Protein involved in brain-wave maintenance linked to Alzheimer’s-related cognitive dysfunction
June 1, 2012
In the brain, neurons use tightly controlled chemical and electrical signals to communicate with one another in complex networks. Low levels of a protein that facilitates these signals are associated with Alzheimer’s-related memory problems in...
NIH partners with new public TV project
May 30, 2012
The National Institutes of Health is a partner in the new Next Avenue, a national public media project launched May 14, 2012, by PBS, focused on the growing 50+ population. NIH is collaborating with Next Avenue to share health information with this...
Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit offers research recommendations
May 18, 2012
The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit 2012: Path to Treatment and Prevention, held May 14-15, 2012, brought together leading experts on Alzheimer’s disease and other complex diseases to identify research priorities and strategies...
NIH-funded research provides new clues on how ApoE4 affects Alzheimer's risk
May 16, 2012
Common variants of the ApoE gene are strongly associated with the risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer's disease, but the gene's role in the disease has been unclear. Now, researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have...
Obama administration presents national plan to fight Alzheimer’s disease
May 15, 2012
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released an ambitious national plan to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The plan was called for in the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), which President Obama signed into law...
Alzheimer’s Research Summit, May 14-15, 2012
May 14, 2012
The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit 2012: Path to Treatment and Prevention was held May 14-15, 2012. Webcast of the Summit is available here: Day 1 webcast Day 2 webcast Transcripts: Day 1 (MS Word, 878K) Day 2 (MS Word...
NIH research featured in HBO documentary series on obesity
May 9, 2012
"The Weight of the Nation" documentary series and public awareness campaign by the cable network HBO, launching this week, features National Institutes of Health research showing how obesity affects the country's health and how...
Genes involved in age-related declines in brain volume may play role in Alzheimer’s disease
April 16, 2012
The hippocampus, a brain region important to learning and memory, gradually loses volume as part of the normal aging process. This loss is significantly accelerated in older people with Alzheimer’s disease, especially if they have vascular...
New study identifies role of large protein fragment in blocking amyloid build-up
April 13, 2012
Plaques made up of abnormal deposits of beta-amyloid protein are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. The toxic buildup begins when the beta-secretase enzyme (BACE), working in concert with a partner enzyme, snips a small fragment of amyloid...
NIHSeniorHealth.gov gets new look, enhanced features
March 28, 2012
NIHSeniorHealth.gov, the health and wellness website for older adults from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has been expanded and updated. Jointly developed by the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine at NIH,...