Anemia elevates risk of physical decline in older people
July 25, 2003
Anemia doubles the risk that an older person will develop serious physical declines that can erode the ability to live independently, according to a new epidemiological study supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and others*. It is the...
NIA and Alzheimer's Association Join Forces Promoting Major AD Genetics Initiative
July 22, 2003
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is greatly advancing the search for genes involved in Alzheimer's disease (AD) with acceleration of the AD Genetics Initiative. Joined by the Alzheimer's Association, the NIA is stepping up the...
Scientist proposes new theory of aging
July 14, 2003
Birds do it, bees do it, and yes, even chimpanzees do it. They all dote on their young. And now a new theory of aging suggests that nurturing offspring is just as important as fertility and reproduction for the evolution of a species’...
Effects of Alzheimer's disease may be influenced by education
June 23, 2003
The more formal education a person has, the better his or her memory and learning ability even in the presence of brain abnormalities characteristic of Alzheimer's disease (AD), according to new findings from the Religious Orders Study, a major...
Certain NSAIDs fail to slow progression of Alzheimer's disease
June 3, 2003
A new clinical trial finds that two non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) do not slow the rate of cognitive decline in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD). The multicenter study, supported by the National Institute on...
Rates of dementia increase among older women on combination hormone therapy
May 27, 2003
Older women taking combination hormone therapy had twice the rate of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease (AD), compared with women who did not take the medication, according to new findings from a memory substudy of the Women's Health...
Meal skipping helps rodents resist diabetes, brain damage
April 28, 2003
A new mouse study suggests fasting every other day can help fend off diabetes and protect brain neurons as well as or better than either vigorous exercise or caloric restriction. The findings also suggest that reduced meal frequency can produce...
Fasting forestalls Huntington's disease in mice
February 10, 2003
Decreasing meal frequency and caloric intake protects nerve cells from genetically induced damage, delays the onset of Huntington's disease-like symptoms in mice, and prolongs the lives of affected rodents, according to investigators at the National...
NIH to host conference on dietary supplement use in the elderly
January 6, 2003
The NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) will host a conference January 14-15, 2003 to present current research about dietary supplement use by the elderly in U.S. with the goal of developing a focused...
Genes and their functions
December 1, 2002
A gene provides the code, or blueprint, for the type and order of amino acids needed to build a specific protein. Everything in the body is made up of proteins. Bones and teeth, muscles and blood, for example, are formed from different proteins....