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Optimism linked to longevity, the connection between Alzheimer’s and cholesterol, novel blood biomarkers in Parkinson’s, and more

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Optimism Linked to Longevity, the Connection Between Alzheimer’s and Cholesterol, Novel Blood Biomarkers in Parkinson’s, and More

Check out the latest in aging advances, research, and events from NIA:

Nearly 40% of Older Adult Brains in an NIA-funded Study Showed Signs of LATE, a Form of Dementia

A recent NIA-funded study found that nearly 40% of participants had brain changes associated with limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy (LATE). LATE is a recently characterized brain disorder that causes symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s disease but with different underlying causes. There is currently no way to diagnose LATE in living people. In this study, a teamContinue reading “Nearly 40% of Older Adult Brains in an NIA-funded Study Showed Signs of LATE, a Form of Dementia”

Midlife Cholesterol and Blood Sugar Levels May be Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s disease

Previous studies have explored whether known risk factors for cardiovascular disease in adults 55 years and older — including diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol — are linked to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. In this study, NIA-funded researchers found that abnormal cholesterol and glucose (or blood sugar) levels in people as young asContinue reading “Midlife Cholesterol and Blood Sugar Levels May be Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s disease”

RUSH Researchers Receive Grant to Study Dementia Therapy Device

Researchers at the RUSH Alzheimer’s Disease Center have been awarded a half million dollars in funding from the National Institute on Aging to help study a portable device aimed at providing emotional comfort to people with Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias. The device, Memesto, allows caregivers, family and friends to record and schedule musicContinue reading RUSH Researchers Receive Grant to Study Dementia Therapy Device

Volunteers Needed for Studies to Advance Dementia Research

Interested in volunteering for research on Alzheimer’s, related dementias, and cognitive health? Learn about new and featured studies below or search for clinical trials and studies near you with the Alzheimers.gov Clinical Trials Finder New and featured studies Click on the trial name for details and contact information. Caregiving Cognitive Training and Exercise Drugs SpeechContinue reading “Volunteers Needed for Studies to Advance Dementia Research”

Loss of Smell Linked to Alzheimer’s Impairment and Biomarkers

A decline in sense of smell is connected to faster buildup of Alzheimer’s disease-related pathology seen in brain scans, according to new research by NIA scientists. This study focused on older adults who live outside of nursing homes; specifically, 364 participants from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA), over an average period of aboutContinue reading “Loss of Smell Linked to Alzheimer’s Impairment and Biomarkers”

New funding opportunities from NIA

Recent funding opportunities and notices This alert links to all of the Funding Opportunity Announcements and Notices published by the National Institute on Aging at NIH in the previous month, giving researchers and trainees a heads up about what’s new. Read about the latest NIA Funding Opportunities (published in June 2022) by clicking on theContinue reading “New funding opportunities from NIA”

Volunteers Needed for Studies to Advance Dementia Research

Interested in volunteering for research on Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias, and cognitive health? Learn about new and featured studies below or search for clinical trials and studies near you with the Alzheimers.gov Clinical Trials Finder. New and featured studies Click on the trial name for details and contact information. Caregiving SilverBills: A Financial and Legal Tech ToolContinue reading “Volunteers Needed for Studies to Advance Dementia Research”

New Blood Test Can Help Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by the buildup of a protein called beta-amyloid, which forms sticky plaques on the brain and can cause brain cells to die. Testing for the presence of these amyloid plaques on the brain is an important part of Alzheimer’s diagnosis and research. A study, funded in part by NIA, found thatContinue reading “New Blood Test Can Help Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease”