Aging/Longevity

Americans are living longer lives but are spending more years afflicted with major illnesses such as Alzheimer’€™s disease, kidney disease, and mental and behavioral disorders, according to a study published online in the Journal of American Medical Association. Researchers show that the overall population health improved in the U.S. in the last few decades, however, illness and chronic disability now account for nearly half of the country’€™s health burden.

The genesis of the Parkinson’€™s Action Network goes back to 1987, four years before the organization’€™s founding. That year, Joan Samuelson left a career in law after being diagnosed with Parkinson’€™s disease; she threw her might into advocating for people living with Parkinson’€™s. Four years later, PAN was born, and its successful advocacy continues today.

This post is an excerpt of a Bloomberg column by Albert R. Hunt  on how sequestration hurts medical research, especially in the fight to better understand’€”and hopefully cure’€” Alzheimer’€™s disease.

Men’€™s Health Month increases the awareness of preventable health problems and encourages early detection and treatment of disease among males. According to MensHealthMonth.org, this is a time for health care providers, policy makers, the media, and individuals to encourage men to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

The United Kingdom recently announced a plan that will capitalize on its role as President of the G8 to promote an international cooperation to stop dementia.

President Barack Obama unveiled the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative on Tuesday. Described in a White House press release as one of the administration’€™s ’€œGrand Challenges,’€ the goal of the initiative is to bring private and public sector research together to accelerate the development and application of technology and research into the function of complex neural networks.

PDF AprilParkinson’€™s disease affects millions of people worldwide.

A new report from the Alzheimer’€™s Association reveals that one in three seniors suffer from some form of dementia or Alzheimer’€™s by their death. Deaths attributed to Alzheimer’€™s and dementia have increased 68% from 2000 to 2010.

Each year on November 14, the International Diabetes Federation sponsors World Diabetes Day to raise awareness about the global burden of the disease. Although diabetes is historically associated with more affluent countries, diabetes rates are rising around the world. In 2000, about 170 million people had diabetes. Today, WHO estimates that diabetes affects more than 346 million people and about 70% of these individuals live in low- and middle-income countries.

The conclusion of “Eliminating Breast Cancer Health Disparities: Communicating to At-Risk Populations,” a white paper recently released by Friends of Cancer Research, is summed up with a quote from breast cancer survivor Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL): “There have been so many advances in screening and treatment of cancer, but all of that is moot if women are not learning about their bodies, taking steps to reduce risk factors, and getting regular and appropriate screening.”

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