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  • NIH asks participants in Women's Health Initiative estrogen-alone study to stop study pills, begin follow-up phase
    March 2, 2004

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has instructed participants in the estrogen-alone study of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), a large multi-center trial, to stop taking their study pills and to begin the follow-up phase of the...

  • Low free testosterone levels linked to Alzheimer's disease in older men
    January 26, 2004

    Older men with lower levels of free, or unbound, testosterone circulating in their bloodstreams could be at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD) than their peers, according to new research. This prospective observational...

  • Three new members named to the NACA
    January 22, 2004

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced the appointment of three new members to the National Advisory Council on Aging (NACA), the group that advises the National Institute on Aging (NIA) on...

  • NIA statement on IOM testosterone report
    November 12, 2003

    The National Institute on Aging (NIA) commends the Institute of Medicine (IOM) for its thoughtful report evaluating the pros and cons of conducting clinical trials of testosterone replacement in older men. The NIA appreciates the effort...

  • NIA statement on IOM testosterone report
    November 12, 2003

    What is testosterone? Testosterone is a vital sex hormone that plays an important role in puberty. But contrary to what some people believe, testosterone isn’t exclusively a male hormone. Women produce small amounts of it in their...

  • NIH Launches
    October 23, 2003

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) today launched ( ), a new talking web site with formats and topics tailored to the needs of older people. The senior friendly site takes...

  • Scientists pinpoint gene influencing age-at-onset of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's
    October 21, 2003

    Scientists at Duke University Medical Center have located a gene on chromosome 10 that they believe influences the age-at-onset of Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. Using a novel method to match the genes of people...

  • National Institute on Aging, American Visionary Art Museum launch Vital Visionaries collaboration
    October 17, 2003

    The National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) in Baltimore, MD, are joining forces in the Vital Visionaries Collaboration, a program pairing Baltimore elders with first and second year medical students...

  • New prevalence study suggests dramatically rising numbers of people with Alzheimer's disease
    August 18, 2003

    Scientists project that some 13.2 million older Americans will have Alzheimer's disease (AD) by 2050 unless new ways are found to prevent or treat the disease. According to these latest estimates of the current and future prevalence of...

  • Anemia elevates risk of physical decline in older people
    July 25, 2003

    Anemia doubles the risk that an older person will develop serious physical declines that can erode the ability to live independently, according to a new epidemiological study supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and others*....

  • NIA and Alzheimer's Association Join Forces Promoting Major AD Genetics Initiative
    July 22, 2003

    The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is greatly advancing the search for genes involved in Alzheimer's disease (AD) with acceleration of the AD Genetics Initiative. Joined by the Alzheimer's Association, the NIA is stepping up the...

  • Scientist proposes new theory of aging
    July 14, 2003

    Birds do it, bees do it, and yes, even chimpanzees do it. They all dote on their young. And now a new theory of aging suggests that nurturing offspring is just as important as fertility and reproduction for the evolution of a species...

  • Effects of Alzheimer's disease may be influenced by education
    June 23, 2003

    The more formal education a person has, the better his or her memory and learning ability even in the presence of brain abnormalities characteristic of Alzheimer's disease (AD), according to new findings from the Religious Orders Study...

  • Certain NSAIDs fail to slow progression of Alzheimer's disease
    June 3, 2003

    A new clinical trial finds that two non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) do not slow the rate of cognitive decline in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD). The multicenter study, supported by the National...

  • Rates of dementia increase among older women on combination hormone therapy
    May 27, 2003

    Older women taking combination hormone therapy had twice the rate of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease (AD), compared with women who did not take the medication, according to new findings from a memory substudy of the Women's...

  • Meal skipping helps rodents resist diabetes, brain damage
    April 28, 2003

    A new mouse study suggests fasting every other day can help fend off diabetes and protect brain neurons as well as or better than either vigorous exercise or caloric restriction. The findings also suggest that reduced meal frequency can...

  • Fasting forestalls Huntington's disease in mice
    February 10, 2003

    Decreasing meal frequency and caloric intake protects nerve cells from genetically induced damage, delays the onset of Huntington's disease-like symptoms in mice, and prolongs the lives of affected rodents, according to investigators at...

  • NIH to host conference on dietary supplement use in the elderly
    January 6, 2003

    The NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) will host a conference January 14-15, 2003 to present current research about dietary supplement use by the elderly in U.S. with the goal of developing a...

  • Training improves cognitive abilities of older adults
    November 12, 2002

    Training sessions for 2 hours a week for 5 weeks improved the memory, concentration and problem solving skills of healthy independent adults 65 years and older who participated in the nation's largest study of cognitive training. The...

  • Growth hormone, sex steroid combination ‘not ready for prime time'
    November 12, 2002

    In the first study of the separate and combined effects of growth hormone and sex steroids in healthy older men and women, investigators found that growth hormone replacement substantially increased lean body mass and decreased fat mass in...