Health and Aging

News of Note

  • The award-winning The Alzheimer's Project reaches millions, continues to provide educational resources
    October 1, 2009
    Critics and viewers agree: The Alzheimer’s Project documentary series is television worth watching. The four-part film series, co-presented by HBO Documentary Films and NIA/NIH in association with the Alzheimer’s Association, Fidelity...
  • A Conversation With... Dr. Marie Bernard
    May 15, 2009
    On Oct. 12, 2008, Dr. Marie Bernard joined the NIA as Deputy Director. She previously held the Donald W. Reynolds Chair in Geriatric Medicine and served as professor and chair of the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at the...
  • Study shows possible link between secondhand smoke, cognitive impairment
    May 12, 2009
    A recent article about a population-based study in England reports that exposure to secondhand smoke could increase the odds of older nonsmokers becoming cognitively impaired. In work funded in part by the NIA, researchers measured levels of...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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