Check out these articles for the latest in aging advances and research happening at the National Institute on Aging at NIH.
- NIA Small Business funding seeks to find blood-based diagnostic for Alzheimer’s disease— A test for early detection of Parkinson’s disease, which recently received Breakthrough Device Designation by the FDA, may have the potential to become an early biomarker measure for Alzheimer’s disease as well.
- Healthy lifestyle associated with lower risk of dementia independent of genetic risk, study finds— Large U.K-based study finds that self-reported healthy lifestyle was associated with lower risk of dementia among participants with varying levels of genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
- Parkinson’s study in mice highlights importance of motor learning in combination with dopamine replacement— Rodent models showed complete loss of motor skill acquisition after having specific dopamine-producing neurons removed from their brain.
- NIH enables imaging in lifestyle interventions trial for Alzheimer’s disease— NIA funds brain imaging in clinical trial testing whether lifestyle interventions may protect memory and thinking in older adults who are at increased risk for cognitive decline.
- Intensive blood pressure control may slow age-related brain damage— Intensive control of high blood pressure was more effective at slowing the buildup of brain white matter lesions than standard treatment, NIH-funded study finds.
- New hippocampal neurons continue to form in older adults, including those with MCI, Alzheimer’s— Study finds evidence that new brain cells continue to form in older adults, even those with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease, and may be associated with cognition.
- Machine learning method enables quick analysis of amyloid plaques— NIA-supported researchers develop proof of concept for computer-aided identification of amyloid plaques in donated brain tissue slides.