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2011-04-04 19:49:47

UCSF scientists are reporting several studies showing that psychological stress leads to shorter telomeres "“ the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that are a measure of cell age and, thus, health. The findings also suggest that exercise may prevent this damage. The team focused on three groups: post-menopausal women who were the primary caregivers for a family member with dementia; young to middle-aged adults with post-traumatic stress disorder; and healthy, non-smoking women...

2011-04-03 22:11:35

UT MD Anderson scientists also link the same SNP to longer telomeres A common genetic variation links to both bladder cancer risk and to the length of protective caps found on the ends of chromosomes, scientists at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center reported today at the AACR 102nd Annual Meeting. These endings or tips, called telomeres, guard against chromosomal damage and genomic instability that can lead to cancer and other diseases. "We found a single point of variation in...

2011-04-03 21:44:18

Results of a study presented at the AACR 102nd Annual Meeting 2011, held here April 2-6, lend credence to the idea that improving quality of life affects stress-related biological markers and possibly the health of people with cancer. Researchers know that telomeres shorten and deteriorate with aging, but they are learning that stress also affects telomere length. "We are trying to understand the interconnections between the mind and the body; that is, how does the diagnosis and treatment of...

2011-04-03 21:42:47

Using new genetic information, scientists have linked a commonly found human genetic variant with both longer telomeres and reduced risk of bladder cancer, according to findings presented at the AACR 102nd Annual Meeting 2011, held April 2-6, and simultaneously published in Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. Jian Gu, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, said the single-nucleotide...

2011-03-31 08:26:00

MADRID, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Life Length the new biotechnology company that measures the length of telomeres, announced that Dr. Jerry W. Shay has been appointed as a Scientific Advisor. Stephen J. Matlin, CEO, Life Length said, "We are delighted to welcome Dr. Shay, one of the foremost world experts on aging and cancer to Life Length." Jerry W. Shay is Vice Chairman of the Department of Cell Biology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas,...

2011-03-24 18:01:44

New role for short telomeres New evidence has emerged from studies in mice that short telomeres or "caps" at the ends of chromosomes may predispose people to age-related diabetes, according to Johns Hopkins scientists. Telomeres are repetitive sequences of DNA that protect the ends of chromosomes, and they normally shorten with age, much like the caps that protect the end of shoelaces. As telomeres shorten, cells lose the ability to divide normally and eventually die. Telomere shortening has...

2011-03-23 20:36:01

New findings link telomerase activation to chromosome instability and tumor development in several common cancers It's been nearly 10 years since Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) scientists Kun Ping Lu, MD, PhD and Xiao Zhen Zhou, MD, discovered PinX1, the first potent endogenous protein shown to inhibit telomerase in mammals. Now the scientific team has discovered a vitally important new function for this telomerase inhibitor. The investigators report in today's on-line edition...

2011-03-22 15:38:00

MENLO PARK, Calif., March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Telome Health, Inc. (THI) officially launched today with an exclusive worldwide intellectual property portfolio. THI will provide telomere length data from tissue samples for academic research, pharmaceutical drug development, and health monitoring. THI leverages the predictive power of data related to telomeres, the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes, to assess health status, disease and mortality risk, and responses to...

2011-03-16 00:00:29

Age management leader Cenegenics® Medical Institute announced an added dimension to its highly regarded proactive approach for optimized health, the patented TA-65® Las Vegas, NV (Vocus/PRWEB) March 15, 2011 Cenegenics® Medical Institute, the global age management medicine leader, announced a new addition to its renowned proactive approach to prevent or delay age-related disease for optimized health: telomere science. Cenegenics recently teamed up with T.A. Sciences to use their...

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2011-02-03 13:30:00

A new study to generate replacement tissue in the lab faced questions on Thursday over mature cells whose DNA is "reprogrammed" so that they grow with youthful vigor into new cells. Last year, cellular reprogramming emerged as the new frontier in the heavily promoted search to grow cells to replenish organs. Scientists announced in 2010 that they had been able to wipe out the DNA programming of mature cells, yielding versatile stem cells that would be the raw material for organ-specific...


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