July 15, 2013 The anterior approach for total hip replacement involves going in through the front of the hip, rather than the back. Proponents say it speeds up recovery time. But recovery time has improved a lot with the traditional techniques, too, and there's not yet enough evidence to say this is better.
June 24, 2013 Alzheimer's disease and depression have a lot in common, and people with depression face a greater risk of dementia as they age. Researchers aren't sure why and are seeking clues. They are trying to find out if treating depression will then help prevent or delay dementia.
May 28, 2013 The number of eyelid lifts paid for by Medicare more than tripled in a 10-year span, according to the Center for Public Integrity. The cost to U.S. taxpayers for the surgery rose to $80 million in 2011, the report says. In one year, a Florida surgeon billed Medicare for about 2,200 procedures.
April 18, 2013 Older people are much more likely than youngsters to be killed crossing the street, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And men are more likely to be killed than women, regardless of age.
April 15, 2013 Research into why some people have strong memory well into old age suggests that their brains are different from their peers. Some parts of the brains of "superagers" responsible for attention, thinking and memory seem to be spared the typical age-related shrinkage.
April 11, 2013 In many parts of the South, more than one-third of seniors are taking drugs that they should avoid, an analysis of Medicare data finds. Ten percent are taking two or more potentially problematic medicines.
March 26, 2013 Loneliness and isolation often go hand in hand, so teasing out which factor is harder on health isn't easy. But a British study now suggests that, while loneliness may make you unhappy, it's social isolation that could take years off of your life. Discuss (with a friend).
March 22, 2013 Acting out dreams in your sleep may put you at risk for developing dementia later in life, researchers say. The behavior appears to portend Lewy body dementia, the second-most common form of dementia among older people.
March 14, 2013 Of the many responses to my post on what to call people over 60 (or 70, 80 or 90), the three responses repeated here stand out for their expressiveness — or in the case of Morning Edition sports commentator Frank Deford, for just being downright ornery. Or maybe wise. You might be stimulated to add your own.
March 12, 2013 When the headline on the Web version of a recent story called an active, 71-year-old midwife "elderly," she was offended. The reporter, meanwhile, asked for advice on what words to use. A check with experts finds division. Maybe, live forever and avoid labels? Please advise (about the labels).