"Use it or lose it?" study suggests mentally stimulating activities may reduce Alzheimer's risk
February 12, 2002
In recent years, many of us have come to believe that doing crossword puzzles or playing cards might ward off a decline in memory or help us maintain "brainpower" as we age. Now, a new study suggests there might be some truth to...
Sardinians spark NIA genetic research effort
February 10, 2002
A five-year, $5 million international research initiative funded by the National Institute on Aging could help scientists unravel the underlying genetic processes involved in certain age-related traits and diseases. The ProgeNIA project...
Mouse experiments link folic acid deficiency to Parkinson's disease
January 10, 2002
Mouse experiments suggest that folic acid deficiency could increase the brain's susceptibility to Parkinson's disease, according to scientists at the National Institute on Aging. In the finding, published in the January 2002 issue...
World's older population growing by unprecedented 800,000 a month
December 13, 2001
The world's population age 65 and older is growing by an unprecedented 800,000 people a month, according to a report issued today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The report, An Aging World: 2001,...
Cognitive impairment high among older people, study suggests
November 12, 2001
A new study of cognitive impairment, the first population-based study of cognitive impairment in the U.S., suggests that the condition may affect a significant proportion of older people. The research, which looked at cognitive...
Moderate exercise program benefits health of older women caregivers
November 1, 2001
Older women caregivers slept better and lowered their blood pressure reactivity in response to stress tests after participating in a moderate exercise program compared to a group of women who only received nutrition counseling. Results of...
Alzheimer's disease clinical trials expanded, expedited
September 20, 2001
As part of intensifying efforts to expand and expedite the search for Alzheimer's disease (AD) treatments, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) has awarded $54 million to support the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS), a...
Breakthrough mouse model for Alzheimer's more like human disease
August 23, 2001
In a breakthrough with important implications for research on Alzheimer's disease (AD), scientists at the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville (FL) have developed a new mouse model that more closely resembles the disease as it appears in humans. The...
Public-private partnership launches Osteoarthritis Initiative
July 17, 2001
For the first time, a public-private partnership will bring together new resources and commitment to help find biological markers for the progression of osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that is a major cause of disability in...
Scientists find that heart muscle cells regenerate after a heart attack
June 6, 2001
Challenging one of medicine's long-standing beliefs, a team of scientists funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) has found the strongest evidence to date that human...
Identification and treatment of isolated systolic hypertension may increase quality of life in older Americans
May 20, 2001
An inexpensive treatment may prevent disability and cardiovascular disease in millions of older Americans. Yet, many older people don't know that they have a common form of high blood pressure (hypertension), known as isolated systolic...
Get your "upper" lowered for good health
May 10, 2001
Getting your "upper" blood pressure number below 140 can boost your chances of staying healthy. Many older people don't know that a high "upper" number can put them at risk for heart disease, heart attack, or a...
Dramatic decline in disability continues for older Americans
May 7, 2001
Disability among older Americans is declining dramatically—and at an accelerating pace. According to new analyses from the National Long Term Care Survey (NLTCS), the percentage of people age 65 and older with disabilities fell 1.6...
U.S. National Institute on Aging joins Icelandic Heart Association to map medical mileposts of aging
April 23, 2001
Today in Reykjavik representatives of the U.S. National Institute on Aging and the Icelandic Heart Association announced their collaboration on a vast study on the interactions of age, genes and environment. This collaboration, with...
Scientists selectively activate "cell rescue" pathway in bone cells
March 8, 2001
By manipulating how sex steroids are processed in bone-building cells, it may be possible to increase the survival of these cells without causing many of the complications associated with hormone replacement therapy. The finding, published...
Scientists zero in on enzyme at work in Alzheimer's disease
February 26, 2001
Experiments in a newly developed mouse model to determine which of two beta secretases in the brain might be principally responsible for developing the destructive plaques of Alzheimer's disease (AD) provide new evidence that the...
Age and preexisting health problems affect the prognosis and treatment options of older breast cancer patients
February 10, 2001
Older women who had other health problems when they were first diagnosed with breast tumors received less aggressive cancer treatment and pretreatment assessments than women who were younger and healthier, according to a new study by the...
Drug decreases blood vessel stiffness in older primates
January 29, 2001
A novel drug that breaks down vascular collagen bonds in the body significantly decreased the stiffness of blood vessels in older non-human primates, according to a study conducted by National Institute on Aging (NIA) scientists and others...
Scientists isolate premature ovarian failure gene
January 20, 2001
A genetic mutation appears to produce eyelid defects in newborns and trigger early onset of menopause decades later. The finding could help researchers decipher how genetic processes during fetal development can have immediate...
Scientists suspect new genetic risk factor for late onset Alzheimer's disease
December 21, 2000
Three new, separate research studies suggest that a gene or genes on chromosome 10 may be risk factors for late onset Alzheimer's disease (AD). The findings, reported in the December 22, 2000, issue of Science, are important new...