International effort finds new genetic variants associated with lipid levels, risk for coronary artery disease
January 13, 2008
Environmental and genetic factors influence a person’s blood fat, or lipid levels, important risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD). While there is some understanding of the environmental contribution, the role of genetics has been...
Researchers uncover new piece to the puzzle of human height
January 13, 2008
In studies involving more than 35,000 people and a survey across the entire human genome, an international team supported in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found evidence that common genetic variants recently linked to...
Information on "Participating in Clinical Trials" now available on NIHSeniorHealth.gov
January 4, 2008
What is a clinical trial and how does it work? What are the benefits and the risks? If you are an older adult, should you consider participating in a clinical trial? These and many other questions are addressed in "Participating in Clinical...
Older adults with mild memory impairment still benefit from cognitive training in areas not reliant on memorization
November 30, 2007
Older adults with pre-existing mild memory impairment benefit as much as those with normal memory function from certain forms of cognitive training that don't rely on memorization, according to a study published this week in the "Journal of...
One in seven Americans age 71 and older has some type of dementia, NIH-funded study estimates
October 30, 2007
A new analysis suggests that about 3.4 million Americans age 71 and older—one in seven people in that age group—have dementia, and 2.4 million of them have Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The study, supported by the National Institutes...
Scientists use shared genome data to confirm SORL1 gene linked to Alzheimer's
October 29, 2007
Until recently, only one of the approximately 30,000 genes in the human genome has been linked to risk of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Now, a new NIH-supported study in the Nov. 19, 2007, issue of NeuroReport (now online) used a...
LINKS: Minority Research & Training - Fall 2007
October 15, 2007
Growing Older World-Wide Diversity Converging: 21st Annual Summer Institute on Aging Research Dr. Keith Whitfield: Then and Now A Unique Twist on Enhancing Health and Longevity Announcing 2008 Summer Institute on Aging Research...
Scientists suggest new pathway causing cell death in dementia
September 26, 2007
Scientists have discovered a link between a mutated gene and a protein found in dead brain cells of people who suffer from a form of dementia and other neurological disorders. The finding, reported in the Sept. 26, 2007, issue of the Journal of...
The National Cell Repository for Alzheimer's Disease: A genetic researcher's 'savings and loan'
September 1, 2007
You might think of the National Cell Repository for Alzheimer’s Disease (NCRAD) as a savings and loan association for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) researchers. Its assets are human cell lines and DNA samples, plus a database containing...
Study sheds new light on intimate lives of older Americans
August 22, 2007
A majority of older Americans are sexually active and view intimacy as an important part of life, despite a high rate of "bothersome" sexual problems, according to a new report in the Aug. 23, 2007, issue of The New England Journal of...