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News & Events

Read the latest scientific news and updates on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

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Family-based study identifies potential new genetic factors linked to Alzheimer’s risk in people with African ancestry
Study finds genetic determinants of Alzheimer’s in African genetic ancestry.
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A sudden wealth loss may lead to cognitive decline
Sudden wealth loss is linked to cognitive decline among older adults in the United States and China, but not in England or Mexico, according to an NIA-funded study.
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Aging in disadvantaged neighborhoods may worsen age-related cognitive problems, especially among Mexican Americans
Study finds association between aging in a disadvantaged area and worse cognitive functioning, particularly for Mexican Americans.
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Videos help increase communication of care goals for hospitalized older adults
Research shows that an evidence-based video intervention helped increase documentation of care preferences for hospitalized older adults.
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Excess belly fat in midlife may be associated with early markers of Alzheimer’s
NIA-funded study finds association between excess belly fat in midlife and early Alzheimer’s disease-related brain changes.
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HHS releases National Plan update marking year of progress on Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias
HHS releases update to the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease highlighting the progress made in 2023, which was an historic year for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and care for people with dementia.
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Could fasting reset the body’s clock and protect the brain against Alzheimer’s?
Study shows that intermittent fasting improves memory, sleep, and slows Alzheimer’s disease progression in mice.
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Personality traits are related to measures of neurodegeneration
NIA study finds personality traits such as depression are linked to more neurodegeneration, while positivity and cheerfulness are associated with less neurodegeneration.
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Work complexity linked to better cognitive aging
Two NIA-funded studies find association between complexity of work and later-life cognition.
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Dysfunctional muscle mitochondria linked to higher dementia risk
NIA study links lower mitochondrial function in muscle with an increased risk for future cognitive impairment and the development of brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

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