Press ReleaseAlliance Releases New AFib Consensus and Survey
WASHINGTON, DC (July 19, 2012) – The Alliance for Aging Research (Alliance) announced the release of a new consensus statement written by leading experts in the area of stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AFib). The consensus development was spearheaded by the Atrial Fibrillation Optimal Treatment Task Force, led by the Alliance. The resulting statement provides a standardized approach to assessing moderate- to high-risk patients and determining who should be on an anticoagulant medication. Additionally, the document presents the leading stroke and bleeding risk tools all in one place – making them easy for health care professionals to access and compare.
Press Release2012 MetLife Foundation Silver Scholar Award® Recipient Announced
June 25, 2012
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The Silver Book: Vision Loss Volume II
March 2012 | Alliance for Aging Research
Related topics: Access to Breakthroughs   Health Medical Innovation Policy Research Vision LossMore than 38 million Americans age 40 and older are blind, visually impaired, or have an age-related eye disease, and adult vision loss costs our economy more than $51 billion a year. While for the most part we have not seen the number of Americans impacted by these eye diseases decrease since the release of Volume I, we have seen exciting new treatments decrease their burden. The use of anti-VEGFs to treat AMD, supplements for prevention, and combined statin treatment to slow progression of diabetic retinopathy, are just a few of the innovations that are bringing hope to millions of Americans. The Alliance for Aging Research and the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research believe that this resource will showcase that value and enrich the national debate on health care and research funding.
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Science in the SpotlightUnder Treatment of a Treatable Disease: T.A.K.E. on Glaucoma
An estimated 2.3 million Americans are living with glaucoma and because it is a disease of aging, that number is expected to climb during this decade—surpassing 3.3 million by 2020—a 50% increase. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that are associated with elevated eye pressure that can damage the optic nerve and cause vision loss. That vision loss can usually be prevented with early detection and proper treatment and disease management, yet glaucoma continues to be one of the leading causes of blindness in the U.S.
Feature ArticleGo4Life: NIA Campaign Encourages Exercise at All Ages
Exercise is good for your health. Not surprising right? We’ve all watched countless news reports and read stacks of stories extolling the virtues of regular exercise. So why do only 30% of adults between the ages of 45 and 64 report that they engage in regular physical activity? That number gets even lower as we age with only 25% of people between the ages of 65 and 74, and 11% of those ages 85 and older, saying that they exercise regularly. Keep in mind that those numbers are probably higher than reality because people tend to over-estimate how much they exercise when they are reporting it to others.