Mixed pathologies likely cause dementia in the oldest-old
August 28, 2015
The brains of people who live to age 90 and older—the oldest-old—usually have a mix of pathologies associated with dementia. Alzheimer’s disease-related brain changes are the most common, but other pathologies often found at...
Fasting-mimicking diet shows potential health benefits in mice and people
August 26, 2015
Fasting, the most extreme form of dietary restriction, has been shown to have multiple health benefits in many – but not all – animal models, but may not be a practical or safe long-term intervention for people. A team of...
Recruiting for new Director of NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research
August 24, 2015
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director, Division of...
Study shows that individuals age at different rates
August 10, 2015
Much of the research on human aging has been conducted in animal models and in older people. The Dunedin Study in New Zealand, funded in part by NIA, has taken a different approach, studying a group of 1,037 people born in 1972-73 from birth to age...
NIA director blogs about White House Conference on Aging
July 13, 2015
In a blog post on the White House Conference on Aging, NIA Director Dr. Richard Hodes wrote: “The White House Conference on Aging happening today at the White House occurs once per decade. But at the National Institutes of Health, particularly...
White House Conference on Aging showcases physical activity through Go4Life Month
July 13, 2015
In collaboration with the White House Conference on Aging, Go4Life, the national exercise and physical activity campaign for people 50+ from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is bringing together more...
Advice for older people on staying safe in hot weather
July 7, 2015
Summer weather can pose special health risks to older adults and people with chronic medical conditions. It is critically important that adults particularly susceptible to hyperthermia and other heat-related illnesses know how to safeguard against...
People with memory complaints, Alzheimer’s risk gene show early biological signs of disease
May 15, 2015
Cognitively normal older adults who report memory problems and have a genetic risk for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease also have biological evidence of brain changes associated with the disease, a new NIA-funded study reports. The findings...
Financial incentives can increase the effectiveness of smoking cessation programs
May 15, 2015
Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable illness and death despite the implementation of national policies, behavioral programs, and pharmacological treatments that have helped decrease smoking rates in the US. One promising line of research...
NIH summit delivers recommendations to transform Alzheimer’s disease research
May 1, 2015
The National Institutes of Health released recommendations today that provide a framework for a bold and transformative Alzheimer’s disease research agenda. Developed at the recent Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit 2015: Path to...