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FDA Grants Fast Track Approval Of New Leukemia Treatment

Older patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) often aren’t healthy enough to receive intensive chemotherapy, and gentler treatments aren’t very effective in treating this aggressive blood cancer. But a new option – a combination of a standard drug and the novel agent venetoclax – has been granted accelerated approval by the Food and Drug Administration for such patients after a large, multicenter phase 1 clinical trial showed the combination had “promising efficacy” and was well tolerated in older AML patients.

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Experiments With Ultrasonic Waves Show Therapeutic Promise

The Salk Institute scientist who pioneered the idea of using ultrasonic waves to stimulate neurons and coined the term "sonogenetics" will participate in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) ElectRx program, aiming to take his lab’s work to the next level with $750,000 in new funding.

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Older Women Experiencing Incontinence Don’t Tell Their Docs

The National Poll on Healthy Aging, which included 1,027 women between 50 and 80, found 43% of women in their 50s and early 60s said they had experienced urinary incontinence, as had 51% of those 65 and older. However, 66% had not spoken to a doctor about it, and just 38% noted they perform exercises to strengthen the muscles that can help retain urine.

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Link Appears To Exist Between BMI And Major Diseases, Death

There appears to be a link between excess high or low body mass index (BMI) measurements and a higher risk of morbidity from a broad spectrum of major diseases, according to new research from the United Kingdom.

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Child Abuse Linked To Chronic Pain Conditions In Older Adults

Childhood abuse often translates as chronic pain conditions in adulthood. A new study shows the connection between childhood abuse and osteoarthritis in adulthood. The more severe or frequent the abuse, the greater the risk of arthritis in later years.

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Few Seniors Who Self-Harm Referred For Mental Health Care

A new study finds most older adults who self-harm are not being referred to mental health services.

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Seniors With Strong Grip, Good Memory May Avoid Disability

New research suggests the stronger older adults are, the better able they may be to prevent future disability.

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Tooth Loss Linked to Malnutrition Risk in Older Adults

A study from Rutgers University finds older adults are at risk for both impaired oral health and malnutrition.

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Protein From Astrocytes Aids Brain’s Maturation, Flexibility

When we’re born, our brains have a great deal of flexibility. Having this flexibility to grow and change gives the immature brain the ability to adapt to new experiences and organize its interconnecting web of neural circuits. As we age, this quality, called “plasticity,” lessens.

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NIH Funds Ohio U. Faculty Research Into Extending Lifespan

A new federally-funded research project at the Ohio University Edison Biotechnology Institute and Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine could lead to treatments that extend human lifespan and allow people to enjoy better health in their old age. The study, led by John Kopchick, Ph.D., has been awarded a five-year grant for more than $2.23 million from the National Institutes of Health.

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