Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc. said its lead experimental drug did not help elderly patients with acute myeloid leukemia live longer in a late-stage study.

AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc. said its experimental opioid painkiller was well tolerated in post-operative patients in a late-stage study.

(Reuters Health) – According to a study of 15 emergency departments, patients over age 80 who are admitted to intensive care are often not asked their opinion about admission. “The relationship between physicians and their patients has changed over the last decades and patients’ empowerment has led to a greater self autonomy in medical decisions,” […]

(Reuters Health) – Low levels of exposure to the metal cadmium may increase the risk of weaker bones and fractures in elderly men, a Swedish study suggests. Cadmium is a naturally occurring metal used in batteries and found in cigarette smoke and exhaust from fossil fuels or waste incineration. As a result of crops grown […]

A variety of new preventive measures to help Japan’s rapidly aging population avoid illness and injury went on display at a medical exposition in the port town of Yokohama. The ME-BYO (pronounced mee-bee-yoh) Japan 2015 conference also sought to promote healthier lifestyles for the elderly. One innovation on display was a smartphone application called Mind […]

(Reuters Health) – Following a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fish and healthy fats may preserve a more youthful brain in old age, a U.S. study suggests. Previous research has connected a Mediterranean diet to a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative brain conditions, noted lead study author […]

Novavax Inc said data from a mid-stage study showed that immunizing pregnant women with its RSV vaccine was safe for fetuses and could protect infants against the common respiratory virus. The Maryland-based biotechnology company, whose stock jumped about 8.5 percent in premarket trading on Tuesday, reported last month that a separate mid-stage study showed the […]

Between 1999 and 2012, the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs increased among people over age 79 with no history of coronary heart disease, stroke or vascular disease, according to a new study. People who have had a heart attack, stroke or diabetes are often prescribed a statin like atorvastatin (Lipitor) to reduce their risk of […]

Elderly patients may be willing to let family members access their medical records and make decisions on their behalf, but they also want to retain granular control of their health information, a study suggests. “Respecting and preserving the autonomy of the elder is critical,” said lead author Dr. Bradley Crotty. “Elders and families should have […]