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  • Study examines Americans’ experience of pain
    March 17, 2009

    Researchers at Princeton University in New Jersey and Stony Brook University in New York used a novel method to assess the percentage of people experiencing pain and its severity at randomly selected times in a representative sample of U.S...

  • Hypertension reduces blood flow to brain, may pose risk of dementia
    March 17, 2009

    Research has shown that hypertension (high blood pressure), a common condition in older adults, affects cardiovascular function and, by extension, increases the risk of cerebrovascular disease. While previous studies have identified...

  • Research on Medicare Part D examines adherence, awareness of coverage
    March 17, 2009

    The implementation of Medicare Part D—the prescription drug benefit—provided Americans aged 65 and over the opportunity to enroll for Medicare coverage of prescription drugs. Following the first year of the program, two teams...

  • Interviews can help judge AD patients' capacity for informed consent
    March 17, 2009

    Cognitive impairment in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease (AD) can diminish their capacity to provide informed consent for clinical trials, presenting ethical challenges for researchers. A semistructured interview can...

  • Dr Robin Barr
    A Conversation With... Robin Barr
    March 1, 2009

    In September 2007, Dr. Robin Barr was named director of NIA’s Division of Extramural Activities (DEA). A native of Scotland, Dr. Barr received his undergraduate and doctoral degrees in psychology from Oxford University and...

  • Dr. Nathan Shock at the Gerontology Research Center, 1953
    50 years of BLSA recognized: Extended symposium looks at findings, future of longitudinal research
    March 1, 2009

    In recognition of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging’s (BLSA’s) 50th anniversary, the NIA’s 6th Annual Nathan W. Shock Symposium was extended to highlight findings from the past 5 decades and to look to the...

  • Discovering the secrets of long, healthy lives
    March 1, 2009

    Like many retirees, Jim likes to keep busy. He tends his garden, putters around the house, and volunteers at the local hospital. A widower, he enjoys visits with his three daughters and four grandchildren. He became a great-grandfather...

  • Mild cognitive impairment can impact medical decision-making
    March 11, 2008

    Patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) may, in addition to their cognitive impairment, have functional limitations that diminish their ability to make decisions about medical treatment. Researchers at the National Institute on Aging...

  • Survey looks at gene expression in the human brain
    March 11, 2008

    A team led by researchers from the National Institute on Aging’s (NIA's) Laboratory of Neurogenetics conducted a genome-wide association study using genotype and transcriptome* expression arrays to study gene expression in the...

  • Physical conditioning helps maintain older adults' driving performance
    March 11, 2008

    Physical conditioning helps maintain older adults’ driving performance, decreasing on-road errors by more than one-third, suggests National Institute on Aging-sponsored research published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine....