Death rate, poor health rise for middle-aged whites, reversing trend
December 8, 2015
The death rate among middle-aged, white Americans rose significantly between 1999 and 2013, reversing a decades-long trend of improvement, new research shows. This group also reported worse physical and mental health than other age groups, according...
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 stresses...
Notice: Clarifying NIH Priorities for Health Economics Research
December 1, 2015
This Notice serves to communicate NIH’s priority areas of health economics research. Applicants and potential applicants for NIH research grants are advised to consult with NIH program officers in Institutes and Centers (IC) appropriate to...
NIH supports new studies to find Alzheimer’s biomarkers in Down syndrome
November 18, 2015
The National Institutes of Health has launched a new initiative to identify biomarkers and track the progression of Alzheimer’s in people with Down syndrome. Many people with Down syndrome have Alzheimer’s-related brain changes in their...
NIA Grantee Heidi Williams awarded 2015 MacArthur Fellowship
November 16, 2015
Heidi Williams, Class of 1957 Career Development Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at MIT, was awarded a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship. The citation recognizes her as “….an economist unraveling the causes and consequences of...
NIA Investigators Receive Supplement Awards for Health Disparities Research Related to Aging
November 12, 2015
The National Institute on Aging has been working to stimulate health disparities research related to aging. An opportunity is currently available for researchers interested in aging, stress, resilience, and health disparities. There are also...
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 heart disease...
NIA grantee Angus Deaton wins 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics
October 15, 2015
The 2015 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences has been awarded to National Institute on Aging grantee Angus Deaton, Ph.D., of Princeton University, N.J. “The National Institute on Aging is proud to have supported Dr. Deaton’s work for...
Researchers identify new area of brain associated with suppressing inappropriate behavioral response
September 24, 2015
The ability to suppress inappropriate behavioral responses—known as cognitive inhibitory control—is essential for everyday living. The time required for the brain to inhibit a response is called the stop-signal reaction time. Certain...
Seniors Join Surgeon General, NIA for A Capitol Walk with Go4Life®
September 11, 2015
On September 18, older adults will join the U.S. Surgeon General, the Director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA), fitness expert Donna Richardson, and leaders from a number of agencies and organizations for a fitness walk in the Nation’...