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Grantees in the News: AFAR researchers share expertise in NY Times piece on meaningful markers of aging

Jul 24
2013

Grantees in the News: AFAR researchers share expertise in NY Times piece on meaningful markers of aging

On July 22, The New York Times Health published an article on current research that looks to identify biological indicators of the aging process. The article featured a recent study led by former AFAR Beeson scholar Dr. Norman Sharpless, whose UNC Chapel Hill research group “implanted a firefly gene into mice, engineering animals whose cells light up as they age and become ‘senescent.’” Through this, researchers were able to correlate the brightness of cells with an organism’s biological age. Ultimately, they identified various conditions or factors (i.e. early stage cancer) that accelerate aging…


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Grantees in the News: Alex Smith, MD, Publishes Study on Disability Rates in the Last Two Years of Life

Jul 12
2013

Grantees in the News: Alex Smith, MD, Publishes Study on Disability Rates in the Last Two Years of Life

On July 8, the New York Times reported that despite advancements in geriatric care, high disability rates persist in the elderly. The report was based on a July 8 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study, led by Beeson Scholar Dr. Alex Smith, used 15 years’ worth of data from the national Health and Retirement study to analyze rates of disability in peoples’ final two years of life. Researchers concluded that those who live longest are most likely to be disabled, with women likely to sustain a longer disability period than men. Dr. Alex Smith is an Assistant Professor…


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