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  • Research consortium including NIH proposes diagnostic criteria for sarcopenia
    April 15, 2014

    Sarcopenia, a loss of muscle mass often associated with weakness, is a commonly recognized cause of disability in older people. However, without consensus on ways to specifically measure this condition, the development of interventions for...

  • Blog post - percentiling of grant applications
    April 9, 2014

    Different kinds of NIA grant applications receive different kinds of scores when they are reviewed. Some applications get a percentile rank, while others get a priority score. Dr. Robin Barr, director of the NIA Division of Extramural Activities,...

  • 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, from a...

  • Blog post - a valuable data resource: Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging
    April 2, 2014

    The Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, or BLSA, is one of the world’s longest running studies of aging. Started in 1958, the BLSA enrolls healthy volunteers ages 20 years and older and follows them longitudinally—for life. The BLSA...

  • Blog post - funding policy and budget update
    March 26, 2014

    The NIA updated its 2014 funding policy on March 20. In a new blog post, Robin Barr, director of the NIA Division of Extramural Activities, describes the funding policy, paylines, success rates, and how this year's funding compares to previous...

  • offers comprehensive information on end of life
    March 26, 2014

    A new Web resource from the National Institutes of Health is aimed at helping people address a sensitive subject—the end of life. The latest addition to NIHSeniorHealth, the health and wellness website for older adults, the End of Life module...

  • 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 Biology....

  • Blog post - coming to the US to do science at NIA intramural
    March 19, 2014

    Postdoctoral fellow Davide Guerrieri left Italy three years ago to start his research fellowship at the National Institute on Aging labs in Baltimore, Maryland. "Doing science, living abroad, and learning how to speak and think in a new...

  • NIH urges older Americans to protect their kidneys
    March 13, 2014

    In recognition of World Kidney Day 2014 on March 13, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health remind older Americans about the...

  • 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 diseases...