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  • Research shows that happiness spreads through social groups
    May 12, 2009

    NIA-funded researchers have found that happiness is not an isolated phenomenon, unique to an individual, but rather spreads through social networks. Using data from the Framingham Heart Study, Drs. Nicholas Christakis of Harvard Medical...

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    Recovery Act funds stimulate aging research
    May 1, 2009

      The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was signed into law by President Obama on Feb. 17, 2009. The NIH will receive $10 billion in ARRA funds to be used in fiscal years (FY) 2009 and 2010. The NIA will...

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    Exercise for all older adults: NIA guide shows and tells
    May 1, 2009

    The NIA’s new exercise guide for older adults has something for everyone. Whether healthy, chronically ill, or disabled, most older people can be physically active. The newly updated guide shows them how. “A central goal of...

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    New drugs for Alzheimer's: NIA boosts translational research
    May 1, 2009

    Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles knew she needed to take the next step. Her studies showed that allopregnanolone, one of the most common steroids in the brain, boosted the brain...

  • Familial Alzheimer's disease may provide biomarker model
    April 15, 2009

    Examination of people at risk for the rare familial form of AD may provide clues to how the disease develops in others—years before clinical symptoms appear, according to a recent study. The clues are levels of certain proteins found...

  • Combination scanning yields better diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment
    April 15, 2009

    A combination of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) can more accurately detect mild cognitive impairment (MCI) brain abnormalities in the early stages of their development than can either method used...

  • New scoring on dementia screening recommended for more highly educated people
    April 15, 2009

    A recent study by researchers from the Texas Tech University Health Science Center and the Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine shows that raising the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE, a standard screening tool for dementia) "cut...

  • Frailty in older adults linked to Alzheimer's disease pathology
    April 15, 2009

    Previous studies have suggested that frailty, a common but poorly understood condition in older people, may predict the development of dementia. In this study, Rush University researchers examined 165 physically frail older adults before...

  • Dementia diagnosis does not increase depression or anxiety
    April 15, 2009

    Receiving a diagnosis of dementia does not prompt a strong negative reaction in most people and may even provide relief because it explains symptoms and makes patients feel less helpless, concludes a recent study. To gauge psychological...

  • Caregiving award recognizes two NIA-supported programs
    April 15, 2009

    The Rosalyn Carter Leadership in Caregiving Award is among the most prestigious awards in the caregiving field. This award, presented annually by the Rosalyn Carter Institute of Caregiving, recognizes programs that develop and implement...

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