Researchers identify gene mutations underlying risk for most common form of Parkinson's disease
November 16, 2009
Two genes containing mutations known to cause rare familial forms of parkinsonism are also associated with the more common, sporadic form of the disease where there is no family history, researchers have found. The finding came in the largest genome...
What can prevent walking disability in older people?
November 4, 2009
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced the award of $29.5 million in grant support over the next two years to determine whether a specific physical activity program can stave off disability...
NIH-supported trial to study testosterone therapy in older men
November 2, 2009
Low serum testosterone may contribute to a number of problems affecting older men, including decreased ability to walk, loss of muscle mass and strength, decreased vitality, decreased sexual function, impaired cognition, cardiovascular disease and...
NIA extends research on health, economics of older Americans
October 29, 2009
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced the award of four grants totaling more than $19 million over the next two years to expand the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), the nation’s...
LINKS: Minority Research & Training - Fall 2009
October 15, 2009
From Childhood Dreams to Research Aspirations—Reflections from NIA Summer Institute on Aging Research Participants HANDLS—Bringing Health Disparity Research to the Neighborhood Dr. Yvette Roubideaux: Former NIA RCMAR Scholar...
Reduced protein in cerebrospinal fluid may affect age-related cognitive decline
October 15, 2009
Reduction of a protein in cerebrospinal fluid called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is associated with age-related cognitive decline, report scientists at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. The study confirms...
Commemorating people with Alzheimer's disease: The Story Corps memory loss initiative
October 1, 2009
The room is comfortable and softly lit. A woman and older man sit facing each other at a small table. A third person performs a sound check and adjusts the participants’ microphones. She shares reminders for the session: This conversation...
The award-winning The Alzheimer's Project reaches millions, continues to provide educational resources
October 1, 2009
Critics and viewers agree: The Alzheimer’s Project documentary series is television worth watching. The four-part film series, co-presented by HBO Documentary Films and NIA/NIH in association with the Alzheimer’s Association, Fidelity...
Statement on National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day September 18, 2009
September 17, 2009
HIV/AIDS began its deadly course in the United States mostly as a disease of young men, but today the epidemic touches people of all ages, including adults aged 50 and older. On September 18, the first National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, we...
Scientists identify two gene variants associated with Alzheimer’s risk
September 8, 2009
In the largest genome-wide association study (GWAS) reported to date involving Alzheimer’s disease, scientists have identified two new possible genetic risk factors for late-onset Alzheimer’s, the most common form of the disease. The...