Aging Research Headlines
Human Trial for Age-Slowing Gene Therapy Approved
Researchers at Penn Medicine will begin their first human trials using CRISPR gene therapy technologies. "CRISPR are segments of prokaryotic DNA containing short repetitions of base sequences. With the ability to easily change DNA, scientists could theoretically slow the aging process and lengthen lives," according to reports. Read the story here.
Living Longer: Result of Healthy Life?
A recent study found that centenarians and those close to reaching 100 years of age exhibited a delayed onset of illnesses. Experts say serious illness often affects centenarians much later in life, which contradicts the notion of poor health being a result of longevity. Learn more about the study here.
New Study Finds Fiber-Rich Diet Beneficial to Healthy Aging
In a study published in The Journals of Gerontology, researchers say that a high-fiber diet is linked to healthy aging. The study notes that participants who consumed a high-fiber diet were "79 percent more likely to remain fully functional and disease-free as they aged," when compared to those with a low-fiber diet.
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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 health care 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.