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....
Growth hormone, sex steroid combination ‘not ready for prime time'
November 12, 2002
In the first study of the separate and combined effects of growth hormone and sex steroids in healthy older men and women, investigators found that growth hormone replacement substantially increased lean body mass and decreased fat mass in both...
Training improves cognitive abilities of older adults
November 12, 2002
Training sessions for 2 hours a week for 5 weeks improved the memory, concentration and problem solving skills of healthy independent adults 65 years and older who participated in the nation's largest study of cognitive training. The training...
Scientific task force to examine usefulness of testosterone replacement therapy in older men
November 6, 2002
A multi-disciplinary task force, led by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), will evaluate the pros and cons of conducting clinical trials of testosterone replacement therapy in older men. The year-...
Free testosterone predicts memory, cognition in older men
November 4, 2002
Older men with higher levels of free, or unbound, testosterone circulating in their bloodstreams have better visual and verbal recall and perform spatial tasks more adeptly than their peers, according to investigators at the National Institute on...
Lipid abnormalities linked to Lou Gehrig's disease
August 21, 2002
Abnormal accumulation of two common lipids in motor nerve cells could play a critical role in the development of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to investigators at the National Institute on Aging (NIA) in Baltimore. The finding could...
Biomarkers of aging news advisory
August 1, 2002
Three physiological measures associated with long-term caloric restriction in monkeys have been linked to longevity in men, according to scientists at the National Institute on Aging (NIA). It is the first finding to suggest a relationship between...
Questions arise as more older Americans outlive driving privilege
July 29, 2002
As people live longer and more older drivers give up their driving privileges, family, friends and public officials may find themselves asking, as it was in a popular film, "who's going to drive Miss Daisy?" The question could become a...
Study offers new insights into overcoming disparities in health
July 22, 2002
Socioeconomic disparities in health can be reduced and possibly even eliminated in some cases by specific interventions, such as adoption of a rigid treatment plan and intensive patient monitoring, that help patients better manage their own...