drinking and smoking

Stability and Change in Health Behavior Profiles of U.S. Adults

Using five waves of the Americans' Changing Lives Study, Burgard and Seelye examined how US adults transition from one profile to another as they age. The study, in the Journals of Gerontology, assessed patterns of stability and change in profiles of tobacco and alcohol use and BMI.

Hand holding

Evidence-based guidance for state-level policy in dementia care

Using national-level data, Kenneth Langa, Kara Zivin and colleagues identify factors in need of improvement in current age-related dementia care for community-dwelling adults, and create a framework for developing state-level dementia care plans.

Poor neighborhood

How disadvantage contributes to DNA methylation and CVD risk

This multi-cohort study by Smith, Mukherjee, Zhou, Kardia, and Needham examines the biology underlying CVD disparities by exploring the linkage among social disadvantage variables, specific forms of DNA methylation, and cardiovascular risk factors.

Thoughtful woman

Validating and enhancing assessment of cognitive aging

In this cross-university study, Giordani and Zahodne work to develop and ensure proper implementation of sound, standardized assessments for age-related cognitive decline, including AD, using the NIH Toolbox approach.

Brain neurology

Identifying genetic loci linked to cognitive function

The researchers involved in this study, including Smith, Kardia, Weir, Ware, and Faul, combine cognitive and genetic data to identify genetic loci of cognitive function and genetic overlap with health variables and longevity.