Fostering Alzheimer’s brain donation among African Americans
October 30, 2014
Education, relationship-building can bolster research participation Dr. Lisa L. Barnes of Rush University's Alzheimer's Disease Center meets with a patient. Increasing African-American...
Groundbreaking Alzheimer’s model in petri dish points to amyloid as disease trigger
October 16, 2014
NIA-supported researchers recently developed an innovative method to culture human brain cells in the laboratory and then modeled, for the first time, the cascade of cellular changes involved in the onset and progression of Alzheimer...
Loss of the sense of smell may predict mortality risk among older people
October 2, 2014
Frailty and dementia often signal increased risk for mortality among older people. But can the loss of olfaction—the sense of smell—also be a significant indicator of mortality risk? An NIH-supported study involving thousands...
Increased brain activity may compensate for amyloid pathology in older brains
September 15, 2014
Researchers have long wondered why some older people remain cognitively normal despite having abnormal levels of beta-amyloid in their brains, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. While research has shown that older adults with Mild...
OSP Scholar Spotlight: Dr. Kimberly Johnson
September 11, 2014
Dr. Kimberly Johnson is dedicating her career to identifying best practices among providers to increase access to hospice care for older African Americans. Her research describes inter-county variability in ethnic disparities in hospice...
NIH-supported study shows promise for blood test for Alzheimer’s disease
August 15, 2014
Preliminary findings from a study by National Institute on Aging (NIA) scientists and colleagues showed that a blood test for Alzheimer’s-related proteins may accurately predict who might be at risk for the disease years before...
NIH-funded researchers link epigenome changes to Alzheimer’s disease
August 15, 2014
Two new NIH-supported studies have shown that a person’s epigenome—the chemical modifications, or marks, on our DNA that turn gene activity on and off—may influence Alzheimer’s disease-related changes in the brain...
Physical activity and Alzheimer’s-related hippocampal atrophy
August 4, 2014
Physical activity may help prevent atrophy of the hippocampus, a brain region important for learning and memory that often shrinks in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study that looked at the rate of atrophy...
OSP Scholar Spotlight: Dr. Alexander Smith
August 4, 2014
Dr. Alexander Smith is working to improve quality of life and communication for older adults with life limiting illness. After training in Primary Care Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr...
Landmark A4 Alzheimer's prevention trial now enrolling
July 9, 2014
Healthy older adults age 65 to 85 with normal memory but who may be at risk of Alzheimer’s are invited to participate in a major clinical trial to prevent or delay the disease. The trial—Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic...