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Good attitudes about aging help seniors handle stress
New psychology research finds that having a positive attitude about aging makes older adults more resilient when faced with stressful situations. (2016-08-03)

Heritability of thoracic spine curvature
Researchers from the Harvard affiliated Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research recently published a study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, suggesting that hyperkyphosis may be heritable, or passed on from parents to offspring. (2016-08-02)

Severity of kyphosis and decline in lung function: The Framingham study
Researchers from the Harvard affiliated Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research, have published a recent article in Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, suggesting that preventing or slowing progression of hyperkyphosis may reduce pulmonary decline in older adults. (2016-07-28)

Mor earns GSA's 2016 Robert W. Kleemeier Award
The Gerontological Society of America -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging -- has chosen Vincent Mor, Ph.D., of Brown University as the 2016 recipient of the Robert W. Kleemeier Award. (2016-07-26)

Locher earns GSA's 2016 M. Powell Lawton Award
The Gerontological Society of America -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging -- has chosen Julie Locher, Ph.D., of the University of Alabama at Birmingham as the 2016 recipient of the M. Powell Lawton Award. (2016-07-26)

Stone earns GSA's 2016 Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Productive Aging
The Gerontological Society of America -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging -- has chosen Robyn I. Stone, Dr.P.H., of LeadingAge as the 2016 recipient of the Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Productive Aging. (2016-07-26)

Olshansky earns GSA's 2016 Donald P. Kent Award
The Gerontological Society of America -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging -- has chosen S. Jay Olshansky, Ph.D., of the University of Illinois at Chicago as the 2016 recipient of the Donald P. Kent Award. (2016-07-26)

Wurm earns GSA's 2016 Baltes Foundation Award
The Gerontological Society of America -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging -- has chosen Susanne Wurm, Ph.D., of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-N├╝rnberg as the 2016 recipient of the Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Foundation Award in Behavioral and Social Gerontology. (2016-07-26)

Rantz earns GSA's 2016 Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging -- has chosen Marilyn Rantz, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., of the University of Missouri as the 2016 recipient of the Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award. (2016-07-26)

Embryonic gene Nanog reverses aging in adult stem cells
In a series of experiments at the University at Buffalo, the embryonic stem cell gene Nanog kicked into action dormant cellular processes that are key to preventing weak bones, clogged arteries and other telltale signs of growing old. (2016-07-25)

Hot news flash! Menopause, insomnia accelerate aging
Two separate UCLA studies reveal that menopause -- and the insomnia that often accompanies it -- make women age faster. The dual findings suggest these factors could increase women's risk for aging-related diseases and earlier death. (2016-07-25)

Among the oldest adults, poor balance may signal higher risk for dementia
In a first-of-its-kind study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, researchers from the University of California at Irvine examined whether four different measures of poor physical performance might be linked to increased dementia risk for people aged 90 and older. (2016-07-25)

Does a dementia diagnosis have a silver lining? Study suggests it can
In a study of 48 adults with a diagnosis of Early Dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment, almost half reported positive changes in life outlook and quality of life, countering the assumption that this diagnosis would have a uniformly negative impact. (2016-07-25)

Cerebrospinal fluid signals control the behavior of stem cells in the brain
Professor Fiona Doetsch's research team at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, has discovered that the choroid plexus, a largely ignored structure in the brain that produces the cerebrospinal fluid, is an important regulator of adult neural stem cells. The study recently published in Cell Stem Cell also shows that signals secreted by the choroid plexus dynamically change during aging which affects aged stem cell behavior. (2016-07-21)

ALS research suggests stem cells be 'aged' to speed progress toward finding treatments
Cedars-Sinai scientists are seeking to build an improved stem-cell model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to accelerate progress toward a cure for the devastating neurological disorder. Their findings demonstrate that current models can be enhanced by the aging of motor neurons to show how ALS damages cells later in life. (2016-07-19)

3rd International Symposium on Transnational Aging
The research group 'Transnational Aging' headed by Professor Cornelia Schweppe and located at the Institute of Education at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany announces the 3rd International Symposium on Transnational Aging on the topic of 'Long-term care for the elderly across borders.' The International Symposium will be held in Mainz on Oct. 6-7 and brings together senior and early-stage researchers from a variety of social science disciplines. (2016-07-18)

3rd International Symposium on Transnational Aging
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Poor African-American men have lowest likelihood of overall survival
African-American men living below poverty had the lowest overall survival in a study that examined the effects of sex, race and socioeconomic status on overall mortality, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. (2016-07-18)

Delirium in older patients after surgery may lead to long-term cognitive decline
Researchers from the Harvard Medical School - affiliated Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) have found increasing evidence that delirium in older surgical patients may be associated with long-term cognitive decline. Findings from the study were published today in the July 2016 issue of Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association. (2016-07-14)

In cancer and aging, interconnected roles for apoptosis and cellular senescence
A new review explores the mechanisms activating cell death and blocking proliferation of mutated cells, with a view towards creating more effective therapies combining both programs. (2016-07-13)

New screening method uses tiny worms to seek serum for healthy aging
A new screening approach uses several types of roundworms to identify chemicals that might one day help people stay healthy longer. Researchers will present initial findings from their search for anti-aging compounds at The Allied Genetics Conference, a meeting hosted by the Genetics Society of America. (2016-07-13)

Middle-age memory decline a matter of changing focus
The inability to remember details, such as the location of objects, begins in early midlife (the 40s) and may be the result of a change in what information the brain focuses on during memory formation and retrieval, rather than a decline in brain function, according to a study by McGill University researchers. (2016-07-12)

Pomegranate finally reveals its powerful anti-aging secret
Are pomegranates really the superfood that will counteract aging? Scientists from EPFL and the company Amazentis wanted to explore the issue. They discovered that a molecule in pomegranates, transformed by microbes in the gut, enables muscle cells to protect themselves against one of the major causes of aging. In animals, the effect is nothing short of amazing. Clinical trials are underway, but these initial findings have already been published in the journal Nature Medicine. (2016-07-11)

Milestone study on pomegranate anti-aging mechanism reported by Amazentis SA and EPFL
Amazentis SA, an innovative life sciences company applying scientific breakthroughs in nutrition to manage health conditions linked to aging, announced today a collaborative publication in Nature Medicine with the Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne, demonstrating that the Company's lead product candidate, urolithin A, improves mitochondrial and muscle function, resulting in enhanced muscle strength and endurance during aging. Amazentis is presently evaluating urolithin A in a first human clinical trial with results expected in 2017. (2016-07-11)

Weight loss from bariatric surgery appears to reverse premature aging
Weight loss from bariatric surgery appears to reverse the premature aging associated with obesity, according to research presented today at Frontiers in CardioVascular Biology 2016.1 Patients had longer telomeres and less inflammation two years later. (2016-07-08)

Sub-sensory vibratory noise augments postural control in older adults
Researchers from the Harvard affiliated Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research (IFAR), have published a recent article in the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation which gives evidence that sub-sensory vibrations delivered to the foot sole of older adults significantly augmented the physiologic complexity of postural control and led to improvement in a given mobility assessment. (2016-07-07)

The interaction between our 2 genomes, nuclear and mitochondrial, is the key to healthy aging
Spanish scientists show that non-pathogenic mitochondrial DNA variants impact metabolism and the way that individuals age. (2016-07-06)

Metformin as a potential treatment for a rare pediatric disorder
Maple Syrup Urine Disease is a rare inherited disorder involving the dysfunction of an enzyme which breaks down three essential amino acids. Left untreated, infants die shortly after birth. Those diagnosed early can survive, but are forced to eat a very controlled diet. The only treatment is a liver transplant. Researchers show that metformin reduces the toxic acid levels associated with MSUD in both skin cells derived from MSUD patients and in mice. (2016-07-06)

Why do aged muscles heal slowly?
As we age, the function and regenerative abilities of skeletal muscles deteriorate, which means it is difficult for the elderly to recover from injury or surgery. New work demonstrates that a protein called b1-integrin is crucial for muscle regeneration. The findings provide a promising target for therapeutic intervention to combat muscle aging or disease. (2016-07-05)

Researchers discover powerful defense against free radicals that cause aging, disease
Free radicals cause cell damage and death, aging and disease, and scientists have sought new ways to repel them for years. (2016-06-30)

Harnessing an innate repair mechanism enhances the success of retinal transplantation
Cell replacement therapies hold promise for many age-related diseases, but efforts to bring treatments to patients have not been very successful -- in large part because the newly derived cells can't integrate efficiently into tissues affected by the ravages of aging. This is poised to change. Researchers have harnessed a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory mechanism that repaired the eye and significantly enhanced the success of retinal regenerative therapies in mice. The results could be particularly significant for macular degeneration. (2016-06-30)

New method detects telomere length for research into cancer, aging
UT Southwestern Medical Center cell biologists have identified a new method for determining the length of telomeres, the endcaps of chromosomes, which can influence cancer progression and aging. (2016-06-29)

Can pets play a role in healthy human aging? GSA and Mars Petcare team up to investigate
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging -- has formed an innovative partnership with the world's leading pet nutrition and pet health business Mars Petcare to advance research in the area of human-animal interaction (HAI) among older adults. (2016-06-28)

New robot AntiAgeist joins jury of Beauty.AI 2.0
Insilico Medicine developed an algorithm called AntiAgeist, which compares actual human age with 'perceived' human age predicted by deep neural networks. (2016-06-27)

Communication skills training for orthopedic surgery residents has positive impact
A program to improve orthopedic surgery residents' communication skills with older adults is having a positive impact, according to a new study. The program at Hospital for Special Surgery seeks to enhance third-year residents' interactions with older adults by sensitizing the residents to their needs and dispelling negative misconceptions. (2016-06-27)

Study explores impact of early dementia screening of older adults on their family members
The Effects on Families of older adults Experiencing Cognitive Testing (EFECT) study, conducted by researchers from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research, is the first study to assess the potential benefits and harms to family members of early dementia screening of older adults. (2016-06-23)

Journalism fellowships will highlight new developments in aging
The Journalists in Aging Fellows Program, run jointly by The Gerontological Society of America and New America Media since its launch in 2010, has received renewed grant support to welcome its seventh cohort of fellows. To date, the 2016 funders of the program include The Silver Century Foundation, AARP, The Retirement Research Foundation, and The John A. Hartford Foundation. (2016-06-23)

Monkeys get more selective with age
As people get older, they become choosier about how they spend their time and with whom they spend it. Now, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on June 23 find, based on a series of experimental and behavioral studies, that similar changes take place in Barbary macaques. The findings offer an evolutionary perspective on why aging humans behave as they do, according to the researchers. (2016-06-23)

Asia Genomics and Insilico Medicine partner to extend healthy human longevity
Insilico Medicine Inc. announced an agreement with Asia Genomics to develop advanced biomarkers of aging and personalized longevity for the Asian population. (2016-06-22)

Some older adults live well, despite advancing years and the burdens of chronic diseases
The researchers said 'adapter' older adults who were more vigorous than expected, based on their disease burden, lived longer lives when compared to those who were more frail than expected based on their disease burden. These 'adapters' could have unique characteristics, perhaps some undefined coping mechanism, that should be studied further, suggested the researchers. (2016-06-22)

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