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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • SIRT1 repairs DNA but leads to age-related gene expression in mice
    May 12, 2009

    Scientists have found a mechanism involving the protein SIRT1 that links DNA damage with age-related changes in gene expression. The study in mice has striking parallels with findings from studies of a similar mechanism in yeast. Past...

  • Study shows metabolic adaptation in calorie restriction
    May 12, 2009

    Researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA, have shown that when people significantly reduce their calorie intake, they undergo a metabolic adaptation that results in a slower metabolic rate. The slower...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    New drugs for Alzheimer's: NIA boosts translational research
    May 1, 2009

    Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles knew she needed to take the next step. Her studies showed that allopregnanolone, one of the most common steroids in the brain, boosted the brain...

  • Familial Alzheimer's disease may provide biomarker model
    April 15, 2009

    Examination of people at risk for the rare familial form of AD may provide clues to how the disease develops in others—years before clinical symptoms appear, according to a recent study. The clues are levels of certain proteins found...

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