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Released: 30-Jul-2020 12:40 PM EDT
Grant launches Dog Aging Project biobank at Cornell
Cornell University

The Cornell Veterinary Biobank has received a $2.5 million federal grant to process, store and distribute biological samples for the Dog Aging Project, a massive national effort to study aging in dogs – and humans.

27-Jul-2020 5:00 AM EDT
Physician practices with more female doctors have smallest gender pay gaps
Harvard Medical School

• A study shows female physicians have more equitable income when they work in practices with more doctors who are women. • The analysis shows a 12 percent relative difference in income for practices with equal numbers of female and male physicians, compared with a 20 percent income difference in practices dominated by men. • The findings offer important evidence that workplace diversity can help reduce earnings gaps, other inequities.

Released: 24-Jul-2020 4:20 PM EDT
UChicago Medicine selected as Chicago’s only official NIH network site researching stroke and dementia
University of Chicago Medical Center

About 30% of stroke patients develop dementia, yet researchers understand very little about why. UChicago Medicine joins a NIH-led national network of institutions working to better understand the risk factors that lead to vascular cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID), early stroke recovery and approaches to prevention.

20-Jul-2020 2:15 PM EDT
What Factors Help Predict Who Will Keep Their Memory into Their 90s?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Why do some people stay sharp into their 90s, even if they have the amyloid plaques in the brain that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease? And why do others reach their 90s without ever developing any plaques? These questions are explored in a new study published in the July 22, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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13-Jul-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Researchers Discover Two Paths of Aging and New Insights on Promoting Healthspan
University of California San Diego

Scientists have unraveled key mechanisms behind the mysteries of aging. They isolated two paths that cells travel during aging and engineered a new way to genetically program these processes to extend life. The researchers also identified a master circuit that guides these aging processes.

Newswise: About nine family members to suffer grief from every COVID-19 fatality
Released: 15-Jul-2020 3:05 PM EDT
About nine family members to suffer grief from every COVID-19 fatality
Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

Deaths from COVID-19 will have a ripple effect causing impacts on the mental health and health of surviving family members. But the extent of that impact has been hard to assess until now. Every death from COVID-19 will impact approximately nine surviving family members, according to a study.

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Released: 13-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Family Caregiving May Not Harm Health of Caregivers After All
Johns Hopkins Medicine

For decades, family caregiving has been thought to create a type of chronic stress that may lead to significant health risks or even death, alarming potential caregivers and presenting a guilt-ridden obstacle for those needing help.

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10-Jul-2020 4:00 PM EDT
Study Links Stress Hormone With Higher Blood Sugar In Type 2 Diabetes
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

A study led by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine finds a link between the stress hormone cortisol and higher blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

Newswise: Blood Vessel Defects in Eyes May Foretell Alzheimer’s
Released: 23-Jun-2020 7:55 PM EDT
Blood Vessel Defects in Eyes May Foretell Alzheimer’s
Cedars-Sinai

Alzheimer's disease in its early stages affects the integrity of small blood vessels in the retinas of patients, according to a recent study led by Cedars-Sinai. This discovery holds promise for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's through the retina, a back-of-the-eye organ that is an extension of the brain and easily accessible for live, noninvasive imaging.

Newswise: FSU researchers uncover new insights into Alzheimer’s disease
Released: 17-Jun-2020 4:55 PM EDT
FSU researchers uncover new insights into Alzheimer’s disease
Florida State University

Florida State researchers looked at memory replay in mouse models and found there was impaired functional interactions between the hippocampus and the parietal cortex.

Newswise: Immune from Chronic Stress? Limit Inflammatory Signaling to Specific Brain Circuits
Released: 4-Jun-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Immune from Chronic Stress? Limit Inflammatory Signaling to Specific Brain Circuits
Florida Atlantic University

Chronic stress is associated with the pathogenesis of psychological disorders such as depression. A study is the first to identify the role of a neuronal receptor that straddles the intersection between social stress, inflammation, and anxiety in rodent models of stress. Findings suggest the possibility of developing better medications to treat the consequences of chronic stress by limiting inflammatory signaling not just generally, which may not be beneficial in the long run, but to specific brain circuits.

29-May-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Study finds PFAS exposure may cause early menopause in women
Endocrine Society

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) exposure may cause menopause to occur two years earlier in women, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

26-May-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Older Adults at Higher Risk for Substance Use
New York University

Middle-aged and older adults who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual have higher rates of using certain substances in the past year than those who identify as heterosexual, according to a new study led by researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research (CDUHR) at NYU School of Global Public Health.

Released: 13-May-2020 3:05 PM EDT
New imaging tool helps researchers see extent of Alzheimer's early damage
Yale University

New imaging technology allows scientists to see the widespread loss of brain synapses in early stages of Alzheimer's disease, a finding that one day may help aid in drug development, according to a new Yale University study.

Released: 27-Apr-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Reducing Early Brain Inflammation Could Slow Alzheimer’s Progression
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

In a new animal study examining Alzheimer’s disease, researchers found that disease progression could be slowed by decreasing neuroinflammation in the brain before memory problems and cognitive impairment were apparent.

Newswise: UCI-led study finds modifiable risk factors could play a role in Alzheimer’s disease
Released: 8-Apr-2020 1:05 PM EDT
UCI-led study finds modifiable risk factors could play a role in Alzheimer’s disease
University of California, Irvine

Amyloid is a key feature of Alzheimer’s disease, but the accumulation of these sticky proteins may not be the only risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study published this week. Other, modifiable risk factors, such as the amount of fats in our blood and how efficiently our bodies generate energy could also play important roles.

16-Mar-2020 2:10 PM EDT
Coriell Institute for Medical Research Awarded $8.6 Million Biobanking Contract from National Institute on Aging
Coriell Institute for Medical Research

The newly awarded $8.6 million funding keeps Coriell in place as the trusted steward of this collection and includes the addition of new innovative products to expand the collection. The NIA Aging Cell Repository was established at Coriell in 1974 and Coriell has continuously managed this unique resource ever since.

Released: 18-Feb-2020 9:50 AM EST
With $3 Million NIH Grant Renewal, Mariana Figueiro Pushes the Frontiers of Light Therapy
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

With the support of a recent $3 million grant renewal from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), Mariana Figueiro is perfecting a treatment she developed for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias that helps to regulate sleep and reduce symptoms of depression — and requires no drugs, only light.

Newswise: Subtle Decline in Cognition Predicts Progression to Alzheimer’s Pathology
Released: 14-Feb-2020 12:40 PM EST
Subtle Decline in Cognition Predicts Progression to Alzheimer’s Pathology
University of California San Diego Health

Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine report that abnormal levels of beta-amyloid plaques in brain predict cognitive decline and higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, but also that cognitive performance predicts progression from normal to abnormal levels of beta-amyloid.

Released: 14-Feb-2020 10:40 AM EST
Cocoa could bring sweet relief to walking pain for people with peripheral artery disease
American Heart Association (AHA)

Consumption of cocoa may improve walking performance for patients with peripheral artery disease, according to the results of a small, preliminary, phase II research trial published today in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation Research.

Newswise: The Human Brain’s Meticulous Interface with the Bloodstream now on a Precision Chip
Released: 10-Feb-2020 11:30 AM EST
The Human Brain’s Meticulous Interface with the Bloodstream now on a Precision Chip
Georgia Institute of Technology

It can be the bain of brain drug developers: The interface between the human brain and the bloodstream, the blood-brain-barrier, is so meticulous that animal models often fail to represent it. This improved chip represents important features more accurately.

Released: 7-Feb-2020 2:55 PM EST
Federal Grant to Fund Study of Potential Imaging Biomarker for Alzheimer’s
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine have received a five-year grant worth approximately $2.53 million from the National Institute on Aging to evaluate whether a novel brain-imaging technique can identify Alzheimer’s disease in its early stages.

4-Feb-2020 9:00 AM EST
Researcher’s technology differentiates between Parkinson’s disease and multiple system atrophy
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Scientists have found a way to distinguish between two progressive neurodegenerative diseases, Parkinson’s disease (PD) and multiple system atrophy (MSA), using a technology developed by a researcher at UTHealth. The discovery was published today in Nature.

24-Jan-2020 6:25 PM EST
Study: Antioxidant Flavonol Linked to Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s Dementia
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People who eat or drink more foods with the antioxidant flavonol, which is found in nearly all fruits and vegetables as well as tea, may be less likely to develop Alzheimer’s dementia years later, according to a study published in the January 29, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

22-Jan-2020 1:30 PM EST
Family Caregivers Are Rarely Asked About Needing Assistance With Caring for Older Adults
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Family caregivers usually are not asked by health care workers about needing support in managing older adults’ care, according to a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Newswise: Study to examine biomarkers, economic factors that may increase risk for cognitive decline
Released: 9-Jan-2020 10:30 AM EST
Study to examine biomarkers, economic factors that may increase risk for cognitive decline
Iowa State University

An image of your retina may help determine your risk for Alzheimer’s disease even before other symptoms are detectable. Iowa State researchers will use the retinal images, cognitive measurements and economic data to determine if this information can identify risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Released: 2-Jan-2020 1:15 PM EST
Alzheimer 'tau' protein far surpasses amyloid in predicting toll on brain tissue
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Brain imaging of pathological tau-protein "tangles" reliably predicts the location of future brain atrophy in Alzheimer's patients a year or more in advance, according to a new study by scientists at the UC San Francisco Memory and Aging Center.

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Released: 18-Dec-2019 3:10 PM EST
Alzheimer's study shows promise in protecting brain from tau
University of Washington School of Medicine

In the search for an Alzheimer’s cure, the scientific community has focused on drugs to lessen the buildup of amyloid protein in the brain. But new research published today in Science Translational Medicine finds that targeting tau pathology shows promise.The discovery came by looking at what could make worms resistant to pathological tau protein. That’s when researchers discovered the role of the MSUT2 gene. The latest study applied to mice as well. And held true in autopsy samples of Alzheimer's patients.

Released: 9-Dec-2019 2:40 PM EST
Dead Probiotic Strain Shown to Reduce Harmful, Aging-related Inflammation
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine have identified a dead probiotic that reduces age-related leaky gut in older mice. The study is published in the journal GeroScience.

Released: 21-Oct-2019 3:05 PM EDT
Effort to Examine Alzheimer’s Impact on Pain Processing
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

A new multisite study funded by the National Institute on Aging will examine whether co-occurring Alzheimer’s disease and stage 4 breast or prostate cancer alters pain perception, potentially leading to undertreated cancer pain.

Released: 8-Oct-2019 9:00 PM EDT
Rutgers-Led Collaborative Awarded $3.6M NIH Grant to Build Infrastructure for Minority Aging Research
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University

The award will allow the New Jersey Minority Aging Collaborative (NJMAC), led by the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, to build the infrastructure necessary to enable minority older adults across the state to participate in clinical studies. This will provide researchers and the community with more relevant information and ultimately serve to improve health equity in New Jersey.


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