From the National Resource Center on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Aging:

June 1st , 2005: Biweekly Highlights
This notice provides announcements and links to new nutrition and aging information.

Of Special Interest

Subcommittee holds hearing on Older Americans Act. Highlighting the importance of services and maintenance of current effectiveness.

You Can! inspirational stories contest winners. Read motivational stories from older adults about the changes they made for health.

USDA Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Proposed Rule Published. Program for low-income seniors may be made permanent.

June is National Safety Month. Great site including tips on safety in the home.

Resources and Web links

Specific guidelines to avoid portion distortion. Powerpoint from University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension. For consumers and professionals.

The bladder does not shrink with age! University of Pittsburgh investigators found that women from ages 22 to 90 had bladders of equal capacity.

A daily aspirin may have unwanted side-effects in older adults. Australian researchers recommened those over 70 weigh the risk/benefit of daily aspirin.

Poor vision may speed mental decline in older adults. University of Texas study suggests routine eye care may help preserve mental acuity.

It's never too early - or late - to think about good bone health. What individuals of all ages can do for better bones.

Antidepressants may curb suicide risk in older adults . Medical School of Tel-Aviv University study found that anti-depressants have a protective effect in older adults.

Hospital stay may up suicide risk in older adults. University of Southern Denmark study evaluating the effect previous hospitalization have on suicide risk.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) says patients' age should affect treatment. Some recommendations on health care access in the UK.

Research and Reports

Abrams RC, Marzuk PM, Tardiff K, Leon AC. Preference for fall from height as a method of suicide by elderly residents of New York City. Am J Public Health. 2005;95:1000-1002.

Baker L, Munce TA, Larry KW. Sex differences in voluntary fluid intake by older adults during exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2005;37(5):789-796.

Carli F, Zavorsky GS. Optimizing functional exercise capacity in the elderly surgical population. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2005;8(1):23-32.

Chernoff R. Micronutrient requirements in older women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2005;81:1240S-1245S

Curb D, Abbott RD, Rodriguez BL, Masaki K, Popper J, Chen R, Petrovitch H, Blanchette P, Schatz I, Yano K. Prospective association between low and high total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and coronary heart disease in elderly men. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2004; 52(12):1975-80.

Davis MS, Miller CK, Mitchell DC. More favorable dietary patterns are associated with lower glycemic load in older adults. J Am Diet Assoc. 2004;104(12):1828.

Dawson-Hughes B. Racial/ethnic considerations in making recommendations for vitamin D for adult and elderly men and women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004;80:6:1763S-1766S.

Eussen SJ, de Groot LC, Clarke R, Schneede J, Ueland PM, Hoefnagels WH, van Staveren WA. Oral cyanocobalamin supplementation in older people with vitamin B12 deficiency: A dose-finding trial. Arch Intern Med. 2005;165:1167-1172.

Holick MF. Sunlight and vitamin D for bone health and prevention of autoimmune diseases, cancers, and cardiovascular disease. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004;80:6:1678S-1688S.

Hopkins JT. Depression affects elderly people's lives more than physical illnesses. BMJ. 2004;329:1307.

Kuehn BM. Better osteoporosis management a priority. Impact predicted to soar with aging population. JAMA. 2005;293:2453-2458

Kuehn BM. FDA warns antipsychotic drugs may be risky for elderly. JAMA. 2005;293:2462.

Larsson SC, Wolk K, Brismar K, Wolk A. Association of diet with serum insulin-like growth factor I in middle-aged and elderly men. Am J Clin Nutr. 2005;81:1163-1167.

Liang J, Brown JW, Krause NM, Ofstedal NB, Bennett B. Health and living arrangements among Older Americans: Does marriage matter? J Aging Health. 2005;17:305-335.

Moreyra AE, Wilson AC, Koraym A. Effect of combining psyllium fiber with simvastatin in lowering cholesterol. Arch Intern Med. 2005;165:1161-1166.

Popa MA. Stages of change for osteoporosis preventive behaviors: A construct validation study. J Aging Health 2005;17:336-350.

Suarez-Almazor ME, Souchek J, Kelly PA, O'Malley K, Byrne M, Richardson M, Pak C. Ethnic variation in knee replacement: Patient preferences or uninformed disparity? Arch Intern Med. 2005;165:1117-1124.

Szerlip MA, Desalvo KB, Szerlip HM. Predictors of HIV-infection in older adults. J Aging Health. 2005;17:293-304.

Thearle M, Brillantes AM. Unique characteristics of the geriatric diabetic population and the role for therapeutic strategies that enhance glucagon-like peptide-1 activity. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2005;8(1):9-16.

Walrand S, Boirie Y. Optimizing protein intake in aging. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2005;8(1):89-94.

Yang Y, George LK. Functional disability, disability transitions, and depressive symptoms in late life. J Aging Health. 2005;17:263-292.


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