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  • Is a big belly bad for the brain? Examining body fat's ties to dementia
    April 1, 2009

    Belly fat may be bad for your brain. A number of recent studies, widely publicized in the media, have suggested that excess adipose tissue (body fat), particularly around the belly, during a person's midlife years may increase the risk of...

  • Scientists report important step in biomarker testing for Alzheimer's Disease
    March 17, 2009

    Scientists have made a significant step forward in developing a test to help diagnose the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease sooner and more accurately by measuring two biomarkers—tau and beta-amyloid proteins—in cerebrospinal...

  • Study examines Americans’ experience of pain
    March 17, 2009

    Researchers at Princeton University in New Jersey and Stony Brook University in New York used a novel method to assess the percentage of people experiencing pain and its severity at randomly selected times in a representative sample of U.S....

  • Study links larger waist circumference to higher mortality risk
    March 17, 2009

    People with a large waist circumference have a higher risk of mortality, even if they have a normal body mass index (BMI—a ratio of weight to height), finds a recent study supported in part by the NIA. The results suggest that waist...

  • Fall prevention training for clinicians can reduce serious injuries
    March 17, 2009

    Training clinical staff in fall-prevention practices and strategies can help reduce serious falls and the need for related medical care among elderly people, suggests a new study, funded in part by the NIA. Research has shown that falls—a...

  • Research on Medicare Part D examines adherence, awareness of coverage
    March 17, 2009

    The implementation of Medicare Part D—the prescription drug benefit—provided Americans aged 65 and over the opportunity to enroll for Medicare coverage of prescription drugs. Following the first year of the program, two teams of NIA-...

  • Hypertension reduces blood flow to brain, may pose risk of dementia
    March 17, 2009

    Research has shown that hypertension (high blood pressure), a common condition in older adults, affects cardiovascular function and, by extension, increases the risk of cerebrovascular disease. While previous studies have identified hypertension as...

  • 50 years of BLSA recognized: Extended symposium looks at findings, future of longitudinal research
    March 1, 2009

    In recognition of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging’s (BLSA’s) 50th anniversary, the NIA’s 6th Annual Nathan W. Shock Symposium was extended to highlight findings from the past 5 decades and to look to the future of the...

  • A Conversation With... Robin Barr
    March 1, 2009

    In September 2007, Dr. Robin Barr was named director of NIA’s Division of Extramural Activities (DEA). A native of Scotland, Dr. Barr received his undergraduate and doctoral degrees in psychology from Oxford University and completed...

  • Discovering the secrets of long, healthy lives
    March 1, 2009

    Like many retirees, Jim likes to keep busy. He tends his garden, putters around the house, and volunteers at the local hospital. A widower, he enjoys visits with his three daughters and four grandchildren. He became a great-grandfather in June....

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