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...
NIH summit delivers recommendations to transform Alzheimer’s disease research
May 1, 2015
The National Institutes of Health released recommendations today that provide a framework for a bold and transformative Alzheimer’s disease research agenda. Developed at the recent Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit 2015: Path...
NIH-led effort launches Big Data portal for Alzheimer’s drug discovery
March 4, 2015
A National Institutes of Health-led public-private partnership to transform and accelerate drug development achieved a significant milestone today with the launch of a new Alzheimer’s Big Data portal—including delivery of the...
Hypothermia: A Cold Weather Hazard
January 22, 2015
During the winter, it is important for everyone, especially older adults and people with chronic medical conditions, to be aware of hypothermia. Hypothermia is a dangerous drop in body temperature that may lead to many health problems,...
Renewed NIH centers focus on translation of aging research
November 12, 2014
Researchers receiving funding from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) will seek ways to improve cognition, decision making, mobility and independence of older people. The awards, announced today, renew funds for 11 Edward R. Roybal...
NIH announces grants for frontotemporal degeneration research
October 27, 2014
The National Institutes of Health will award three large, five-year projects on a specific form of dementia, known as frontotemporal because of the areas of the brain that are affected. The projects, funded by the NIH's National...