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Death from
Falling on the Rise
for Older Adults
FALLS HAVE LONG BEEN A THREAT TO
the health of older adults, but their
devastating impact seems to be getting
worse. Over 16 years, the number of falling
deaths tripled for people ages 75 and
older-from 8,613 in 2000 to 25,189 in
2016, according to a study in the Journal
of the American Medical Association.

1 in 4

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Number of Americans ages 65 and
older who fall each year

Older adults concerned about falling should:
Get a comprehensive fall risk assessment. These
assessments, given by a primary care provider, measure
factors including gait, balance and muscle strength.

Source: Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention

The increasing number of falls could
be attributed to adults living longer with
serious health conditions, including diabetes, which can lead to loss of balance,
and to their taking medications such as
opioids, which affect the nervous system
and cause fatigue and dizziness.

Use Medicare as a resource. When you enroll in
the federal insurance program, you're entitled to a
"Welcome to Medicare" visit in your first year and an
annual wellness visit in subsequent years. Use these
opportunities to evaluate your risk of falls with a
medical provider.
Work with a doctor to review medications that could
cause falls, including opioids and sleep aids.

UVA Discovers Surprising Contributor to Multiple Sclerosis
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, OR MS,
is a disabling condition that affects
more than 2 million people worldwide. As the most common neurological condition among the young,
MS is often diagnosed between
ages 20 and 50. With MS, the body's
immune system begins to attack the
myelin (insulation for nerve cells).
A recent UVA Health discovery
reveals that a certain type of brain
and spinal cord cell, once considered unimportant in the development of MS, actually has a lot to do
with it. Alban Gaultier, PhD, and his
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3X

Increased
chance of
women
getting MS
compared
with men
Source: National
Multiple
Sclerosis
Society

team made the surprising discovery through the UVA Department
of Neuroscience and its Center for
Brain Immunology and Glia.
"This cell type is modulating the
inflammatory environment," says
Anthony Fernández-Castañeda, a
PhD student who is the first author
of the scientific paper outlining
the findings. "I was very surprised
that these progenitor [brain and
spinal cord] cells, thought to be a
bystander during the inflammatory
process, are active contributors
to neuroinflammation."

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Turn to UVA.
Translating lab findings
to a therapy for MS will
take more work. But UVA's
discovery gives a potential
new target. "More consideration should be given to
the varied roles the progenitor [brain and spinal
cord] cells play when focusing on finding a cure for
MS," says UVA researcher
Alban Gaultier, PhD. Learn
more at uvahealth.com/
msdiscovery.


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