Health and Aging

News of Note

  • Study presents new data on prostate cancer screening in older men
    March 15, 2010
    The appropriate age at which to end prostate cancer screening is controversial, with different organizations issuing different recommendations. Data from a new study suggest that screening might be safely discontinued in men ages 75 and older who...
  • Personality a factor in longevity and healthy aging
    March 15, 2010
    Specific personality characteristics may be important to successful aging, according to researchers who studied a group of adult children of centenarians. Other studies have shown that these personality traits promote good health and minimize...
  • Less social activity associated with motor function decline
    March 15, 2010
    Older adults with limited participation in social activities had a faster decline in motor function than those who had frequent social engagements, according to a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study suggests that more frequent...
  • Recovery Act funds all areas of aging research
    March 1, 2010
    In February 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As part of the legislation, more than $10 billion was allocated to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for support of biomedical research in fiscal years (FY...
  • Mediterranean diet may reduce risk of mild cognitive impairment
    October 15, 2009
    An NIA-funded study at Columbia University Medical Center has found an association between a Mediterranean diet and a reduced risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Previous studies have found an association of this diet with a reduced risk of...
  • The award-winning The Alzheimer's Project reaches millions, continues to provide educational resources
    October 1, 2009
    Critics and viewers agree: The Alzheimer’s Project documentary series is television worth watching. The four-part film series, co-presented by HBO Documentary Films and NIA/NIH in association with the Alzheimer’s Association, Fidelity...
  • Commemorating people with Alzheimer's disease: The Story Corps memory loss initiative
    October 1, 2009
    The room is comfortable and softly lit. A woman and older man sit facing each other at a small table. A third person performs a sound check and adjusts the participants’ microphones. She shares reminders for the session: This conversation...
  • A Conversation With... Dr. Marie Bernard
    May 15, 2009
    On Oct. 12, 2008, Dr. Marie Bernard joined the NIA as Deputy Director. She previously held the Donald W. Reynolds Chair in Geriatric Medicine and served as professor and chair of the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at the...
  • Smallpox vaccine confers longtime immunity
    May 12, 2009
    The threat of smallpox resulting from bioterrorism has prompted a reassessment of the current population’s level of immunity. A recent study by researchers in the NIA’s Intramural Research Program shows that older adults who either had...
  • Study shows possible link between secondhand smoke, cognitive impairment
    May 12, 2009
    A recent article about a population-based study in England reports that exposure to secondhand smoke could increase the odds of older nonsmokers becoming cognitively impaired. In work funded in part by the NIA, researchers measured levels of...



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