Genetic mutation linked to inherited forms of ALS, dementia
September 28, 2011
National Institutes of Health scientists and worldwide teams of researchers have identified the most common genetic cause known to date for two neurological diseases, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). The...
Pilot trial of insulin nasal-spray for Alzheimer’s yields promising results
September 12, 2011
Results of a pilot clinical trial show a nasal-spray form of insulin delayed memory loss and preserved cognition in people with cognitive deficits that range from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at...
Compound improves health, increases lifespan of obese mice
August 18, 2011
Researchers have reported that obese male mice treated with a synthetic compound called SRT1720 were healthier and lived longer compared to non-treated obese mice. The experimental compound was found to improve the function of the liver, pancreas...
Study finds fasting may help reduce negative side effects of chemotherapy
July 28, 2011
Valter Longo and colleagues proposed that a treatment used to prolong life in some laboratory organisms could offer protection against the negative effects of chemotherapy. That treatment is fasting, a special type of dietary restriction....
NIH tips for older adults to combat heat-related illnesses
July 18, 2011
Older people can face risks related to hot weather. As people age, their bodies lose some ability to adapt to heat. They may have medical conditions that are worsened by heat. And their medications could reduce their ability to respond to heat. The...
Media Availability: NIH researchers tie even sedentary employment in men to overall increased physical activity
July 12, 2011
WHAT: Employment status may be related in some ways to weekday physical activity, according to researchers at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health. In a study measuring activity levels, full-time employed...
Oregon health insurance lottery shows access to insurance increases health care use; improves well-being, decreases financial strain
July 7, 2011
The first results of the 2008 Oregon health insurance lottery study, supported in part by the NIA, indicate that people enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program reported improved health and well-being, as well as reduced financial strain. They...
NIH-funded study uses planning prompts to enhance vaccination rates
June 13, 2011
We all have good intentions, but sometimes we need a nudge to turn those intentions into actions. According to a new study, encouraging people to write down the date and time when they plan to get their flu shot increased the number of people who...
White House, UK include NIA in collaboration
May 25, 2011
A joint statement from the U.S. and United Kingdom on collaborations in higher education, science and innovation cites the NIA’s role in the development of measures on subjective wellbeing. The statement noted the potential for such research...
Luigi Ferrucci named NIA scientific director
May 24, 2011
Luigi Ferrucci, M.D., Ph.D., an internationally known geriatrician and gerontologist, has been named NIA’s new Scientific Director, effective May 8, 2011. Dr. Ferrucci has served in NIA’s Intramural Research Program (IRP) as chief of the...