Continuous positive airway pressure is effective at treating sleep apnoea in older people, a new study from Imperial College London has found. Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a condition where the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, interrupting normal breathing and causing profound sleepiness. The new research found that CPAP reduces how sleepy patients feel in the daytime and reduces healthcare costs. The researchers say CPAP should be offered routinely to older patients with OSA, and more should be done to raise awareness of the condition.
The Irish Research Council will shortly be inviting applications for its postdoctoral fellowships. The next call is due to open in early October, with a proposed deadline for the end of November 2014. More information here.
The Irish Heart Foundation invites applications for its stroke prevention bursary. This promotes original innovative work that focuses on stroke prevention, with a particular interest in hypertension and atrial fibrillation. The closing date for applications is 14 November 2014. Read more here.
The Royal Society and Science Foundation Ireland is offering fellowships for outstanding scientists in the Republic of Ireland who are in the early stages of their research career and have the potential to become leaders in their field. The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine and any researcher addressing a direct biomedical question. The closing date for applications is 11 September 2014.
The Institute for Research on Cancer and Aging, Nice is currently seeking researchers to apply for positions of group leaders willing to develop their own independent and high-level research program in the field of ageing. The closing date for letters of application (including a brief outline of her/his main achievements and project, a short CV and a list of publications since 2010) is 21 October 2014.
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in partnership with Help Age International, recently launched a survey to solicit the views of older people on how they cope with disasters. A matching attitudes survey targeting governments and other agencies on the inclusion of older people in disaster management planning has also been placed online. Read more here.
Midlife obesity is linked to an increased risk for later-life dementia, but the strength of that association may vary according to an individual's age, new research from the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford suggests.
A retrospective cohort study of more than 450,000 obese individuals in England showed that those who were first hospitalised for obesity in their 30s were 3 times more likely to go on to develop dementia than their healthy peers. Read more here.
Researchers have known for years that people who have vision problems as they get older are more likely to die sooner than those who still see well. But they weren't sure why that was so.
To answer that question, scientists looked at data from the Salisbury Eye Evaluation, which tracked the vision and health of people ages 65 to 84 living in Salisbury, Md., from 1993 through 2003. Read more at NPR.org
Loneliness is a complex issue but one that has a big impact on the lives of those who experience it, especially older people. A recent research study from the University of Chicago found that the loneliest people were nearly twice as likely to die during their six-year study than the least lonely older people. In this blog CARDI invited Anne Dempsey, Head of Information at Third Age to write about this issue, how it impacts older people and some of the initiatives being taken by her organisation to combat loneliness: