At-A-Glance: Aging Research News
Leading researchers and authorities on aging are constantly making news with their breakthroughs and discoveries. Below is a small sample of the articles, podcasts, blog postings, and other media that highlight some of this important information on aging, age-related disease, and the science behind getting old:
World Health Day celebrated with focus on healthy, active aging
CNN – 4/7/12
The World Health Organization celebrated its birthday Saturday by focusing on aging, including a host of events, research and information under the theme, "Good health adds life to years."
Memory Loss With Aging Not Necessarily Permanent, Animal Study Suggests
ScienceDaily – 4/2/12
Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have shown in animal models that the loss of memory that comes with aging is not necessarily a permanent thing.
A Mammalian Longevity Gene?
The Scientist – 2/23/12
Scientists have found further proof that sirtuins may play a role in mammalian aging.
Obama’s Alzheimer’s Plan Focuses on Treatment, Care
Reuters – 2/22/12
The White House announced that it will divert $50 million to Alzheimer’s research and has released a draft plan on how it will use that money.
What Living Past 90 Looks Like for Most
Chicago Tribune – 2/22/12
The 90+ population is expected to more than quadruple between 2010 and 2050. A new report from the Census Bureau shows what the 90+ population looks like in statistics.
Scientists Trigger Muscle Stem Cells to Divide
Stanford School of Medicine – 2/22/12
Finding when muscle stem cells activate and divide is an important step in understanding how muscles age and why they become more vulnerable to wear and tear over time.
Anticipation of Stressful Situations Accelerates Cellular Aging
ScienceDaily - 2/21/12
The ability to plan for future events may produce stress that increases risk of diseases of aging.
Science Predicting How Long We Will Live: EU-Funded Lifespan Research
Cordis News – 2/20/12
Researchers may have found a way to use telomeres on DNA to find out how long individuals will live.
Aging of Eyes is Blamed for Range of Health Woes
The New York Times – 2/20/12
The narrowing of the pupils and yellowing of the lens that often accompanies aging, may disturb our circadian rhythms and contribute to a variety of health conditions like memory loss, insomnia, and depression.
Soon, a Simple Blood Test to Reveal Your Lifespan and Pace of Ageing
The Times of India – 2/17/12
A blood test that looks at telomeres may soon give clues as to biological age.
Signs of Neuro-Problems?
The Scientist – 2/17/12
The strength of your grip and the speed of your walk may predict your likelihood of stroke and dementia.
Air Pollution Linked to Heart and Brain Risks
The New York Times, Well Blog – 2/15/12
A number of studies are confirming that exposure to air pollution increases risk of stroke, heart attacks, and cognitive decline.
NIH Study Uncovers Mechanism Underlying Resveratrol Activity
NIH Radio – 2/2/12
Listen to this podcast to learn more about how resveratrol—the chemical found in red wine and often touted as a potential secret to longevity—confers its health benefits.
Eye Trials Give Hope for Stem Cell
The Scientist – 1/24/12
Stem cell trials offer hope for those facing vision loss as well as the stem cell research field.
Quest for Anti-Aging Drugs Transitions from Flaky to Mainstream
Scientific American – 12/20/11
Read why we need to turn the search for ways to slow aging into a legitimate, mainstream medical enterprise.
The Aging Brain
The Washington Post – 12/5/11
This graphic shows how the brain works and how we can slow the impacts of aging on the brain.
Hopkins Scientists Turn on Fountain of Youth in Yeast
Johns Hopkins Medicine – 11/21/11
By figuring out how to manipulate certain proteins related to aging in yeast, scientists have successfully manipulated their lifespan.
In Body’s Shield Against Cancer, a Culprit in Aging May Lurk
New York Times – 11/21/11
Senescent cells were previously thought to be a byproduct of the body’s defense against cancer but researchers now believe they may play a role in aging.
So-Called Super Agers: What the Brain Scans Say About Them
Health, Medical, and Science Updates – 11/17/11
Brain scans reveal high brain function in super agers.
Modification of the Epigenome Can Affect Lifespan Three Generations Later in C. Elegans Worms
National Institute on Aging – 11/17/11
Environmental exposures can impact our DNA and researchers are learning more about how this impacts aging.
Purging Cells in Mice is Found to Combat Aging Ills
The New York Times - 11/2/11
Cleansing the body of senescent cells could postpone diseases of aging.
Removing Nondividing, Senescent Cells in Mice Delays Age-Related Disease
National Institute on Aging – 11/2/11
New findings in mouse models suggest that cell senescence may be a fundamental mechanism of aging.
Stem Cell Hope for Elderly Patients
The Telegraph – 10/31/22
Cells from patients as old as 100 have been transformed into stem cells virtually identical to those found in embryos, potentially opening up new avenues for treatment.
Red Wine Ingredient Slows Growth of Breast Cancer Cells, Study Finds
Huffington Post – 10/5/11
Resveratrol—a chemical found in red wine—may stop breast cancer cells from growing.
Compound Improves Health, Increases Lifespan of Obese Mice
National Institute on Aging – 8/18/11
An experimental compound reversed many of the health problems associated with a high-fat diet and shows promise for breakthroughs in treating diseases of aging.