Synthetic prion causes neurological disease in mice
July 29, 2004
Scientists have produced a prion protein that can trigger the development of a neurological disorder in mice that is similar to “mad cow” disease, according to a new study supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a part of the...
Vital Visionaries Program: "Serious fun" that improves medical students attitudes towards older people
July 27, 2004
Creating art with older "teammates" made first-year medical students more sensitive to older people, according to results of the Vital Visionaries Collaboration (VV), a pilot program developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) in...
Donepezil may have short-term benefit for mild cognitive impairment
July 18, 2004
People with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) taking the drug donepezil were at reduced risk of progressing to Alzheimer's disease (AD) for the first 18 months of a 3-year study when compared with their counterparts on placebo, according to a...
Mouse brain stem cells capable of converting into blood vessel cells
July 15, 2004
Adult stem cells in the brains of mice possess a broader differentiation potential than previously thought and may be capable of developing into other cell types including those involved in the formation of new blood vessels, according to a new...
Studies suggest people with early AD can still learn
July 2, 2004
People who have early stage Alzheimer’s disease (AD) could be more capable of learning than previously thought, according to two new studies supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a part of the National Institutes of Health. The...
Underusing medications because of cost may lead to adverse health outcomes
June 25, 2004
Middle-aged and older Americans with heart disease who cut back on their prescribed medications because of cost were 50% more likely to suffer heart attacks, strokes, or angina than those who did not report cost-related medication underuse,...
"Imagination" helps older people remember to comply with medical advice
June 4, 2004
A healthy dose of “imagination” helps older people remember to take medications and follow other medical advice, according to a new study supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a part of the National Institutes of Health....
Diabetes linked to increased risk of Alzheimer's in long-term study
May 17, 2004
Diabetes mellitus was linked to a 65 percent increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD), appearing to affect some aspects of cognitive function differently than others in a new study supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA)...
"Enhanced" counseling, support interventions slash long-term risk of depression among AD caregivers
May 1, 2004
Short-term intensive counseling in conjunction with readily available support can significantly reduce the long-term risk of depression among husbands and wives caring for spouses with Alzheimer's disease. The positive impact of these...
Older people recover from disabling events at higher rate than previously thought, but recovery may be short-lasting
April 6, 2004
Approximately four out of every five newly-disabled older people regain the ability to live independently within 6 months of their disability episode, a higher recovery rate than previously reported, according to a study by Susan E. Hardy, M.D. and...