Researchers here outline recent discoveries relating to changes in the endoplasmic reticulum inside cells that occur over the course of aging. All cellular machinery falters with age due to accumulating damage, and the primary goal of...Show More Summary
Entirely artificial medical nanorobots will one day exist to augment or greatly improve on functions presently carried out by cellular machinery. Long before then, however, we will see the widespread use of modified cells and bacteria,...Show More Summary
And what about other elders you know? Are they all online? About a month ago, the Pew Research Center for Internet, Science & Tech released their latest survey about internet usage, something they have been measuring regularly since 2000. ”For...
Current research helps us to understand that some physical illnesses, especially those that are not easily explained, are not made up at all. They are the result of complex neuroendocrine responses due to heredity, trauma and stress. The symptoms are real. They are not all in one’s head.
This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to...
When something important in your life comes to an end, whether your career or your relationship, the process may be more difficult to cope with than you might realize. Ultimately, it’s your identity, and the sense you make of that ending, which will determine how you emerge from life’s transition points.
1965 MEDICARE SIGNING ON TIMES FRONT PAGE It's always fun to see newspaper front pages from important past events. (Hmmmm. With the internet and cell phones taking over news, will these historical artifacts disappear, I wonder?) Anyway, I missed posting...
DRACO, double-stranded RNA activated caspase oligomerizer, is a broadly applicable antiviral technology that has been under development at a slow pace for quite some time now. You might recall some publicity back in 2011, for example, but that marked the results of years of earlier work. Show More Summary
The first stage for commercially useful tissue engineering is testing and further research, and that is actually well underway. Tissue sections for test and research purposes don't have to be large, and therefore the big problem of how to generate suitable blood vessel networks doesn't have to be solved yet. Show More Summary
Researchers have demonstrated slower aging in yeast by increasing H3K36 methylation, which has the effect of restricting certain forms of transcription, the first step in the process of gene expression whereby proteins are generated from their genetic blueprints. Show More Summary
About two-and-a-half-years ago, I told you about elder playgrounds and that I was heading a small committee of the 50-plus Advisory Board of the City of Lake Oswego, to look into details of building one in Lake Oswego, Oregon. They....
Today I stumbled over a popular press article on the topic of longevity science, in which a fair amount of attention is given to Aubrey de Grey and the SENS Research Foundation vision for rejuvenation biotechnology. Like most such articles...Show More Summary
A range of research efforts aim at finding ways to improve or enhance the activity of cellular maintenance mechanisms involved in ensuring quality control. Proteins are the building blocks of cell machinery but constantly become damaged or misfolded, which can then cause harm through incorrect function. Show More Summary
A number of ongoing research programs aim to collect more data on the biochemistry and genetics of the oldest of old people, and here is an example of one of them. I don't believe that these efforts contribute greatly towards building...Show More Summary
Very few, if any, of us truly enjoys being the bearer of bad news. If you have no choice but to be that messenger, there are ways to get the job done with a minimum of damaged feelings. These 5 strategies will help you figure out how to make the best out of some of life’s unpleasant situations.
A group of US researchers have demonstrated the potential to induce greater regeneration in heart tissue through overexpression of PIM-1. This is one of many varied approaches to generating greater repair and maintenance of tissues presently...Show More Summary
Below find an interesting discussion of one research program aimed at producing a better class of cryoprotectant that enables tissue thawing without damage. The organ storage and cryonics industries have many of the same technical goals:...Show More Summary
Researchers building on twin study data are suggesting that the well-known correlation between greater intelligence and a little additional longevity is mostly genetic in nature, not a matter of more intelligent people making betterShow More Summary
Rejoice in our good fortune, my friends. Tomorrow, 30 July 2015, is the 50th anniversary of the day President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare bill into law. Take a look: Until I was poking around the internet to prepare...
The public echo chamber is often crowded by class warfare sentiments, and they are rarely absent from any discussion of progress in medicine. The green-eyed monster of jealousy dons its best suit and those without power denounce those who have more of it because of their greater wealth. Show More Summary