Recent news related to aging and gerontology

2017-05-13 | How Genes Play A Role In Aging Process: The Secret To Living Longer

Emma Morano, 117, who was declared the world’s oldest living person by the Guinness World Records, died last month in Verbania, Italy. While the right diet cannot be ruled out as one of her secrets to longer life, experts say genetics might have played an important role too. ...

2017-05-12 | Gerontology/Aging Market by Key Players Analysis 2023 |

Gerontology is an integrative study of aging which comprises the biological, psychological, sociological, and economical aspects of aging. It involves the study of aging from the individual as well as from the societal perspective. ...

2017-05-11 | Keeping a Watchful Eye On Aging

The area framing the eyes, the periorbital area, is one of the most expressive and important facial areas.1 It is the first facial area on which another rests their gaze when meeting someone for the first time. The periorbital area is also among the first on the body to show the signs of aging (see Eye Area Anatomy).2 Skin here is thinner than other areas of the body, and blood vessels are near the surface. ...

2017-05-08 | Mice’s aging brains reset to youthful state by cannabinoid

While medical marijuana has been promoted as a treatment for a variety of ailments, finding anyone who promotes it as a memory boost is rare. Yet a German-Israeli team of researchers has just published a paper suggesting that at least in aging mice, marijuana does just that. ...

2017-05-04 | Mitochondria-Derived Damage-Associated Molecular Patterns in Aging

Mitochondria-derived damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) are a proposed link between age-related mitochondrial damage and age-related inflammation, and this open access paper outlines present thinking on the topic. Mitochondria, the power plants of the cell, are strongly implicated in the progression of aging in a number of ways, the SENS view of damage to mitochondrial DNA producing dysfunctional cells being one, and a more general decline in mitochondrial energy generation for other reasons, yet to be fully mapped, being another. ...

2017-05-01 | Can aging muscle be regenerated? New research suggests a first step | FierceBiotech

Scientists at Sanford Burnham have identified the mechanism that causes muscle cells to stop regenerating as people age. This knowledge could lead to methods to slow—but not stop—the decline in muscle mass and function people experience as they get older. ...

2017-05-01 | Anti-Aging and Ayurveda are part of well-being

Ayurveda is fast-becoming a preferred lifestyle option around the world, and it is poised for a quantum leap today as Western companies realize its potential and Western consumers realize its benefits. Ayurveda is the age-old science of well-being, which has the benefit of making consumers look younger and feel vibrant. ...

2017-04-29 | What’s Hot in Aging Research: How Environment Influences Aging - USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology

USC and Los Angeles experts discussed the ways the environment shapes aging, the remarkable progress made in improving Los Angeles’ social and physical environment and the region’s ambitious goals for supporting an aging populace during the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology’s annual What’s Hot in Aging Research symposium on April 19. As he welcomed attendees, USC Davis School Dean Pinchas Cohen said the annual event, much like interest in the wider field of gerontology itself as well as the USC Davis School’s programs, has steadily grown over the years. ...

2017-04-28 | Fueling Inflamm-Aging through Mitochondrial Dysfunction: Mechanisms and Molecular Targets

Among the complex determinants of aging, mitochondrial dysfunction has been in the spotlight for a long time. As the hub for many cellular functions, the maintenance of an adequate pool of functional mitochondria is crucial for tissue homeostasis. ...

2017-04-27 | Nobel winner Elizabeth Blackburn tells Vancouver TED the secrets of aging

Nobel Prize laureate Elizabeth Blackburn discovered that a tiny piece of our chromosomes holds the secret to why we age. It’s a special region on the ends of our chromosomes that becomes shorter every time it replicates inside our body. ...

2017-04-27 | Google is super secretive about its anti-aging research. No one knows why.

Calico’s logo is a labyrinth — fitting for the ultra-secretive company. Researchers are puzzled by Calico’s stealthiness and say it’s not good for science. ...

2017-04-26 | Further Investigations of Cellular Senescence in Muscle Aging and Frailty

As a topic for aging research, cellular senescence passed its tipping point a few years ago. Prior to that growth of interest and attention it was a struggle to raise funding for this area of work, and thus it didn't matter how compelling the evidence was for its involvement in the processes of aging. ...

2017-04-21 | Increased Cardiac Troponin T Associated with Neuromuscular Junction Aging

Ageing skeletal muscle undergoes chronic denervation, and the neuromuscular junction (NMJ), the key structure that connects motor neuron nerves with muscle cells, shows increased defects with ageing. Previous studies in various species have shown that with ageing, type II fast-twitch skeletal muscle fibres show more atrophy and NMJ deterioration than type I slow-twitch fibres. ...

2017-04-19 | Can scientists rejuvenate an aging brain with a protein found in umbilical cord blood?

What old brains need is a shot of young blood — and the younger the better. It may sound like a metaphor employed by a randy octogenarian. ...

2017-04-19 | Human Umbilical Cord Blood Helps Aging Mice Remember, Study Finds | Houston Public Media

Decades ago, scientists surgically attached pairs of rats to each other and noticed that old rats tended to live longer if they shared a bloodstream with young rats. It was the beginning of a peculiar and ambitious scientific endeavor to understand how certain materials from young bodies, when transplanted into older ones, can sometimes improve or rejuvenate them. ...

2017-04-19 | The Little Molecule That Could Help Reverse The Aging Process

Scientists have known for a long time that the ability to repair broken strands of DNA is vital for cells to stay healthy and avoid irregularities like cancer. But they haven’t been able to pinpoint why that ability, like most things, breaks down with age — until the discovery of the molecule NAD. Dr. ...

2017-04-18 | Researchers study secrets of aging via stem cells

Third in an occasional series on how Harvard researchers are tackling the problematic issues of aging. “If only,” wrote an ancient Japanese poet, “when one heard that Old Age was coming one could bolt the door….” Science is working on it. Aging is as much about the physical processes of repair and regeneration — and their slow-motion failure — as it is the passage of time. ...

2017-04-17 | Assessing Nematode Versions of Human Aging-Associated Genes

An ortholog is a gene in one species that serves the same purpose as its equivalent in another species, a pairing that usually implies common ancestry. In the case of humans and nematode worms such as Caenorhabditis elegans, that is a very distant common ancestry, but nonetheless even between such widely diverse species many cellular mechanisms are surprisingly similar. ...

2017-04-15 | We can slow it down but your genes are the biggest factor in the ageing process

“I’m no supermodel,” insists Dr Sara Gottfried, who is half-Irish — but, it seems, those trendy Celtic genes are no great asset: “I have very resilient genes which allow me to store fat — a little bit too much fat,” she quips. Genetic testing in her mid-40s (she’s just turned 50), showed Gottfried carries what’s known as the ‘Famine Gene’ which means her body is adept at storing fat and has a tendency towards insulin resistance. ...

2017-04-13 | Non-canonical aging model systems and why we need them

Cancer is not just one disease but many diseases. There are more than 100 different types of cancer. ...

2017-04-11 | Billionaire Jim Mellon invests in anti-ageing research firm - Pharmaphorum

Billionaire biotechnology investor Jim Mellon has unveiled an investment in an ambitious new venture which seeks to tackle ageing and age-related diseases. Insilico Medicine is a big data analytics company which says its mission is to ‘extend healthy longevity’. This is a ‘moonshot’ target in health which has seen investment from a number of ambitious research groups in the last few years. ...

2017-04-10 | Salk’s research center on aging receives additional $3 million gift from Glenn Foundation for Medical Research - Salk Institute for Biological Studies

April 10, 2017 LA JOLLA—The Salk Institute has received a $3 million gift from the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research for the second time in 4 years, enabling the Institute to continue investigating the biology of normal human aging and age-related diseases. The gift will support the work of the Paul F. Glenn Center for Biology of Aging Research at the Salk Institute, which was established in January 2009 with a $5 million gift from the Glenn Foundation. ...

2017-04-10 | Beauty of Cosmetics: Combining Anti-Aging and Natural Ingredients

Skin care and makeup used to be two separate entities. However, technology and nature are working in sync to create beauty products that creators say make skin look better and protect it from aging elements. ...

2017-04-08 | Harvard study made a breakthrough in cellular aging

Our body cells respond to DNA damage by repairing it. The natural process of auto healing is an important process in a cell. ...