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Researching fundamental rhythms of life (8/31/2014)

Casey Diekman, assistant professor of mathematical sciences at New Jersey Institute of Technology, is helping to gain greater insight into the biological clock that sets the pace for daily life. ...> Full Article


APOB, a gene involved in lipid transport, linked to cases of familial extreme longevity (8/30/2014)

In a recent report in Aging Cell, a multidisciplinary team of Spanish scientists, led by Tim Cash and Manuel Serrano at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre, identify rare variants in the APOB gene in several families where exceptional longevity (>100 years of age) appears to cluster. ...> Full Article


Are you as old as what you eat? Researchers learn how to rejuvenate aging immune cells (8/28/2014)

Researchers from UCL have demonstrated how an interplay between nutrition, metabolism and immunity is involved in the process of aging. ...> Full Article


Taking the pulse of aging (8/20/2014)

In an effort to identify how the elasticity of the arteries in the brain correlates with aging well, researchers at the Beckman Institute used optical methods developed in their lab to map out the pulse pressure of the entire brain's cortex. ...> Full Article


Analysis of African plant reveals possible treatment for aging brain (8/6/2014)

Analysis of African plant reveals possible treatment for aging brainSalk scientists find that a plant used for centuries by healers of São Tomé e Príncipe holds lessons for modern medicine. ...> Full Article


The 'memory' of starvation is in your genes (8/5/2014)

Epigenetic 'experiments' -- changes resulting from external rather than genetic influences -- suggest that the body's physiological responses to hardship could be inherited, although the underlying mechanism has been a mystery. Now researchers from Tel Aviv University have discovered a genetic mechanism that passes on the body's response to starvation to subsequent generations of worms, with potential implications for humans also exposed to starvation and other physiological challenges. ...> Full Article


Key to aging immune system is discovered (8/4/2014)

Key to aging immune system is discoveredThe immune system ages and weakens with time, making the elderly prone to life-threatening infection and other maladies, and a UC San Francisco research team now has discovered a reason why. ...> Full Article


Strategy proposed for preventing diseases of aging (7/25/2014)

Strategy proposed for preventing diseases of agingResearchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and elsewhere argue that medicine focuses too much on fighting diseases individually instead of concentrating on interventions that prevent multiple chronic diseases and extend healthy lifespan. They call for moving forward with strategies that have been shown to delay aging in animals. In addition to promoting a healthy diet and regular exercise, these strategies include manipulating molecular pathways that slow aging and promote healthy longevity. ...> Full Article


Scientists identify gene that plays a surprising role in combating aging (7/22/2014)

Scientists identify gene that plays a surprising role in combating agingScientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have found in animal models that a single gene plays a surprising role in aging that can be detected early in development, a discovery that could point toward the possibility of one day using therapeutics, even some commonly used ones, to manipulate the aging process itself. ...> Full Article


Preconceptional factors in the prediction of fertility and the reproductive lifespan (7/9/2014)

A project in Denmark whose aim is to assess the reliability of preconceptional lifestyle and biological factors as predictors of fertility has found a pronounced effect of the contraceptive pill on markers used to assess 'ovarian reserve,' a predictor of future reproductive lifespan. ...> Full Article


Reproduction later in life is a marker for longevity in women (7/1/2014)

Women who are able to naturally have children later in life tend to live longer and the genetic variants that allow them to do so might also facilitate exceptionally long life spans, according to a Boston University School of Medicine study. ...> Full Article


Strict diet suspends development, doubles lifespan of worms (6/23/2014)

Strict diet suspends development, doubles lifespan of wormsResearchers at Duke University found that taking food away from C. elegans triggers a state of arrested development: while the organism continues to wriggle about, foraging for food, its cells and organs are suspended in an ageless, quiescent state. When food becomes plentiful again, the worm develops as planned, but can live twice as long as normal. ...> Full Article


Toxins in the environment might make you older than your years (5/29/2014)

Why are some 75-year-olds downright spry while others can barely get around? Part of the explanation, say researchers writing in the Cell Press journal Trends in Molecular Medicine on May 28, is differences from one person to the next in exposure to harmful substances in the environment, chemicals such as benzene, cigarette smoke, and even stress. ...> Full Article


Blocking pain receptors extends lifespan, boosts metabolism in mice (5/27/2014)

Chronic pain is known to shorten lifespan, and pain tends to increase with age. But is there a relationship between pain and longevity? UC Berkeley and Salk researchers have found that mice lacking the capsaicin pain receptor live around 14 percent longer than other mice, and they retain a more youthful metabolism as well. Receptor blockers could not only relieve pain, but increase lifespan, improve metabolic health and help diabetics and the obese. ...> Full Article


Taste test: Could sense of taste affect length of life? (5/20/2014)

Researchers find a link between taste and aging in fruit flies. ...> Full Article

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Researching fundamental rhythms of life

APOB, a gene involved in lipid transport, linked to cases of familial extreme longevity

Are you as old as what you eat? Researchers learn how to rejuvenate aging immune cells

Taking the pulse of aging

Analysis of African plant reveals possible treatment for aging brainAnalysis of African plant reveals possible treatment for aging brain

The 'memory' of starvation is in your genes

Key to aging immune system is discoveredKey to aging immune system is discovered

Strategy proposed for preventing diseases of agingStrategy proposed for preventing diseases of aging

Scientists identify gene that plays a surprising role in combating agingScientists identify gene that plays a surprising role in combating aging

Preconceptional factors in the prediction of fertility and the reproductive lifespan

Reproduction later in life is a marker for longevity in women

Strict diet suspends development, doubles lifespan of wormsStrict diet suspends development, doubles lifespan of worms

Toxins in the environment might make you older than your years

Blocking pain receptors extends lifespan, boosts metabolism in mice

Taste test: Could sense of taste affect length of life?



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