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  • Gene that causes familial British dementia may yield clues to Alzheimer's disease
    June 23, 1999

    Researchers supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) have discovered a novel gene, which when mutated is responsible for familial British dementia (FBD), a rare inherited disease that causes progressive dementia like that seen in patients...

  • New census report shows exponential growth in number of centenarians
    June 16, 1999

    The number of centenarians in the U.S. is growing rapidly, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau. During the 1990s, the ranks of centenarians nearly doubled, from about 37,000 counted at the start of the decade, to more than an...

  • Vitamin D deficiency may increase risk of hip fracture in older women
    April 27, 1999

    Underlying vitamin D deficiency in post-menopausal women is associated with increased risk of hip fracture, according to investigators at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. In a group of women with osteoporosis hospitalized...

  • Study furthers understanding of critical Alzheimer's disease gene
    April 7, 1999

    Researchers have cracked part of the code for an important gene function in familial Alzheimer's disease (FAD), an early-onset type of AD. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. Working with cells in culture that had been...

  • NIA launches national study to treat mild cognitive impairment
    March 15, 1999

    The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is launching a nationwide treatment study targeting individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a condition characterized by a memory deficit, but not dementia. The start-up of the trial, announced at a...

  • Questions and answers on launch of NIA memory impairment study
    March 15, 1999

    1. What is Mild Cognitive Impairment? Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a condition characterized by memory impairment with otherwise unaffected cognitive functioning. 2. How can MCI be distinguished from normal forgetfulness? Normal memory changes...

  • Program prevents delirium in hospitalized older patients
    March 3, 1999

    Hospitals may be able to reduce the number and duration of sudden episodes of delirium in at-risk older patients by using a new clinical approach, according to results of a study appearing in the March 4, 1999 issue of the New England Journal of...

  • First Emmy for a government PSA
    September 18, 1998

    This year's Emmy Award for National Public Service Announcements (PSAs) goes to "Looking for the Fountain of Youth?" produced by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and Vilsack Productions. The Emmy Award, sponsored by the National...

  • Aging Institute names Suzman to head behavioral, social research
    September 18, 1998

    The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has named Richard M. Suzman, Ph.D., as Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Research (BSR). The appointment became effective September 13. In announcing the selection, NIA Director Richard J. Hodes, M.D...

  • Modest levels of estrogen may protect older women from fractures
    September 9, 1998

    Post-menopausal women have low levels of naturally occurring estrogen in their blood which may still be of benefit in protecting them from fractures of the hip and vertebrae, according to scientists at the University of California at San Francisco (...