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...
Creativity, aging, and health meeting sponsored by the National Institute on Aging, Society for the Arts in Healthcare
April 5, 2004
Among its many symptoms, dementia robs people of their verbal skills but certain types of dementia can also release extraordinary abilities to draw, paint, or sculpt, according to Bruce L. Miller, M.D., noted behavioral neurologist at the University...
Study identifies predictors of Alzheimer's disease longevity
April 5, 2004
It's among the first questions asked after someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease: “What can we expect?” It's a tough question that has been difficult to answer. But a new study suggests that assessing several key...
Using marketing principles to improve clinical trial recruitment
April 1, 2004
Successfully recruiting participants for clinical trials is a challenge that crosses all medical disciplines, but is particularly difficult in the field of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research. The nature of the disease, the need to recruit a...
New eggs continue to develop in adult mice
March 10, 2004
Contrary to long-held scientific views that the number of oocytes (eggs) in the ovaries of most mammals is fixed at birth, scientists report that new oocyte-containing follicles continue to develop in the ovaries of adult mice. The research suggests...