Smoking in middle age is associated with increased rate of cognitive decline in men
March 22, 2012
Men who smoked in middle age experienced more rapid cognitive decline with age than men who had never smoked, according to a recent article in Archives of General Psychiatry. Dr. Severine Sabia and colleagues examined data from the...
Restricted diet may improve survival after surgery
March 22, 2012
A new study in mice found that several days on a restricted diet helped in coping with the stress of surgery. The research, led by Dr. James Mitchell at the Harvard School of Public Health and supported in part by the NIA and the National...
FY 2012 budget and funding outlook for NIA
February 16, 2012
On December 23, 2011, President Obama signed the bill authorizing funding for the federal government through September 30, 2012. Passage and signing of a budget for fiscal year (FY) 2012 was welcome news, allowing NIA and other federal...
Brain imaging shows lifetime cognitive activity may influence Alzheimer’s disease risk
February 1, 2012
Deposits of amyloid protein in the brain are considered a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Now, for the first time, greater levels of cognitive activity—reading, writing, and playing games—have been associated with lower...
NIH, Surgeon General launch Go4Life campaign at Capitol Hill briefing
January 23, 2012
Exercise and physical activity can help promote health and maintain independence, and this is as true for older people as it is for any age group. To encourage baby boomers—and their parents—to get active, the NIH on October 19...
New criteria announced for assessing Alzheimer’s disease neuropathology
January 18, 2012
The neuropathology guidelines used since 1997 to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease at autopsy have been updated to reflect a deeper understanding of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. This will help pathologists characterize Alzheimer...
Latest Alzheimer’s Research Progress Report Released
January 17, 2012
2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report: A Deeper Understanding, the latest annual Alzheimer’s research report from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) , is now available online. Prepared by the National Institute on Aging...
NIA and WHO Release Global Health and Aging Report
January 16, 2012
NIA and the World Health Organization (WHO) announce the availability of a new report, Global Health and Aging (PDF, 15.7M). As both the proportion of older people and the length of life increase throughout the world, key questions...
Pilot clinical trial shows nicotine patch may improve cognition in older people with memory loss
January 10, 2012
A nicotine skin patch may improve cognition in older people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a condition marked by memory loss that often leads to Alzheimer’s dementia, according to findings from a small pilot clinical trial...
NIA researchers find genetic connection to sweat secretion
January 5, 2012
While most Americans depend on heating and air conditioning systems to keep comfortable during winter and summer, the body itself is a master regulator of temperature. The nervous system regulates the body’s heat production and...