Aging Research Headlines
NFID Creates Toolkit to Promote Importance of Flu Vaccinations for Older Adults
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases recently designed a toolkit called "Care for Older Adults? Care About Flu!" The toolkit provides health care professionals with resources to talk to their patients ages 65+ about the annual flu vaccination and what vaccines are best for them. Stay tuned for the release of a vaccines fact sheet from the Alliance for Aging Research next month! Check it out here.
Researchers May Have Identified Potential Biomarkers of Age-Related Macular Degeneration
In a study from Massachusetts Eye and Ear, a research team found that people with any stage of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) carry traces of the disease in their blood. The scientists used a technique called metabolomics to identify blood profiles associated with AMD and its progression. This discovery could help physicians make earlier diagnoses and find new treatment options. Learn more here.
Ketogenic Diet May Increase Longevity and Sharpen Memory
Researchers studied mice models to determine the health benefits of a high-fat, low-carb diet. The mice were placed into three groups (high-carb, low-carb, and high-fat) and given the same daily caloric intake. The mice in the high-fat, or ketogenic, group showed improvements in longevity and memory. Read more here.
Researchers Say Episodic Brain Stimulation Could Improve Memory
Scientists at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University discovered that intermittent electrical stimulation of an area deep in the brain improved memory. The study used non-human primates to deliver electricity through very thin electrodes to increase the activity of an area in the forebrain that degenerates in Alzheimer's disease. The research team noticed that continuous stimulation actually caused a decline in memory function, but sporadic stimulation enhanced production of chemical messengers that aid in cognition. Learn more here.
Small Increases in Exercise Reduce Chances of Mobility Disabilities
Researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University found that adding just 48 minutes of moderate exercise each week improved physical functioning in sedentary older adults. "In our first LIFE study, we confirmed that regular exercise can help improve physical function and prevent mobility loss. Now we see that small increases can have big impacts," said Roger A. Fielding, Ph.D., who is also a senior scientist and director of the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the USDA HNRCA. Learn more here.
Joint AGS/NIA Conference on Sensory Impairment and Cognitive Decline, Bethesda, Md., October 2-3, 2017
The American Geriatics Society (AGS) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) are sponsoring a conference focused on sensory impairment and cognitive decline. The conference is the first in a new three-part series of U13 Bench-to-Bedside Conferences. The event will provide attendees with opportunities to learn about cutting-edge research, participate in creating recommendations for future research, and network with colleagues and leaders in the field.
Applications are due by June 9, 2017 and applicants will be notified if they are invited to participate by the end of July.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. At least 1-2 years of research experience in a related field.
2. Hold an MD or PhD or equivalent degree.
3. Have an academic appointment as a research fellow, instructor, or faculty member.
For more information on participating or to learn more about the conference, contact Elisha Medina-Gallagher, Manager for Special Projects at [email protected]mericangeriatrics.org or 212-308-1414