Impaired clearance, not overproduction of toxic proteins, may underlie Alzheimer's disease
December 9, 2010
In Alzheimer's disease, a protein fragment called beta-amyloid accumulates at abnormally high levels in the brain. Now researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have found that in the most common, late-onset form of Alzheimer's...
NIHSeniorHealth.gov offers info on anxiety disorders in older adults
December 8, 2010
Anxiety caused by stressful events like moving or losing a job is a normal part of life. Anxiety disorders, on the other hand, are characterized by persistent, excessive and disabling fear and worry and get progressively worse if left untreated. It...
LINKS: Minority Research & Training - Fall 2010
December 1, 2010
NIA Takes Its Training on the Road Poverty and Race As Risk Factors for Kidney Disease in African Americans Come Dance With Me If it’s July, This Must Be the Summer Institute on Aging Research Robert Butler, Founding...
Mouse study shows effect of blood pressure drug on Alzheimer’s disease
November 15, 2010
A drug used decades ago to treat high blood pressure has been shown to improve learning and memory in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study by researchers at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National...
In Memoriam: Dr. Gene D. Cohen
November 8, 2010
Dr. Gene D. Cohen, former NIA deputy director and acting NIA director from 1988 to 1993, died November 7 at his home in Kensington, MD, after a long battle with cancer. “We will remember Gene Cohen as a talented and dedicated scientist as...
Severe sepsis associated with later cognitive, physical decline
October 26, 2010
Older adults who survive hospitalization involving severe sepsis, a serious medical condition caused by an overwhelming immune response to severe infection, are at higher risk for cognitive impairment and physical limitations than older adults...
Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative enters next phase of research
October 21, 2010
The National Institutes of Health is expanding the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), a groundbreaking study that will recruit hundreds of new volunteers to help define the subtle changes that may take place in the brains of...
Peripheral arterial disease newest offering on NIHSeniorHealth site
September 16, 2010
Information about the risk factors, diagnosis and treatment of peripheral arterial disease, or P.A.D., has just been added to NIHSeniorHealth, the senior-friendly health and wellness website from the National Institutes of Health. Consumers can...
Mild cognitive impairment more common in older men than older women
September 7, 2010
Older men may be at risk of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI), often a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease, earlier in life than older women, according to a study appearing today in Neurology. Primarily funded by the National Institute...
NIHSeniorHealth site offers information about older adults and alcohol use
August 11, 2010
Having a drink now and then as you get older is not usually thought to be harmful, but alcohol can be a problem for older adults, especially if they take certain medications, have health problems or don’t control their drinking. Alcohol Use...