Scientists pinpoint gene influencing age-at-onset of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's
October 21, 2003
Scientists at Duke University Medical Center have located a gene on chromosome 10 that they believe influences the age-at-onset of Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. Using a novel method to match the genes of people affected with...
National Institute on Aging, American Visionary Art Museum launch Vital Visionaries collaboration
October 17, 2003
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) in Baltimore, MD, are joining forces in the Vital Visionaries Collaboration, a program pairing Baltimore elders with first and second year medical students....
New prevalence study suggests dramatically rising numbers of people with Alzheimer's disease
August 18, 2003
Scientists project that some 13.2 million older Americans will have Alzheimer's disease (AD) by 2050 unless new ways are found to prevent or treat the disease. According to these latest estimates of the current and future prevalence of AD,...
End-of-life legal instruments
August 1, 2003
What sets Alzheimer's disease apart from many other terminal diseases is the progressive, irreversible loss of cognitive abilities, which begins early and becomes increasingly worse. The majority of patients arrive at the later stages of...
New neuroimaging and biomarkers in MCI and AD initiative
August 1, 2003
A new National Institute on Aging (NIA) initiative will launch a multi-year neuroimaging study using serial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) scans to examine how brains change as mild cognitive impairment (MCI...
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...