NIH-supported survey to study functional change in older adults
April 20, 2011
Thousands of Medicare beneficiaries will receive an invitation in May to be part of a special study looking at the impact of age-related changes on functional ability. The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) will be seeking some 9,000...
Alzheimer's diagnostic guidelines updated for first time in decades
April 19, 2011
For the first time in 27 years, clinical diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease dementia have been revised, and research guidelines for earlier stages of the disease have been characterized to reflect a deeper understanding of the...
Long-term care is newest topic on NIHSeniorHealth site
April 5, 2011
What is long-term care and will I need it? If I do need long-term care services, where can I find them? Are there things I should be doing now to plan ahead? Older adults and their loved ones can find easy-to-understand answers to these and other...
Studies find possible new genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease
April 4, 2011
Scientists have confirmed one gene variant and have identified several others that may be risk factors for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of the disorder. In the largest genome-wide association study, or GWAS, ever...
Largest genetic study to date in Parkinson’s disease reveals risk genes
February 19, 2011
Parkinson’s disease, a progressive movement disorder, was historically considered a nongenetic disease. Now, in the largest genome-wide association study to date of Parkinson’s disease, scientists show genetics play a substantial role in...
VA expands caregiver support program developed by NIA-funded researchers
February 15, 2011
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is expanding support nationally to caregivers of veterans with Alzheimer’s disease with a program developed by NIA-funded researchers. The REACH VA (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s...
Hypothermia: A cold weather hazard
February 2, 2011
Older adults are especially vulnerable to a drop below normal body temperature, called hypothermia, which can be deadly if not treated quickly. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has some advice to help...
Media Availability: NIH-supported trial finds antidepressant relieves hot flashes
January 18, 2011
WHAT: A randomized clinical trial supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found that the antidepressant escitalopram (Lexapro) significantly reduced the number and severity of hot flashes eight weeks after beginning treatment. In...
Study ties blood protein to Alzheimer’s brain abnormalities
December 20, 2010
Scientists are seeking ways to detect the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease, since harmful changes may be taking place in the brain years before symptoms appear. Now, researchers report that a blood test detecting a specific protein in...
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...