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Board Member in the News: Dr. William J. Hall on the health hazards of growing up as a baby boomer

Feb 11
2014

Board Member in the News: Dr. William J. Hall on the health hazards of growing up as a baby boomer

In a February 10, 2014 report on FoxNews.com, AFAR Board member William Hall, MD, was quoted on the hazards of common mid-century occurrences like secondhand smoke, mercury thermometers, and DDT on the current health of baby boomers. “We’ve all had exposures to a lot of potentially hazardous chemicals,” he said. “Particularly for someone who grew up in the 1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s, they probably have had as much as any group of humans because of industrial growth after World War II. There were no restrictions around.” The report determined that ultimately, disease risk…


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Grantees in the News: Stephen Helfand, MD publishes paper on newfound longevity mutation in wild fruit flies

Feb 05
2014

Grantees in the News: Stephen Helfand, MD publishes paper on newfound longevity mutation in wild fruit flies

A team of researchers at Brown University, including 1995 AFAR Award grantee Stephen Helfand, MD, published a study in the journal Aging on January 31, 2014, which found that a genetic mutation (called Indy for, “I’m not dead yet”) present in lab-bred fruit flies also occurs in the wild. The team found that this element, called Hoppel, was present in 77% of wild fruit fly lines from all over the world going back 60 years. Dr. Helfand explained that these findings are the first to expand scientists’ understanding of Indy from the lab to the wild: “It&rsquo…


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