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  • In Memoriam: Leon Thal, M.D.
    February 9, 2007

    Dr. Leon Thal, one of the world’s leading researchers on Alzheimer’s disease and the head of the National Insitute on Aging’s (NIA) clinical trials consortium, the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS), died...

  • Media Availability: Special journal issue focuses on delirium and dementia in older people
    January 16, 2007

    What: Studies indicate that each year more than 2.5 million hospitalized older adults experience delirium, a state of acute mental confusion. Delirium is worrisome to patients and to their families and friends, and it is estimated that complications...

  • Scientists find new genetic clue to cause of Alzheimer's disease
    January 14, 2007

    Variations in a gene known as SORL1 may be a factor in the development of late onset Alzheimer's disease, an international team of researchers has discovered. The genetic clue, which could lead to a better understanding of one cause of Alzheimer...

  • NIHSeniorHealth adds information on depression
    January 8, 2007

    Important life changes that we make as we get older may cause feelings of uneasiness, stress, and sadness. For instance, the death of a loved one, moving from work into retirement, or dealing with a serious illness can leave people feeling sad or...

  • New brain imaging compound shows promise for earlier detection of Alzheimer’s disease
    December 20, 2006

    A new imaging molecule that can detect and map plaques and tangles in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease could eventually lead to earlier diagnosis of the devastating disease, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles...

  • Mental exercise helps maintain some seniors' thinking skills
    December 19, 2006

    Certain mental exercises can offset some of the expected decline in older adults' thinking skills and show promise for maintaining cognitive abilities needed to do everyday tasks such as shopping, making meals and handling finances, according to...

  • Herbal supplement fails to relieve hot flashes in large NIH trial
    December 18, 2006

    The herbal supplement black cohosh, whether used alone or with other botanical supplements, did not relieve hot flashes in postmenopausal women or those approaching menopause, who participated in the Herbal Alternatives (HALT) for Menopause Study,...

  • Disability among older Americans continues significant decline
    December 1, 2006

    Chronic disability among older Americans has dropped dramatically, and the rate of decline has accelerated during the past two decades, according to a new analysis of data from the National Long-Term Care Survey (NLTCS). The study, published in this...

  • NIH AD conference helps set course for future research
    December 1, 2006

    NIH AD conference helps set course for future research During the recent National Institutes of Health AD conference—AD: Setting the Research Agenda a Century after Auguste D.—nearly 200 leading investigators interspersed a series of...

  • Encouraging eating: Advice for at-home dementia caregivers
    December 1, 2006

    Second of two parts Food, eating, and mealtimes are important parts of life. Food gives us life-sustaining nourishment and contributes to good health, eating satisfies our hunger and stimulates our senses, and mealtimes can be important sharing...