This is the online version of the printed publication, The NIH Word on Health, Consumer Health Information Based on Research from the National Institutes of Health

April 2004

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New Fronts in Alzheimer's Research
An estimated 4.5 million older people currently have Alzheimer's disease, and researchers predict that by 2050 the number could nearly triple to 13.2 million. full story

Men Can Get Osteoporosis Too
Most people don't think that men develop osteoporosis. But men can get the hip and other bone fractures that come with osteoporosis, too, and it's no less painful or debilitating for them than it is for women. full story

Understanding Medical Risk
A new publication from NIH's National Institute on Aging (NIA) explains different types of scientific studies, different types of risk, and suggests some questions you can ask yourself when reading or listening to the next story about research results. full story

New Senior Health Web Site
NIH has launched a new talking web site with formats and topics tailored to the needs of older people. full story

Research Capsules: Diabetes and Mental Decline | The Pain of Rejection | Gene Therapy in Salivary Glands | Heard It From A Fly | Basic Studies Yield Myeloma Drug

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