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  • Study of naked mole rats challenges long-held theory of aging
    March 15, 2010

    A recent study of long-lived naked mole rats calls into question the conventional theory that aging results from the accumulation of oxidative damage. Naked mole rats can live into their late 20s with steady levels of oxidative damage that begin at...

  • Personality a factor in longevity and healthy aging
    March 15, 2010

    Specific personality characteristics may be important to successful aging, according to researchers who studied a group of adult children of centenarians. Other studies have shown that these personality traits promote good health and minimize...

  • Genetic mutations transform cell type to prolong life in roundworm
    March 15, 2010

    In humans, genetic mutations usually lead to diseases or increased risk of them. But in the C. elegans roundworm, an induced mutation enabled a longer life span through the surprising transformation of “mortal” somatic cells into “...

  • High conscientiousness, low neuroticism predict better health in older couples
    March 15, 2010

    A high degree of conscientiousness—the tendency to follow societal norms, plan, and be task and goal directed—has been shown to predict better physical health and functioning. In a recent study by researchers at the University of...

  • Less social activity associated with motor function decline
    March 15, 2010

    Older adults with limited participation in social activities had a faster decline in motor function than those who had frequent social engagements, according to a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study suggests that more frequent...

  • Older Americans have better cognitive health, worse overall health than English Peers
    March 15, 2010

    Older Americans have better cognitive health but worse overall health than their counterparts in England, two recent studies show. According to researchers, these health gaps could be due to differences in the prevalence of cardiovascular disease,...

  • Recovery Act funds all areas of aging research
    March 1, 2010

    In February 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As part of the legislation, more than $10 billion was allocated to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for support of biomedical research in fiscal years (FY...

  • Funds boost research into causes, interventions for age-related cognitive decline
    March 1, 2010

    The Research Partnership in Cognitive Aging, a public-private effort to promote the study of brain function with age, will award up to $28 million over five years to 17 research grants to examine the neural and behavioral profiles of healthy...

  • Information on life after cancer now available on NIHSeniorHealth.gov
    February 24, 2010

    Older adults who have survived cancer can find out what to expect once treatment ends in Life after Cancer, the newest topic on NIHSeniorHealth (www.nihseniorhealth.gov/lifeaftercancer/toc.html). Visitors to the site will learn about managing follow...

  • NIA funds Roybal Centers for Translational Research in Aging
    February 4, 2010

    The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced that it has renewed funding for nine Edward R. Roybal Centers for Research on Applied Gerontology and designated four new centers. The goal of the...

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