Media Availability: Federal report details health and economic status of older Americans
July 19, 2010
Today’s older Americans enjoy longer lives and better health than did previous generations. These and other trends are reported in Older Americans 2010: Key Indicators of Well-Being, a unique, comprehensive look at aging in the United States...
In Memoriam: Robert N. Butler, M.D.
July 5, 2010
Dr. Robert N. Butler, NIA’s founding director, died July 4, 2010. He was 83. Dr. Butler leaves behind an unparalleled professional and personal legacy. There was no greater champion for older people and for the research and policies that...
Adverse cardiovascular events reported in testosterone trial in older men
June 30, 2010
A clinical trial of testosterone treatment in older men, reported June 30 online in the New England Journal of Medicine, has found a higher rate of adverse cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and elevated blood pressure, in a group of older...
Allopregnanolone reverses memory loss in mouse model of Alzheimer's
June 15, 2010
Allopregnanolone, a metabolite of the hormone progesterone that is made in the central nervous system, reversed neurological decline and improved performance on memory tests in 3-month-old mice with characteristics of Alzheimer's disease, a...
In Memoriam: William R. Markesbery, M.D.
June 15, 2010
William R. Markesbery, M.D., who for more than 30 years was director of the University of Kentucky (UK) Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, died January 30, 2010, at age 77, in Lexington, KY. Dr. Markesbery led the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging from...
Subjective cognitive impairment could be precursor of further decline
June 15, 2010
The cognitive health of older adults with “subjective cognitive impairment” (SCI) declined faster and further than that of people without SCI over a period of years, a recent study found. The study suggests that very early, subtle...
Gene linked to Alzheimer’s disease plays key role in cell survival
June 10, 2010
Scientists have discovered that a gene linked to Alzheimer’s disease may play a beneficial role in cell survival by enabling neurons to clear away toxic proteins. A study funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National...
NIH-supported study looks for earliest changes in the brain that may lead to Alzheimer's disease
June 2, 2010
Volunteers are being sought for a clinical study examining the subtle changes that may take place in the brains of older people many years before overt symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease appear. Researchers are looking for people with the very...
New grants boost Alzheimer's research
June 1, 2010
Recovery Act Funds New, Ongoing Projects Alzheimer's disease researchers across the nation have an infusion of new grants from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). More than 100 Alzheimer's-related projects, ranging from basic...
In mouse study, researchers discover new mechanism for clearing blockages from smallest blood vessels
May 26, 2010
Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have identified in mice a previously unknown protective mechanism by which the smallest blood vessels remove blood clots and other blockages from the brain. The findings provide...