Smokers flock together and quit together
May 21, 2008
When smokers kick the habit, odds are they are not alone in making the move. Instead, the decision to quit smoking often cascades through social networks, with entire clusters of spouses, friends, siblings and co-workers giving up the...
NIHSeniorHealth offers tips on eating well as you get older
May 7, 2008
How should you eat as you get older? Which foods are likely to keep you most healthy and which ones should you limit? Is it possible to eat well and stay within a healthy weight? These and other questions are addressed in "Eating Well...
Kidney disease newest offering on NIHSeniorHealth
April 2, 2008
Information about the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease has just been added to NIHSeniorHealth, the National Institutes of Health Web site designed especially for seniors. Consumers can visit http://nihseniorhealth.gov/...
Americans living longer, enjoying greater health and prosperity, but important disparities remain, says federal report
March 27, 2008
Average life expectancy continues to increase, and today’s older Americans enjoy better health and financial security than any previous generation. However, rates of gain are inconsistent between the genders and across age brackets,...
High blood cholesterol newest offering on NIHSeniorHealth website
February 28, 2008
Many older adults have their blood cholesterol level checked regularly. Now, easy-to-understand information about why this test is so important to heart health and what the results mean is available on NIHSeniorHealth, the National...
Study finds improved cognitive health among older Americans
February 25, 2008
Rates of cognitive impairment among older Americans are on the decline, according to a new study supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) comparing the cognitive health of older people in 1993 and 2002. Higher levels of...
Stress hormone impacts memory, learning in diabetic rodents
February 17, 2008
Diabetes is known to impair the cognitive health of people, but now scientists have identified one potential mechanism underlying these learning and memory problems. A new study in diabetic rodents finds that increased levels of a stress...
Gene variant found associated with fetal hemoglobin levels linked to moderated symptoms of beta-thalassemia
January 30, 2008
Beta-thalassemia is a serious, potentially life-threatening disease that affects red blood cells, cells that carry oxygen via hemoglobin throughout the body. As part of the SardiNIA Study of Aging, supported by the National Institute on...
Distinguished scientists appointed to National Advisory Council on Aging
January 30, 2008
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt announced the appointment of three new members to the National Advisory Council on Aging (NACA). The group advises the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the...
International effort finds new genetic variants associated with lipid levels, risk for coronary artery disease
January 13, 2008
Environmental and genetic factors influence a person’s blood fat, or lipid levels, important risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD). While there is some understanding of the environmental contribution, the role of genetics...
Researchers uncover new piece to the puzzle of human height
January 13, 2008
In studies involving more than 35,000 people and a survey across the entire human genome, an international team supported in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found evidence that common genetic variants recently linked to...
Information on "Participating in Clinical Trials" now available on NIHSeniorHealth.gov
January 4, 2008
What is a clinical trial and how does it work? What are the benefits and the risks? If you are an older adult, should you consider participating in a clinical trial? These and many other questions are addressed in "Participating in...
Older adults with mild memory impairment still benefit from cognitive training in areas not reliant on memorization
November 30, 2007
Older adults with pre-existing mild memory impairment benefit as much as those with normal memory function from certain forms of cognitive training that don't rely on memorization, according to a study published this week in the "...
One in seven Americans age 71 and older has some type of dementia, NIH-funded study estimates
October 30, 2007
A new analysis suggests that about 3.4 million Americans age 71 and older—one in seven people in that age group—have dementia, and 2.4 million of them have Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The study, supported by the National...
Scientists use shared genome data to confirm SORL1 gene linked to Alzheimer's
October 29, 2007
Until recently, only one of the approximately 30,000 genes in the human genome has been linked to risk of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Now, a new NIH-supported study in the Nov. 19, 2007, issue of NeuroReport (now online)...
Scientists suggest new pathway causing cell death in dementia
September 26, 2007
Scientists have discovered a link between a mutated gene and a protein found in dead brain cells of people who suffer from a form of dementia and other neurological disorders. The finding, reported in the Sept. 26, 2007, issue of the...
Study sheds new light on intimate lives of older Americans
August 22, 2007
A majority of older Americans are sexually active and view intimacy as an important part of life, despite a high rate of "bothersome" sexual problems, according to a new report in the Aug. 23, 2007, issue of The New England...
New NIA online publication features Health and Retirement Study
August 2, 2007
A comprehensive new publication, Growing Older in America: The Health & Retirement Study, is now available online from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This compendium offers a...
NIHSeniorHealth offers tips on how to talk with your doctor
July 26, 2007
How do you talk about a sensitive subject with your doctor? What if you forget to ask an important question? What if you feel rushed during your visit? How can you get the most out of your visit with your health care provider? Being able...
New NIH-supported study characterizes social networks of family, friends influencing obesity
July 25, 2007
People wondering about excessive weight gain might look to their relationships with family and friends for one clue, suggests new research reported July 26, 2007, in The New England Journal of Medicine. The study showed that obesity...