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NIH-supported trials test hormonal therapy in older men with low testosterone levels

A preliminary study of testosterone therapy in older men with low levels of the hormone and clinical conditions to which low testosterone might contribute found that restoring levels to those of healthy young men improved sexual function. Treatment had a smaller effect on other aspects of health, such as the ability to walk or the sense of vitality. offers info on quitting smoking for older adults

The National Institutes of Health has released a new Web resource to help older adults stop smoking. Quitting Smoking for Older Adults, a new topic from NIHSeniorHealth, offers videos, worksheets, interactive features, strategies, quizzes, and more for older smokers who want to or are thinking of quitting.

NIH urges older Americans to protect their kidneys

In recognition of World Kidney Day 2014 on March 13, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health remind older Americans about the importance of protecting their kidneys and urge them to better understand the decline of kidney function as people age.

NIH-supported trials of testosterone therapy in older men report mixed results

In older men with low testosterone, one year of testosterone treatment improved bone density and corrected anemia of both known and unknown causes, but also increased the volume of coronary artery plaque, according to results reported from the Testosterone Trials (T Trials). Testosterone treatment had no effect on memory or other cognitive function. The results are reported in two journals coming out this week.

Prostate Problems


Read about men’s health and prostate problems, like prostate cancer and BPH. Learn about common symptoms of prostate problems and who needs annual PSA testing.

NIA supports studies of health needs of LGBT community

As the American population ages, the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals ages 65 and older is also increasing. However, we know surprisingly little about unique health issues and needs that may pertain to this group. Much of the data available are based on small studies and are not nationally representative.

CDC recommends that all baby boomers get hepatitis C test

The CDC has issued new guidelines for hepatitis C testing, focusing on people born during 1945–1965, a population with a disproportionately high prevalence of HCV infection and related disease. CDC is now recommending all baby boomers receive a one-time hepatitis C test. “A one-time blood test for hepatitis C should be on every baby boomer’s medical checklist,” said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “The new recommendations can protect the health of an entire generation of Americans and save thousands of lives.”

El abuso de las personas mayores


Gerardo, de 73 años de edad, sufrió un ataque (derrame) cerebral. Como no podía cuidarse a sí mismo, se pasó a vivir con la familia de su hijo. Su hijo trató de ayudar, pero era Frida, su nuera, la que usualmente cocinaba comidas especiales y le ayudaba a bañarse y a vestirse. Frida ya estaba suficientemente ocupada atendiendo a dos muchachos adolescentes y trabajando como maestra de tercer grado. Al principio, todos estaban contentos de que Gerardo estuviera viviendo con la familia.

Media Availability: NIH researchers tie even sedentary employment in men to overall increased physical activity

WHAT: Employment status may be related in some ways to weekday physical activity, according to researchers at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health. In a study measuring activity levels, full-time employed men--in active or sedentary jobs--were more physically active than 'healthy' unemployed (unemployed but not due to health problems) men during the work week. Women with sedentary jobs, however, were less physically active on weekdays compared to unemployed women.

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