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Grantees in News: Hansen and Kumsta on heat stress and autophagy in Nature and Science

Feb 23
2017

Grantees in News: Hansen and Kumsta on heat stress and autophagy in Nature and Science

On February 15, 2017, Nature Communications published research led by 2014 Julie Martin Mid-Career Award in Aging Research recipient Malene Hanson, PhD with 2013 Ellison Medical Foundation/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellows in Aging Research Program recipient Caroline Kumsta, PhD. In “Hormetic heat stress and HSF-1 induce autophagy to improve survival and proteostasis in C. elegans,” Hansen and Kumsta looked at the effect of heat on cellular stress of the C. elegans worm. Their findings demonstrate that the cellular process of autophagy contributes to stress resistance. In a related article in Science Magazine, “What doesn’t kill you makes your stronger,”…


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Grantee in the News:  Donovan Maust in NY Times on rise of older adults using multiple psychotropics

Feb 23
2017

Grantee in the News: Donovan Maust in NY Times on rise of older adults using multiple psychotropics

A February 13, 2017 article in The New York Times highlighted research led by 2014 Beeson Scholar Donovan T. Maust, MD. In “Sharp Rise Reported in Older Americans’ Use of Multiple Psychotropic Drugs,” the Times notes: The research team, led by Dr. Donovan T. Maust of the University of Michigan and Dr. Mark Olfson of Columbia University, analyzed data from annual government surveys of office-based doctors. The team focused on office visits by people 65 or older that resulted in the prescribing of at least three of a list of psychiatric, sleep and pain medications like Valium, Prozac, OxyContin and Ambien.…


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Grantee in the News: Beeson Gerardo Moreno on Language Barriers and Kidney Transpants

Feb 21
2017

Grantee in the News: Beeson Gerardo Moreno on Language Barriers and Kidney Transpants

The February 2017 issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology published research co-authored by 2012 Beeson Scholar Gerardo Moreno, MD, MSHS, on the effect of linguistic barriers and access to kidney transplants. In “Linguistic Isolation and Access to the Active Kidney Transplant Waiting list in the United States," Moreno and colleagues’ findings suggest that patients who primarily speak a language other than English may face disparities that keep them from completing their kidney transplant evaluation and ultimately receiving a kidney transplant. The findings suggest that patients who primarily speak a language other than English may face…


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Grantee in the News: Beeson Scholar and Chair Thomas M. Gill on physical activity and disability

Feb 21
2017

Grantee in the News: Beeson Scholar and Chair Thomas M. Gill on physical activity and disability

On February 7, The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society published new research by 1997 Beeson Scholar and current Beeson Program Advisory Committee Chair Thomas Michael Gill, MD, on the LIFE study looking at physical activity and older adults. In “Effect of Physical Activity on Self-Reported Disability in Older Adults: Results from the LIFE Study,”  Gill and his co-authors tested the hypothesis that a long-term structured, moderate intensity physical activity (PA) program is more effective than a health education (HE) program in reducing the risk of self-reported dependency and disability in basic activities of daily living (BADLs), disability in…


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Experts in the News: Austad, Barzilai, and Olshansky on Telomere home testing

Feb 10
2017

Experts in the News: Austad, Barzilai, and Olshansky on Telomere home testing

On February 8, 2017, a WCBS New York segment featured expert commentary by AFAR Scientific Director Steven Austad, PhD; Deputy Scientific Director and multiple AFAR grantee Nir Barzilai, MD; and board member Jay Olshansky, PhD. Produced by CBS medical correspondant Max Gomez, PhD, the segment explores a new home telomere test that has entered the market to monitor your cellular age as a predictor of chronological aging or health. AFAR experts explain the complexity of telomeres and caution against the novelty of such tests. Watch the clip here. Steven Austad, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor and Department Chair at the University of…


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