News of Note
Hyperthermia: too hot for your health
June 27, 2012
Hot summer weather can pose special health risks to older adults. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has some advice for helping older people avoid heat-related illnesses, known as hyperthermia....
Prescription and illicit drug abuse is timely new topic on NIHSeniorHealth.gov
June 6, 2012
Data from national surveys reveal a disturbing trend for 50- to 59-year-olds: the number of those reporting past-month abuse of illicit drugs—including the nonmedical use of prescription drugs—more than doubled from 2002 to 2010, going...
Organ donation – You’re never too old to make a difference
June 6, 2012
The National Institute on Aging and NIH are working with a team of federal agencies to encourage older adults to register as organ donors. Led by the Health Resources and Services Administration and launched during Older Americans Month in May 2012...
NIH partners with new public TV project
May 30, 2012
The National Institutes of Health is a partner in the new Next Avenue, a national public media project launched May 14, 2012, by PBS, focused on the growing 50+ population. NIH is collaborating with Next Avenue to share health information with this...
Obama administration presents national plan to fight Alzheimer’s disease
May 15, 2012
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released an ambitious national plan to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The plan was called for in the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), which President Obama signed into law...
NIH research featured in HBO documentary series on obesity
May 9, 2012
"The Weight of the Nation" documentary series and public awareness campaign by the cable network HBO, launching this week, features National Institutes of Health research showing how obesity affects the country's health and how...
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. Jointly developed by the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine at NIH,...
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 available for cutting-edge Alzheimer’s research. In addition, the administration announced that its...
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 activity—reading, writing, and playing games—have been associated with lower amyloid...
NIH, Surgeon General launch Go4Life campaign at Capitol Hill briefing
January 23, 2012
Exercise and physical activity can help promote health and maintain independence, and this is as true for older people as it is for any age group. To encourage baby boomers—and their parents—to get active, the NIH on October 19 launched...