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...
Study finds mix of disease processes at work in brains of most people with dementia
June 13, 2007
Few older people die with brains untouched by a pathological process, however, an individual’s likelihood of having clinical signs of dementia increases with the number of different disease processes present in the brain, according...
Early results from Alzheimer's neuroimaging biomarker project show promise for faster study of therapies
June 10, 2007
Alzheimer’s disease researchers may be able to reduce the time and expense associated with clinical trials, according to early results from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), a public-private research...
Skin cancer information is newest offering on NIHSeniorHealth web site
May 15, 2007
Those who have reached middle age and beyond can remember when deep tans were thought to be beautiful and healthy. Back then, it was not widely recognized that hours spent sunbathing could increase the risk for skin cancer. It was not...
Can an omega-3 fatty acid slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease?
May 10, 2007
Nutritionists have long endorsed fish as part of a heart-healthy diet, and now some studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids found in the oil of certain fish may also benefit the brain by lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. In...
NIA Statement: Early findings from ADAPT indicate NSAIDs do not prevent Alzheimer’s disease
April 25, 2007
The drugs naproxen and celecoxib did not reduce risk for Alzheimer’s disease in an analysis of data from a clinical trial sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The trial...
Tai Chi boosts immunity to shingles virus in older adults, NIH-sponsored study reports
April 6, 2007
Tai Chi, a traditional Chinese form of exercise, may help older adults avoid getting shingles by increasing immunity to varicella-zoster virus (VZV) and boosting the immune response to varicella vaccine in older adults, according to a new...
Could baby boomers be approaching retirement in worse shape than their predecessors?
March 5, 2007
Americans in their early to mid-50s today report poorer health, more pain and more trouble doing everyday physical tasks than their older peers reported at the same age in years past, a recent analysis has shown. The research, published in...
Media Availability: Special journal issue focuses on delirium and dementia in older people
January 16, 2007
What: Studies indicate that each year more than 2.5 million hospitalized older adults experience delirium, a state of acute mental confusion. Delirium is worrisome to patients and to their families and friends, and it is estimated that...
Scientists find new genetic clue to cause of Alzheimer's disease
January 14, 2007
Variations in a gene known as SORL1 may be a factor in the development of late onset Alzheimer's disease, an international team of researchers has discovered. The genetic clue, which could lead to a better understanding of one cause of...
NIHSeniorHealth adds information on depression
January 8, 2007
Important life changes that we make as we get older may cause feelings of uneasiness, stress, and sadness. For instance, the death of a loved one, moving from work into retirement, or dealing with a serious illness can leave people feeling...
New brain imaging compound shows promise for earlier detection of Alzheimer’s disease
December 20, 2006
A new imaging molecule that can detect and map plaques and tangles in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease could eventually lead to earlier diagnosis of the devastating disease, researchers at the University of California,...
Mental exercise helps maintain some seniors' thinking skills
December 19, 2006
Certain mental exercises can offset some of the expected decline in older adults' thinking skills and show promise for maintaining cognitive abilities needed to do everyday tasks such as shopping, making meals and handling finances,...
Herbal supplement fails to relieve hot flashes in large NIH trial
December 18, 2006
The herbal supplement black cohosh, whether used alone or with other botanical supplements, did not relieve hot flashes in postmenopausal women or those approaching menopause, who participated in the Herbal Alternatives (HALT) for...
Disability among older Americans continues significant decline
December 1, 2006
Chronic disability among older Americans has dropped dramatically, and the rate of decline has accelerated during the past two decades, according to a new analysis of data from the National Long-Term Care Survey (NLTCS). The study,...
Novel program enhances dementia caregivers' quality of life
November 21, 2006
A multifaceted, personalized intervention can significantly improve the quality of life for caregivers of people with dementia, new research published Nov. 21, 2006, in Annals of Internal Medicine has found. The study, Resources for...
Structured exercise program may enhance seniors' physical functioning
November 17, 2006
A structured exercise program may boost the physical well-being of sedentary seniors who are at risk of losing independent functioning, a new study to be published in the November 2006 Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences has found....
NIA statement data published on safety review of anti-inflammatory drugs in ADAPT Alzheimer's disease clinical trial
November 17, 2006
On Dec. 17, 2004, the Alzheimer’s Disease Anti-Inflammatory Prevention Trial (ADAPT) Steering Committee suspended treatments with two non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in a large, three-arm, national Alzheimer’s...
Media Availability: Fewer risk factors in midlife linked to healthier, longer lives for men
November 14, 2006
What: A new study specifically pinpoints risk factors that may increase or decrease the odds of living long and healthy lives for middle-aged men. The study, appearing in the Nov. 15, 2006, Journal of the American Medical Association,...
Study demonstrates improved health, survival in aged overweight male mice on resveratrol
November 1, 2006
Overweight aged male mice whose high calorie (fat) diet was supplemented by resveratrol, a natural compound found in common foods like grapes, wines and nuts, had better health and survival than aged overweight mice who did not receive it...