As I explained on Monday, while Peter Tibbles and Norma Gates are visiting from Melbourne, I am taking a mini-vacation and letting you, dear readers, write the blog based on your own topics. Today's comes from Bruce Cooper with somethiing...
Most of that portion of the aging research community interested in intervening in the aging process to extend healthy life focus on near term drug discovery and reuse. They recognize that the gains here will be small and the process, like all drug development, will be enormously expensive. Show More Summary
Here is a recent article from the SENS Research Foundation, a review of recent work in the broader research community relating to the development of neuroprotective drugs and proteins, ways to help brain cells resist the damage of aging:...Show More Summary
It is that time of year again, and our 2014 matching fundraiser starts today, October 1st 2014. From now until the end of the year, December 31st 2014, we will match the first $50,000 donated to the SENS Research Foundation with $2 for every $1 given. Show More Summary
One of the several possible approaches to address the important issue of mitochondrial damage in aging, wherein cells are overtaken by malfunctioning mitochondria and cause harm to surrounding tissues as a result, is some combination of destroying the damaged mitochondria and replacing them with whole new mitochondria infused into the body. Show More Summary
There is primary aging and there is secondary aging. The former is a side-effect of the operation of metabolism, an accumulation of damage about which little is done at present. The latter is the consequence of an unhealthy lifestyle,...Show More Summary
The small industry of cryonics is the destination for the few visionary survivors who can see the golden future ahead, but who will die before the advent of working rejuvenation biotechnology, ways to repair the old, turn back age-related disease, and restore their health. Show More Summary
Popular opinion, if not common sense, tells us that it’s impossible to be too attractive or too intelligent. However, if you envy the looks and brains that some people seem to be born with, take heart. There’s a surprising downside to being born with too much in the way of looks and brains. read more
Little can be done today to stem the tide of age-related degeneration, at least in comparison to the potential rejuvenation treatments of tomorrow. It remains the case that regular moderate exercise and calorie restriction have moreShow More Summary
A fair amount of research over the years has pointed to dysfunction of the choroid plexus as a contributing factor to degeneration in the brain. This structure generates and filters cerebrospinal fluid, and is thus its decline is a candidate...Show More Summary
Telomeres cap the ends of chromosomes and shorten with each cell division, one part of the collection of mechanisms that limits the lifespan of somatic cells that make up the bulk of our tissues. Fresh cells with long telomeres are regularly...Show More Summary
He was wealthy, internationally acclaimed, and creatively prolific, a celebrity who set many acting benchmarks. Then at age 63 he killed himself by hanging, and it remains difficult to understand why. Mork from Ork Robin Williams, a beloved comic genius, earned many accolades including an Academy Award, three Grammys, and five Golden Globes. Show More Summary
As I repeat ad nauseum, individuals age at different rates and in different ways so that what shows up in one person at 50 may not affect another until 70 or maybe not at all. As a friend says the...
One of the reasons that most people reject the idea of living longer through new medical technologies is that they believe, incorrectly, that it will result in being aged, frail, and in pain for longer. This is not the goal, and probably...Show More Summary
A variety of forms of cellular garbage accumulate with aging, and in some cases it is up for debate as to whether the garbage is a primary cause of aging or secondary effect of other damage that degrades cell maintenance. The origins...Show More Summary
There’s a time and a place for small talk. Often, we may be tempted to engage others in a casual chat but not know whether they’re in the mood. These seven tips will give you the guidance you need to make your small talk count big. read more
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...
People with narcissistic personality tendencies, who constantly need to see themselves as the center of attention, can be annoying to say the least. If you care about someone whose narcissism tends to get out of control, these 8 strategies will help you keep their egos, and your anger, under control. read more
BACKSTAGE AT THE METROPOLITAN OPERA The New York Times posted a lovely little montage video of what it's like at the Met a week before the season premier. JOHN OLIVER ON THE MISS AMERICA PAGEANT This is a funny and...
UPDATE: Please remember (in regard to the Vitamin D item below) that no one, even a physician or researcher I have not vetted, may advise, suggest or imply in this blog that any treatment - even non-prescription drugs - should...