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...
Fasting-mimicking diet shows potential health benefits in mice and people
August 26, 2015
Fasting, the most extreme form of dietary restriction, has been shown to have multiple health benefits in many – but not all – animal models, but may not be a practical or safe long-term intervention for people. A team of...
Study shows that individuals age at different rates
August 10, 2015
Much of the research on human aging has been conducted in animal models and in older people. The Dunedin Study in New Zealand, funded in part by NIA, has taken a different approach, studying a group of 1,037 people born in 1972-73 from...
People with memory complaints, Alzheimer’s risk gene show early biological signs of disease
May 15, 2015
Cognitively normal older adults who report memory problems and have a genetic risk for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease also have biological evidence of brain changes associated with the disease, a new NIA-funded study reports. The...
Financial incentives can increase the effectiveness of smoking cessation programs
May 15, 2015
Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable illness and death despite the implementation of national policies, behavioral programs, and pharmacological treatments that have helped decrease smoking rates in the US. One promising line...
Bethune-Cookman University hosts inaugural Caregiver Symposium
April 21, 2015
The Bethune-Cookman University Petrock College of Health Sciences, Daytona Beach, FL hosted their first Caregivers Symposium. Dr. Vanessa Jones Briscoe, Department Chair for Aging Studies, acknowledges that with the “graying”...
Heart disease and multimorbidity information available online
April 15, 2015
Heart disease is the leading cause of death and a major cause of disability in the U.S., but it doesn’t occur in isolation. A new website—http://www.accagsniamultimorbidityworkshop.com—now provides the latest information...
Institute of Medicine releases report on cognitive aging
April 14, 2015
A new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) calls for increased research on assessing and maintaining cognitive health in older adults. The report, Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action, released...