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The National Geographic's Breakthrough on Aging Research

7 hours agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

The National Geographic has been fairly heavily engaged in promoting Breakthrough, a new popular science and technology show that edges its way around the outskirts of topics such as artificial general intelligence, transhumanism, and,...Show More Summary

Nrf2 in Aging and Longevity

20 hours agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

The transcription factor nrf2 regulates levels of antioxidant proteins, a part of the response to everyday cellular stress, such as that induced by raised mitochondrial activity and greater generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) during exercise. Show More Summary

A Mechanism By Which Amyloid-? Attacks Synapses

20 hours agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

Researchers here provide evidence for a fairly direct link between the growing levels of amyloid-? associated with Alzheimer's disease and the loss of synapses characteristic of the condition. Since the mechanism is so direct, success...Show More Summary

A Few Recent Research Results on Fitness, Exercise, and Age-Related Decline

yesterdayHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

It is no big secret that regular exercise and greater fitness leads to better health and a longer life expectancy, though it remains uncertain as to where the point of greatest benefit lies. What is the dose-response curve for exercise?...Show More Summary

An Interesting Opinion on Metformin

yesterdayHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

The evidence for metformin to slightly slow the aging process is all over the map. It is sketchy and contradictory in comparison to the robust results from rapamycin, for example. This isn't preventing a coalition of researchers from...Show More Summary

Yet More Mapping of Age-Related Epigenetic Changes

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Epigenetic changes occur constantly, altering the production of proteins in response to circumstances, and thus changing cell and tissue behavior. Some of these changes occur in reaction to the cell and tissue damage of aging, and are...Show More Summary

The MitoAge Database: Mitochondrial DNA and Longevity Compared Between Numerous Species

2 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

Here I'll point out a recent addition to the set of open data interfaces that are both interesting and relevant to aging research: the MitoAge database, cataloging mitochondrial DNA and longevity in a wide range of species. Mitochondria, the descendants of ancient symbiotic bacteria, swarm in herds inside our cells. Show More Summary

Slowing Aging Slows Parkinson's Development, Even When Caused By Genetic Mutations

2 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

In some patients Parkinson's disease is associated with genetic variants, most likely because those differences increase susceptibility to damage in the small but critical population of neurons that are destroyed as the disease progresses. Show More Summary

Happy Thanksgiving 2015, Everyone

2 days agoHealth / Aging : Time Goes By

A SHORT NOTE: Before I get to the holiday part of today's story, let me mention that I will soon be posting the annual gift ideas for elders column. If you have a suggestion or more, please forward them to...

The Question of Whether to Build Rejuvenation Therapies

2 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

Should we build rejuvenation therapies? Hell yes. Are we? Barely, as nowhere near enough of an effort is being made. This is an opinion piece by Aubrey de Grey of the SENS Research Foundation: Aging is a hot topic among the chattering classes these days. Show More Summary

The Methuselah 300 Monument is Unveiled

3 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

The Methuselah Foundation has unveiled the Methuselah 300 monument in the US Virgin Islands, a lasting record of all of the generous donors who have helped fund the work of the Methuselah Foundation over the past decade: the M PrizeShow More Summary

What’s the Best Way to React to an Insult?

Insults live at the bottom of the scale of socially appropriate behavior. Because our first tendency is to be polite, especially with people we don’t know very well, it’s not always clear whether to respond in kind or turn the other cheek. Here’s some guidance for how to handle these confusing situations.

Energy-Carrying Molecules to Boost Aging Mitochondria?

3 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

Here I'll point out the latest in the Question of the Month series from the SENS Research Foundation, in which the staff are far more polite than I regarding the unmerited hype that seems to accompany both supplement research in general...Show More Summary

Considering the Possibility of a Type 4 Age-Related Diabetes

3 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease largely caused by being overweight, some researchers have suggested that Alzheimer's disease is a type 3 diabetes, and here evidence is presented for the...Show More Summary

Triple Matching of SENS Donations on Giving Tuesday, Coming Up on December 1st

4 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

Giving Tuesday is the Black Friday of the non-profit world, a collaborative event organized across the whole of the non-profit community in which activists and advocates raise awareness, coordinate activities, and inform the decisions that people make about charitable donations at the end of the year. Show More Summary

Old Obama in Malaysia

4 days agoHealth / Aging : Time Goes By

Even many old people deny it exists but ageism is a serious problem. In just one manifestation of its impact, age discrimination in the workplace begins as early as age 40 and picks up speed from there. Often, when workers...

Skepticism of a Causative Role for Telomeres in Aging

4 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

A researcher here takes a skeptical look at telomerase studies, such as those shown to extend life in mice, most likely by boosting stem cell activity. There is a school of thought that suggests the role of telomerase in lengtheningShow More Summary

A View of the Important Divide in Longevity Science from the Other Side of the Fence

4 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

Here I'll point out a view of the great divide in aging research from the other side. I have long argued that the most important divide in the field of aging research is between (a) the minority position of those who see aging as anShow More Summary

Shame and Envy in the World of Social Media

From a mental health standpoint, you should be more likely to browse through the Facebook posts of your friends and acquaintances to make yourself feel better. The reality is that social networks can just as often stimulate the unpleasant emotions of shame and envy. Here's how to shrug off those posts that peeve you.

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