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2008-07-31 03:00:20

By Richards, Marty Marty Richards received the 2008 award from the American Society on Aging's (ASA) Forum on Religion, Spirituality and Aging (FORSA) during ASA's recent annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Based in Port Townsend, Wash., Richards has been a social worker for four decades, often working with congregations of many faiths. Richards, who holds a master's of social work degree from the University of Washington, is in private practice and also teaches at the university's School of...

2008-07-24 12:00:22

Age may not be rust after all. Specific genetic instructions drive aging in worms, report researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Their discovery contradicts the prevailing theory that aging is a buildup of tissue damage akin to rust, and implies science might eventually halt or even reverse the ravages of age. "We were really surprised," said Stuart Kim, PhD, professor of developmental biology and of genetics, who is the senior author of the research. Kim's lab...

2008-06-18 15:00:44

A historic agreement signed today to establish a pan-Pacific "stem cell airbridge" between the State of Victoria and the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) will empower collaboration between scientists in Australia and California. Victoria Premier John Brumby and the Minister for Innovation, Gavin Jennings, today signed the Victoria-California Stem Cell Alliance with CIRM President Alan Trounson and Chairman Robert Klein, at the BIO International Conference. "Victoria...

2008-03-17 17:00:00

One aquarium fish's uncanny ability to regenerate essentially any cell type has given scientists a way to mimic cell loss that occurs in diseases such as Parkinson's and diabetes then watch how the fish make more of them."What we are pinning everything on is the idea that humans also have this capacity, but it's sort of locked up," says Dr. Jeff S. Mumm, biologist at the Medical College of Georgia.Dr. Mumm, along with his partner in science and life, Dr. Meera Saxena, founded the company,...

2008-03-10 18:05:00

You're feeling pretty good about yourself. You exercise. You watch what you eat. Your parents lived into their 80s, and your children insist you're going to beat that and live to be 100. Now consider: With each passing day, your heart muscle thickens and your arteries stiffen. Your breathing capacity declines and your brain gradually loses its ability to remember, say, where you put your car keys. What's more, each of the more than 10 trillion cells in your body sustains damage 50,000 to...

2006-03-15 12:25:00

By Ben Hirschler OXFORD -- Modern medicine is redefining old age and may soon allow people to live regularly beyond the current upper limit of 120 years, experts said on Wednesday. It used to be thought there was some inbuilt limit on lifespan, but a group of scientists meeting at Oxford University for a conference on life extension and enhancement dismissed that idea. Paul Hodge, director of the Harvard Generations Policy Program, said governments around the world - struggling with pension...

2005-07-14 17:10:00

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A University of Florida study has found that mutations in the mitochondria caused by obesity and lack of exercise -- not oxidative stress from free radicals -- may be a key factor in the aging process. The study, published in this Friday's issue of Science magazine, finds that accumulation of mitochondrial mutations that promote apoptosis, or programmed cell death, may be a central mechanism driving aging and may be unrelated to the release of free radicals, previously...

2004-11-30 02:00:00

WASHINGTON -- The immune cells of women under extreme mental stress age faster than those in women not facing such pressure, a new study reports. While previous reports have linked physical effects with stress, the new analysis helps pinpoint an important focus for these problems. The study focused on the telomeres in the chromosomes of particular immune cells of 58 women between the ages of 20 and 50. Telomeres cap the ends of chromosomes and shorten as cells reproduce, a measure of age....

2004-11-28 03:00:12

One booth at the secrets of Aging exhibition, which has been touring around the United States since 2000 under the auspices of Boston's Museum of Science, has attracted long lines of children: "Face Aging." Access was forbidden to people over 15 when I visited the exhibition, so I watched from outside. After standing patiently, the youngsters sat down inside under bright light, trustingly positioned their faces in a metal frame and had their portrait photographed. Soon their digitized bust...

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  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.