Walking, talking, and thinking about brain and body health
May 24, 2017
For some residents of Portland, OR, taking a walk down memory lane has taken on a whole new meaning. The Sharing History through Active Reminiscence and Photo-Imagery (SHARP) study combines walking, social engagement, and reminiscence to...
Researchers identify gene variant that confers risk for multiple sclerosis and lupus
April 27, 2017
An international team of researchers, including scientists from NIA’s Intramural Research Program, have identified an important new genetic variant that increases risk for two autoimmune diseases: multiple sclerosis (MS) and systemic...
Register now for Aging and Immunity Symposium!
April 10, 2017
Aging and Immunity Symposium May 10-11, 2017 Rockville, MD This two-day symposium is co-sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. There is no charge to attend this meeting...
Researchers find clue to damage and repair of aging cells
April 4, 2017
Why does the chance of getting cancer increase as we age? A long-standing hypothesis, supported by compelling evidence in the past several decades, implicates the accumulation over time of damage to cells, organelles, and biomolecules as...
Putting exercise to the test in people at risk for Alzheimer’s
February 6, 2017
Can exercise slow or prevent cognitive decline in older people who are at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease? A new clinical trial led by NIA-supported scientists in collaboration with the YMCA aims to find out whether exercise...
NIH initiative tests in-home technology to help older adults age in place
January 25, 2017
Many older adults want to live at home independently as they age. Sometimes all they need is a little help from their family and friends—and the right technology. A new initiative led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) aims...
Epigenetic age estimated by changes in DNA methylation predicts mortality
January 19, 2017
A person’s life expectancy is known to vary with chronological age, risk factors such as smoking, and health conditions such as heart disease. Add to that list a person’s “epigenetic age”—an estimate of...
Calorie restriction improves health, survival in rhesus monkeys
January 19, 2017
Studies show that most short-lived species, such as yeast cells, benefit from calorie-restricted diets. Could the same be true for species that live longer? Researchers in two parallel studies—one conducted by the National Institute...
Harnessing gamma brain waves to clear Alzheimer’s proteins
December 29, 2016
Animal study tests novel way to influence Alzheimer's-related brain changes Gamma brain waves—electrical charges that help link and process information from all parts of the brain—are known to slow down in the brains of...
Adaptive brain network change supports healthy cognitive aging in rats
December 9, 2016
Why does our ability to remember fail as we age? Is age-related memory loss normal, or a sign of something worse, like Alzheimer’s disease? A new study in rats suggests that part of the answer may rest on how effectively different...