Twins comparison suggests genetic risk for dementia
December 19, 2005
On average, twins of people who have been diagnosed with dementia score lower on cognitive tests than do the twins of people without dementia, new research has found. The study, which included more than 100 Swedish twins age 65 and older, also found...
Heart attack death rates found higher for all patients in hospitals treating larger share of African Americans
October 24, 2005
Ninety days after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) -- or heart attack -- death rates for African Americans and white patients were found to be significantly higher in hospitals that disproportionately serve African-American patients than in...
This fall protect yourself and your family: Get a flu shot
October 14, 2005
Each winter, millions of people suffer from the fever, aches, and pains caused by the flu, a highly contagious infection. A relatively mild disease in healthy young and middle-aged people, flu can be life threatening to older adults. In an average...
NIHSeniorHealth says: Talk to your doctor about dry mouth
October 7, 2005
If you’ve ever stood up to give an important presentation, opened your mouth to speak, and realized you cannot form words, you know what it feels like to have dry mouth. Occasional dry mouth—the feeling that there is not enough saliva in...
National stereotypes common, mistaken, study reports
October 6, 2005
Simplified stereotypes of "typical" Americans, Brazilians, Chinese, and other groups are common but highly mistaken, according to a National Institute on Aging (NIA) study that examined the accuracy of national character stereotypes in 49...
Loss of body mass linked to development of Alzheimer's disease, study finds
September 26, 2005
Loss of body mass over time appears to be strongly linked to older adults’ risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and the greater the loss the greater the chance of a person developing the disease, new research has found. The...
Gene discovery sheds light on causes of rare disease, cancer
August 25, 2005
National Institute on Aging (NIA) researchers have discovered a new gene, FANCM, which sheds light on an important pathway involved in the repair of damaged DNA. Specifically, mutation in this gene is responsible for one of the forms of Fanconi...
Information on stroke easily accessible at NIHSeniorHealth
August 22, 2005
Each year, more than 700,000 strokes occur in the United States, nearly three-quarters of them in people over age 65. Because the risk of stroke more than doubles each decade after age 55, it is especially important for older Americans to know...
NIHSeniorHealth adds information on smell and taste
August 8, 2005
Thirty percent of older Americans between the ages of 70 and 80 and two out of three older Americans over age 80 experience problems with their sense of smell. Problems with taste, although less common, also frequently occur in older adults. Now...
Earlier AD diagnosis creating demand for early-stage support groups
July 1, 2005
Many people are being diagnosed earlier in the course of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) because of improving sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic techniques and increased awareness of the disease. Health care professionals, the Alzheimer’...