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...
NIH funding boosts new Alzheimer’s research on prevention, novel drug targets
October 29, 2013
Please note: A previous version of this release, issued on September 18, 2013, mentioned a pending grant. This updated release contains a description of that grant. Researchers will test promising drugs aimed at preventing Alzheimer...
NIH hosts national research summit on link between aging processes, chronic disease
October 23, 2013
WHAT: “Advances in Geroscience: Impact on Healthspan and Chronic Disease” is a scientific summit bringing together 50 renowned investigators to examine how the basic biology of aging drives chronic disease. With aging known to...
Gene variants found associated with human immune system, autoimmune disease
September 26, 2013
Numerous studies have reported that certain diseases are inherited. But genetics also plays a role in immune response, affecting our ability to stave off disease, according to a team of international researchers. The new findings, from the...
NIH researchers find diabetes drug extends health and lifespan in mice
July 30, 2013
Long-term treatment with the type 2 diabetes drug metformin improves health and longevity of male mice when started at middle age, reports an international team of scientists led by researchers at the National Institute on Aging (NIA),...
NIH, PCORI seek applications for falls prevention clinical trial
July 16, 2013
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is seeking applications from researchers for a clinical trial to prevent serious injuries resulting from falls in older people. The request, part of an initiative by the new Falls Injuries Prevention...
Advice for older people on staying safe in hot weather
July 11, 2013
Summer often brings excessive heat, which can lead to heat-related problems caused by hyperthermia, an abnormally high body temperature. Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions are particularly susceptible to hyperthermia...
Estrogen therapy has no long-term effect on cognition in younger postmenopausal women
June 24, 2013
A randomized clinical trial of estrogen therapy in younger postmenopausal women, aged 50–55, has found no long-term risk or benefit to cognitive function. The National Institutes of Health-supported study, reported in JAMA Internal...
HHS releases 2013 Alzheimer’s disease plan update
June 14, 2013
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today released the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease: 2013 Update, a follow-up to the initial plan released in May 2012. The update reflects our national progress towards...
Suppressing protein may stem Alzheimer’s disease process
April 25, 2013
Scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health have discovered a potential strategy for developing treatments to stem the disease process in Alzheimer’s disease. It’s based on unclogging removal of toxic debris that...
NIH-supported study finds U.S. dementia care costs as high as $215 billion in 2010
April 4, 2013
The costs of caring for people with dementia in the United States in 2010 were between $159 billion to $215 billion, and those costs could rise dramatically with the increase in the numbers of older people in coming decades, according to...
NIH-supported Alzheimer’s studies to focus on innovative treatments
January 14, 2013
With new research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the nation’s premier Alzheimer’s disease study network will undertake four major studies aimed at finding new treatments for the disease. The award supports the...
Risk gene for Alzheimer’s disease associated with lower brain amyloid
October 1, 2012
Researchers investigating a known gene risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease discovered it is associated with lower levels of beta amyloid—a brain protein involved in Alzheimer’s—in cognitively healthy older people....
NIH study finds calorie restriction does not affect survival
August 29, 2012
Scientists have found that calorie restriction—a diet comprised of approximately 30 percent fewer calories but with the same nutrients of a standard diet—does not extend years of life or reduce age-related deaths in a 23-year...
Information for older drivers is newest topic on NIHSeniorHealth site
August 21, 2012
The National Institutes of Health today unveiled a new online resource for older drivers and families seeking information on an often sensitive topic: Is it still safe to drive? Developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH and...
Federal report details health, economic status of older Americans
August 16, 2012
Today’s older Americans enjoy longer lives and better physical function than did previous generations, although, for some, an increased burden in housing costs and rising obesity may compromise these gains, according to a...
Hip replacement information now on NIHSeniorHealth.gov
July 10, 2012
Information about hip replacement—including reasons to have the surgery, how to prepare for and recover from it, and ways to avoid complications—has been added to NIHSeniorHealth.gov, the senior-friendly health and wellness...
Hyperthermia: too hot for your health
June 27, 2012
Hot summer weather can pose special health 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 heat-related illnesses, known as...
Prescription and illicit drug abuse is timely new topic on NIHSeniorHealth.gov
June 6, 2012
Data from national surveys reveal a disturbing trend for 50- to 59-year-olds: the number of those reporting past-month abuse of illicit drugs—including the nonmedical use of prescription drugs—more than doubled from 2002 to...
NIH-funded research provides new clues on how ApoE4 affects Alzheimer's risk
May 16, 2012
Common variants of the ApoE gene are strongly associated with the risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer's disease, but the gene's role in the disease has been unclear. Now, researchers funded by the National Institutes of...