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Telomere Extension Turns Back Aging Clock In Cultured Human Cells, Study Finds

Hands of elderly person (stock image). Skin cells with telomeres lengthened by a new procedure were able to divide up to 40 more times than untreated cells. The research may point to new ways to treat diseases caused by shortened telomeres.
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A new procedure can quickly and efficiently increase the length of human telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that are linked to aging and disease, according to scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Treated cells behave as if they are much younger than untreated cells, multiplying with abandon in the [...]

Revolutionary Device Found To Lower Blood Pressure

Measuring blood pressure (stock image). The study findings show that blood pressure treatment with the ROX Coupler can give both patients and doctors an alternative option for treating high blood pressure in the future -- particularly when standard therapies have failed.
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Revolutionary device has been shown to significantly lower blood pressure among patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure, compared to those treated with usual drug measures — according to research from Queen Mary University of London and published in The Lancet. The device — developed by ROX Medical and named the ‘Coupler’ — is a paper [...]

Treatment Restores Sociability In Autism Mouse Model

Researchers have treated ASD mice with a neuropeptide called oxytocin, and have found that it restores normal social behavior.
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Among the problems people with Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) struggle with are difficulties with social behavior and communication. That can translate to an inability to make friends, engage in routine conversations, or pick up on the social cues that are second nature to most people. Similarly, in a mouse model of ASD, the animals, like [...]

Insulin Pump Moves One Step Closer To An Artificial Pancreas

MiniMed 640G insulin pump with built-in continuous glucose monitoring. Source: Medtronic, Inc.

Medtronic, Inc. today announced the start of the global launch of the MiniMed 640G System, the next breakthrough toward an artificial pancreas.  With the introduction of Medtronic’s exclusive SmartGuard technology, MiniMed 640G is designed to help people with diabetes achieve better glucose control through advanced protection from hypoglycemia. The system is the first in the [...]

Connection Between Childhood Adversity, Psychiatric Disorders Seen At Cellular Level

Results of the study show childhood adversity and lifetime psychopathology were each associated with shorter telomeres and higher mtDNA content.
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In a new study published online in Biological Psychiatry  on researchers from Butler Hospital identify an association between biological changes on the cellular level and both childhood adversity and psychiatric disorders. These changes in the form of telomere shortening and alterations of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), are important in the aging process, and this new research [...]

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