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  • "Use it or lose it?" study suggests mentally stimulating activities may reduce Alzheimer's risk
    February 12, 2002

    In recent years, many of us have come to believe that doing crossword puzzles or playing cards might ward off a decline in memory or help us maintain "brainpower" as we age. Now, a new study suggests there might be some truth to the use-it...

  • Sardinians spark NIA genetic research effort
    February 10, 2002

    A five-year, $5 million international research initiative funded by the National Institute on Aging could help scientists unravel the underlying genetic processes involved in certain age-related traits and diseases. The ProgeNIA project will focus...

  • Mouse experiments link folic acid deficiency to Parkinson's disease
    January 10, 2002

    Mouse experiments suggest that folic acid deficiency could increase the brain's susceptibility to Parkinson's disease, according to scientists at the National Institute on Aging. In the finding, published in the January 2002 issue of the...

  • Gap in reading levels may explain apparent differences in cognitive testing
    December 15, 2001

    The research of Jennifer Manly, PhD, and colleagues at Columbia University suggests that methodological and analytical approaches, not actual racial or ethnic disparities in cognition, may in some cases help explain differences between older African...

  • World's older population growing by unprecedented 800,000 a month
    December 13, 2001

    The world's population age 65 and older is growing by an unprecedented 800,000 people a month, according to a report issued today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The report, An Aging World: 2001, predicted...

  • Cognitive impairment high among older people, study suggests
    November 12, 2001

    A new study of cognitive impairment, the first population-based study of cognitive impairment in the U.S., suggests that the condition may affect a significant proportion of older people. The research, which looked at cognitive difficulties falling...

  • Moderate exercise program benefits health of older women caregivers
    November 1, 2001

    Older women caregivers slept better and lowered their blood pressure reactivity in response to stress tests after participating in a moderate exercise program compared to a group of women who only received nutrition counseling. Results of the study...

  • Alzheimer's disease clinical trials expanded, expedited
    September 20, 2001

    As part of intensifying efforts to expand and expedite the search for Alzheimer's disease (AD) treatments, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) has awarded $54 million to support the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS), a national...

  • Breakthrough mouse model for Alzheimer's more like human disease
    August 23, 2001

    In a breakthrough with important implications for research on Alzheimer's disease (AD), scientists at the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville (FL) have developed a new mouse model that more closely resembles the disease as it appears in humans. The new "...

  • Public-private partnership launches Osteoarthritis Initiative
    July 17, 2001

    For the first time, a public-private partnership will bring together new resources and commitment to help find biological markers for the progression of osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that is a major cause of disability in people 65...

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