NIH researchers identify new gene mutation associated with ALS and dementia
April 7, 2014
A rare mutation in a gene involved in RNA metabolism, which is part of the control mechanism determining protein synthesis within the cell, has been linked with development of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This finding,...
NIH researchers find basal forebrain controls decision-making speed in rodents
March 26, 2014
Neural activity in the basal forebrain (BF) leads to a faster and more precise response to reward-based stimuli in rats, report Irene Avila and Shih-Chieh Lin of the National Institute on Aging at NIH, in the March 18, 2014 issue of PLOS...
Researchers find association between abnormal tau and damaged brain cell DNA
March 6, 2014
Scientists have identified a possible cellular mechanism triggered by oxidative stress and DNA damage that is linked to tau, a protein commonly seen in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease and certain other neurodegenerative...
NIH-supported clinical trial finds antidepressant reduces Alzheimer’s agitation
February 25, 2014
NIH-funded researchers are testing interventions to alleviate psychiatric conditions and symptoms, such as agitation, that distress people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. The goal is to identify treatments that are safer and...
Rare genetic variants may double risk for Alzheimer’s disease
January 30, 2014
Scientists have identified several rare but influential variants in a gene not previously linked to Alzheimer’s that may double the risk for the disease in people who carry the gene. The results of the study, led by researchers at...
Seminar To - Human T Cell Aging: Telomere Loss, Inflammation and Links to Disease
January 7, 2014
Subject: Dr. Rita Effros February 5 at the GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) winter seminar When: Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Where: Lipsett Amphitheater, Building 10, NIH Title: "Human T Cell Aging:...
New clinical trials to test Alzheimer’s drugs
December 23, 2013
Participant enrollment to start in early 2014 Two new clinical trials funded largely by NIA—a major Alzheimer’s prevention study and a test of a promising insulin therapy in people with mild cognitive impairment or mild...
National Alzheimer’s Project Act update
December 23, 2013
Advisory Council considers brave new world of "big data" “Big data”—the collection and analysis of large, complex data sets—is both a boon and a challenge to Alzheimer’s researchers, according to...
Report details value of information on subjective well-being
December 5, 2013
A new report sponsored by the National Institute on Aging at NIH and the U.K. Economic and Social Research Council and produced by the National Research Council, suggested that national surveys might begin to seek information on “...
NIH researchers find vitamin D binding protein may help to assess vitamin D deficiency in African and white Americans
November 21, 2013
Measuring vitamin D binding protein (VDBP) may be important for accurately determining vitamin D deficiency, especially among African Americans, reports a team of researchers led by the National Institute on Aging, NIH, in the November 21...