It’s time for another edition of our weekly favorite Aging News.
But, a note before we get to the news items:
Beware supplement type products promising to ‘fix’ or ‘repair’ telomeres.
Telomeres are the caps at the end of chromosomes that protect the chromosomes from damage.
Scientists think telomeres shorten as we age.
Which, has led to speculation that interrupting, what seems the natural aging process of telomeres, could possibly delay aging and increase longevity.
Based loosely on the above speculation/theory, some entrepreneurs are touting ‘anti-aging products’ with veiled hints that the products are a solution for telomere shortening.
However, most scientists working on this research, publicity state we’re decades away from any reasonable treatment.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled program…
Small Molecule Drug Pumps Up Brain and Muscles:
Lab rats, lab rats and more lab rats…
Researchers, out in the great, but arid, state of California, have been using lab rats to test ‘small molecule’ drugs.
And, the researchers, from the University of California, Berkeley, seem to like how the rats are responding:
“…a small-molecule drug simultaneously perks up old stem cells in the brains and muscles of mice, a finding that could lead to drug interventions for humans that would make aging tissues throughout the body act young again…”
Ah, to ‘act young again’…
Sweet, sweet music to our old wrinkled ears!
Actually, this is pretty interesting stuff. And, the research could someday apply to us human type rats.
You can check it out when you click on the following blue link: Small Molecule Drug Pumps Up Brain and Muscles
How To Preserve Your Bones and Joints:
Bones, joints and muscles keep us mobile.
So, we should go outta our way to make sure we take care of them, right?
Well, this week I read a nifty article about how to go about doing so.
With healthy bones and joints, you can be like this guy…
“…Paul Schneider, 90, of Palm Harbor, Florida, starts his morning exercise with 100 situps.
A couple golf matches a week, plus weight and aerobic workouts at his fitness club, also keep him flexible and strong…”
To ape Schneider’s remarkable shape, the article suggests we start paying attention to our skeletal system early on.
While that may not be an option to us, the article does have good tips for people our age, as well…
You can get those tips when you click on the following blue link: How To Preserve Your Bones and Joints
Repetitive Brain Injuries May Accelerate Aging, Dementia Risk:
WOW! Scientist now think that repeatedly hitting someone on the head, will eventually do them damage!
Actually, new studies are suggesting that banging up the brain often enough, leads to faster aging and dementia.
These findings tie into the current controversy with National Football League players suffering abnormally high rates of brain injuries:
“…The National Football League, which for years disputed evidence that its players had a high rate of severe brain damage, has stated in federal court documents that it expects nearly a third of retired players to develop long-term cognitive problems and that the conditions are likely to emerge at “notably younger ages” than in the general population…”
Anyway, in the a fore mentioned study, researchers say repeated head injuries are likely to:
“…accelerate the aging process by increasing the build-up of beta-amyloid in the brain, leading to worse disease and an increased likelihood of developing dementia.
In particular, boxers fared the worst among athletes and military veterans with a history of head injuries…”
Higher than normal levels of beta-amyloid, a protein fragment, is usually found in people with Alzheimer’s disease.
It’s thought to destroy brain synapses, then clumps into plaques that lead to nerve cell death.
Learn more when you click on the following blue link: Repetitive Brain Injuries May Accelerate Aging, Dementia Risk
Senior Citizens Protect Themselves From Scammers:
Found an interesting, and short, video about how us kids on the Far side Of 55 can protect ourselves from so common financial scams:
What Your Handshake Says About You:
So says Warren Sanderson, an economics professor at Stony Brook University.
Sanderson, published the results of his study on such characteristics as handshakes, in the journal PLOS ONE.
In the report, he says he found that hand-grip strength corresponds with overall health and predicts how fast people show the signs of aging.
Well…OK, maybe so, maybe no.
He did the study and everything, but I’m not so sure I’s agree with his findings.
See what you think when you click on the following blue link: The Handshake Of Death
When Love Comes To Town:
In honor of the passing of Blues Boy King…
BB King professed to never playing a ‘chord’, but for my money, he was the best blues guitarist I’ve ever heard.
And, here’s a video with proof of his skills:
RIP Blues Boy, your music will live on.
I can’t top that. Talk to you next time…
Your ideas for me, aging related story, or comments are always welcome.