Music-based program may boost seniors’ brain function, mood

By C. E. Huggins

NEW YORK Fri Nov 29, 2013 4:53pm EST

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A music-based training program that challenges both the body and the mind may improve brain function and mood among seniors, suggests a new study from Switzerland.

“The take-home message is that 6-months of music-based multitask training (i.e., Jaques-Dalcroze eurhythmics) – a specific training regimen which was previously shown to be effective in improving gait and reducing falls – has beneficial effects on cognition and mood in older adults,” Dr. Mélany Hars, of Geneva University Hospitals, told Reuters Health in an email.

Thrombosis Risk with HeartMate II

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Cardiovascular

Published: Nov 29, 2013

By Todd Neale, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Action Points

  • The rate of pump thrombosis associated with the HeartMate II left ventricular assist device (LVAD) increased in the last few years, going higher than rates seen in pre-approval clinical trial, and the reasons are unknown.

Risk factors may point to less-safe senior drivers

By Allison Bond

NEW YORK Fri Nov 29, 2013 4:09pm EST

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tests of physical abilities, such as balance and strength, may reveal how well an elderly driver will perform on the road, according to a new study.

Trouble with balance, weak lower limbs and poor neck flexibility were among the attributes Australian researchers linked to a higher risk of less-safe driving in The Journals of Gerontology: Series A.

Staying active all day linked to healthy aging

By Kathryn Doyle

NEW YORK Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:52pm EST

Two joggers run along the embankment of Aare river during the first snowfall in Bern November 21, 2013. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

Two joggers run along the embankment of Aare river during the first snowfall in Bern November 21, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Ruben Sprich

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A generally active life, even without regular exercise sessions, was tied to better heart health and greater longevity in a study of older Swedes.

Based on nearly 3,900 men and women over age 60 in Stockholm, the study adds to evidence suggesting that just sitting around may be actively harmful, researchers say.

Military deployments tied to teens' depression

By Kathleen Raven

NEW YORK Fri Nov 29, 2013 1:28pm EST

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Adolescents who experience the deployment of a family member in the U.S. military may face an increased risk of depression, suggests a new study.

Ninth- and eleventh-grade students in California public schools with two or more deployment experiences over the past decade were 56 percent more likely to feel sad or hopeless compared with their non-military-family peers, the researchers found.

The same kids were 34 percent more likely to have suicidal thoughts.

Military deployments tied to teens’ depression

By Kathleen Raven

NEW YORK Fri Nov 29, 2013 1:28pm EST

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Adolescents who experience the deployment of a family member in the U.S. military may face an increased risk of depression, suggests a new study.

Ninth- and eleventh-grade students in California public schools with two or more deployment experiences over the past decade were 56 percent more likely to feel sad or hopeless compared with their non-military-family peers, the researchers found.

The same kids were 34 percent more likely to have suicidal thoughts.

Thrombosis With LVAD a Growing Issue

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Published: Nov 29, 2013

By Todd Neale, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Action Points

  • The rate of pump thrombosis associated with the HeartMate II left ventricular assist device (LVAD) increased in the last few years, going higher than rates seen in pre-approval clinical trial, and the reasons are unknown.

Novo to launch mid-stage tests with new diabetes pill

By Ben Hirschler

LONDON Thu Nov 28, 2013 12:46pm EST

LONDON (Reuters) – Novo Nordisk is about to launch a mid-stage clinical study with a tablet version of a so-called GLP-1 medicine as it steps up the hunt for diabetes pills that can replace injections.

The Phase II trial may start as early as next week and will involve approximately 600 patients, Chief Science Officer Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen said on Thursday.

“It is a milestone because this is not incremental innovation, it’s disruptive innovation,” he told Reuters in an interview during a visit to London.

Acupuncture could help in the dentist's chair

By Kathleen Raven

NEW YORK Thu Nov 28, 2013 12:17pm EST

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Acupuncture may provide relief for dental patients who reflexively gag during procedures like teeth impressions, according to Italian researchers.

Up to 20 percent of the U.S. population has severe anxiety at the dentist’s office. People who cannot help their gag reflex may unintentionally deprive themselves of the best dental care, write Giuseppa Bilello and Antonella Fregapane, both from the University of Palermo in Sicily.

Acupuncture may be one strategy to solve that problem, the pair suggests.

Acupuncture could help in the dentist’s chair

By Kathleen Raven

NEW YORK Thu Nov 28, 2013 12:17pm EST

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Acupuncture may provide relief for dental patients who reflexively gag during procedures like teeth impressions, according to Italian researchers.

Up to 20 percent of the U.S. population has severe anxiety at the dentist’s office. People who cannot help their gag reflex may unintentionally deprive themselves of the best dental care, write Giuseppa Bilello and Antonella Fregapane, both from the University of Palermo in Sicily.

Acupuncture may be one strategy to solve that problem, the pair suggests.