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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  Kristine Yaffe, M.D., in an article on lifestyle choices that help to protect the brain against age related 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 lowering 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 optimizing brain health.  Read…


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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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Grantee in the News: Catherine DuBeau on Causes and Treatments of Incontinence

Jul 14
2015

Grantee in the News: Catherine DuBeau on Causes and Treatments of Incontinence

On Monday, July 13th,1991 AFAR Research Grant Recipient Dr. Catherine DuBeau was featured in a number of Canadian publications for her expertise on the causes of and treatments for urinary incontinence. In the article, Dr. DuBeau explained how pregnancy, childbirth, aging, and decreased estrogen production, can weaken muscular and connective tissue and lead to urinary incontinence – a condition which disproportionally effects women.  Dr. DuBeau also emphasized the importance of discussing this issue more publicly;for, in most cases there are variety of treatment options available.    This article appeared in the Winnipeg Sun, Toronto Sun, Calgary Sun,…


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Board Members in the News: Wall Street Journal features Nir Barzilai and James Kirkland  on Biomarkers and Rates of Aging

Jul 13
2015

Board Members in the News: Wall Street Journal features Nir Barzilai and James Kirkland on Biomarkers and Rates of Aging

On July 13th, the Wall Street Journal featured Deputy Scientific Director Dr. Nir Barzilai and Board Member Dr. James Kirkland an article exploring new research into difference between the rates of biological aging among those with the same chornological age.  Our experts discussed how increased research into the biomarkers of aging may improve care in the future. Researchers found that by tracking a set of 18 biomarkers among a group of chronologically 26 to 38 years over 10 years, biological age at the end of the study ranged from 28 to 61.  Dr. Barzilai states that a deeper understanding of biological age may…


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Grantee in the News: S. Duke Han’s  Research on Grey Matter and Scams in Brain Imaging and Behavior Journal

Jul 02
2015

Grantee in the News: S. Duke Han’s Research on Grey Matter and Scams in Brain Imaging and Behavior Journal

2012 Beeson Scholar, Dr. S. Duke Han is the lead author on a research article published in the June 2015 issue of Brain Imaging and Behavior. The article, “Grey matter correlates of susceptibility to scams in community-dwelling older adults,” suggests that an inverse correlation exist between the amount of grey matter concentrated in certain areas of the brain and older adult’s susceptibility to scams. Dr. Han found that decreased levels of grey matter, an essential component of the central nervous system, resulted in older adults being more likely to fall for scams even when education, gender, and cognitive…


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AFAR in the News: Executive Director and Representatives Featured in Nature

Jul 15
2015

AFAR in the News: Executive Director and Representatives Featured in Nature

On June 17, 2015, Nature Journal spotlighted the Targeting Aging with Metformin, TAME, Trial led by Deputy Scientific Director Dr. Nir Barzilai, planning process facilitated by AFAR. On June 24th, Dr. Barzilai will be leading a group meeting with the FDA to make the case for a clinical trial testing aging as an indication.  The goal of such a trial is to prove that targeting aging can be an effective method of delaying the onset of aging related diseases (http://www.afar.org/aging-and-disease), including cancer, heart disease, and cognitive impairment. According to AFAR’s executive director, Stephanie Lederman, &ldquo…


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