Category results for "Elderly"

Smoking Raises Risk of Alzheimer's, Study Finds in Refuting Industry-Affiliated Research

Smoking cigarettes is a significant risk factor for development of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study.

Peer Influence, Other Social Factors Can Affect Drinking Among Older Adults

As with underage drinking, social factors can help predict excessive drinking among older adults, according to new research from Rudolf H. Moos of the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Palo Alto, Calif.

L.A. Council Votes to Shut Down Most Medical-Marijuana Dispensaries

About 80 percent of the 1,000 or so medical-marijuana dispensaries now operating in Los Angeles will be shut down under a measure approved this week by the city council, the New York Times reported Jan. 26. The ordinance, passed 9-3…

Drug Use Rising Among Seniors; Baby Boomers Continue Using, SAMHSA Says

A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) finds that 4.7 percent of Americans age 50 and older used illicit drugs during the past year, a figure that's on the rise and reflective of lifelong drug use by aging Baby Boomers.

Senate Bill Would Block Postal Service from Delivering Cigarettes

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a bill that would ban the U.S. Postal Service from delivering cigarettes and other tobacco products — a policy already adopted by private couriers like Federal Express and UPS. Indian Country Today reported…

Tolerance Equals More Consumption for Older Problem Drinkers

Adults over age 60 who have alcohol problems tend to drink more than their younger counterparts, probably because they have developed greater tolerance for alcohol, according to researchers at Ohio State University.

Study: Moderate Drinking Doesn't Sharpen Thinking Skills

Having a drink or two a day may not help maintain a sharp mind as people age, according to a new report.

Tolerance of Marijuana Reflected in Seniors' Use

Some members of the Baby Boomer generation not only remain tolerant of marijuana use but also continue to smoke the drug themselves.

Alcohol, Other Lifestyle Factors, and Mortality

Data from the Health and Retirement Study are compared to determine whether the survival benefit associated with moderate alcohol use remains after accounting for nontraditional risk factors such as socioeconomic status (SES) and functional limitations.

Grants Fund Addiction and HIV/AIDS Prevention

Five community-based programs that seek to prevent addiction and HIV/AIDS in at-risk, traditionally underserved populations have been awarded a total of $8.2 million in grants by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The grants, awarded for up…

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