Monthly Archives: January 2011

US falling behind in longevity increases – why?

The US is falling behind other advanced countries in longevity gains.  This is the essential content of stories that appeared this week in almost every major newspaper.  The stories are based on a carefully-crafted study released by the National Academy … Continue reading

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Public health longevity developments – focus on foods

Public health measures like cleaner water, public sanitation systems, cleaner air and barriers to cigarette smoking have been major contributing to longevity in the last 200 years. These measures have contributed significantly to the average lifespan in the US more … Continue reading

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SIRT3 research – tying together knowledge of aging

Those of you who have put together jigsaw puzzles know that every once in a while a piece is found that links together several seemingly unrelated chunks of the puzzle.  The sirtuin SIRT3 is doing that for several chunks of … Continue reading

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The Nuclear DNA Damage/Mutation Theory of Aging

By Brendan Hussey (I invited Brendan Hussey to generate this blog post after reading his comments to the post Closing the loop in the stem cell supply chain – presented graphically. It was clear that he had something fundamental to … Continue reading

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Nitrates and nitrites –Part 2: good for you

In the previous blog entry Nitrates and nitrites – Part 1: bad for you I described  how there are two current contradictory views about the value of human consumption of nitrates/nitrites.  One view is that consumption of these substances, perhaps … Continue reading

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Nitrates and nitrites – Part 1: bad for you

Every great once in a while mainline medical advice reverses itself about something important – what was bad becomes good or what was good becomes bad.  That happened with Vitamin D in recent years when stern warnings never to exceed … Continue reading

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The reputation of aging in ancient and current mythology

Why the pursuit of anti-aging science?  I take a short break from science in this blog entry and look at myths about aging and how aging is viewed in popular folklore – ancient and current.  These myths are important because … Continue reading

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