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Grantee in the News: Michael Schwarzschild on Parkinson’s disease risk and dairy food intake in CBS News

Jul 28
2017

Grantee in the News: Michael Schwarzschild on Parkinson’s disease risk and dairy food intake in CBS News

On June 9, 2017, CBS News featured research co-authored by 2002 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar Michael A. Schwarzschild, MD, PhD on the consumption of dairy foods and risk of Parkinson’s disease, originally published in Neurology. The article, Low-fat dairy foods linked to Parkinson's risk, study suggests, describes the study as having analyzed the diets of 130,000 people every four years and the amount of people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. After 25 years, the researchers found that those who consumed at least three servings of low-fat dairy daily had a 34 percent higher risk of getting…


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Grantee in the News: Brie Williams on police training programs on aging in NY Times

Jul 28
2017

Grantee in the News: Brie Williams on police training programs on aging in NY Times

On July 21, 2017, The New York Times featured insights from 2010 Centers of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Geriatric Psychiatry Program scholar Brie A. Williams, MD, on the need for police officer training programs to improve interactions between law enforcement and the growing aging population. The article, Another Possible Indignity of Age: Arrest, highlights a rise of arrests rates in older adults. Dr. Williams theorizes this is because older adults may behave impulsively from medical issues like dementia, delirium, dehydration, infection, or the side effects of medications. Dr. Williams advocates for a greater number of training programs for police officers to improve…


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Grantees in the News: Gil Atzmon, Nir Barzilai, and Thomas Perls on genetics and Longevity in Journals of Gerontology

Jul 24
2017

Grantees in the News: Gil Atzmon, Nir Barzilai, and Thomas Perls on genetics and Longevity in Journals of Gerontology

On July 18, 2017, The Journals of Gerontology published research co-authored by 2011 AFAR Research Grant recipient Gil Atzmon, PhD, 1997 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar, 1994 AFAR Research Grant recipient, and AFAR Deputy Scientific Director Nir Barzilai, MD, and 1998 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar Thomas T. Perls, MD, MPH, FACP on the role FOXO3 plays in longevity. The study, Effects of FOXO3 Polymorphisms on Survival to Extreme Longevity in Four Centenarian Studies, examined genetic data from blood samples of 2,072 adults, ages ranging from 96 to 119 years, from four centenarian studies. The researchers found…


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Grantees in the News: Leora Horwitz, Harlan Krumholz, and Joseph Ross on hospital readmissions and mortality risk in NPR.org

Jul 24
2017

Grantees in the News: Leora Horwitz, Harlan Krumholz, and Joseph Ross on hospital readmissions and mortality risk in NPR.org

On July 18, 2017, NPR.org featured research by 2010 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar Leora I. Horwitz, MD, MHS, 1996 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, SM, and 2008 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar Joseph S. Ross, MD, MHS on how reducing hospital readmissions don’t increase risk of death. The article, Pushing Hospitals To Reduce Readmissions Hasn't Increased Deaths, is written by Dr. Krumholz and fellow researcher Kumar Dharmarajan on their research originally published in the Journal of the American…


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Grantee in the News: Rose-Anne Kenny and Matthew D. L. O’Connell on the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial in JAMA

Jul 20
2017

Grantee in the News: Rose-Anne Kenny and Matthew D. L. O’Connell on the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial in JAMA

On July 17, 2017, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published research from 1998 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar Rose-Anne Kenny, MD and 2015 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging CARDI scholar Matthew D. L. O’Connell, PhD on their Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). The study, Injurious Falls and Syncope in Older Community-Dwelling Adults Meeting Inclusion Criteria for SPRINT, compared adults with hypertension aged 75 years or older participating in The Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging (TILDA) with the control arm of SPRINT. SPRINT treated older adults with an aggressive…


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Grantee in the News: David Holtzman on sleep and Alzheimer’s disease in WorldHealth.net

Jul 20
2017

Grantee in the News: David Holtzman on sleep and Alzheimer’s disease in WorldHealth.net

On July 12, 2017, WorldHealth.net featured research co-authored by 1995 The Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar David M. Holtzman, MD on the link between sleep quality and Alzheimer’s disease. Originally published in the Brain Journal, the study, Slow wave sleep disruption increases cerebrospinal fluid amyloid-β levels, observed 17 adults between ages 35 and 65. These participants wore activity monitors on their wrists and electrodes along their scalp for brain wave monitoring. Half of the participants listened to beeps in their headphones to disrupt their quality of sleep. The researchers found that the adults who had disrupted…


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Grantee in the News: Bruce Troen on high-intensity interval training reduces frailty in older mice in NY Times

Jul 19
2017

Grantee in the News: Bruce Troen on high-intensity interval training reduces frailty in older mice in NY Times

On July 12, 2017, The New York Times featured research by 1990 AFAR Research Grant recipient, Bruce R. Troen, MD in an article, High-Intensity Workouts May Be Good at Any Age. The Times’ piece spotlights a study co-authored by Dr. Troen in The Journals of Gerontology. The original study, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) improves physical performance and frailty in aged mice, observed sedentary mice that were the rodent equivalent of about age 65 in humans. These mice were administered 10-minute uphill treadmill HIIT sessions three times per week over 16 weeks. The researchers found that muscles from these mice had greater mass, larger…


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Grantees in the News:  Mediterranean diet and cognition research, authored by 3 Beeson Scholars, featured on CNN.com

Jul 18
2017

Grantees in the News: Mediterranean diet and cognition research, authored by 3 Beeson Scholars, featured on CNN.com

On July 17, 2017, CNN.com spotlighted research on the Mediterranean Diet and cognition, co-authored by 2003 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar Kenneth Langa, MD, PhD, 2015 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging CARDI scholar Claire McEvoy, PhD, and 2001 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar Kristine Yaffe, MD and originally published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society in April. The original study, Neuroprotective Diets Are Associated with Better Cognitive Function: The Health and Retirement Study, observed the dietary patterns and cognitive function of 5,907 adults aged 50 years and…


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AFAR welcomes three New Board Members

Jul 13
2017

AFAR welcomes three New Board Members

At its June 13, 2017 meeting, the AFAR Board of Directors elected three new members: AnnaRosa Miele; Thomas Rando, MD, PhD; and Pol Vandenbroucke, MD, MSc, MBA, FFPM.   AnnaRosa Miele is the Chief Executive Officer and Co‐Founder of the Aristea Group and President of Confidustria Genova. Ms. Miele is a member of the Board of Directors of Confidustria Roma, the main association representing manufacturing and service companies in Italy. Ms. Miele is also Vice President of Federturismo, the national federation of the travel industry and tourism of Confidustria that represents the entire production chain of the tourism industry.   Thomas…


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Board Members in the News: Nir Barzilai, Steve Austad, and Jay Olshansky on TAME trial in WIRED

Jul 12
2017

Board Members in the News: Nir Barzilai, Steve Austad, and Jay Olshansky on TAME trial in WIRED

On June 5, 2017, WIRED prominently spotlighted AFAR Deputy Scientific Director Nir Barzilai, MD and the AFAR-managed TAME trial. AFAR Scientific Director Steven N. Austand, PhD, and board member S. Jay Olshanksy, PhD, also lend insights. The feature story, Forget the Blood of Teens. This Pill Promises to Extend Life for a Nickel a Pop, describes the history of metformin, how the drug works inside our cells, and the state of moving metformin into clinical trials. The article details how the researchers behind the TAME Trial first prepared for their initial meetings FDA officials at a 2014 conference in a Spanish countryside…


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Board Member in the News: Nir Barzilai on TAME trial in Business Insider

Jul 12
2017

Board Member in the News: Nir Barzilai on TAME trial in Business Insider

On July 7, 2017, Business Insider spotlighted AFAR Deputy Scientific Director Nir Barzilai, MD and the AFAR-managed TAME trial. The feature story, A diabetes medication that costs 6 cents a pill could be a key to living longer, describes the history, affordability, and current usage of Metformin. The story also highlights the Targeting Aging with Metformin (TAME) trial. It underscores its potential to change the way we approach aging by proving proof to the FDA that aging is a treatable condition.  In his 2014 TED Talk, as quoted by Business Insider, Dr. Barzilai explains: "The FDA doesn't consider aging as something that…


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Grantee in the News: Domenico Praticò on olive oil and cognition in Forbes

Jul 07
2017

Grantee in the News: Domenico Praticò on olive oil and cognition in Forbes

On June 26, 2017, Forbes featured research from 1997 AFAR Research Grant and 1999 AFAR/Pfizer Innovations in Aging Research Award recipient Domenico Praticò, MD on extra-virgin olive oil preserving memory and preventing Alzheimer’s Disease. Originally published in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, the study observed and compared mice fed a diet enriched with extra virgin olive oil and a regular diet. Dr. Praticò and fellow researchers found that after one year, the mice fed extra-virgin olive oil had improved working memory, spatial memory, and learning abilities. These mice also showed a dramatic increase in nerve cell autophagy…


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Board Member in the News: Nir Barzilai on TAME trial in WIRED

Jul 06
2017

Board Member in the News: Nir Barzilai on TAME trial in WIRED

On June 5, 2017, WIRED prominently spotlighted AFAR Deputy Scientific Director Nir Barzilai, MD and the AFAR-managed TAME trial. The feature story, Forget the Blood of Teens. This Pill Promises to Extend Life for a Nickel a Pop, describes the history of metformin, how the drug works inside our cells, and the state of moving metformin into clinical trials. The article also stresses the fundraising—from a mix of NIH and private donations--necessary to advance this groundbreaking project and reminds of the project’s larger goal of providing proof-of-concept to the FDA to consider aging an indication for future…


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Grantee in the News: Ozioma Okonkwo on exercise protecting against Alzheimer's disease in TIME

Jul 05
2017

Grantee in the News: Ozioma Okonkwo on exercise protecting against Alzheimer's disease in TIME

On June 26, 2017, TIME Health featured research co-authored by 2013 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar, Ozioma Okonkwo, PhD on moderate physical activity improving healthy patterns of glucose metabolism in brains of older adults.  Originally published in the June issue of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the study, Moderate Physical Activity is Associated with Cerebral Glucose Metabolism in Adults at Risk for Alzheimer's Disease, observed 93 healthy adults who were around 64 years old and high-risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Okonkwo and fellow researchers found that those who spent at least 68 minutes a day…


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Grantees in the News: Kenneth Langa, Claire McEvoy, and Kristine Yaffe on Mediterranean diet and cognition

Jul 14
2017

Grantees in the News: Kenneth Langa, Claire McEvoy, and Kristine Yaffe on Mediterranean diet and cognition

On July 10, MedicalExpress.com spotlighted research on the Mediterranean Diet and cognition, co-authored by 2003 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar Kenneth Langa, MD, PhD, 2015 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging CARDI scholar Claire McEvoy, PhD, and 2001 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar Kristine Yaffe, MD and originally published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society in April. The original study, Neuroprotective Diets Are Associated with Better Cognitive Function: The Health and Retirement Study, observed the dietary patterns and cognitive function of 5,907 adults aged 50 years and…


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AFAR welcomes three New Board Members

Jul 13
2017

AFAR welcomes three New Board Members

At its June 13, 2017 meeting, the AFAR Board of Directors elected three new members: AnnaRosa Miele; Thomas Rando, MD, PhD; and Pol Vandenbroucke, MD, MSc, MBA, FFPM. AnnaRosa Miele is the Chief Executive Officer and Co‐Founder of the Aristea Group and President of Confidustria Genova. Ms. Miele is a member of the Board of Directors of Confidustria Roma, the main association representing manufacturing and service companies in Italy. Ms. Miele is also Vice President of Federturismo, the national federation of the travel industry and tourism of Confidustria that represents the entire production chain of the tourism industry. Thomas Rando, MD…


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