New NIH research awards to address multiple chronic conditions
August 20, 2014
Three new research awards—totaling up to $19.4 million over 5 years—will address the growing proportion of the U.S. population that has multiple chronic medical conditions. The grants are funded through the National Institutes...
NIH scientists find six new genetic risk factors for Parkinson's
July 27, 2014
Using data from over 18,000 patients, scientists have identified more than two dozen genetic risk factors involved in Parkinson’s disease, including six that had not been previously reported. The study, published in Nature Genetics,...
NIH funds next step of cutting-edge research into Alzheimer’s disease genome
July 7, 2014
Teams of scientists will use support from the National Institutes of Health to conduct research into the genetic underpinnings of Alzheimer’s disease, analyzing how genome sequences—the order of chemical letters in a cell...
Hyperthermia: Too hot for your health
July 2, 2014
During the summer, it is important for everyone, especially older adults and people with chronic medical conditions, to be aware of the dangers of hyperthermia. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the NIH, has some tips to help...
NIH-commissioned Census Bureau report highlights effect of aging boomers
June 30, 2014
While rates of smoking and excessive drinking have declined among older Americans, prevalence of chronic disease has risen, and many older Americans are unprepared to afford the costs of long-term care in a nursing home, according to a...
NIHSeniorHealth.gov offers info on quitting smoking for older adults
June 17, 2014
The National Institutes of Health has released a new Web resource to help older adults stop smoking. Quitting Smoking for Older Adults, a new topic from NIHSeniorHealth, offers videos, worksheets, interactive features, strategies, quizzes...
NIH, PCORI announce major award to prevent falls injuries in older people
June 4, 2014
Each year, 1 out of 3 adults aged 65 and over falls. A third of those falls result in moderate to severe injuries that can lead to further declines in health and loss of independence. Thousands of older adults die each year from such falls...
Structured physical activity program can help maintain mobility in vulnerable older people
May 27, 2014
A carefully structured, moderate physical activity program can reduce risk of losing the ability to walk without assistance, perhaps the single most important factor in whether vulnerable older people can maintain their independence, a...
Longevity gene may boost brain power
May 9, 2014
Scientists showed that people who have a variant of a longevity gene, called KLOTHO, have improved brain skills such as thinking, learning and memory regardless of their age, sex, or whether they have a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer...
Research consortium including NIH proposes diagnostic criteria for sarcopenia
April 15, 2014
Sarcopenia, a loss of muscle mass often associated with weakness, is a commonly recognized cause of disability in older people. However, without consensus on ways to specifically measure this condition, the development of interventions for...
NIHSeniorHealth.gov offers comprehensive information on end of life
March 26, 2014
A new Web resource from the National Institutes of Health is aimed at helping people address a sensitive subject—the end of life. The latest addition to NIHSeniorHealth, the health and wellness website for older adults, the End of...
NIH urges older Americans to protect their kidneys
March 13, 2014
In recognition of World Kidney Day 2014 on March 13, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health remind older Americans about...
NIH adds substantial set of genetic, health information to online database
February 26, 2014
Researchers will now have access to genetic data linked to medical information on a diverse group of more than 78,000 people, enabling investigations into many diseases and conditions. The data, from one of the nation’s largest and...
NIH, industry and non-profits join forces to speed validation of disease targets
February 4, 2014
The National Institutes of Health, 10 biopharmaceutical companies and several nonprofit organizations today launched an unprecedented partnership to transform the current model for identifying and validating the most promising biological...
Cognitive training shows staying power
January 13, 2014
Training to improve cognitive abilities in older people lasted to some degree 10 years after the training program was completed, according to results of a randomized clinical trial supported by the National Institutes of Health. The...
Hypothermia and older adults
January 6, 2014
Frigid weather can pose special 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 hypothermia—when the body gets too cold—...
Study breaks blood-brain barriers to understanding Alzheimer's
December 13, 2013
A study in mice shows how a breakdown of the brain's blood vessels may amplify or cause problems associated with Alzheimer's disease. The results published in Nature Communications suggest that blood vessel cells called pericytes...
FCC and National Institute on Aging to partner on research advancing accessibility to communications for Americans with hearing disabilities
December 12, 2013
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Deputy Director Dr. Marie A. Bernard signed an agreement today to partner on research into the use of modern IP technology to improve...
NIH deposits first batch of genomic data for Alzheimer’s disease
December 2, 2013
Researchers can now freely access the first batch of genome sequence data from the Alzheimer’s Disease Sequencing Project (ADSP), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today. The ADSP is one of the first projects...
NIH-supported study identifies 11 new Alzheimer’s disease risk genes
November 1, 2013
An international group of researchers has identified 11 new genes that offer important new insights into the disease pathways involved in Alzheimer’s disease. The highly collaborative effort involved scanning the DNA of over 74,000...