Check out the latest in aging advances, research, and events from NIA:
- Diet may affect risk of sudden cardiac death — A team of researchers led an NIA-supported study that found a diet high in added fats, fried foods, processed meats, and sugary drinks was associated with a greater risk of sudden cardiac death, while a Mediterranean diet was associated with a lower risk.
- Abnormal cholesterol metabolism linked to dementia risk — A study analyzed health records, brain scans, and blood and brain tissue samples collected during autopsy and discovered that problems with cholesterol metabolism are linked to an increased risk of dementia, mainly in men.
- NIH unveils new online tool to improve Alzheimer’s clinical trials recruitment — NIH recently launched Outreach Pro, a new online tool to help researchers increase participation in clinical studies on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias by underrepresented populations.
- Study links younger age of onset of type 2 diabetes to increased risk of dementia — A new study explored the link between the age of onset of type 2 diabetes and the risk for dementia. The findings suggest that people who develop type 2 diabetes at a younger age had an increased risk of dementia later in life.
- mRNA vaccines decreased number of new COVID-19 cases in nursing home population — A team of researchers examined electronic health records from nursing homes across several states and discovered that mRNA vaccinations in nursing homes decreased the incidence of COVID-19 among partially vaccinated, fully vaccinated, and unvaccinated residents.
- NIH small business funding boosts Alzheimer’s science advances — A new paper describes the impact of NIA’s small business program funding investments, which help advance research on care interventions, diagnostic tools, and therapies for Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
- New genetically modified mouse model mimics multiple aspects of human Alzheimer’s disease — An NIA-supported MODEL-AD research team developed a new genetically modified mouse model for Alzheimer’s that makes the human form of the abnormal beta-amyloid protein.
- Lifestyle slows brain atrophy among indigenous Amazonian people — Researchers conducted a study of the Tsimane, an indigenous people of the Bolivian Amazon, and found that their heart-healthy lifestyle is associated with a much slower rate of brain atrophy than seen in industrialized populations.
- NIH Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Professional Judgment Budget for FY2023 now online — NIA Director Richard J. Hodes, M.D., unveiled NIH’s FY 2023 Professional Judgment Budget for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias, which provides an estimate of the funds needed to fully pursue scientific opportunities toward effective diagnostics, preventions, and treatments for Alzheimer’s and related dementias.