Impaired clearance, not overproduction of toxic proteins, may underlie Alzheimer's disease
December 9, 2010
In Alzheimer's disease, a protein fragment called beta-amyloid accumulates at abnormally high levels in the brain. Now researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have found that in the most common, late-onset form of...
NIHSeniorHealth.gov offers info on anxiety disorders in older adults
December 8, 2010
Anxiety caused by stressful events like moving or losing a job is a normal part of life. Anxiety disorders, on the other hand, are characterized by persistent, excessive and disabling fear and worry and get progressively worse if left...
Mouse study shows effect of blood pressure drug on Alzheimer’s disease
November 15, 2010
A drug used decades ago to treat high blood pressure has been shown to improve learning and memory in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study by researchers at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the...
Severe sepsis associated with later cognitive, physical decline
October 26, 2010
Older adults who survive hospitalization involving severe sepsis, a serious medical condition caused by an overwhelming immune response to severe infection, are at higher risk for cognitive impairment and physical limitations than older...
Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative enters next phase of research
October 21, 2010
The National Institutes of Health is expanding the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), a groundbreaking study that will recruit hundreds of new volunteers to help define the subtle changes that may take place in the...
Peripheral arterial disease newest offering on NIHSeniorHealth site
September 16, 2010
Information about the risk factors, diagnosis and treatment of peripheral arterial disease, or P.A.D., has just been added to NIHSeniorHealth, the senior-friendly health and wellness website from the National Institutes of Health....
Mild cognitive impairment more common in older men than older women
September 7, 2010
Older men may be at risk of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI), often a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease, earlier in life than older women, according to a study appearing today in Neurology. Primarily funded by the National...
NIHSeniorHealth site offers information about older adults and alcohol use
August 11, 2010
Having a drink now and then as you get older is not usually thought to be harmful, but alcohol can be a problem for older adults, especially if they take certain medications, have health problems or don’t control their drinking....
Hyperthermia: Too hot for your health
July 22, 2010
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...
NIHSeniorHealth site offers tips on creating a family health history
July 21, 2010
At your next family reunion or gathering, consider discussing a different type of family tree—the family health history. Find out how to collect, organize and use information about your family’s health at Creating a Family...
Media Availability: Federal report details health and economic status of older Americans
July 19, 2010
Today’s older Americans enjoy longer lives and better health than did previous generations. These and other trends are reported in Older Americans 2010: Key Indicators of Well-Being, a unique, comprehensive look at aging in the...
Adverse cardiovascular events reported in testosterone trial in older men
June 30, 2010
A clinical trial of testosterone treatment in older men, reported June 30 online in the New England Journal of Medicine, has found a higher rate of adverse cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and elevated blood pressure, in a...
Gene linked to Alzheimer’s disease plays key role in cell survival
June 10, 2010
Scientists have discovered that a gene linked to Alzheimer’s disease may play a beneficial role in cell survival by enabling neurons to clear away toxic proteins. A study funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the...
NIH-supported study looks for earliest changes in the brain that may lead to Alzheimer's disease
June 2, 2010
Volunteers are being sought for a clinical study examining the subtle changes that may take place in the brains of older people many years before overt symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease appear. Researchers are looking for people with...
In mouse study, researchers discover new mechanism for clearing blockages from smallest blood vessels
May 26, 2010
Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have identified in mice a previously unknown protective mechanism by which the smallest blood vessels remove blood clots and other blockages from the brain. The findings...
Updated exercise and physical activity tips for older adults now available on NIHSeniorHealth site
March 24, 2010
Older adults who are interested in becoming physically active, restarting a lapsed exercise regimen or getting more benefit from their current exercise program can check out the updated Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults topic...
Funds boost research into causes, interventions for age-related cognitive decline
March 1, 2010
The Research Partnership in Cognitive Aging, a public-private effort to promote the study of brain function with age, will award up to $28 million over five years to 17 research grants to examine the neural and behavioral profiles of...
Information on life after cancer now available on NIHSeniorHealth.gov
February 24, 2010
Older adults who have survived cancer can find out what to expect once treatment ends in Life after Cancer, the newest topic on NIHSeniorHealth (www.nihseniorhealth.gov/lifeaftercancer/toc.html). Visitors to the site will learn about...
NIA funds Roybal Centers for Translational Research in Aging
February 4, 2010
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced that it has renewed funding for nine Edward R. Roybal Centers for Research on Applied Gerontology and designated four new centers. The goal...
NIA funds centers to study demography of aging
February 2, 2010
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced that it has committed more than $36.7 million over the next five years to support and expand its Centers on the Demography and Economics of...