Researchers identify gene mutations underlying risk for most common form of Parkinson's disease
November 16, 2009
Two genes containing mutations known to cause rare familial forms of parkinsonism are also associated with the more common, sporadic form of the disease where there is no family history, researchers have found. The finding came in the...
What can prevent walking disability in older people?
November 4, 2009
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced the award of $29.5 million in grant support over the next two years to determine whether a specific physical activity program can stave off...
NIH-supported trial to study testosterone therapy in older men
November 2, 2009
Low serum testosterone may contribute to a number of problems affecting older men, including decreased ability to walk, loss of muscle mass and strength, decreased vitality, decreased sexual function, impaired cognition, cardiovascular...
NIA extends research on health, economics of older Americans
October 29, 2009
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced the award of four grants totaling more than $19 million over the next two years to expand the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), the nation...
Statement on National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day September 18, 2009
September 17, 2009
HIV/AIDS began its deadly course in the United States mostly as a disease of young men, but today the epidemic touches people of all ages, including adults aged 50 and older. On September 18, the first National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness...
Scientists identify two gene variants associated with Alzheimer’s risk
September 8, 2009
In the largest genome-wide association study (GWAS) reported to date involving Alzheimer’s disease, scientists have identified two new possible genetic risk factors for late-onset Alzheimer’s, the most common form of the...
Unprecedented global aging examined in new Census Bureau report commissioned by the National Institute on Aging
July 20, 2009
The average age of the world’s population is increasing at an unprecedented rate. The number of people worldwide age 65 and older is estimated at 506 million as of midyear 2008; by 2040, that number will hit 1.3 billion. Thus, in...
Migraines with aura in middle age associated with late-life brain lesions
June 23, 2009
Women who suffer from migraine headaches in middle age accompanied by neurological aura (visual disturbances, dizziness or numbness that can precede migraines) are more likely to have damage to brain tissue in the cerebellum later in life...
Medicare information for caregivers now available on NIHSeniorHealth
May 13, 2009
If you're caring for an older friend or family member, you've probably had questions about Medicare, the federal health insurance program for adults 65 and older and people under age 65 with disabilities. While you may know that...
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...
Complementary and alternative medicine information added to NIHSeniorHealth web site
December 12, 2008
Older adults are frequent users of complementary and alternative medicine, also known as CAM, which can include products such as vitamins and herbal supplements, and practices such as chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture, meditation and...
Training guide from the National Institute on Aging helps older adults find health information online
November 27, 2008
Health issues are a vital concern for older adults, and surveys show that most of those who go online search for health and medical information. However, since only 34 percent of people age 65 and older are online, the majority of older...
Study to examine early, inherited form of Alzheimer's
November 19, 2008
The adult children of people diagnosed with inherited Alzheimer's disease are the focus of a new study to better understand the biology of the disease. Researchers are seeking 300 volunteers with a biological parent with a known...
Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory (GEM) study fails to show benefit in preventing dementia in the elderly
November 18, 2008
The dietary supplement Ginkgo biloba was found to be ineffective in reducing the development of dementia and Alzheimer's disease in older people, according to a study published in the "Journal of the American Medical Association...
Leukemia information added to NIH web site about senior health
October 27, 2008
Information about leukemia has just been added to NIHSeniorHealth, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Web site designed especially for older adults. Consumers can visit www.nihseniorhealth.gov/leukemia/toc.html to learn more about...
NIA and McKnight Brain Research Foundation Join Forces
October 15, 2008
The Research Partnership in Cognitive Aging is a newly launched public-private effort to support current and emerging research on age-related changes in the brain and cognition. Jointly funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), one...
Noted geriatrician named Aging Institute deputy director
October 6, 2008
Marie A. Bernard, M.D., a noted geriatrician and educator from the University of Oklahoma, has been named deputy director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), effective Oct. 12, 2008....
Parkinson's disease information added to NIHSeniorHealth web site
September 29, 2008
More than half a million Americans suffer from Parkinson’s disease, a brain disorder that leads to tremor and difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination. Although not a normal part of aging, Parkinson’s occurs most...
New NIH research initiative to test treatments for menopausal symptoms
September 17, 2008
Women troubled by hot flashes and night sweats during the years around menopause want safe, effective treatment options. A new research initiative from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will establish a multisite research network to...
Study seeks long-lived families to learn more about long and healthy life
July 7, 2008
More and more people are living longer. But living to extreme old age is unusual and tends to run in some families. A new study, supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), aims to...