Topics of Interest: Alzheimer's
Identifying mechanisms that may keep memories sharp in the aging brain
September 23, 2016
New stem cells in the dentate gyrus section of the hippocampus—the brain structure responsible for memory and learning—grow and integrate with existing cells to make memories stronger and more precise. The new cells compete for...
Fiscal year 2018 bypass budget for Alzheimer’s and related dementias available online
August 1, 2016
A new report prepared by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH at the request of Congress—Stopping Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias: Advancing Our Nation's Research Agenda—is now available online. It...
Decoding the molecular ties between vascular disease and Alzheimer's
March 14, 2016
Seeking a better understanding of vascular contributions to Alzheimer's disease, the National Institutes of Health has launched the Molecular Mechanisms of the Vascular Etiology of Alzheimer's Disease (M²OVE-AD) Consortium, a...
Study examines factors behind decline in dementia incidence
February 11, 2016
In the United States, as many as 5.2 million people age 65 and older are estimated to have Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, and these numbers are expected to rise with an aging population. However, a new NIH-...
SIRT3 enzyme protects brain cells from stress, helped by exercise
December 2, 2015
As animals, including humans, age or develop brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, their brain cells may not produce enough energy to remain fully functional. A new study shows that an enzyme, SIRT3, may protect brain cells against...
Health care costs for dementia found greater than for any other disease
October 27, 2015
In the last five years of life, total health care spending for people with dementia was more than a quarter-million dollars per person, some 57 percent greater than costs associated with death from other diseases, including cancer 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...
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...
Read latest Connections newsletter for Alzheimer’s research news
April 24, 2015
The Spring 2015 issue of Connections, the e-newsletter from NIA’s Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center, is now available! In the latest issue: Get a recap of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research...
Find information about volunteering for Alzheimer's clinical trials and studies
March 23, 2015
Researchers are making great advances in identifying potential new ways to help diagnose, treat, and even prevent Alzheimer’s disease. But it will take many people, including older adults, volunteering for research studies and trials...