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    New research illuminates memory loss and early dementia
    April 1, 2009

    "Where are my glasses?" "Remind me who that person is. I can't remember his name." "What's the word I'm looking for? It's right on the tip of my tongue." Sound familiar? As people get older...

  • Immunization reduced Aβ brain deposits in older dogs but did not improve cognition
    March 17, 2009

    As they age, dogs, like people, can accumulate beta-amyloid (Aβ) plaques, sticky protein deposits in the brain that are a signature sign of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In a recent NIA-funded study, immunization prevented these...

  • Study examines Americans’ experience of pain
    March 17, 2009

    Researchers at Princeton University in New Jersey and Stony Brook University in New York used a novel method to assess the percentage of people experiencing pain and its severity at randomly selected times in a representative sample of U.S...

  • Hypertension reduces blood flow to brain, may pose risk of dementia
    March 17, 2009

    Research has shown that hypertension (high blood pressure), a common condition in older adults, affects cardiovascular function and, by extension, increases the risk of cerebrovascular disease. While previous studies have identified...

  • Research on Medicare Part D examines adherence, awareness of coverage
    March 17, 2009

    The implementation of Medicare Part D—the prescription drug benefit—provided Americans aged 65 and over the opportunity to enroll for Medicare coverage of prescription drugs. Following the first year of the program, two teams...

  • Interviews can help judge AD patients' capacity for informed consent
    March 17, 2009

    Cognitive impairment in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease (AD) can diminish their capacity to provide informed consent for clinical trials, presenting ethical challenges for researchers. A semistructured interview can...

  • Fall prevention training for clinicians can reduce serious injuries
    March 17, 2009

    Training clinical staff in fall-prevention practices and strategies can help reduce serious falls and the need for related medical care among elderly people, suggests a new study, funded in part by the NIA. Research has shown that falls...

  • Study links larger waist circumference to higher mortality risk
    March 17, 2009

    People with a large waist circumference have a higher risk of mortality, even if they have a normal body mass index (BMI—a ratio of weight to height), finds a recent study supported in part by the NIA. The results suggest that waist...

  • Discovering the secrets of long, healthy lives
    March 1, 2009

    Like many retirees, Jim likes to keep busy. He tends his garden, putters around the house, and volunteers at the local hospital. A widower, he enjoys visits with his three daughters and four grandchildren. He became a great-grandfather...

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    A Conversation With... Robin Barr
    March 1, 2009

    In September 2007, Dr. Robin Barr was named director of NIA’s Division of Extramural Activities (DEA). A native of Scotland, Dr. Barr received his undergraduate and doctoral degrees in psychology from Oxford University and...