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Grantee in the News: Kristine Yaffe on Lifestyle Tips to Enhance Brain Health

Jul 28
2015

Grantee in the News: Kristine Yaffe on Lifestyle Tips to Enhance Brain Health

On July 24th, US News and World Reports featured 2001 Beeson Scholar (http://www.afar.org/research/funding/beeson/) Kristine Yaffe, M.D., in an article on lifestyle choices that help to protect the brain against agerelated cognitive decline. The article reported that while promising drugs can take years to translate from the research laboratory to the clinician’s office, healthy lifestyle choices have been proven effective at lowing one’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and memory loss  Dr. Yaffe particularly pointed to maintain good sleep habits and lifelong physical activity as means for…


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Board Member in the News: Nir Barzilai’s TAME Study in Vice.com’s Motherboard

Jul 17
2015

Board Member in the News: Nir Barzilai’s TAME Study in Vice.com’s Motherboard

On July 17th, Motherboard—Vice.com’s channel devoted to technologies, cultures, and discoveries that are reshaping our world-—spotlighted the growing momentum around the Targeting Aging with Metformin (TAME) trial led by AFAR Deputy Scientific Director and two-time grantee Nir Barzilai, M.D. The goal of the project is to implement a clinical study testing metformin, an FDA approved drug that researchers’ believe may have the ability to postpone the onset of chronic diseases associated with aging. The article chronicles an unprecedented meeting on June 24 between Barzilai’s team and the FDA to build…


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Grantee in the News: Micah Dummond’s Research Published in the Journal of Physiology

Jul 17
2015

Grantee in the News: Micah Dummond’s Research Published in the Journal of Physiology

Micah Drummond, PhD, University of Utah   On July 14th the Journal of Physiology published new research from 2012 AFAR Research Grant recipient Micah Drummond, PhD.  Dr. Drummond’s research examined the age-related differences caused by periods of bed rest. His team found that, unlike younger adults, older adults experience decreased in leg lean muscle mass and strength as a result of bed rest.  However, the research also shows that most of the loss can be recovered through the employment of rehabilitation techniques. The abstract for this article can be read here. Micah Drummond, PhD, is an…


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Grantee in the News: Laura Dugan Comments on the Fall Risk among Older Adults

Jul 17
2015

Grantee in the News: Laura Dugan Comments on the Fall Risk among Older Adults

On July 16th, 1998 Beeson Scholar Laura Dugan, MD, was featured  ABC News to comment on the risk of falling among older adults, in light of former President George H.W. Bush’s recent accident. Dr.  Dugan stated that approximately one third of elderly adults fall each year and among those who fall, one third suffer some sort of fracture.   Common reasons for falls include balance impairment, decrease in vision, and decrease in muscle strength.  Dr. Dugan also commented that the risk of fracture increases due to both decreases in muscle mass, which helps…


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Grantee in the News: Reisa Sperling on Research Showing Difference in Alzheimer’s by Race

Jul 16
2015

Grantee in the News: Reisa Sperling on Research Showing Difference in Alzheimer’s by Race

On July 15th, Healthday.com featured comments by 2000 Beeson Scholar Dr. Reisa Sperling on new research showing differences in the patterns of Alzheimer’s disease development among African American and Caucasian individuals. Researchers found that among those deceased due to Alzheimer’s disease, only 20 percent of African American individuals exhibited typical Alzheimer’s, as compared to 41 percent of whites.  Dr. Sperling, is currently working on improving racial disparities among clinical trial participants , and notes that while this finding may offer insight into why African Americans are two-times for likely than white Americans to…


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