Health and Aging

News of Note

  • Commemorating people with Alzheimer's disease: The Story Corps memory loss initiative
    October 1, 2009
    The room is comfortable and softly lit. A woman and older man sit facing each other at a small table. A third person performs a sound check and adjusts the participants’ microphones. She shares reminders for the session: This conversation...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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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