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  • Scientists zero in on enzyme at work in Alzheimer's disease
    February 26, 2001

    Experiments in a newly developed mouse model to determine which of two beta secretases in the brain might be principally responsible for developing the destructive plaques of Alzheimer's disease (AD) provide new evidence that the culprit is...

  • Age and preexisting health problems affect the prognosis and treatment options of older breast cancer patients
    February 10, 2001

    Older women who had other health problems when they were first diagnosed with breast tumors received less aggressive cancer treatment and pretreatment assessments than women who were younger and healthier, according to a new study by the National...

  • Drug decreases blood vessel stiffness in older primates
    January 29, 2001

    A novel drug that breaks down vascular collagen bonds in the body significantly decreased the stiffness of blood vessels in older non-human primates, according to a study conducted by National Institute on Aging (NIA) scientists and others.* The...

  • Scientists isolate premature ovarian failure gene
    January 20, 2001

    A genetic mutation appears to produce eyelid defects in newborns and trigger early onset of menopause decades later. The finding could help researchers decipher how genetic processes during fetal development can have immediate manifestations at...

  • Scientists suspect new genetic risk factor for late onset Alzheimer's disease
    December 21, 2000

    Three new, separate research studies suggest that a gene or genes on chromosome 10 may be risk factors for late onset Alzheimer's disease (AD). The findings, reported in the December 22, 2000, issue of Science, are important new evidence that...

  • Gene mutation extends lifespan in "I'm not dead yet" fruitflies
    December 15, 2000

    Mutating a single gene can double the lifespan of fruitflies from 37 days to between 69 and 71 days, while maintaining a high level of functioning and fertility. This finding of a research team led by Stephen L. Helfand was supported in part by the...

  • Low dose estrogen improves bone health with fewer side effects in older women
    December 10, 2000

    A low dose of estrogen was as effective in reducing bone turnover -- with fewer side effects -- as higher doses when given to a group of healthy women 65 years and older, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of...

  • New study links head injury, severity of injury, with Alzheimer's disease
    October 23, 2000

    A new analysis of head injuries among World War II veterans links serious head injury in early adulthood with Alzheimer's disease (AD) in later life. The study, by researchers at Duke University and the National Institute on Aging (NIA), also...

  • Nasal Alzheimer's vaccine successfully tested in mice
    October 15, 2000

    Nasal administration of synthetic beta amyloid peptide reduces potentially damaging Alzheimer's disease-like plaques in the brains of test mice and may one day be tested in clinical trials for its ability to vaccinate against plaque formation in...

  • Can menopause change your sex life?
    September 15, 2000

    Two million American women experiencing menopause this year want to know—how does "menopause" affect sex? According to scientists at the New England Research Institute (NERI) and the University of Massachusetts Medical School,...