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NIH Record  
Vol. LXII, No. 11
  May 28, 2010
Secure Home Life Key To Preventing Bullying Behavior
Cardiovascular Research Pioneer Braunwald Reflects on NIH Career
NIH’ers Spring, Jump, Dribble Into Health
Chai To Speak on Developmental Biology, Craniofacial Malformations
NIH Police Launch Crime-Fighting Web, Text-Messaging Tip Service
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No Evidence of Magic Bullet
Nothing Proven to Ward Off Alzheimer’s, Panel Says
  Panel chair Dr. Martha Daviglus delivers the conference state-of-the-science statement.
  Panel chair Dr. Martha Daviglus delivers the conference state-of-the-science statement.

It wasn’t the news anyone wanted to hear: Currently, there’s no conclusive evidence that taking any substance or engaging in any activity can prevent or delay Alzheimer’s disease or cognitive decline, according to an independent panel convened by the NIH Office of Medical Applications of Research. The panel, however, also concluded that interventions such as exercise or diabetes control—already known to benefit healthy aging—might be a productive line of study.

The state-of-the-science group announced its findings Apr. 28, after hearing 2 full days of medical experts discuss both Alzheimer’s and age-related cognitive decline.

“It is tragic that just as we have succeeded in extending lifespan and decreasing disability due to so many other causes that we now face an increasing urgency in addressing the problems of Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline, changes that rob older men and women of the ability to fully enjoy life in its later years,” said National Institute on Aging director Dr. Richard Hodes, who opened the conference Apr. 26 in a packed Natcher auditorium. NIA was a primary sponsor of the conference with OMAR.

Reinventing Himself Yet Again
Hard of Hearing Computer Whiz Revives His Passion for Guitar

Music has almost always been a part of Charles Mokotoff’s life—almost, because for many years the highly skilled musician kept his guitar and talents tucked in the back of a closet.

He began reading music in third grade when he learned to play the French horn. Later, in high school, he did what many young men in the 1970s did: he grew his hair long and played guitar in a rock band.

But one day, at age 15, he woke up and could barely hear. He had experienced a profound hearing loss, overnight. Doctors said it may have been due to a virus or to taking antibiotics to combat ear infections. Whatever the cause, his hearing was not coming back. He used his long hair to cover the hearing aid he wore in order to hear much of anything at all, and continued to play guitar, practicing over and over to be sure he got it right.