Exercise slows development of Alzheimer's-like brain changes in mice, new study finds
April 27, 2005
Physical activity appears to inhibit Alzheimer’s-like brain changes in mice, slowing the development of a key feature of the disease, according to a new study. The research demonstrated that long-term physical activity enhanced the learning...
Clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer's may be delayed, says major clinical trial
April 13, 2005
In a study of people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), those who took the drug donepezil were at reduced risk of progressing to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) during the first year of the trial, but by the end of the 3-year study...
A good night's sleep: NIHSeniorHealth offers helpful information
April 5, 2005
I have trouble falling asleep. Is that what I should expect at my age? Why do older adults wake up at night? When should I see a doctor about a sleeping problem? Now, information about sleep and aging is only a mouse click away at www....
Six-week mini-med school to focus on the fascinating science of aging
March 30, 2005
Some of the eternal questions of life—how and why we age, why some people age faster or live longer, and what can be done to fight the diseases and disabilities associated with old age—will be explored by distinguished scientists in a...
Obesity threatens to cut U.S. life expectancy, new analysis suggests
March 16, 2005
Over the next few decades, life expectancy for the average American could decline by as much as 5 years unless aggressive efforts are made to slow rising rates of obesity, according to a team of scientists supported in part by the National Institute...
Test could improve detection of prion disease in humans
February 14, 2005
A highly sensitive post-mortem test could help scientists more accurately determine if a person died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), a human neurological disorder caused by the same class of infectious proteins that trigger mad cow disease,...
Diet, exercise, stimulating environment help old dogs learn
January 18, 2005
According to conventional wisdom, old dogs and new tricks aren't a good match. But a new study of beagles finds that regular physical activity, mental stimulation, and a diet rich in antioxidants can help keep aging canine—and perhaps...
Scientists detect probable genetic cause of some Parkinson's disease cases
January 17, 2005
Two new studies strongly suggest that a mutation in a recently discovered gene is the most common genetic cause of Parkinson's disease identified to date. The discovery by an international research team provides fresh evidence that genetics may...
Decreased sensitivity in the brain to estrogen may help explain menopausal changes
December 21, 2004
A new study suggests that age-related changes in how the brain responds to the female sex hormone estrogen may be involved in a woman’s transition through menopause. The study provides new clues about hormonal influences on hot flashes and...
Innovative website helps seniors take medicines safely
December 16, 2004
How can I remember details about all of the medicines the doctor prescribed for me? Does aging affect how the body processes medicines? Are there ways to avoid side effects? What is the “grapefruit juice effect?” Answers to these...