Researchers identify gene variant that confers risk for multiple sclerosis and lupus
April 27, 2017
An international team of researchers, including scientists from NIA’s Intramural Research Program, have identified an important new genetic variant that increases risk for two autoimmune diseases: multiple sclerosis (MS) and systemic lupus...
Toolkit provides tips to help older adults talk with their doctors
April 11, 2017
As we age, we all face more health conditions and treatments. To ensure they are getting good health care, it’s important for older adults to communicate effectively with their doctors and healthcare professionals. Help older adults make...
Register now for Aging and Immunity Symposium!
April 10, 2017
Aging and Immunity Symposium May 10-11, 2017 Rockville, MD This two-day symposium is co-sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. There is no charge to attend this meeting, but you...
Researchers find clue to damage and repair of aging cells
April 4, 2017
Why does the chance of getting cancer increase as we age? A long-standing hypothesis, supported by compelling evidence in the past several decades, implicates the accumulation over time of damage to cells, organelles, and biomolecules as an...
NIH-supported trials of testosterone therapy in older men report mixed results
February 21, 2017
In older men with low testosterone, one year of testosterone treatment improved bone density and corrected anemia of both known and unknown causes, but also increased the volume of coronary artery plaque, according to results reported from the...
Putting exercise to the test in people at risk for Alzheimer’s
February 6, 2017
Can exercise slow or prevent cognitive decline in older people who are at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease? A new clinical trial led by NIA-supported scientists in collaboration with the YMCA aims to find out whether exercise may be an...
Hypothermia: A Cold Weather Hazard
February 2, 2017
With shorter days and dropping temperatures, it is important to keep in mind that older adults are particularly vulnerable to the health risks that can come with cold weather. Hypothermia—a dangerous drop in core body temperature—can...
NIH initiative tests in-home technology to help older adults age in place
January 25, 2017
Many older adults want to live at home independently as they age. Sometimes all they need is a little help from their family and friends—and the right technology. A new initiative led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) aims to help...
Epigenetic age estimated by changes in DNA methylation predicts mortality
January 19, 2017
A person’s life expectancy is known to vary with chronological age, risk factors such as smoking, and health conditions such as heart disease. Add to that list a person’s “epigenetic age”—an estimate of biological age...
Calorie restriction improves health, survival in rhesus monkeys
January 19, 2017
Studies show that most short-lived species, such as yeast cells, benefit from calorie-restricted diets. Could the same be true for species that live longer? Researchers in two parallel studies—one conducted by the National Institute on Aging...