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...
NIH-supported study looks for earliest changes in the brain that may lead to Alzheimer's disease
June 2, 2010
Volunteers are being sought for a clinical study examining the subtle changes that may take place in the brains of older people many years before overt symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease appear. Researchers are looking for people with the very...
New grants boost Alzheimer's research
June 1, 2010
Recovery Act Funds New, Ongoing Projects Alzheimer's disease researchers across the nation have an infusion of new grants from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). More than 100 Alzheimer's-related projects, ranging from basic...
In mouse study, researchers discover new mechanism for clearing blockages from smallest blood vessels
May 26, 2010
Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have identified in mice a previously unknown protective mechanism by which the smallest blood vessels remove blood clots and other blockages from the brain. The findings provide...
LINKS: Minority Research & Training - Spring 2010
May 15, 2010
Supporting Senior Independence — National Institute on Aging’s Pepper Centers Fostering New Talent—NIA’s Research Fellowship Program Hospice—Not a Black and White Decision Michele K. Evans, M.D., Named...
A conversation with... Dr. Felipe Sierra
April 1, 2010
Dr. Felipe Sierra, Director of the NIA’s Division of Aging Biology since 2006, recently sat down with NIA writer Megan Homer to talk about the division and exciting prospects in aging research. Can you tell me a little bit about the NIA...
Cells, aging, and disease: Nobel winner paves way for treatment research
April 1, 2010
Nobel Prize winner Dr. Carol W. Greider didn’t set out to find the secrets of healthy aging or a cure for cancer and other serious diseases. But her basic research of the past 25 years, focusing on the structure and function of telomeres...
Updated exercise and physical activity tips for older adults now available on NIHSeniorHealth site
March 24, 2010
Older adults who are interested in becoming physically active, restarting a lapsed exercise regimen or getting more benefit from their current exercise program can check out the updated Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults topic on...
Genetic mutations transform cell type to prolong life in roundworm
March 15, 2010
In humans, genetic mutations usually lead to diseases or increased risk of them. But in the C. elegans roundworm, an induced mutation enabled a longer life span through the surprising transformation of “mortal” somatic cells into “...
Study of naked mole rats challenges long-held theory of aging
March 15, 2010
A recent study of long-lived naked mole rats calls into question the conventional theory that aging results from the accumulation of oxidative damage. Naked mole rats can live into their late 20s with steady levels of oxidative damage that begin at...