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  • Former NIA Director Dr. T. Franklin Williams dies at 89
    December 1, 2011

    T. Franklin Williams, M.D., the second director of the National Institute on Aging, died on November 25, 2011, at his home in Rochester, New York. He would have been 90 years old on November 26. Dr. Williams is credited with bringing to aging...

  • LINKS: Minority Research & Training - Fall 2011
    December 1, 2011

    In Their Own Words: Participant Reflections from the 2011 Summer Institute on Aging Research NIH-Supported Study Finds Disparity in Research Project Grants NIA Assesses Impact of Diversity Supplements New from NIA Communications...

  • Modification of the epigenome can affect lifespan three generations later in C. elegans worms
    November 17, 2011

    Certain behaviors and exposure to environmental elements can have a lasting impact on gene expression by modifying chromatin at both the DNA and protein levels. These modifications comprise the field of epigenetics. Because older people have...

  • NIH-commissioned Census Bureau report describes oldest Americans
    November 17, 2011

    In 1980, there were 720,000 people aged 90 and older in the United States. In 2010, there were 1.9 million people aged 90 and older; by 2050, the ranks of people 90 and older may reach 9 million, according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau,...

  • Removing nondividing, senescent cells in mice delays age-related disease
    November 2, 2011

    Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN have found a causal relationship between senescent cells and certain age-related diseases in a mouse model, according to a report in Nature. While research on cell cultures has long suggested that...

  • New Go4Life campaign focuses on fitness for older adults
    October 19, 2011

    Being physically active is vital to maintaining health and independence as we age, and a new federal campaign for people 50 and older will help them to get active and keep going. Introduced today by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the...

  • Genetic mutation linked to inherited forms of ALS, dementia
    September 28, 2011

    National Institutes of Health scientists and worldwide teams of researchers have identified the most common genetic cause known to date for two neurological diseases, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). The...

  • Pilot trial of insulin nasal-spray for Alzheimer’s yields promising results
    September 12, 2011

    Results of a pilot clinical trial show a nasal-spray form of insulin delayed memory loss and preserved cognition in people with cognitive deficits that range from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at...

  • Compound improves health, increases lifespan of obese mice
    August 18, 2011

    Researchers have reported that obese male mice treated with a synthetic compound called SRT1720 were healthier and lived longer compared to non-treated obese mice. The experimental compound was found to improve the function of the liver, pancreas...

  • Study finds fasting may help reduce negative side effects of chemotherapy
    July 28, 2011

    Valter Longo and colleagues proposed that a treatment used to prolong life in some laboratory organisms could offer protection against the negative effects of chemotherapy.  That treatment is fasting, a special type of dietary restriction....

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