Tag Archives: NIH

the NIH and Down syndrome

This legislation provides NIH with the opportunity to not only expand its current efforts on Down syndrome and commonly co-occurring conditions in individuals with Down syndrome that are also seen in the general population, such as Alzheimer’s disease/dementia, autism, cataracts, celiac disease, congenital heart disease, diabetes, and immune system . . . . .

The above portion of a paragraph come from the NIH article the link below will take you to.


appreciating the National Institute of Health

Trying to learn more took me to the NIH Categorical Spending page this afternoon. It’s setup by disease in alphabetical order.

Just looking at the amount of disease names left me in awe of the responsibility they have.

Here’s a link to the page I was studying . . . . .


Alzheimer’s – some optimism #ENDALZ

Failed clinical trials and the continued lack of money for research leaves me with a feeling of pessimism. Bill and Melinda Gates getting involved is big to me, as they announced they are going to help scientists examine other theories. The longitudinal study in Columbia is exciting because they feel certain that everyone in the study will get alzheimer’s. The NIH is setting aside some money for new scientists, with fresh ideas. Thoughts of those things brings a feeling of optimism.

Hearing success stories from caregivers, accounts of them adapting, reading about laws being passed that may help them, and reading about the growth of support groups, memory cafes and more community involvement brings optimism.

Reading that our nation, as a whole, is eating healthier and exercising more is great news. That’s talk about prevention right there, good talk.

A lot of progress has been made in many areas. Necessity, sometimes, can be the mother of invention.

Taking aim at drug reactions – from the NIH


What is alzheimer’s disease? article from the NIH


From the Salk folks about the possible NIH budget cuts


The National Institute on Aging 

Congress established the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health in 1974 to lead a national scientific effort to understand the nature of aging in order to promote the health and well-being of older adults. The Institute was subsequently designated as the lead within NIH for Alzheimer’s disease research. The National Institute on Aging is one of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the NIH, a component of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The Institutes mission is to: 

  • Support and conduct genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research related to the aging process, diseases and conditions associated with aging, and other special problems and needs of older Americans..
  • Foster the development of research and clinician scientist in aging.
  • Provide research resources.
  • Communicate information about aging advances in research on Aging to the scientific Community, Healthcare Providers, and the public. 

I copied and pasted this from the NIA Strategic Directions 2016

A quote from Francis S.Collins – NIH #ENDALZ 

We are not, at the moment, limited by ideas. We are not limited by scientific opportunities. We are not limited by talent. We are, unfortunately, limited by resources to be able to move this Enterprise forward at the pace that it could take”

About the National Institute of Health 

No need for me to try to speak of them. Here is a link to Wikipedia. 

These folks are Central for Research! 

alzheimer’s disease

I found the 2 paragraphs below, following the link, on the “National Institutes of Health” website.


Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. Estimates vary, but experts suggest that more than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s disease is currently ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, but recent estimates indicate that the disorder may rank third, just behind heart disease and cancer, as a cause of death for older people.