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...
New NIA online publication features Health and Retirement Study
August 2, 2007
A comprehensive new publication, Growing Older in America: The Health & Retirement Study, is now available online from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This compendium offers a view of older...
NIHSeniorHealth offers tips on how to talk with your doctor
July 26, 2007
How do you talk about a sensitive subject with your doctor? What if you forget to ask an important question? What if you feel rushed during your visit? How can you get the most out of your visit with your health care provider? Being able to...
New NIH-supported study characterizes social networks of family, friends influencing obesity
July 25, 2007
People wondering about excessive weight gain might look to their relationships with family and friends for one clue, suggests new research reported July 26, 2007, in The New England Journal of Medicine. The study showed that obesity spreads within...