15 May 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Aging Americans and Health Literacy

By Marilynn J. King, a graduate research assistant with MOHEC and the Center for Health Policy. As we age, certain skills and abilities change – including physical and cognitive deterioration that can impact our health and sense of well-being. The challenges that can happen along with the aging process often find us unprepared to navigate […]

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Thirty-Day Readmission Rates for Medicare Beneficiaries by Race and Site of Care

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Hospitalization for prostate cancer among the older men in the longitudinal study on aging, 1984-1991

Hospitalization for prostate cancer among the older men in the longitudinal study on aging, 1984-1991

BACKGROUND: Factors associated with being hospitalized with indications of prostate cancer were examined. A secondary analysis of the older men in the Longitudinal Study on Aging (LSOA) used baseline (1984) interview data and Medicare hospital claims for 1984 through 1991. METHODS: The analytic sample consisted of 2254 men who were 70 to 95 years old […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on The effect of race and health-related factors on naming and memory. The MacArthur Studies of Successful Aging

The effect of race and health-related factors on naming and memory. The MacArthur Studies of Successful Aging

OBJECTIVES. The purpose of the analyses was to examine the impact of health-related variables on race differences in neuropsychological functioning (Boston Naming Task). METHODS. Using cross-sectional data from the MacArthur Successful Aging Study, the authors examined the relationship of demographic characteristics, health status, health habits, physical functioning, and speed of performance to naming and incidental […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Aging in introductory and life cycle nutrition textbooks

Aging in introductory and life cycle nutrition textbooks

The aging content in 11 undergraduate nutrition textbooks (8 introductory, 3 life cycle) was evaluated using content analysis. Repeated measures ANOVAs with Bonferroni post hoc procedures and t- tests were used. The 259 relevant pages largely focused on geriatrics (physiological decline, chronic diseases). Gerontological aspects were underemphasized. Mean number of pages on aging was significantly […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Body mass index is different in normal Chinese and Caucasian infants

Body mass index is different in normal Chinese and Caucasian infants

Body mass index (BMI) is one of the anthropometric measurements for assessing nutritional status, body composition and adiposity in children. Racial differences in BMI between black and white children and adolescents have been shown in several studies. The aim of this study was to determine whether an ethnic difference in BMI exists between Chinese and […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Health disparities in practice and research for aging women with cancer

Health disparities in practice and research for aging women with cancer

The purpose of this article is to examine health needs as well as disparities in practice and research pertaining to aging women with cancer. Given the increasing number of aging women with cancer and the concomitant challenges in survivorship, caregivers need research and improved clinical care to identify needs and enhance cancer survivors’ quality of […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Beyond body mass index

Beyond body mass index

Body mass index (BMI) is the cornerstone of the current classification system for obesity and its advantages are widely exploited across disciplines ranging from international surveillance to individual patient assessment. However, like all anthropometric measurements, it is only a surrogate measure of body fatness. Obesity is defined as an excess accumulation of body fat, and […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on The impact of childhood and adult SES on physical, mental, and cognitive well-being in later life

The impact of childhood and adult SES on physical, mental, and cognitive well-being in later life

OBJECTIVES: To examine the relationships between socioeconomic status (SES) and health across the life course and their variations by gender and race/ethnicity. METHODS: The sample included 19,949 respondents aged 50 or over from the 1998 Health and Retirement Study. RESULTS: Lower childhood SES was associated with worse health outcomes in later life. Part of the […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on The aging and diminishing dental faculty

The aging and diminishing dental faculty

A dire need for additional dental educators is emerging. This article reflects on the heavily skewed age groups of our current dental educators and the lack of sufficient new faculty to undertake the tasks of faculty members. A literature review is presented of previous studies monitoring the current demographics of dental faculty, projected trends, and […]

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