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,...
NIA adds genetic data to Health and Retirement Study
March 27, 2012
The Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a 20-year nationwide survey of the health, economic and social status of older Americans, has added genetic information from consenting participants to its massive database. Supported by the National Institute...
Restricted diet may improve survival after surgery
March 22, 2012
A new study in mice found that several days on a restricted diet helped in coping with the stress of surgery. The research, led by Dr. James Mitchell at the Harvard School of Public Health and supported in part by the NIA and the National Institute...
Smoking in middle age is associated with increased rate of cognitive decline in men
March 22, 2012
Men who smoked in middle age experienced more rapid cognitive decline with age than men who had never smoked, according to a recent article in Archives of General Psychiatry. Dr. Severine Sabia and colleagues examined data from the Whitehall II...
HHS seeks comment on draft National Plan to fight Alzheimer’s Disease
February 22, 2012
Public input sought on detailed strategies for research, outreach, caregiver support The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released today an ambitious draft National Plan to overcome Alzheimer’s disease and related...
FY 2012 budget and funding outlook for NIA
February 16, 2012
On December 23, 2011, President Obama signed the bill authorizing funding for the federal government through September 30, 2012. Passage and signing of a budget for fiscal year (FY) 2012 was welcome news, allowing NIA and other federal programs to...
We can’t wait: Administration announces new steps to fight Alzheimer’s disease
February 7, 2012
The Obama Administration today announced new efforts to fight Alzheimer’s disease, including immediately making an additional $50 million available for cutting-edge Alzheimer’s research. In addition, the administration announced that its...
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...