Study casts doubt that melatonin goes down as age goes up: Older buyers take note
November 5, 1999
"Wake up refreshed and full of energy," says one advertisement for melatonin. Other ads promote use of the compound for a host of health problems from obesity to insomnia. Many advertisements target older people and encourage...
Blueberries: New thrills for those over the hill
September 15, 1999
For centuries, people have enjoyed blueberries for their flavor and color. In a new research study, animals fed a blueberry extract diet, rich in naturally-derived antioxidants, showed fewer age-related motor changes and outperformed their...
Early to rise: Research offers clues to older people's sleep habits
June 24, 1999
"Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise," according to the rhyme. For many older Americans, "early to rise" may be a familiar but troubling part of their daily schedule. A new study...
Gene that causes familial British dementia may yield clues to Alzheimer's disease
June 23, 1999
Researchers supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) have discovered a novel gene, which when mutated is responsible for familial British dementia (FBD), a rare inherited disease that causes progressive dementia like that seen in...
New census report shows exponential growth in number of centenarians
June 16, 1999
The number of centenarians in the U.S. is growing rapidly, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau. During the 1990s, the ranks of centenarians nearly doubled, from about 37,000 counted at the start of the decade, to more...
Vitamin D deficiency may increase risk of hip fracture in older women
April 27, 1999
Underlying vitamin D deficiency in post-menopausal women is associated with increased risk of hip fracture, according to investigators at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. In a group of women with osteoporosis...
Study furthers understanding of critical Alzheimer's disease gene
April 7, 1999
Researchers have cracked part of the code for an important gene function in familial Alzheimer's disease (FAD), an early-onset type of AD. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. Working with cells in culture that...
NIA launches national study to treat mild cognitive impairment
March 15, 1999
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is launching a nationwide treatment study targeting individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a condition characterized by a memory deficit, but not dementia. The start-up of the trial,...
Questions and answers on launch of NIA memory impairment study
March 15, 1999
1. What is Mild Cognitive Impairment? Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a condition characterized by memory impairment with otherwise unaffected cognitive functioning. 2. How can MCI be distinguished from normal forgetfulness? Normal...
Program prevents delirium in hospitalized older patients
March 3, 1999
Hospitals may be able to reduce the number and duration of sudden episodes of delirium in at-risk older patients by using a new clinical approach, according to results of a study appearing in the March 4, 1999 issue of the New England...
First Emmy for a government PSA
September 18, 1998
This year's Emmy Award for National Public Service Announcements (PSAs) goes to "Looking for the Fountain of Youth?" produced by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and Vilsack Productions. The Emmy Award, sponsored by the...
Aging Institute names Suzman to head behavioral, social research
September 18, 1998
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has named Richard M. Suzman, Ph.D., as Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Research (BSR). The appointment became effective September 13. In announcing the selection, NIA Director Richard J....
Modest levels of estrogen may protect older women from fractures
September 9, 1998
Post-menopausal women have low levels of naturally occurring estrogen in their blood which may still be of benefit in protecting them from fractures of the hip and vertebrae, according to scientists at the University of California at San...
Abuse associated with increased risk of death for older people
August 4, 1998
Mistreatment and neglect of older people are associated with a significant increase in their chances of dying, according to a groundbreaking study by researchers at Cornell University and colleagues at Yale University. The study, which...
New test predicts crash risk of older drivers
April 7, 1998
A new vision test may ultimately help the elderly, their families, and physicians decide when it's okay for an older person to continue driving or when it may be time to hang up the car keys. Using a novel "useful field of view...
Scientists discover new gene associated with Alzheimer's
February 27, 1998
University of Pittsburgh researchers supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Cancer Institute report in the March 1998 issue of Nature Genetics the discovery of a new genetic association with Alzheimer's...
26 National Alzheimer's Disease Centers collaborate on study of the utility of genetic testing for Alzheimer's
February 18, 1998
Scientists at 26 Alzheimer's Disease Centers have collaborated on a study that concludes that a test for a form of an Alzheimer's-related gene, called ApoE, when administered after an initial clinical evaluation, reduces the number...
Stepchildren may expand pool of caregivers for baby boomers
December 29, 1997
The baby boomers, regularly of interest to demographers for their trendsetting ways, may be at the forefront of yet another phenomenon. Despite their numbers, baby boomers have had relatively few children, sparking concern that those who...
Estrogen replacement may help slow decline in memory in post-menopausal women
December 22, 1997
A new long-term study from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) suggests that use of estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) by post-menopausal women may help slow normal age-related decline in memory. By looking at estrogen use in 288 women...
Two new studies suggest that caloric restriction in monkeys may extend their life and health
October 2, 1997
Two recent animal studies offer a possible explanation for how caloric restriction might possibly enhance human health and help extend life as well. One new study from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and Dr. Roy Verdery at the...