News of Note
National Academies Committee Sees Promising but Inconclusive Evidence on Interventions to Prevent Cognitive Decline, Dementia
June 22, 2017
The public is enormously concerned about dementia and cognitive impairment, and a wide range of programs and products, such as diets, exercise regimens, games, and supplements, purport to keep these conditions at bay. It is difficult for individuals...
2015 Data Available on LTCFocus.org
May 10, 2017
The Brown University Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research is pleased to announce that new data are available for download on LTCFocus.org! This update provides data through 2015 and links data over time from CMS sources to individual LTC...
Toolkit provides tips to help older adults talk with their doctors
April 11, 2017
As we age, we all face more health conditions and treatments. To ensure they are getting good health care, it’s important for older adults to communicate effectively with their doctors and healthcare professionals. Help older adults make...
Population Reference Bureau e-Newsletter Series
February 22, 2017
The Population Refernce Bureau (PRB) is a non-profit organization that informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future...
NIH-supported trials of testosterone therapy in older men report mixed results
February 21, 2017
In older men with low testosterone, one year of testosterone treatment improved bone density and corrected anemia of both known and unknown causes, but also increased the volume of coronary artery plaque, according to results reported from the...
Hypothermia: A Cold Weather Hazard
February 2, 2017
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...
HHS takes steps to provide more information about clinical trials to the public
September 20, 2016
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...
Advice for older people on staying safe in hot weather
July 11, 2016
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-...
High blood pressure is linked to cognitive decline
June 16, 2016
Studies explore treatments, prevention There’s a saying, “What’s good for your heart is good for your brain.” Evidence supports preventing or controlling cardiovascular conditions such as high blood pressure to protect...
Age-related cognitive decline: Women are more resilient than men
April 28, 2016
Previous research has shown that aging affects cognitive ability, and that subtle sex differences in cognition exist across the lifespan. A recent observational study by Dr. Anna C. McCarrey and colleagues in NIA’s Intramural Research Program...