Six-week mini-med school to focus on the fascinating science of aging
March 30, 2005
Some of the eternal questions of life—how and why we age, why some people age faster or live longer, and what can be done to fight the diseases and disabilities associated with old age—will be explored by distinguished...
Obesity threatens to cut U.S. life expectancy, new analysis suggests
March 16, 2005
Over the next few decades, life expectancy for the average American could decline by as much as 5 years unless aggressive efforts are made to slow rising rates of obesity, according to a team of scientists supported in part by the National...
Test could improve detection of prion disease in humans
February 14, 2005
A highly sensitive post-mortem test could help scientists more accurately determine if a person died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), a human neurological disorder caused by the same class of infectious proteins that trigger mad cow...
Diet, exercise, stimulating environment help old dogs learn
January 18, 2005
According to conventional wisdom, old dogs and new tricks aren't a good match. But a new study of beagles finds that regular physical activity, mental stimulation, and a diet rich in antioxidants can help keep aging canine—and...
Scientists detect probable genetic cause of some Parkinson's disease cases
January 17, 2005
Two new studies strongly suggest that a mutation in a recently discovered gene is the most common genetic cause of Parkinson's disease identified to date. The discovery by an international research team provides fresh evidence that...
Decreased sensitivity in the brain to estrogen may help explain menopausal changes
December 21, 2004
A new study suggests that age-related changes in how the brain responds to the female sex hormone estrogen may be involved in a woman’s transition through menopause. The study provides new clues about hormonal influences on hot...
Innovative website helps seniors take medicines safely
December 16, 2004
How can I remember details about all of the medicines the doctor prescribed for me? Does aging affect how the body processes medicines? Are there ways to avoid side effects? What is the “grapefruit juice effect?” Answers to...
How are we doing? Researchers aim to measure national well-being
December 2, 2004
A new research tool developed by an interdisciplinary team of psychologists and economists could help social scientists more accurately evaluate how well individuals and society are faring. The method offers a new way to characterize the...
Diabetes among older adults imposed an estimated $133.5 billion cost in 1990's
November 15, 2004
Sick days, disability, early retirement, and premature death of diabetic Americans born between 1931 and 1941 cost the country almost $133.5 billion by the year 2000, according to a new estimate by researchers with the University of...
Six new Roybal Centers for applied gerontology established by National Institute on Aging
October 26, 2004
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced the establishment of six new Edward R. Roybal Centers for Research on Applied Gerontology. The Centers—at Indiana University, Princeton...
NIA establishes new demography centers to enhance knowledge about older Americans
October 26, 2004
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has established four new Centers on the Demography of Aging at Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of North Carolina, and Pennsylvania...
Researchers discover gene mutations for Parkinson's disease
October 22, 2004
An international research team, led by scientists at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), has discovered a gene, which when mutated, causes Parkinson’s disease in some families. Although Parkinson’s disease is usually not...
Scientists detect two decision-making pathways in human brain
October 15, 2004
In a classic Aesop fable, the Ant diligently stores food for the upcoming winter, while the Grasshopper lounges in the summer sun oblivious to the impending change of season. Like the characters in this tale, people are often torn...
National Institute on Aging, industry launch partnership, $60 million Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative
October 13, 2004
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) in conjunction with other Federal agencies, private companies and organizations today launched a $60 million, 5-year public-private partnership—the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging...
Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative questions and answers
October 13, 2004
What is the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative? The Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) is a $60 million, 5-year public-private partnership to test whether serial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI),...
Health, retirement needs challenge an aging America
September 28, 2004
NEW YORK—The National Institute on Aging (NIA) gathered eminent researchers September 28 to discuss with journalists, “How can we prepare to meet the challenges of an aging population?” The answers, at least according to...
Synthetic prion causes neurological disease in mice
July 29, 2004
Scientists have produced a prion protein that can trigger the development of a neurological disorder in mice that is similar to “mad cow” disease, according to a new study supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a...
Vital Visionaries Program: "Serious fun" that improves medical students attitudes towards older people
July 27, 2004
Creating art with older "teammates" made first-year medical students more sensitive to older people, according to results of the Vital Visionaries Collaboration (VV), a pilot program developed by the National Institute on Aging (...
Donepezil may have short-term benefit for mild cognitive impairment
July 18, 2004
People with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) taking the drug donepezil were at reduced risk of progressing to Alzheimer's disease (AD) for the first 18 months of a 3-year study when compared with their counterparts on placebo, according...
Mouse brain stem cells capable of converting into blood vessel cells
July 15, 2004
Adult stem cells in the brains of mice possess a broader differentiation potential than previously thought and may be capable of developing into other cell types including those involved in the formation of new blood vessels, according to...