NIHSeniorHealth adds information on falls
October 16, 2006
You accidentally slip on a wet bathroom floor, trip on a loose throw rug, or lose your balance on the stairs. If you or an older person you know has fallen, you're not alone. Each year, more than 1.6 million older Americans go to the...
Researchers discover misfolded protein clumps common to dementia, Lou Gehrig's disease
October 5, 2006
Scientists have identified a misfolded, or incorrectly formed, protein common to two devastating neurological diseases, frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease),...
Researchers announce results of study on genetic variation in Parkinson’s disease
September 27, 2006
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have completed one of the first large-scale studies of the role of common genetic variation in Parkinson’s disease (PD). While the results fill in some missing pieces of the...
High blood pressure information added to NIHSeniorHealth
September 20, 2006
High blood pressure often is called “the silent killer“ because many people don't know they have it. Even though it doesn't cause symptoms, high blood pressure is a major health risk. If it isn't treated, it can...
NIHSeniorHealth adds information on Paget's disease of bone
September 8, 2006
Our bones are living tissue, and our bodies are constantly replacing old bone with new bone. In Paget's disease, however, old bone is broken down and replaced at a faster rate than normal. Typically, Paget's disease occurs in just...
Study links medical spending to life expectancy gains
August 31, 2006
What: A new study looks at medical spending and increased life expectancy between 1960 and 2000 and determines that medical expenses provide reasonable value. The study, to be published in the August 31, 2006,New England Journal of...
Study finds 'gradient of disability' linked to household income of older adults
August 17, 2006
Low-income Americans ages 55 to 84 are far more likely than their wealthier peers to feel limited in doing basic physical activities such as climbing stairs and lifting objects, according to a new study. The research, published in the...
Media Availability: Medicare's prescription drug coverage target met, yet more consumer education about Part D is needed, survey finds
August 1, 2006
What: A new study to be published in Health Affairs found that, following open enrollment in the new Medicare Part D prescription drug program, Medicare’s target to have 90 percent of people 65 and older covered by prescription drug...
Scientists discover new frontotemporal dementia gene
July 17, 2006
Scientists have discovered genetic mutations that cause a form of familial frontotemporal dementia (FTD), a finding that provides clues to the underlying mechanism of this devastating disease and that may provide insight for future...
NIH-funded study seeks long-lived families to help discover secrets of long and healthy life
July 11, 2006
Long, healthy life tends to run in some families, and researchers on a project supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) want to learn more about the factors that contribute to it. The Long Life Family Study (LLFS), developed by...
Higher levels of common daily activity associated with lower risk of death
July 11, 2006
Older adults who expend more energy through any daily activity, including non-exercise activity, have a lower rate of death than adults who are less active, according to a study in the July 12 issue of JAMA. Observational studies have...
Greater proportion of older men, women working, according to updated federal report
July 10, 2006
As the baby boom generation anticipates retirement, a growing proportion of older Americans are in fact remaining in the workforce. Labor force participation rates for older women have increased significantly since the mid-1980s, and for...
NIHSeniorHealth adds information on heart attack
July 7, 2006
What causes a heart attack, and how can I reduce my risk? What are the symptoms of a heart attack, and do I have to have all of them before calling 911? Does having a heart attack mean that I can't do the things I enjoy doing? The...
NIH, University of Michigan renew major survey on older adults' health, retirement
June 19, 2006
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has renewed its cooperative agreement with the University of Michigan to continue the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), the nation’s leading...
Study finds middle-aged Americans not as healthy as English counterparts
May 2, 2006
White middle-aged Americans are not as healthy as their English counterparts, and in both countries lower income and education levels are associated with poorer health, according to a new comparison of key American and English health...
Media Availability: Low calorie diet affects aging-related factors
April 4, 2006
What: Results from a controlled clinical trial indicate that overweight people who cut their calories by 25 percent for six months have reduced fasting insulin levels and core body temperature, two markers for which lower levels have been...
Dramatic changes in U.S. aging highlighted in new census, NIH report
March 9, 2006
The face of aging in the United States is changing dramatically -- and rapidly, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report, commissioned by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Today’s older Americans are very different from...
NIHSeniorHealth adds information on heart failure
March 3, 2006
NIHSeniorHealth (www.NIHSeniorHealth.gov) now offers information about the prevention, detection, and treatment of heart failure, a health condition that affects roughly 5 million older Americans. Designed especially for seniors,...
NIA expands arts program aimed at debunking negative aging stereotypes
February 22, 2006
Gail Brooks, 74, created a Japanese floral arrangement to express her feelings about the Vital Visionaries, an arts-based program developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). To...
NIH seeks strategies to preserve brain health
February 21, 2006
With the rapid aging of the population, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is intensifying the search for strategies to preserve brain health as people grow older. The effort moved an important step forward today with a report by an...