Cell Study Finds a Way to Slow Ravages of Age

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    Nov 03, 2011 3:27 PM GMT
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    Scientists may have found a way to put off some conditions of aging, according to a study in which they postponed or even prevented such afflictions as cataracts and wrinkle-inducing fat loss in mice by removing cells that had stopped dividing.

    Most young, healthy cells divide continuously in order to keep body tissues and organs functioning properly, but eventually stop splitting—a state called senescence—and are replaced by others. Senescence occurs throughout life, but people's ability to clear such cells from their bodies decreases with age, leading to a buildup.

    Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., found for the first time that by using a drug to target and kill senescent cells, they could essentially freeze some aspects of the aging process.

    Though the research, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, is in its very early stages, it suggests that senescent-cell clearance could be one path to staying healthy while aging.

    "If you could clear senescent cells, you perhaps could treat age-related diseases as a group rather than individually," said Jan van Deursen, senior author of the paper and a professor in the departments of biochemistry and pediatric and adolescent medicine at Mayo.
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    Nov 03, 2011 4:45 PM GMT
    Dat's great.
    Maybe they'll have it on the market by the time I'm 85.
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    Nov 03, 2011 4:58 PM GMT
    Beaux saidDat's great.
    Maybe they'll have it on the market by the time I'm 85.


    Yeah by then maybe they will come up with a reversal aging pill while their at it.That sure would help some.
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    Nov 03, 2011 8:03 PM GMT
    O wow, the media sure loves to play up these kinds of discoveries... we have so many of these.. but its all just theory as to be able to use them.. Im not expecting anything out of this anytime soon
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    Nov 03, 2011 9:23 PM GMT
    Wait...I thought my Oil Of Olay anti-aging cream was supposed to do that.
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    Nov 03, 2011 9:25 PM GMT
    I want to live forever. Watch the world just constantly change.

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    It would be amazing!
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    Nov 03, 2011 9:31 PM GMT
    Little_Spoon saidI want to live forever. Watch the world just constantly change.

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    It would be amazing!


    Yeah imagine....these would be the good old days! LOL