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2010-08-16 13:24:32

Can lead to serious disease in adulthood Children who experience trauma may enter a cycle of negative emotions "” anxiety and depression "” that could contribute to health problems later and precipitate an early death, a leading health psychologist said Saturday. "A child who experienced a death of a parent, witnessed severe marital problems between parents or was abused may be more vulnerable to stressful events later in life," said Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD, of Ohio State...

2010-08-04 07:08:00

SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- In a remarkable turn of events, arguably one of the strangest in the history of dietary supplements, men and women around the country are taking an herbal "belly fat" pill called Relacore® (from The Carter-Reed Company(TM)) to help reduce the signs of aging. And if consumer sales are any indication of a product's effectiveness, Relacore is nothing short of an "anti-aging" miracle. People are buying so much of this stuff that finding...

2010-07-16 13:53:16

Washington State University researchers have discovered a way to help cancer cells age and die, creating a promising avenue for slowing and even stopping the growth of tumors. "Hopefully, we can make cancer cells die like normal cells," says Weihang Chai, an assistant professor in the WSU School of Molecular Biosciences and WWAMI medical education program in Spokane. "Basically, you make the cancer cell go from immortal to mortal." Normal cells lose a little bit of their DNA every time they...

2010-07-16 13:25:24

New research being presented this week is giving scientists new insight into why a restricted diet can lead to a longer lifespan and reduced incidence of age-related diseases for a wide variety of animals. Scientists have known for some time that a restricted diet can extend the lifespan of certain animals but this work shows how it affects ageing mechanisms "“ and significantly has also shown that the effects occur even if the restricted diet is adopted later in life. The work could...

2010-07-07 12:23:08

A new study suggests that shorter length of leukocyte telomeres "“ chromosome markers of biological aging "“ are associated with an increased risk of cancer and death from cancer, according to a study in the July 7 issue of JAMA. A leukocyte is a type of blood cell. Telomeres are a structure at the end of a chromosome involved in the replication and stability of the chromosome. Genetic factors and environmental stressors can shorten the length of the telomere, and telomere length...

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2010-06-28 10:45:51

Scientists from the University of Warwick and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, are the first to directly measure a specific region of DNA in human embryos. The length of this region could be a quality marker for embryonic development. Researchers at the University of Warwick's Warwick Medical School and University Hospital, Coventry, have measured telomeres, regions of repetitive DNA at the ends of a chromosome which protect it from deterioration. Telomeres shorten...

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2010-06-13 07:57:24

Study into telomere length may improve understanding of the development of disease A new study at the University of Leicester is examining a sequence of DNA- known as telomeres - that varies in length between individual. This follows evidence that these structures shrink in length over an individual's lifetime and that this may contribute to several diseases including those commonly associated with ageing and, perhaps most importantly, the development of cancer. Now the study is trying to...

2010-06-04 14:23:25

A gene shown to play a role in the aging process appears to play a role in the regulation of the differentiation of embryonic stem cells, according to researchers from the Center for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and the Department of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. In the study, published online in the journal Aging Cell, the researchers identified a protein interaction that controls the silencing of Oct4, a key transcription factor that is critical to ensuring that...

2010-05-27 13:56:33

Exercise can buffer the effects of stress-induced cell aging, according to new research from UCSF that revealed actual benefits of physical activity at the cellular level. The scientists learned that vigorous physical activity as brief as 42 minutes over a 3-day period, similar to federally recommended levels, can protect individuals from the effects of stress by reducing its impact on telomere length. Telomeres (pronounced TEEL-oh-meres) are tiny pieces of DNA that promote genetic stability...

2010-05-10 11:35:00

MIAMI, May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- RevGenetics, a leading producer of Resveratrol supplements for anti-aging and longevity, is proud to announce the addition of Hector Valenzuela, Ph.D. as the company's chief science officer and aging specialist. In his new role, Dr. Valenzuela will be in charge of small molecule gene research and discovery, helping ensure RevGenetics maintains its position as a leading engineer of revolutionary anti-aging supplements. "We are glad to have Dr. V join us as...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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