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...
How are we doing? Researchers aim to measure national well-being
December 2, 2004
A new research tool developed by an interdisciplinary team of psychologists and economists could help social scientists more accurately evaluate how well individuals and society are faring. The method offers a new way to characterize the daily life...
Diabetes among older adults imposed an estimated $133.5 billion cost in 1990's
November 15, 2004
Sick days, disability, early retirement, and premature death of diabetic Americans born between 1931 and 1941 cost the country almost $133.5 billion by the year 2000, according to a new estimate by researchers with the University of Michigan (U-M)...
NIA establishes new demography centers to enhance knowledge about older Americans
October 26, 2004
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has established four new Centers on the Demography of Aging at Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of North Carolina, and Pennsylvania State...
Six new Roybal Centers for applied gerontology established by National Institute on Aging
October 26, 2004
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced the establishment of six new Edward R. Roybal Centers for Research on Applied Gerontology. The Centers—at Indiana University, Princeton...
Researchers discover gene mutations for Parkinson's disease
October 22, 2004
An international research team, led by scientists at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), has discovered a gene, which when mutated, causes Parkinson’s disease in some families. Although Parkinson’s disease is usually not inherited,...