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New standards proposed for gauging muscle decline in older adults

New standards proposed for gauging muscle decline in older adults

Sarcopenia — the age-related loss of muscle mass and strength — may put up to 50 percent of seniors at greater risk for disability, yet there is no consensus within the medical community for how this condition should be measured. However, a new collection of articles appearing in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences (volume 69, number 5) lays out an empirically derived set of criteria for diagnosing sarcopenia. These recommendations are a result of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health Biomarkers Consortium Sarcopenia Project, which includes scientists and grantees from the National Institutes of Health, along with other partners in government, academia, and the private sector. Continue reading

New standards proposed for gauging muscle decline in older adults

New standards proposed for gauging muscle decline in older adults

Sarcopenia — the age-related loss of muscle mass and strength — may put up to 50 percent of seniors at greater risk for disability, yet there is no consensus within the medical community for how this condition should be measured. However, a new collection of articles appearing in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences (volume 69, number 5) lays out an empirically derived set of criteria for diagnosing sarcopenia Continue reading

Levels of sodium intake recommended by CDC associated with harmful health outcomes

Levels of sodium intake recommended by CDC associated with harmful health outcomes

A new study published in the American Journal of Hypertension finds evidence that the average daily sodium intake of most Americans is actually associated with better health outcomes than intake levels currently recommended by the CDC and major health departments, which are now being viewed by many in the scientific community as excessively and unrealistically low. Continue reading

Smaller Snacking is Smart Snacking: New study shows ‘just a bite’ will satisfy

Smaller Snacking is Smart Snacking: New study shows ‘just a bite’ will satisfy

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Trust ‘operated on wrong patient’

Trust ‘operated on wrong patient’

23 November 2012 Last updated at 07:54 ET A health watchdog is taking action against a Cambridgeshire hospital trust which performed eye surgery on the wrong person. Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust performed four botched operations, including leaving instruments inside two people Continue reading

Leisure-time physical activity extends life expectancy as much as 4.5 years

Leisure-time physical activity extends life expectancy as much as 4.5 years

ScienceDaily (Nov. 6, 2012) — Leisure-time physical activity is associated with longer life expectancy, even at relatively low levels of activity and regardless of body weight, according to a study by a team of researchers led by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health. The study, which found that people who engaged in leisure-time physical activity had life expectancy gains of as much as 4.5 years, appeared Nov Continue reading

Cranberry juice now unlikely to prevent cystitis, review finds

Cranberry juice now unlikely to prevent cystitis, review finds

ScienceDaily (Oct. 16, 2012) — Cranberry juice is unlikely to prevent bladder and kidney infections, according to an updated systematic review published in The Cochrane Library Continue reading

Baby boomer alcohol harm warning

Baby boomer alcohol harm warning

11 October 2012 Last updated at 21:52 ET By Nick Triggle Health correspondent, BBC News More NHS money is spent treating alcohol-related illness in baby boomers than young people, a study says. The Alcohol Concern report found the cost of hospital admissions linked to heavy drinking 55 to 74-year-olds in 2010-11 was more than £825m. Continue reading

Warning over gym supplements

Warning over gym supplements

By Rick Kelsey Newsbeat reporter There’s a warning that gym supplements are often doing more harm than good. The British Dietetic Association (BDA) says high levels of additional protein can cause side effects. These can included nausea as well as kidney and liver damage Continue reading

Cereal bar healthy image ‘a myth’

Cereal bar healthy image ‘a myth’

17 August 2012 Last updated at 20:20 ET The image of cereal bars as a healthy snack is a “myth”, according to a study by Which? Continue reading