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Common Gene Disorder Causes Serious “Stealth” Disease, but Could Be Easily Treated

January 17, 2019

The western world’s most common genetic disorder is a “stealth condition” that causes far higher levels of serious disease and disability than previously thought, despite being easy to detect and treat. Two major studies have revealed that hemochromatosis, previously thought to be a low-level health risk, actually quadruples risk of liver disease and doubles the risk of arthritis and frailty in older age groups. It also causes higher risk of diabetes and chronic pain.


Pets and Healthy Aging: More Than a Walk in the Park

December 17, 2018

The image of Sully, a yellow Labrador service animal, lying in front of the casket of former President George H.W. Bush will be a lasting memory for many Americans. As research is still emerging on the benefits and challenges of animal companions in the older adult population, The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) has been working with partners to stimulate scholarship and report evidence-based information on this topic. One result is a comprehensive new online brochure titled “The Role of Pets in Human Healthy Active Aging.”


Deprescribing Can Be Valuable Tool in Managing Polypharmacy, Experts Say

December 6, 2018

Reducing the number of medications older adults use can have surprising benefits, according to research presented in a new issue of the journal Public Policy & Aging Report from The Gerontological Society of America.



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