Health and Aging

News of Note

  • Physical conditioning helps maintain older adults' driving performance
    March 11, 2008
    Physical conditioning helps maintain older adults’ driving performance, decreasing on-road errors by more than one-third, suggests National Institute on Aging-sponsored research published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The...
  • Research shows that practice constraints can impact dementia care
    March 11, 2008
    Limited time, limited reimbursement, and other health care barriers may lead to challenges when treating dementia patients, according to a study by the NIA-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the University of California, San...
  • Mild cognitive impairment can impact medical decision-making
    March 11, 2008
    Patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) may, in addition to their cognitive impairment, have functional limitations that diminish their ability to make decisions about medical treatment. Researchers at the National Institute on Aging-funded...
  • Taking technology home: Researchers test new methods to detect cognitive change
    March 1, 2008
    Margaret and Vernon Huffer’s home in the Willamette View retirement community in Portland, Oregon, is under observation. As they go about their daily activities, sensors on the walls, doorways, and appliances gather information about their...
  • Scientists weigh mechanisms, effects of calorie restriction
    March 1, 2008
    Back in 1934, dust storms rolled across the Great Plains, Anything Goes premiered on Broadway, the New Deal was still new, and Bonnie and Clyde met their demise. During that year, too, scientists at Cornell University observed that lab rats fed a...
  • Necessity: The mother of invention
    March 1, 2008
    Necessity, it has been said, is the mother of invention. Ken Nixon and his two brothers have demonstrated the truth of that adage, in their case inventing an innovative way to help meet the daily needs of their mother who had Alzheimer’s...
  • SardiNIA Project steps up global research in genetics, aging
    March 1, 2008
    In a 10-year, NIA-funded collaboration, U.S. and Italian investigators are conducting genetic research on the scenic Mediterranean island of Sardinia. One autumn day in 1995, Giuseppe Pilia, M.D., Ph.D.*, then a post-doctoral fellow in the...
  • Scientists suggest new pathway causing cell death in dementia
    September 26, 2007
    Scientists have discovered a link between a mutated gene and a protein found in dead brain cells of people who suffer from a form of dementia and other neurological disorders. The finding, reported in the Sept. 26, 2007, issue of the Journal of...
  • Findings from memory research continue to fascinate
    September 1, 2007
    Your own name. What you were doing when you heard that President Kennedy had been shot or that we had landed on the moon. How to play the piano. The birth of your first child. Some things are indelibly imprinted in your mind. You can instantly...
  • Legal and financial planning for the AD patient: How the health care team can help
    June 1, 2007
    A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) all too often finds the patient and caregiver unprepared to deal with the important legal and financial decisions that eventually will need to be addressed. Indeed, many people have not taken time to...



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