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Grantee in the News: Marian Betz Provides Advice for Older Drivers

Feb 5
2016

Grantee in the News: Marian Betz Provides Advice for Older Drivers

On February 3rd, 2016, US News and World Report’s HealthDay column reported on the cyclical relationship between no longer driving and accelerated cognitive and physical decline in older adults.  The article featured advice from 2011 COE Fellow and 2013 Beeson Scholar, Marian Betz, MD, MPH, on alternatives to giving up driving all together. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that older adults who give up driving see faster rates of cognitive and physical decline than their peers who continued driving.  As older adults tend to give up driving because of the very…


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AFAR in the News: AFAR featured in Jane Brody’s New York Times column on Healthy Aging

Feb 2
2016

AFAR in the News: AFAR featured in Jane Brody’s New York Times column on Healthy Aging

On February 1, 2016, in her popular Well column in The New York Times, Jane E. Brody spotlighted AFAR in the feature, “Pursuing the Goal of Healthy Aging.”  This piece also featured Scientific Director Steven Austad, PhD Deputy Scientific Director Nir Barzilai, MDboard members James Kirkland, MD, PhD, and S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, as well as two-time grantee Sofiya Milman, MD. The article described how AFAR and our affiliated scientists seek to compress morbidity by identifying drugs that can slow the rate of aging and costly development of chronic disease, framing the larger goal and health and socioeconomic impact…


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Board Member in the News: David Sinclair Quoted by CBSNews

Feb 1
2016

Board Member in the News: David Sinclair Quoted by CBSNews

On January 27, 2016, CBSNews featured Board Member and 2000 AFAR Research Grant recipient, David Sinclair, PhD’s comments on what he hopes a breakthrough could mean for the field of aging. The article focused on The Palo Alto Longevity Prize, an initiative to encourage innovative research towards a clinical breakthrough in the field of aging.  On the initiative, Dr. Sinclair states: "The goal is similar to all medical research which is to make people healthier and keep people alive longer so we can have more productive lives and not be such a burden to society.” For more information…


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Grantee in the News: New Research from Leora Horwitz Published in JAMA

Jan 27
2016

Grantee in the News: New Research from Leora Horwitz Published in JAMA

The January 19, 2016 issue of JAMA included new research on physician likelihood of dying in a hospital from 2010 Beeson Scholar, Leora Horwitz, MD.  Dr. Horwitz’s team used US Census Bureau surveys matched to the National Death Index to compare the location of death for physicians with that of other health professionals, non–health care professionals with similar education levels, and the general population aged 30 to 98 years who died between 1979 and 2011. A segment of the study can be viewed here. Leora Horwitz, MD, is an associate professor in the Departments of Population Health and Medicine at New York…


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Industry News: NY Times highlights Geriatrician Shortage

Jan 26
2016

Industry News: NY Times highlights Geriatrician Shortage

On January 25, 2016, The New York Times Science section highlighted the shortage of doctors trained in the specific care needs of older adults, featuring Rosanne Leipzig, MD, PhD, an site Program Officer of the Centers of Excellence, program, which AFAR has managed. “Geriatrics is one of the few medical specialties in the United States that is contracting even as the need increases, ranking at the bottom of the list of specialties that internal medicine residents choose to pursue,” the pieces notes. There are about 7,000 geriatricians in practice today in the US, to meet the demand, medical schools would…


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