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  • Dr. Felipe Sierra
    A conversation with... Dr. Felipe Sierra
    April 1, 2010

    Dr. Felipe Sierra, Director of the NIA’s Division of Aging Biology since 2006, recently sat down with NIA writer Megan Homer to talk about the division and exciting prospects in aging research. Can you tell me a little bit about...

  • Lower consumption of glycotoxins reduces oxidative stress, disease risk
    March 15, 2010

    A simple dietary intervention can reduce the risk and severity of chronic diseases and improve health, regardless of a person’s age or current health status, report researchers from the NIA and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in...

  • Older Americans have better cognitive health, worse overall health than English Peers
    March 15, 2010

    Older Americans have better cognitive health but worse overall health than their counterparts in England, two recent studies show. According to researchers, these health gaps could be due to differences in the prevalence of cardiovascular...

  • Less social activity associated with motor function decline
    March 15, 2010

    Older adults with limited participation in social activities had a faster decline in motor function than those who had frequent social engagements, according to a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study suggests that more...

  • High conscientiousness, low neuroticism predict better health in older couples
    March 15, 2010

    A high degree of conscientiousness—the tendency to follow societal norms, plan, and be task and goal directed—has been shown to predict better physical health and functioning. In a recent study by researchers at the University...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Study presents new data on prostate cancer screening in older men
    March 15, 2010

    The appropriate age at which to end prostate cancer screening is controversial, with different organizations issuing different recommendations. Data from a new study suggest that screening might be safely discontinued in men ages 75 and...

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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...