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...
Obama administration presents national plan to fight Alzheimer’s disease
May 15, 2012
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released an ambitious national plan to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The plan was called for in the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), which President Obama signed...
NIA adds genetic data to Health and Retirement Study
March 27, 2012
The Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a 20-year nationwide survey of the health, economic and social status of older Americans, has added genetic information from consenting participants to its massive database. Supported by the National...
We can’t wait: Administration announces new steps to fight Alzheimer’s disease
February 7, 2012
The Obama Administration today announced new efforts to fight Alzheimer’s disease, including immediately making an additional $50 million available for cutting-edge Alzheimer’s research. In addition, the administration...
NIH-commissioned Census Bureau report describes oldest Americans
November 17, 2011
In 1980, there were 720,000 people aged 90 and older in the United States. In 2010, there were 1.9 million people aged 90 and older; by 2050, the ranks of people 90 and older may reach 9 million, according to a report from the U.S. Census...
New Go4Life campaign focuses on fitness for older adults
October 19, 2011
Being physically active is vital to maintaining health and independence as we age, and a new federal campaign for people 50 and older will help them to get active and keep going. Introduced today by the National Institutes of Health (NIH...
Genetic mutation linked to inherited forms of ALS, dementia
September 28, 2011
National Institutes of Health scientists and worldwide teams of researchers have identified the most common genetic cause known to date for two neurological diseases, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD)....
Compound improves health, increases lifespan of obese mice
August 18, 2011
Researchers have reported that obese male mice treated with a synthetic compound called SRT1720 were healthier and lived longer compared to non-treated obese mice. The experimental compound was found to improve the function of the liver,...
NIH tips for older adults to combat heat-related illnesses
July 18, 2011
Older people can face risks related to hot weather. As people age, their bodies lose some ability to adapt to heat. They may have medical conditions that are worsened by heat. And their medications could reduce their ability to respond to...
Media Availability: NIH researchers tie even sedentary employment in men to overall increased physical activity
July 12, 2011
WHAT: Employment status may be related in some ways to weekday physical activity, according to researchers at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health. In a study measuring activity levels, full-time...
NIH-funded study uses planning prompts to enhance vaccination rates
June 13, 2011
We all have good intentions, but sometimes we need a nudge to turn those intentions into actions. According to a new study, encouraging people to write down the date and time when they plan to get their flu shot increased the number of...
NIH-supported survey to study functional change in older adults
April 20, 2011
Thousands of Medicare beneficiaries will receive an invitation in May to be part of a special study looking at the impact of age-related changes on functional ability. The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) will be seeking some...
Alzheimer's diagnostic guidelines updated for first time in decades
April 19, 2011
For the first time in 27 years, clinical diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease dementia have been revised, and research guidelines for earlier stages of the disease have been characterized to reflect a deeper understanding of...
Long-term care is newest topic on NIHSeniorHealth site
April 5, 2011
What is long-term care and will I need it? If I do need long-term care services, where can I find them? Are there things I should be doing now to plan ahead? Older adults and their loved ones can find easy-to-understand answers to these...
Studies find possible new genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease
April 4, 2011
Scientists have confirmed one gene variant and have identified several others that may be risk factors for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of the disorder. In the largest genome-wide association study, or GWAS,...
Hypothermia: A cold weather hazard
February 2, 2011
Older adults are especially vulnerable to a drop below normal body temperature, called hypothermia, which can be deadly if not treated quickly. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has some...
Media Availability: NIH-supported trial finds antidepressant relieves hot flashes
January 18, 2011
WHAT: A randomized clinical trial supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found that the antidepressant escitalopram (Lexapro) significantly reduced the number and severity of hot flashes eight weeks after beginning...
Study ties blood protein to Alzheimer’s brain abnormalities
December 20, 2010
Scientists are seeking ways to detect the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease, since harmful changes may be taking place in the brain years before symptoms appear. Now, researchers report that a blood test detecting a specific...