Brain imaging shows lifetime cognitive activity may influence Alzheimer’s disease risk
February 1, 2012
Deposits of amyloid protein in the brain are considered a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Now, for the first time, greater levels of cognitive activity—reading, writing, and playing games—have been associated with lower amyloid...
NIH, Surgeon General launch Go4Life campaign at Capitol Hill briefing
January 23, 2012
Exercise and physical activity can help promote health and maintain independence, and this is as true for older people as it is for any age group. To encourage baby boomers—and their parents—to get active, the NIH on October 19 launched...
New criteria announced for assessing Alzheimer’s disease neuropathology
January 18, 2012
The neuropathology guidelines used since 1997 to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease at autopsy have been updated to reflect a deeper understanding of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. This will help pathologists characterize Alzheimer’s-...
Latest Alzheimer’s Research Progress Report Released
January 17, 2012
2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report: A Deeper Understanding, the latest annual Alzheimer’s research report from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) , is now available online. Prepared by the National Institute on Aging, which...
NIA and WHO Release Global Health and Aging Report
January 16, 2012
NIA and the World Health Organization (WHO) announce the availability of a new report, Global Health and Aging (PDF, 15.7M). As both the proportion of older people and the length of life increase throughout the world, key questions arise. Will...
Pilot clinical trial shows nicotine patch may improve cognition in older people with memory loss
January 10, 2012
A nicotine skin patch may improve cognition in older people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a condition marked by memory loss that often leads to Alzheimer’s dementia, according to findings from a small pilot clinical trial reported in...
NIA researchers find genetic connection to sweat secretion
January 5, 2012
While most Americans depend on heating and air conditioning systems to keep comfortable during winter and summer, the body itself is a master regulator of temperature. The nervous system regulates the body’s heat production and dissipation...
J Taylor Harden retires
December 31, 2011
Dr. J Taylor Harden, who led efforts at NIA and in the research community nationwide to bring diversity to research and to the ranks of scientists conducting research on aging, retired from NIA on December 31. Since 1997, Dr. Harden was the Chief of...
Former NIA Director Dr. T. Franklin Williams dies at 89
December 1, 2011
T. Franklin Williams, M.D., the second director of the National Institute on Aging, died on November 25, 2011, at his home in Rochester, New York. He would have been 90 years old on November 26. Dr. Williams is credited with bringing to aging...
LINKS: Minority Research & Training - Fall 2011
December 1, 2011
In Their Own Words: Participant Reflections from the 2011 Summer Institute on Aging Research NIH-Supported Study Finds Disparity in Research Project Grants NIA Assesses Impact of Diversity Supplements New from NIA Communications...