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Grantee in the News: Malaz Boustani on PPIs and Increased Dementia Risk

Feb 18
2016

Grantee in the News: Malaz Boustani on PPIs and Increased Dementia Risk

On February 15th, 2016, US News and World Report’s HealthDay column reported on new research connecting popular heartburn medication to increased risk of dementia.  Two-time AFAR grant recipient, Malaz Boustani, MD, MPH, was asked to lend expert commentary. A team of German researchers found a correlation between use of the proton pump inhibitors, PPIs, family of drugs and up to a 44 percent increased risk of developing dementia.  While the researchers caution that more studies need to be completed before clinical recommendations are made, Dr. Boustani says he will start informing his patients about the risk. …


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AFAR in the News: AFAR Experts in TIME’s “The Longevity Issue”

Feb 17
2016

AFAR in the News: AFAR Experts in TIME’s “The Longevity Issue”

TIME Magazine’s February 22, 2016 edition, entitled “The Longevity Issue,” features six AFAR affiliated experts, including our executive director, Stephanie Lederman. Our experts lend insights in several articles on the health, financial, and social issues associated with increased longevity. In “Alzheimer’s From A New Angle,”  1995 Beeson Scholar Frank Longo, MD, PhD and two-time grant recipient, Brian Kennedy, PhD discuss innovative new approaches researchers are taking towards this devastating disease. “It’s the Little Things,” includes 1998 AFAR Research Grant Recipient and 2013 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research…


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Grantee in the News: Marian Betz Provides Advice for Older Drivers

Feb 05
2016

Grantee in the News: Marian Betz Provides Advice for Older Drivers

On February 3rd, 2016, US News and World Report’s HealthDay column reported on the cyclical relationship between no longer driving and accelerated cognitive and physical decline in older adults.  The article featured advice from 2011 COE Fellow and 2013 Beeson Scholar, Marian Betz, MD, MPH, on alternatives to giving up driving all together. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that older adults who give up driving see faster rates of cognitive and physical decline than their peers who continued driving.  As older adults tend to give up driving because of the very…


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AFAR in the News: AFAR featured in Jane Brody’s New York Times column on Healthy Aging

Feb 02
2016

AFAR in the News: AFAR featured in Jane Brody’s New York Times column on Healthy Aging

On February 1, 2016, in her popular Well column in The New York Times, Jane E. Brody spotlighted AFAR in the feature, “Pursuing the Goal of Healthy Aging.”  This piece also featured Scientific Director Steven Austad, PhD Deputy Scientific Director Nir Barzilai, MDboard members James Kirkland, MD, PhD, and S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, as well as two-time grantee Sofiya Milman, MD. The article described how AFAR and our affiliated scientists seek to compress morbidity by identifying drugs that can slow the rate of aging and costly development of chronic disease, framing the larger goal and health and socioeconomic impact…


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Board Member in the News: David Sinclair Quoted by CBSNews

Feb 01
2016

Board Member in the News: David Sinclair Quoted by CBSNews

On January 27, 2016, CBSNews featured Board Member and 2000 AFAR Research Grant recipient, David Sinclair, PhD’s comments on what he hopes a breakthrough could mean for the field of aging. The article focused on The Palo Alto Longevity Prize, an initiative to encourage innovative research towards a clinical breakthrough in the field of aging.  On the initiative, Dr. Sinclair states: "The goal is similar to all medical research which is to make people healthier and keep people alive longer so we can have more productive lives and not be such a burden to society.” For more information…


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