Aging Research Headlines
Report on Older Americans 2016: Key Indicators of Well-Being Released
The Federal Interagency Forum on Aging Related Statistics released their latest report: Older Americans 2016: Key Indicators of Well-Being. The report is the seventh in a series of reports that highlights the overall condition of the U.S. population age 65 or over. To learn more, go here.
New Campaign Highlights the Importance of Vaccinations for Older Adults
The Alliance for Aging Research has launched a campaign to raise vaccine awareness in older adults. This includes a new "pocket film" called Our Best Shot: The Importance of Vaccines in Older Adults, which explains why older adults should be vaccinated and why they should encourage their friends and families to do the same. To learn more, go here.
Could Reading Books Lead to a Longer Life?
According to a recent study, people who read books often live longer than those who do not read at all. "People who report as little as a half-hour a day of book reading had a significant survival advantage over those who did not read," said the senior author, Becca R. Levy, Ph.D., a professor of epidemiology at Yale. "And the survival advantage remained after adjusting for wealth, education, cognitive ability and many other variables." To learn more, go here.
Can Telomeres Give More Insight into the Aging Process?
Researchers at Tufts University are looking at telomeres to learn more about healthy aging. While researchers work to find out if telomere shortening is a result of aging, they have found that physical activity stops the erosion of telomeres and leads to healthy benefits. To learn more, go here.
Clinical Trial May Offer New Hope for Alzheimer's Disease
Researchers say an ongoing clinical trial for Alzheimer's disease may help slow the progression of the disease. Doctors at Sutter Neuroscience Institute in Sacramento are currently in year four of their five-year trial and have observed how the disease's progress has been halted in some patients. To learn more, go here.
Progeria Research Foundation Seeks Proposals for Research, September 20
The Progeria Research Foundation (PRF) is the only organization in the world dedicated to discovering treatments and the cure for Progeria and its aging-related disorders. Progeria is a rare, fatal, “premature aging” disease that affects children, who die of heart disease at an average of 14 years.
PRF is seeking proposals that address the following priorities:
1. Discovery of biological markers of disease in HGPS that can be assessed in human and/or mouse samples. Highest priority will be given to those markers that can be assayed in easily obtainable human samples such as blood, urine, and cheek swabs. In addition, proposals that explore biomarker relevance to disease process and/or change in markers with disease treatment are encouraged.
2. Discovery and/or testing of candidate treatment compounds in both cell based and mouse models of HGPS. Of note, proposals should test compounds in a progerin-producing mouse model as the priority. Comparisons to other mouse models of disease, such as ZMPSTE24 -/- and other non-progerin producing mouse models is acceptable, but only as a comparison to progerin-producing models.
Malnutrition Awareness Week, September 26-30
Join the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) September 26 – 30, 2016, for their fifth annual Malnutrition Awareness Week™. The purpose of this week is to raise awareness in health care professionals to consider assessing and intervening earlier and for the public to realize that they need to ask about their nutrition status and advocate for optimal nutrition care as much as possible.
In 2009, ASPEN recognized a need for greater awareness of malnutrition. In some studies, 30-50 percent of patients become malnourished, often during a hospital stay. The condition is associated with unfavorable outcomes including higher infection rates, poor wound healing, longer lengths of stay, and higher frequency of readmission. Not unexpectedly, these outcomes are associated with increased costs.
The 2016 week is scheduled to have three webinars* and a chat with the experts: Improving Malnutrition from the Physician Perspective,* Combating Malnutrition in Spanish Speaking Population: Available Programs and Resources, *Malnutrition Interventions and Programs for Older Adults,* and Aging Does Not Matter: Malnutrition in the Aging Population
Visit the official Malnutrition Awareness Week site to register or for more information about the week.
7th International Workshop on HIV & Aging, Washington, D.C., September 27-28
The International Workshop on HIV & Aging remains the only platform in the world for international exchange and dialogue with a cross-disciplinary team of experts involved in HIV and aging research. The meeting gathers a steady international community of researchers and healthcare professionals attributing to the workshop's credibility within the field. The meeting will have a two day program consisting of invited lectures, abstract-driven scientific presentations, and poster sessions where the latest developments will be reviewed and evaluated in order to identify important topics for future research, develop better approaches to treatment, and create a strategic agenda for future management problems associated with HIV and aging. For more information, please go here.
The International Conference on Aging and Disease (ICAD), Stanford University, October 1-2, 2016
The International Society on Aging and Disease's 2016 ICAD Conference is one of the leading international conferences for presenting novel and fundamental advances in the fields of aging and age-related disease. The purpose of the conference is for scientists, scholars, and students from the universities and the research institutes all around the world to present ongoing research activities and hence to foster research relations. This conference provides opportunities for the delegates to exchange new ideas and application experiences face-to-face, to establish research or business relations, and to find global partners for future collaboration. It also serves to foster communication among researchers and practitioners working in a wide variety of scientific areas with a common interest in fighting aging and age-related disease. For more information, please go here.