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....
Federal report details health, economic status of older Americans
August 16, 2012
Today’s older Americans enjoy longer lives and better physical function than did previous generations, although, for some, an increased burden in housing costs and rising obesity may compromise these gains, according to a comprehensive federal...
NIA encourages applications to GEMSSTAR research program for early-career physicians moving into aging research
August 15, 2012
The NIA’s GEMSSTAR – Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists' Transition to Aging Research – program is winning rave reviews for enabling physicians just starting out in their careers to connect their specialty to aging...
Investigators create “brain map” of key epigenetic processes
August 14, 2012
Epigenetics, the study of how the environment modifies the way the human gene is expressed, is an emerging frontier in science. Diet and exposure to environmental chemicals, among other factors, can cause epigenetic changes that may turn on or off...