News Roundups | Personal HealthWhile anorexia, bulimia and other disordered eating habits disproportionately vex the young, older women — and men — aren’t excluded. A new study found 13 percent of women over 50 currently exhibit at least one core eating disorder symptom. The most common was “purging” (throwing up food) without binge eating (7.8 percent), followed by binge eating (3.5 percent). Overall, nearly three-quarters of all the women said they were currently trying to lose weight.
News RoundupsIf you’re feeling more stressed than ever these days, you’re not alone: A scientific analysis of stress over the past 25 years finds that American stress levels increased 18 percent for women and 24 percent for men from 1983-2009. But there’s a silver lining: The study also found that stress decreases as we age.
News RoundupsA new study found people 75 to 90 years old have a recognizable smell that can’t be explained fully by diet, environment or anything else. It was distinctive enough that younger participants could identify an older person by body odor alone–but not unpleasant. In fact, older men and women were rated as less intense and less unpleasant smelling than other age groups.
News RoundupsIndividual Insurance Market Too Costly for Most: More than a quarter of working-age U.S. adults—or about 48 million people—lacked health insurance at some point in 2011, according to a new study from the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund. The study polled people aged 19 to 64. Of those without insurance, 70 percent had spent a year or more without coverage, and 57 percent had been uninsured for two years or more.
News RoundupsMale-pattern baldness could be caused by too much of a certain protein in the scalp, according to a new study published in Science Translational Medicine.
News RoundupsBrain Gamers Show Cognitive Gains: The box for Nintendo’s Brain Age claims the game can ‘keep your brain young and sharp’ in just ‘minutes a day!’ Skeptical? Yeah, me too. But a new study from Japan’s Tohoku University shows it’s more than just marketing hype: Playing Brain Age really can improve ‘cognitive fitness‘ in older men and women.