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Hypothermia: A Cold Weather Hazard

With shorter days and dropping temperatures, it is important to keep in mind that older adults are particularly vulnerable to the health risks that can come with cold weather. Hypothermia—a dangerous drop in core body temperature—can occur when it is too cold outside or the body is unable to produce the heat it needs to function. Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions are especially susceptible to hypothermia, even after relatively short exposure to cold weather or a small drop in body temperature.

NIH initiative tests in-home technology to help older adults age in place

Can seniors remain independent longer? A new initiative is advancing technologies that track health status and activities to help seniors age in place.

Calorie restriction improves health, survival in rhesus monkeys

Studies show that most short-lived species, such as yeast cells, benefit from calorie-restricted diets. Could the same be true for species that live longer? Researchers in two parallel studies—one conducted by the National Institute on Aging and the other by the University of Wisconsin—explored the life-prolonging and health effects of a calorie-restricted diet in rhesus monkeys but arrived at differing results.

HHS takes steps to provide more information about clinical trials to the public

On Sept. 16, 2016, in an effort to make information about clinical trials widely available to the public, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule specifying requirements for registering and reporting summary results information to ClinicalTrials.gov. The new rule expands the legal requirements for submitting registration and results information for certain clinical trials involving U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated drug, biological and device products to ClinicalTrials.gov.

Putting exercise to the test in people at risk for Alzheimer’s

The YMCA and scientists join forces in a new, NIA-supported clinical trial testing aerobic exercise as a way to slow cognitive decline in people with MCI.

People at genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease to test prevention drugs

An NIH-supported study will test 2 drugs to prevent or delay Alzheimer’s in people at genetic risk. Read about the latest dementia prevention study.

Eliezer Masliah to head NIA’s Division of Neuroscience

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced that Eliezer Masliah, M.D., a leader in Alzheimer’s disease research, has been appointed as the new director of the Institute’s Division of Neuroscience.

Brain scans offer insights into loss of money skills

MRI scans show brain changes related to money management skills in older adults. Can researchers identify seniors at risk of losing financial capacity?

Advice for older people on staying safe in hot weather

Summer is here and it’s blazing hot! It is important to be aware of the health risks that higher temperatures can bring. Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions are particularly susceptible to hyperthermia and other heat-related illnesses. Knowing the signs and recognizing the dangers to avoid problems is essential. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, offers advice to help combat the dangers of hot weather.

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