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NIA Director Discusses Challenges, Promise in Aging Research

Feb 22
2011

NIA Director Discusses Challenges, Promise in Aging Research

Dr. Richard Hodes, director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA), speaks in a New York Times feature about the importance of aging research and the impending budget cuts for the NIA. He discusses the work of scientists in the field who have made recent breakthrough discoveries, including the role of telomeres, diet, and exercise in the aging process, and new research on biomarkers in Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Hodes emphasizes the great positive impact that this kind of research can have on the care and well-being of the baby boomers, but also the great potential loss we will…


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What Would Really Improve Health Care

Feb 06
2011

What Would Really Improve Health Care

AFAR Medical Officer Richard Besdine, MD, discusses geriatric care and practice in a new blog post featured on the health section of The Huffington Post. His article emphasizes the important role that geriatric medicine plays not only in patient care on the individual level, but also in reducing health care costs systemwide. He says that improving the science, research and training of medical professionals in geriatrics is a keystone in this idea of patient care and cost reduction. Through AFAR's Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) program, medical students gain exposure to the field through research and practice.…


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