NIH-supported international teams identify rare Alzheimer’s disease risk gene variant
November 15, 2012
Two international teams of researchers, with NIH scientists and support, have separately identified a rare variation in the TREM2 gene as a moderate risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. TREM2 is a gene involved in inflammation and...
NIH-supported scientists find genes influence susceptibility to problems from vitamin D deficiency
November 14, 2012
An international team of researchers has found that the vitamin D receptor gene (VDR), which senses and communicates the presence of vitamin D to the body, influences the chance that people with vitamin D deficiency develop negative health outcomes...
NIH Toolbox Unveiled
November 2, 2012
Standardized neurological, behavioral measures to aid clinical research Unveiled in September 2012, the NIH Toolbox for Assessment of Behavioral and Neurological Function provides common, standardized measurements that will make it easier to pool...
Genetic variation linked to age-related hearing loss
October 25, 2012
A team of NIH-supported researchers has confirmed a link between age-related hearing loss and a gene producing a key protein in the inner ear. The findings reinforce observations in older people that genetics and environment interact, linking age-...
New database aims to capture international Alzheimer’s disease research efforts
October 10, 2012
NIH, Alzheimer’s Association invite research funders to participate A new, publicly available database is seeking to capture the full spectrum of current Alzheimer’s disease research investments and resources—both in the U.S....
Dr. Neil Buckholtz named head of Division of Neuroscience
October 2, 2012
The National Institute on Aging is pleased to announce that Neil Buckholtz, Ph.D., has been appointed as the new Director of the Division of Neuroscience (DN). Dr. Buckholtz comes to this position after 19 years of distinguished leadership as chief...
Risk gene for Alzheimer’s disease associated with lower brain amyloid
October 1, 2012
Researchers investigating a known gene risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease discovered it is associated with lower levels of beta amyloid—a brain protein involved in Alzheimer’s—in cognitively healthy older people. The...
NIH study finds calorie restriction does not affect survival
August 29, 2012
Scientists have found that calorie restriction—a diet comprised of approximately 30 percent fewer calories but with the same nutrients of a standard diet—does not extend years of life or reduce age-related deaths in a 23-year study of...
CDC recommends that all baby boomers get hepatitis C test
August 28, 2012
The CDC has issued new guidelines for hepatitis C testing, focusing on people born during 1945–1965, a population with a disproportionately high prevalence of HCV infection and related disease. CDC is now recommending all baby boomers receive...
Information for older drivers is newest topic on NIHSeniorHealth site
August 21, 2012
The National Institutes of Health today unveiled a new online resource for older drivers and families seeking information on an often sensitive topic: Is it still safe to drive? Developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH and the U.S....