Study demonstrates improved health, survival in aged overweight male mice on resveratrol
November 1, 2006
Overweight aged male mice whose high calorie (fat) diet was supplemented by resveratrol, a natural compound found in common foods like grapes, wines and nuts, had better health and survival than aged overweight mice who did not receive it, according...
NIHSeniorHealth adds information on falls
October 16, 2006
You accidentally slip on a wet bathroom floor, trip on a loose throw rug, or lose your balance on the stairs. If you or an older person you know has fallen, you're not alone. Each year, more than 1.6 million older Americans go to the emergency...
Researchers discover misfolded protein clumps common to dementia, Lou Gehrig's disease
October 5, 2006
Scientists have identified a misfolded, or incorrectly formed, protein common to two devastating neurological diseases, frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), according to a...
Researchers announce results of study on genetic variation in Parkinson’s disease
September 27, 2006
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have completed one of the first large-scale studies of the role of common genetic variation in Parkinson’s disease (PD). While the results fill in some missing pieces of the genetic puzzle...
High blood pressure information added to NIHSeniorHealth
September 20, 2006
High blood pressure often is called “the silent killer“ because many people don't know they have it. Even though it doesn't cause symptoms, high blood pressure is a major health risk. If it isn't treated, it can lead to...
NIHSeniorHealth adds information on Paget's disease of bone
September 8, 2006
Our bones are living tissue, and our bodies are constantly replacing old bone with new bone. In Paget's disease, however, old bone is broken down and replaced at a faster rate than normal. Typically, Paget's disease occurs in just one or a...
Study links medical spending to life expectancy gains
August 31, 2006
What: A new study looks at medical spending and increased life expectancy between 1960 and 2000 and determines that medical expenses provide reasonable value. The study, to be published in the August 31, 2006,New England Journal of Medicine, was...
Study finds 'gradient of disability' linked to household income of older adults
August 17, 2006
Low-income Americans ages 55 to 84 are far more likely than their wealthier peers to feel limited in doing basic physical activities such as climbing stairs and lifting objects, according to a new study. The research, published in the August 17,...
Media Availability: Medicare's prescription drug coverage target met, yet more consumer education about Part D is needed, survey finds
August 1, 2006
What: A new study to be published in Health Affairs found that, following open enrollment in the new Medicare Part D prescription drug program, Medicare’s target to have 90 percent of people 65 and older covered by prescription drug insurance...
Scientists discover new frontotemporal dementia gene
July 17, 2006
Scientists have discovered genetic mutations that cause a form of familial frontotemporal dementia (FTD), a finding that provides clues to the underlying mechanism of this devastating disease and that may provide insight for future approaches to...