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  • Study shows metabolic adaptation in calorie restriction
    May 12, 2009

    Researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA, have shown that when people significantly reduce their calorie intake, they undergo a metabolic adaptation that results in a slower metabolic rate. The slower...

  • Study shows possible link between secondhand smoke, cognitive impairment
    May 12, 2009

    A recent article about a population-based study in England reports that exposure to secondhand smoke could increase the odds of older nonsmokers becoming cognitively impaired. In work funded in part by the NIA, researchers measured levels...

  • 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...

  • Meniscal tears common in older adults, even without symptoms
    May 12, 2009

    The prevalence of meniscal tears in adults increases with age, but often they are not accompanied by knee pain or other symptoms, according to a recent study supported in part by the NIA. Researchers led by Dr. Martin Englund of the Boston...

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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...

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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...

  • 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...

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