News & Highlights
Alzheimer’s Research Summit, May 14-15, 2012
May 14, 2012
The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit 2012: Path to Treatment and Prevention was held May 14-15, 2012. Webcast of the Summit is available...
Genes involved in age-related declines in brain volume may play role in Alzheimer’s disease
April 16, 2012
The hippocampus, a brain region important to learning and memory, gradually loses volume as part of the normal aging process. This loss is...
New study identifies role of large protein fragment in blocking amyloid build-up
April 13, 2012
Plaques made up of abnormal deposits of beta-amyloid protein are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. The toxic buildup begins when the beta-...
NIHSeniorHealth.gov gets new look, enhanced features
March 28, 2012
NIHSeniorHealth.gov, the health and wellness website for older adults from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has been expanded and updated....
Smoking in middle age is associated with increased rate of cognitive decline in men
March 22, 2012
Men who smoked in middle age experienced more rapid cognitive decline with age than men who had never smoked, according to a recent article in...
HHS seeks comment on draft National Plan to fight Alzheimer’s Disease
February 22, 2012
Public input sought on detailed strategies for research, outreach, caregiver support The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)...
We can’t wait: Administration announces new steps to fight Alzheimer’s disease
February 7, 2012
The Obama Administration today announced new efforts to fight Alzheimer’s disease, including immediately making an additional $50 million...
Brain imaging shows lifetime cognitive activity may influence Alzheimer’s disease risk
February 1, 2012
Deposits of amyloid protein in the brain are considered a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Now, for the first time, greater levels of cognitive...
New criteria announced for assessing Alzheimer’s disease neuropathology
January 18, 2012
The neuropathology guidelines used since 1997 to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease at autopsy have been updated to reflect a deeper understanding of...
Latest Alzheimer’s Research Progress Report Released
January 17, 2012
2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report: A Deeper Understanding, the latest annual Alzheimer’s research report from the National...
Pilot clinical trial shows nicotine patch may improve cognition in older people with memory loss
January 10, 2012
A nicotine skin patch may improve cognition in older people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a condition marked by memory loss that often leads...
Pilot trial of insulin nasal-spray for Alzheimer’s yields promising results
September 12, 2011
Results of a pilot clinical trial show a nasal-spray form of insulin delayed memory loss and preserved cognition in people with cognitive deficits...
Talking about Alzheimer’s disease using the words of Latinos and non-Latinos
May 21, 2011
(Published in LINKS: Minority Research & Training - Spring 2011) Effective health communications is not just about clearly expressing your health...
Alzheimer's diagnostic guidelines updated for first time in decades
April 19, 2011
For the first time in 27 years, clinical diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease dementia have been revised, and research guidelines for...
Studies find possible new genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease
April 4, 2011
Scientists have confirmed one gene variant and have identified several others that may be risk factors for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, the...
VA expands caregiver support program developed by NIA-funded researchers
February 15, 2011
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is expanding support nationally to caregivers of veterans with Alzheimer’s disease with a program...
Study ties blood protein to Alzheimer’s brain abnormalities
December 20, 2010
Scientists are seeking ways to detect the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease, since harmful changes may be taking place in the brain years...
Impaired clearance, not overproduction of toxic proteins, may underlie Alzheimer's disease
December 9, 2010
In Alzheimer's disease, a protein fragment called beta-amyloid accumulates at abnormally high levels in the brain. Now researchers funded by the...
Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative enters next phase of research
October 21, 2010
The National Institutes of Health is expanding the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), a groundbreaking study that will recruit...
Mild cognitive impairment more common in older men than older women
September 7, 2010
Older men may be at risk of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI), often a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease, earlier in life than older...