Check out these articles for the latest in aging advances and research happening at the National Institute on Aging at NIH:
- Frequent social contact in midlife may reduce dementia risk, Whitehall II study analysis shows— More frequent social contacts in late midlife are associated with lower dementia risk, suggests an NIA-supported study of more than 10,000 people.
- Mouse-brain model maps spread of alpha-synuclein in Parkinson’s disease— Scientists created a new model to better understand Parkinson’s and related diseases and test possible treatments.
- Unique case of disease resistance reveals possible Alzheimer’s treatment— One woman at risk for early-onset Alzheimer’s disease did not show signs until her seventies. Now, research suggests that a gene variant may yield a new direction for treatment.
- Tau tangles linked to smaller brain regions and falling cognitive test scores in healthy older adults— Deposits of abnormal tau protein may be linked to declines in cognitive performance and smaller brain volume, suggests a long-term study with 54 cognitively normal older adults.
- Fragmented physical activity linked to higher risk of death in older adults— Fragmented and shorter bouts of daily physical activity are associated with a greater risk of death in older adults, an NIA-supported study shows.
- NIAMS and NIA outline next steps following osteoporosis Pathways to Prevention federal partners’ meeting— NIAMS and NIA will work with other interested federal partners to explore osteoporosis research opportunities based on recommendations from a Pathways to Prevention workshop and expert panel report.
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