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Rediscovering Venus to find faraway earths

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New 3-D display technology promises greater energy efficiencyNew 3-D display technology promises greater energy efficiency

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First step: From human cells to tissue-engineered esophagusFirst step: From human cells to tissue-engineered esophagus

Magnetic mirrors enable new technologies by reflecting light in uncanny ways

Lift weights, improve your memory

Spiders: Survival of the fittest group

Autophagy helps fast track stem cell activationAutophagy helps fast track stem cell activation

Myelin vital for learning new practical skillsMyelin vital for learning new practical skills

More physical activity improved school performanceMore physical activity improved school performance

Engineering new vehicle powertrainsEngineering new vehicle powertrains

Around the world in 400,000 years: The journey of the red foxAround the world in 400,000 years: The journey of the red fox

Study: New device can slow, reverse heart failureStudy: New device can slow, reverse heart failure

Are the world's religions ready for ET?Are the world's religions ready for ET?

Gut bacteria, artificial sweeteners and glucose intoleranceGut bacteria, artificial sweeteners and glucose intolerance

Recreating the stripe patterns found in animals by engineering synthetic gene networksRecreating the stripe patterns found in animals by engineering synthetic gene networks

Laying the groundwork for data-driven scienceLaying the groundwork for data-driven science

Hold on, tiger momHold on, tiger mom

Nature's designs inspire research into new light-based technologiesNature's designs inspire research into new light-based technologies

Missing piece found to help solve concussion puzzleMissing piece found to help solve concussion puzzle

Biologists delay the aging process by 'remote control'Biologists delay the aging process by 'remote control'

Geography matters: Model predicts how local 'shocks' influence U.S. economyGeography matters: Model predicts how local 'shocks' influence U.S. economy

Identified for the first time what kind of explosive has been used after the detonationIdentified for the first time what kind of explosive has been used after the detonation

Copied from nature: Detecting software errors via genetic algorithmsCopied from nature: Detecting software errors via genetic algorithms

Aging Bulletin - November 2011 Archives


Boosting the aged immune response to flu virus (11/26/2011)

The immune system becomes less robust with age, making the elderly more susceptible to influenza A virus. Researchers have identified a new immune system defect in aged mice that increases their susceptible to developing severe disease upon infection with IAV. Importantly, it reversing the defect was possible, suggesting a way to improve clinical outcome in older patients with severe IAV infection and a way to enhance the efficacy of flu vaccines in the elderly. ...> Full Article


A failing sense of smell can be reversed (11/25/2011)

In a new study scientists at NYU Langone Medical Center have shown that the sense of smell can be improved. The new findings, published online Nov. 20, 2011, in Nature Neuroscience, suggest possible ways to reverse the loss of smell due to aging or disease. ...> Full Article


Nursing home quality scorecards don't tell the whole score (11/24/2011)

The scoring system government agencies use to rate nursing home quality does not provide an adequate evaluation because they do not take into account the degree of cognitive impairment of their patient populations and whether facilities include a specialized dementia unit according to a new study. ...> Full Article


Study finds sex a significant predictor of happiness among married seniors (11/23/2011)

The more often older married individuals engage in sexual activity, the more likely they are to be happy with both their lives and marriages, according to new research presented in Boston at the Gerontological Society of America's (GSA) 64th Annual Scientific Meeting. ...> Full Article


Should we prepare for the end? New report calls for decriminalization of assisted dying in Canada (11/17/2011)

A report commissioned by the Royal Society of Canada, and published today in the journal Bioethics, claims that assisted suicide should be legally permitted for competent individuals who make a free and informed decision, while on both a personal and a national level insufficient plans and policies are made for the end of life. ...> Full Article


Effects of 'mini stroke' can shorten life expectancy (11/16/2011)

Having a transient ischemic attack (TIA), or "mini stroke," could lower your life expectancy. Survival rates after TIA were 20 percent lower than expected nine years later, compared to the general population. The long-term effects of TIA were most serious for patients older than 65 and for patients with previous history of stroke and heart problems. ...> Full Article


Researcher finds elderly lose ability to distinguish between odors (11/12/2011)

Scientists studying the effect of aging on smell, have found that those 60 and over have more difficulty distinguishing between odors, putting them at risk from dangerous chemicals and poor nutrition. ...> Full Article


Evidence base for exercise programs for older people still in the balance (11/11/2011)

After adding 62 new studies to the pool of data, researchers say that while some useful ideas are emerging, there is still a need for high quality evidence that can determine which types of exercise are the most effective. The results have just been published in the Cochrane Library. ...> Full Article


Researchers identify diabetes link to cognitive impairment in older adults (11/10/2011)

For the past five years, a team led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has been studying the effects of diabetes on cognitive health in older individuals and has determined that memory loss, depression and other types of cognitive impairment are a serious consequence of this widespread disease. Now, this team has identified a key mechanism behind this course of events. ...> Full Article


Young and old work together to challenge stereotypes of age (11/6/2011)

Not many 10-year-olds may have considered what it's like to be old. But two forthcoming workshops for Year 6 children aim to develop childhood understandings of later life and discuss the differences and similarities between people at various ages. ...> Full Article


Researchers discover tactic to delay age-related disorders (11/5/2011)

Researchers at Mayo Clinic have shown that eliminating cells that accumulate with age could prevent or delay the onset of age-related disorders and disabilities. The study, performed in mouse models, provides the first evidence that these "deadbeat" cells could contribute to aging and suggests a way to help people stay healthier as they age. ...> Full Article


Vitamin D study suggests no mortality benefit for older women (11/3/2011)

A study of postmenopausal women found no significant mortality benefit from vitamin D after controlling for health risk factors such as abdominal obesity. The only exception was that thin-waisted women with low vitamin D levels might face some risk. The results agree with advice issued last year by the Institute of Medicine that cautioned against vitamin D having a benefit beyond bone health. ...> Full Article


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