Category: #ScienceSunday

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Exercise helps maintain telomeres

In this 2008 study of twins, British researchers looked at 52 pairs of identical and 15 pairs of fraternal twins and concluded that exercise, even after controlling for confounding variables of age, BMI, smoking, year of sampling, and socioeconomic status, was associated with telomere length preservation. The effect was 6 years of length for 100 minutes a week and 9 years of advantage for 3 hrs or more.

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Are you driving with your lights off at night?

A youthful body and spirit are like a car with its lights on. It makes you visible and it makes everything around you brighter. A driver who has lost integration with his or her own environment and is merely preoccupied with what they see and whether it is enough to get them to their next stop may encounter problems that they never saw coming.

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Telomeres extended by simple trick at Stanford lab

For #ScienceSunday, we turn to a recent article published online showing that a modified mRNA version of the telomerase protein (TERT) can extend the telomeres in a dose-dependent fashion. This method has the advantage of not being permanent, as with gene therapy.

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76-years young and getting younger (his ERA and DNA prove it!)

For #ScienceSunday, I am posting this video of a brief interview that I did with Karl, our wonderful patient who was featured in a few of our previous videos about hypertension and sports injuries.

In it, we discuss the measurements of his telomere lengths. In videos to follow this one, I will discuss other interesting cases of even more dramatic changes.

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“Now I am the TELOMERATOR – destroyer of kingdoms”

Well, you may not have felt the tremors but a couple of weeks ago, our world changed and we entered a new nuclear era which may be even more frightening. That’s because the genie of genetic engineering was loosed from the bottle with the invention of something NYU scientists call “The Telomerator”

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