Gene mutation extends lifespan in "I'm not dead yet" fruitflies
December 15, 2000
Mutating a single gene can double the lifespan of fruitflies from 37 days to between 69 and 71 days, while maintaining a high level of functioning and fertility. This finding of a research team led by Stephen L. Helfand was supported in...
Low dose estrogen improves bone health with fewer side effects in older women
December 10, 2000
A low dose of estrogen was as effective in reducing bone turnover -- with fewer side effects -- as higher doses when given to a group of healthy women 65 years and older, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal...
New study links head injury, severity of injury, with Alzheimer's disease
October 23, 2000
A new analysis of head injuries among World War II veterans links serious head injury in early adulthood with Alzheimer's disease (AD) in later life. The study, by researchers at Duke University and the National Institute on Aging (NIA...
Nasal Alzheimer's vaccine successfully tested in mice
October 15, 2000
Nasal administration of synthetic beta amyloid peptide reduces potentially damaging Alzheimer's disease-like plaques in the brains of test mice and may one day be tested in clinical trials for its ability to vaccinate against plaque...
Can menopause change your sex life?
September 15, 2000
Two million American women experiencing menopause this year want to know—how does "menopause" affect sex? According to scientists at the New England Research Institute (NERI) and the University of Massachusetts Medical...
Well-being improves for most older people, but not for all, new federal report says
August 10, 2000
Older Americans are living longer and living better than ever before. But many of those age 65 and older face disability, chronic health conditions, or economic stress, according to a new federal indicators report that describes the status...
Adverse drug events in nursing homes: Common and preventable
August 9, 2000
Medication-related injuries in nursing homes are common and often preventable according to authors of the largest study to date evaluating adverse drug events due to medication errors in U.S. nursing homes. More than half of the 546...
Sociology trailblazer Matilda Riley bids adieu to NIH to continue her career in Maine
June 27, 2000
Sociologist Matilda White Riley, D.Sc., NIH Scientist Emeritus and founder of the National Institute on Aging's Behavioral and Social Research Program, is returning to her home in Maine. Dr. Riley, 89, will become Research Professor in...
Life expectancy in G-7 industrialized nations may exceed past predictions, study suggests
June 14, 2000
The life expectancy of people in the "G-7" (Group of 7) industrialized nations -- Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States -- may be greater than previously thought, according to a new...
Proteins involved in accelerated aging and DNA repair discovered
May 31, 2000
Researchers at the National Institute on Aging (NIA) have found that the protein (WRNp) defective in the premature aging disorder, Werner's Syndrome (WS), forms a stable molecular complex with two proteins known to be involved in DNA...
NIA makes novel clone set immediately available
May 24, 2000
Researchers at the National Institute on Aging have distributed a recently established mouse cDNA microarray/clone set containing more than 15,000 unique genes to 10 designated academic centers worldwide. These centers have each agreed to...
Secretary Shalala announces four new members to join the National Advisory Council on Aging
February 10, 2000
DHHS Secretary Donna E. Shalala has appointed of four new members to the National Institute on Aging's (NIA) National Advisory Council on Aging (NACA), which advises the secretary on the conduct and support of biomedical, social and...
Low-dose prednisone found ineffective against Alzheimer's disease; researchers continue to look at NSAIDs, other drugs
February 7, 2000
A low-dose regimen of the steroid prednisone, an anti-inflammatory drug, is not effective in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD), according to findings from a new clinical trial. The report, one of the first from a number of...
NIA to study COX-2 inhibitor, other NSAID as new treatment for Alzheimer's disease
February 7, 2000
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is launching a clinical trial to determine whether treatment with certain nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) will slow cognitive and clinical decline in patients with Alzheimer's disease...
"Untangling" tau: New mouse model shows key feature of Alzheimer's disease
November 23, 1999
Scientists have succeeded in producing a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease in a laboratory animal model. The much-anticipated transgenic mouse model is genetically-engineered with the human gene coding for a form of the brain protein tau...
Study casts doubt that melatonin goes down as age goes up: Older buyers take note
November 5, 1999
"Wake up refreshed and full of energy," says one advertisement for melatonin. Other ads promote use of the compound for a host of health problems from obesity to insomnia. Many advertisements target older people and encourage...
Blueberries: New thrills for those over the hill
September 15, 1999
For centuries, people have enjoyed blueberries for their flavor and color. In a new research study, animals fed a blueberry extract diet, rich in naturally-derived antioxidants, showed fewer age-related motor changes and outperformed their...
Early to rise: Research offers clues to older people's sleep habits
June 24, 1999
"Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise," according to the rhyme. For many older Americans, "early to rise" may be a familiar but troubling part of their daily schedule. A new study...
Gene that causes familial British dementia may yield clues to Alzheimer's disease
June 23, 1999
Researchers supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) have discovered a novel gene, which when mutated is responsible for familial British dementia (FBD), a rare inherited disease that causes progressive dementia like that seen in...
New census report shows exponential growth in number of centenarians
June 16, 1999
The number of centenarians in the U.S. is growing rapidly, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau. During the 1990s, the ranks of centenarians nearly doubled, from about 37,000 counted at the start of the decade, to more...