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Board Member in the News: Medical Officer Richard Besdine’s Latest Huff/Post 50 Column on the Mediterranean Diet

Apr 19
2016

Board Member in the News: Medical Officer Richard Besdine’s Latest Huff/Post 50 Column on the Mediterranean Diet

  On March 23, 2016, AFAR Medical Officer Richard Besdine, MD, released his latest column for Huff/Post 50, “An olive a day?  The Preventive Power of the Mediterranean Diet.” The piece explores the scientifically proven health benefits associated with the Mediterranean Diet.  As Dr. Besdine reminds us, while biomedical research and drug discovery are important, some of the key drivers of healthy aging are lifestyle interventions. The Mediterranean Diet has been proven to reduce risk of cardiovascular events, diabetes, and improve cognitive function. In the article, AFAR Board Member and Research Director of the Aging branch-CNR Institute of…


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Industry News: Beeson Scholars and COE Fellows Develop Content for e-Progonsis.org

Apr 12
2016

Industry News: Beeson Scholars and COE Fellows Develop Content for e-Progonsis.org

Like any procedure in medicine, prognosis communication is a skill that can be taught and practiced.  Unfortunately, most clinicians receive no formal training in how to communicate prognosis.  Now there's a new set of teaching tools to help clinicians learn prognosis communication.  With a Beeson Scholars/Hartford Change AGEnts Action Award, a subgrant of the The Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging funded by AFAR and the John A Hartford Foundation, a group of clinicians has developed a set of teaching videos and key take home communication pointers.  Clinicians supported by…


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Board Member in the News: Steven Austad Comments on Caloric Restriction

Apr 11
2016

Board Member in the News: Steven Austad Comments on Caloric Restriction

On April 7, 2016, The Irish Times featured comments from Scientific Director Steven Austad, PhD on the scientific evidence in support of a relationship between increased lifespan and calorie restrictive diets. Proven to increase longevity in multiple animal models, caloric restriction has long been an interest for researchers investigating the biology of aging. Although calorie restriction has not been clinically tested in humans, evidence has found calorie restrictive diets, at the very least, lowers risk factors for cardiovascular disease, Austad notes. Steven Austad, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor and Department Chair at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. For more information on…


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Grantee in the News: Valter Longo shares insights on Calorie Restriction in Real Simple

Mar 31
2016

Grantee in the News: Valter Longo shares insights on Calorie Restriction in Real Simple

In March 2016, the popular magazine Real Simple featured 1998 AFAR Grantee and 2013 recipient of the Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research, Valter Longo, PhD. Dr. Longo contributed insights from his research on calorie restriction as a weight loss strategy to this article on belly fat loss. Longo’s research on the relationship between calorie restriction and aging has gained even larger attention. As published in Cell Metabolism, Dr. Longo has found that in yeast, mice, and human trials, short-term, fasting-like diets reduced risk factors related to aging, diabetes, cardiovascular, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Dr. Valter Longo is…


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Grantee in the News: Duke Han's Research on Financial Literacy and White Matter published in NeuroImage

Mar 23
2016

Grantee in the News: Duke Han's Research on Financial Literacy and White Matter published in NeuroImage

The February issue of Neurolmage published,  new research from 2012 Beeson Scholar Duke Han, PhD, on the associated between financial literacy and white matter integrity. Previously, Dr. Han’s team found that financial literacy is associated with greater functional connectivity between brain regions in old age.  In his new research, Dr. Han looked at financial literacy’s connection to white matter, tissue related to how the brain learns and functions, adjusting for cognitive function.  The results suggested that financial literacy is positively associated with white matter integrity in old age. Duke Han, PhD, is a…


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