Professor URLs, Feb 15, 2016


Americans 100 and Older Are Living Even Longer Now
According to researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, death rates for the oldest Americans charted a steady decline ...

The New York Times: As Population Ages, Where Are The Geriatricians?
Geriatrics is one of the few medical specialties in the United States that is contracting even as the need increases, ranking at the bottom of the list of specialties that internal medicine residents choose to pursue. According to projections based on census data, by the year 2030, roughly 31 million Americans will be older than 75, the largest such population in American history. There are about 7,000 geriatricians in practice today in the United States. The American Geriatrics Society estimates that to meet the demand, medical schools would have to train at least 6,250 additional geriatricians between now and 2030, or about 450 more a year than the current rate.

Health goes downhill when older adults stop driving
Posted: 25 Jan 2016 03:45 PM PST
While 81 percent of the 29.5 million older U.S. adults continue to hold a license and get behind the wheel, age-related declines in cognition and physical function make driving more difficult, and many seniors eventually stop driving altogether. Researchers examined the health of older adults after they stopped driving and found that driving cessation nearly doubled the risk of depressive symptoms, while also contributing to diminished cognitive abilities and physical functioning.

Study shows promising safety results for anti-aging drug
Posted: 09 Feb 2016 07:53 AM PST
Minimal metabolic side effects have been documented after continuous, long-term treatment with encapsulated rapamycin in a marmoset (monkey) model. Results lead to new research grant to study efficacy.

Excellent health may lead to greater lifetime healthcare spending, study says
The Wall Street Journal (2/10, Tergesen, Subscription Publication) reports that excellent health can lead to increased lifetime healthcare spending due to a longer life expectancy, according to new research by the Empower Institute. The report is designed to inform people about retirement planning, as healthcare costs are the largest cost most people face after they stop working.