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...
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...
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...
NIH awards aim to understand molecular changes during physical activity
December 13, 2016
The National Institutes of Health Common Fund announced today the first awards for the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans Program, which will allow researchers to develop a comprehensive map of the molecular changes that...
NIH award expands landmark Alzheimer’s biomarker study
September 8, 2016
The Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI)—the long-running National Institutes of Health-supported study investigating brain and fluid biomarkers of the disease—enters a new phase of discovery with the launch...
Pointing the way forward in geroscience
August 17, 2016
Do people get disease from aging or are certain aspects of aging caused by disease? This is one of the central questions of geroscience, an emerging field in aging research. The question is explored and elaborated on in a special issue of...
Eliezer Masliah to head NIA’s Division of Neuroscience
July 18, 2016
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced that Eliezer Masliah, M.D., a leader in Alzheimer’s disease research, has been appointed as the new director of the Institute’s...
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...
Haaga to head NIA Division of Behavioral and Social Research
June 7, 2016
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced that John G. Haaga, Ph.D., an expert in demography and public policy, has been named director of the institute’s Division of Behavioral...
Researchers identify genetic links to educational attainment
May 11, 2016
An international team of researchers has identified 74 areas of the human genome associated with educational attainment. It is well known that social and other environmental factors influence education, but these findings, reported by the...
Ketamine lifts depression via a byproduct of its metabolism
May 4, 2016
A chemical byproduct, or metabolite, created as the body breaks down ketamine likely holds the secret to its rapid antidepressant action, National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists and grantees have discovered. This metabolite...
World’s older population grows dramatically
March 28, 2016
The world’s older population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. Today, 8.5 percent of people worldwide (617 million) are aged 65 and over. According to a new report, “An Aging World: 2015,” this percentage is...
Decoding the molecular ties between vascular disease and Alzheimer's
March 14, 2016
Seeking a better understanding of vascular contributions to Alzheimer's disease, the National Institutes of Health has launched the Molecular Mechanisms of the Vascular Etiology of Alzheimer's Disease (M²OVE-AD) Consortium, a...
NIH-supported trials test hormonal therapy in older men with low testosterone levels
February 17, 2016
A preliminary study of testosterone therapy in older men with low levels of the hormone and clinical conditions to which low testosterone might contribute found that restoring levels to those of healthy young men improved sexual function....
Hypothermia and older adults
January 25, 2016
The cold truth about hypothermia is that Americans aged 65 years and older face this danger every winter. Older adults are especially vulnerable to hypothermia because their body's response to cold can be diminished by underlying...
NIH supports new studies to find Alzheimer’s biomarkers in Down syndrome
November 18, 2015
The National Institutes of Health has launched a new initiative to identify biomarkers and track the progression of Alzheimer’s in people with Down syndrome. Many people with Down syndrome have Alzheimer’s-related brain changes...
Health care costs for dementia found greater than for any other disease
October 27, 2015
In the last five years of life, total health care spending for people with dementia was more than a quarter-million dollars per person, some 57 percent greater than costs associated with death from other diseases, including cancer and...
NIH study finds calorie restriction lowers some risk factors for age-related diseases
September 1, 2015
A National Institutes of Health-supported study provides some of the first clues about the impact of sustained calorie restriction in adults. Results from a two-year clinical trial show calorie restriction in normal-weight and moderately...
White House Conference on Aging showcases physical activity through Go4Life Month
July 13, 2015
In collaboration with the White House Conference on Aging, Go4Life, the national exercise and physical activity campaign for people 50+ from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is bringing...
Advice for older people on staying safe in hot weather
July 7, 2015
Summer weather can pose special health risks to older adults and people with chronic medical conditions. It is critically important that adults particularly susceptible to hyperthermia and other heat-related illnesses know how to safeguard...