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  • Study of naked mole rats challenges long-held theory of aging
    March 15, 2010

    A recent study of long-lived naked mole rats calls into question the conventional theory that aging results from the accumulation of oxidative damage. Naked mole rats can live into their late 20s with steady levels of oxidative damage that...

  • Personality a factor in longevity and healthy aging
    March 15, 2010

    Specific personality characteristics may be important to successful aging, according to researchers who studied a group of adult children of centenarians. Other studies have shown that these personality traits promote good health and...

  • Genetic mutations transform cell type to prolong life in roundworm
    March 15, 2010

    In humans, genetic mutations usually lead to diseases or increased risk of them. But in the C. elegans roundworm, an induced mutation enabled a longer life span through the surprising transformation of “mortal” somatic cells...

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    Recovery Act funds all areas of aging research
    March 1, 2010

    In February 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As part of the legislation, more than $10 billion was allocated to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for support of biomedical research in fiscal...

  • Mediterranean diet may reduce risk of mild cognitive impairment
    October 15, 2009

    An NIA-funded study at Columbia University Medical Center has found an association between a Mediterranean diet and a reduced risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Previous studies have found an association of this diet with a reduced...

  • HANDLS—Bringing health disparity research to the neighborhood
    October 15, 2009

    (Published in LINKS: Minority Research & Training - Fall 2009) NIA’s research portfolio includes a variety of research projects aimed at better understanding health disparities in hopes of one day closing these gaps. Research on...

  • Risk index predicts dementia risk in older adults
    October 15, 2009

    A new “dementia risk index” can accurately predict which older adults will develop dementia within 6 years, according to a study in Neurology. Some of the factors that may predict dementia—age, poor performance on...

  • Dr. Yvette Roubideaux: Former NIA RCMAR Scholar named Indian Health Service Director
    October 15, 2009

    (Published in LINKS: Minority Research & Training - Fall 2009) Yvette Roubideaux, M.D., M.P.H, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, was confirmed as director of the Indian Health Service (IHS) on May 6, 2009, by a...

  • Delirium may accelerate cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer's disease
    October 15, 2009

    People with Alzheimer’s disease who had an episode of delirium experienced much faster cognitive decline than people with the disease who did not have delirium, a recent study shows. Delirium is a mental disorder characterized by...

  • More findings link obesity and dementia
    October 15, 2009

    An article in the Spring 2009 issue of Connections (Is a Big Belly Bad for the Brain? Examining Body Fat's Ties to Dementia) described research into links between obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, and other dementias. The article...