mortality.

Hallucinations in Hospital Pose Risk to Elderly

June 22, 2010 | Category Clinical Studies

According to the American Geriatrics Society, hospital delirium affects about one-third of patients over 70, and a greater percentage of intensive-care or postsurgical patients. When my mother was 95 and broke her pelvis, while hospitalized she experienced hallucinations. In her case, the hallucinations were at least in part due to anti-anxiety meds, Haldol and Ativan. The cause of delirium is unclear, but there are many apparent triggers: infections, surgery, pneumonia, and procedures like catheter insertions, all of which can spur anxiety in frail, vulnerable patients. Some medications, difficult for older people to metabolize, seem associated with delirium. Learn more about the potential long-term consequences of delirium in the elderly.

Elderly Falls Linked to Altered Blood Flow in the Brain

May 21, 2010 | Category Clinical Studies

A new study has found that high blood pressure can alter the blood flow to the brain which in turn increases the risk of falling. Read more about these important findings.


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