Here is a link to the presentation page for a recent BBC program on initiatives aiming to give us control over aging and death, with video clips on cryonics and SENS rejuvenation research: We are in an era of disruptive technologies and innovation. Show More Summary
In the past researchers have shown that reprogramming adult cells to create induced pluripotent stem cells sweeps away some specific forms of damage observed in old cells. In particular it seems to clean up damaged mitochondria, which is of considerable interest given the role of mitochondrial DNA damage in aging. Show More Summary
When I started studying ageing 20 years ago, the popular press was concerned with advising readers how to hide indications of age like wrinkles and sags. Almost all the more useful information was written by and for academics and little...
Mitochondria are the power plants of the cell, a herd of cell components evolved from symbiotic bacteria that are responsible for generating energy supplies to power cellular processes, among other tasks. Mitochondria are important in...Show More Summary
The typical profile of a psychopath is of someone who is incapable of love. However, should people high in psychopathy manage to form intimate bonds, here's what can await them, and their partners.
The amount of visceral fat carried by individuals, just like number of calories consumed, has a strong influence on natural variations in health and longevity. More visceral fat is a bad thing, producing chronic inflammation and other less well understood disruptions of metabolism. Show More Summary
The Brain Preservation Foundation aims at advancing and validating the state of the art for preserving the fine structure of the human brain, containing the data of the mind. This is a goal of great value for the cryonics industry, and for the possible plastination industry that might arise to be its competitor. Show More Summary
We are nearing the first phase of this year's Fight Aging! fundraiser in support of the rejuvenation research programs carried out at the SENS Research Foundation. We are on the cusp of important progress in medical science, balanced...Show More Summary
MEMORIAL DAY That's the title of a poem for today from Marc Leavitt who blogs at Marc Leavitt's Blog. On this day we praise the fallen, who fought and died in war; The men who gave their all to guard...
Western culture is uniquely concentrated on striving. It is the whole of our lives. Even in the womb, the fetus is barraged with Mozart. Toddlers must learn to walk and talk and eat without drooling, to run and jump and...
The proximate cause of the most visible symptoms of Parkinson's disease is the progressive loss of a small but vital population of dopamine-generating neurons. This loss happens to everyone, but for a variety of underlying reasons, not all of which are clear at this time, people with Parkinson's experience a more rapid loss of these cells. Show More Summary
Damage to mitochondrial DNA is a consequence of the normal operation of cellular processes, and is one of the contributing causes of degenerative aging. It acts through a convoluted chain of circumstances to generate a population of malfunctioning cells that export harmful reactive molecules into surrounding tissue. Show More Summary
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...
How mentally healthy are today’s children and teens? A comprehensive new survey shows that the current generation of young people are in better shape than we’ve realized. However, trends in medication use continue to draw concern by mental health experts.
ROCKING OUT IN THE KITCHEN The song is Ice Ice Baby from Vanilla Ice. That's all we know but she sure inspired me to get out of this desk chair and join her. KIDS WHO OUTSMARTED THEIR TEACHERS Buzzfeed does...
NPR recently ran a show interviewing a number of people who have given TED talks relating to aging, among them Aubrey de Grey, cofounder of the SENS Research Foundation and coordinator of rejuvenation research programs, and Cynthia Kenyon,...Show More Summary
Neural plasticity, the ability of the brain to generate new neurons and reshape its pathways, declines with age. Finding ways to temporarily reverse this decline and induce a more youthful state of plasticity may prove helpful in treating...Show More Summary
I am. And it's not a comfortable thing to be. In case the phrase is new to you: An elder orphan is an old person who is single, lives alone, has no children or family member or friend who can...
Stem cell therapies to repair heart damage were one of the first to become widely available via medical tourism, and have been underway in earnest for more than a decade now. There is evidence from their use that benefits can be attained for patients. Show More Summary
Changing the world is an activity built atop a foundation of persuasion and relationships, whether is a matter of creating entirely new technology or ensuring the widespread use of existing technologies. It always moves more slowly than...Show More Summary