Death rate, poor health rise for middle-aged whites, reversing trend
December 8, 2015
The death rate among middle-aged, white Americans rose significantly between 1999 and 2013, reversing a decades-long trend of improvement, new research shows. This group also reported worse physical and mental health than other age groups...
SIRT3 enzyme protects brain cells from stress, helped by exercise
December 2, 2015
As animals, including humans, age or develop brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, their brain cells may not produce enough energy to remain fully functional. A new study shows that an enzyme, SIRT3, may protect brain cells against...
Notice: Clarifying NIH Priorities for Health Economics Research
December 1, 2015
This Notice serves to communicate NIH’s priority areas of health economics research. Applicants and potential applicants for NIH research grants are advised to consult with NIH program officers in Institutes and Centers (IC)...
NIA Grantee Heidi Williams awarded 2015 MacArthur Fellowship
November 16, 2015
Heidi Williams, Class of 1957 Career Development Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at MIT, was awarded a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship. The citation recognizes her as “….an economist unraveling the causes and...
NIA Investigators Receive Supplement Awards for Health Disparities Research Related to Aging
November 12, 2015
The National Institute on Aging has been working to stimulate health disparities research related to aging. An opportunity is currently available for researchers interested in aging, stress, resilience, and health disparities. There are...
OSP Scholar Spotlight: Dr. S. Duke Han
October 27, 2015
Dr. S. Duke Han has found success in his NIA training awards and opportunities. Trained in neuropsychological assessment with the Brigham Behavioral Neurology Group in Boston, MA, he completed additional training in neurocognition and...
NIA grantee Angus Deaton wins 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics
October 15, 2015
The 2015 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences has been awarded to National Institute on Aging grantee Angus Deaton, Ph.D., of Princeton University, N.J. “The National Institute on Aging is proud to have supported Dr. Deaton’s...
Researchers identify new area of brain associated with suppressing inappropriate behavioral response
September 24, 2015
The ability to suppress inappropriate behavioral responses—known as cognitive inhibitory control—is essential for everyday living. The time required for the brain to inhibit a response is called the stop-signal reaction time....
Adults obese or overweight at midlife may be at risk for earlier onset of Alzheimer’s disease
September 1, 2015
Being obese or overweight in middle age has been linked to increased risk of dementia. To learn more, researchers at the National Institute on Aging, part of the NIH, further explored the relationship between weight at midlife and...
Mixed pathologies likely cause dementia in the oldest-old
August 28, 2015
The brains of people who live to age 90 and older—the oldest-old—usually have a mix of pathologies associated with dementia. Alzheimer’s disease-related brain changes are the most common, but other pathologies often found...