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...
NIHSeniorHealth site offers tips on creating a family health history
July 21, 2010
At your next family reunion or gathering, consider discussing a different type of family tree—the family health history. Find out how to collect, organize and use information about your family’s health at Creating a Family Health History...
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...