News of Note
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...
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 Institutes of Health (NIH) , is now available online. Prepared by the National Institute on Aging, which...
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 to Alzheimer’s dementia, according to findings from a small pilot clinical trial reported in...
New Go4Life campaign focuses on fitness for older adults
October 19, 2011
Being physically active is vital to maintaining health and independence as we age, and a new federal campaign for people 50 and older will help them to get active and keep going. Introduced today by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the...
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 that range from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at...
Oregon health insurance lottery shows access to insurance increases health care use; improves well-being, decreases financial strain
July 7, 2011
The first results of the 2008 Oregon health insurance lottery study, supported in part by the NIA, indicate that people enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program reported improved health and well-being, as well as reduced financial strain. They...
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 message. You must deliver the message using language that literally and figuratively speaks to your...
Gerardo Moreno: Speaking from experience
May 21, 2011
(Published in LINKS: Minority Research & Training - Spring 2011) When award-winning actor and advocate for clear science communication, Alan Alda, talks to young scientists about ways to effectively describe their work to a nonscientist, Alda...
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 developed by NIA-funded researchers. The REACH VA (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s...
Come dance with me
December 1, 2010
(Published in LINKS: Minority Research & Training - Fall 2010) Some people remember their high school prom as the perfect party to celebrate the end of an era. Others do not fondly recall their evening. For older adults living in or around St....