People at genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease to test prevention drugs
August 23, 2016
The two biggest risk factors for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease—age and carrying a risk gene—can’t be changed. But what if people could do something to counteract those risks and possibly tip the balance in their favor? A...
Pointing the way forward in geroscience
August 17, 2016
Do people get disease from aging or are certain aspects of aging caused by disease? This is one of the central questions of geroscience, an emerging field in aging research. The question is explored and elaborated on in a special issue of the...
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 outlines...
Eliezer Masliah to head NIA’s Division of Neuroscience
July 18, 2016
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced that Eliezer Masliah, M.D., a leader in Alzheimer’s disease research, has been appointed as the new director of the Institute’s Division of...
Brain scans offer insights into loss of money skills
July 12, 2016
Older adults are all too often easy targets for financial abuse, and those with Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders are especially vulnerable. To learn more about seniors’ financial skills, NIA-funded scientists are using...
Advice for older people on staying safe in hot weather
July 11, 2016
Summer is here and it’s blazing hot! It is important to be aware of the health risks that higher temperatures can bring. Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions are particularly susceptible to hyperthermia and other heat-...
NIA opens GEMSSTAR awards to dental specialists
June 23, 2016
NIA’s Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists’ Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) program is now open to dentists and dental specialists interested in starting a research career related to aging. Details about the GEMSSTAR...
High blood pressure is linked to cognitive decline
June 16, 2016
Studies explore treatments, prevention There’s a saying, “What’s good for your heart is good for your brain.” Evidence supports preventing or controlling cardiovascular conditions such as high blood pressure to protect...
Haaga to head NIA Division of Behavioral and Social Research
June 7, 2016
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced that John G. Haaga, Ph.D., an expert in demography and public policy, has been named director of the institute’s Division of Behavioral and...
Researchers identify genetic links to educational attainment
May 11, 2016
An international team of researchers has identified 74 areas of the human genome associated with educational attainment. It is well known that social and other environmental factors influence education, but these findings, reported by the Social...