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Older women still need bone checks to prevent fractures

Women 65 and older should keep getting screened for osteoporosis, or porous, fragile bones that are prone to fractures, U.S. doctors recommend. Some younger women who have an increased risk of osteoporosis might also benefit from bone tests, according to guidelines released today from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. This might include smokers, women who drink excessively, and women who are underweight or have a parent who has fractured a hip. “Since many people don’t know they have osteoporosis until they have…

Socially active older women benefit from flu vaccine

TOKYO: Flu shots may be especially important for older women who are socially active, a study from Japan suggests. In a study of people over age 65, unvaccinated women who regularly participated in two or more social activities were twice as likely to report a flu infection as those who didn’t participate in any such activities, the study authors report. At the same time, women who were vaccinated had no additional risk. “It has been thought that vaccine effectiveness is relatively low in elder persons . . . but our…

Cataract surgery tied to lower risk of early death for older women: study

NEW YORK: Older women with cataracts who get surgery to treat the eye problem may be less likely to die prematurely than those who don’t get the operations, a recent U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined data on 74,044 women with cataracts, including 41,735 who underwent cataract surgery. Compared to women who didn’t get operations, those who did were 60% less likely to die from all causes during the study period. “The results of this study suggest that cataract surgery may have benefits beyond improving vision…

Exercise linked to lower risk of premature death in older women

NEW YORK: Older women who get more moderate to vigorous physical activity may be less likely to die prematurely than their counterparts who don’t get much exercise, a U.S. study suggests. The study involved more than 17,700 women with an average age of 72 who were asked to wear accelerometers every day for a week. Researchers followed the participants for more than two years on average. During this time, 207 women died. When the researchers sorted women into four groups from most to least active, they found those who…