Health and Aging

News of Note

  • Smallpox vaccine confers longtime immunity
    May 12, 2009
    The threat of smallpox resulting from bioterrorism has prompted a reassessment of the current population’s level of immunity. A recent study by researchers in the NIA’s Intramural Research Program shows that older adults who either had...
  • Hormone therapy linked to brain shrinkage
    May 12, 2009
    Two recent imaging studies shed light on how menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) may affect the brains of older women. Previous studies showed that MHT increased the likelihood that older women would have difficulty with thinking skills and memory and...
  • Meniscal tears common in older adults, even without symptoms
    May 12, 2009
    The prevalence of meniscal tears in adults increases with age, but often they are not accompanied by knee pain or other symptoms, according to a recent study supported in part by the NIA. Researchers led by Dr. Martin Englund of the Boston...
  • Research shows that happiness spreads through social groups
    May 12, 2009
    NIA-funded researchers have found that happiness is not an isolated phenomenon, unique to an individual, but rather spreads through social networks. Using data from the Framingham Heart Study, Drs. Nicholas Christakis of Harvard Medical School and...
  • Recovery Act funds stimulate aging research
    May 1, 2009
      The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was signed into law by President Obama on Feb. 17, 2009. The NIH will receive $10 billion in ARRA funds to be used in fiscal years (FY) 2009 and 2010. The NIA will receive a...
  • Exercise for all older adults: NIA guide shows and tells
    May 1, 2009
    The NIA’s new exercise guide for older adults has something for everyone. Whether healthy, chronically ill, or disabled, most older people can be physically active. The newly updated guide shows them how. “A central goal of aging...
  • Is a big belly bad for the brain? Examining body fat's ties to dementia
    April 1, 2009
    Belly fat may be bad for your brain. A number of recent studies, widely publicized in the media, have suggested that excess adipose tissue (body fat), particularly around the belly, during a person's midlife years may increase the risk of...
  • New research illuminates memory loss and early dementia
    April 1, 2009
    "Where are my glasses?" "Remind me who that person is. I can't remember his name." "What's the word I'm looking for? It's right on the tip of my tongue." Sound familiar? As people get older, they...
  • Hypertension reduces blood flow to brain, may pose risk of dementia
    March 17, 2009
    Research has shown that hypertension (high blood pressure), a common condition in older adults, affects cardiovascular function and, by extension, increases the risk of cerebrovascular disease. While previous studies have identified hypertension as...
  • Fall prevention training for clinicians can reduce serious injuries
    March 17, 2009
    Training clinical staff in fall-prevention practices and strategies can help reduce serious falls and the need for related medical care among elderly people, suggests a new study, funded in part by the NIA. Research has shown that falls—a...

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