Genetics

Amount of mitochondrial DNA predicts frailty and mortality

New research from The Johns Hopkins University suggests that the amount of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) found in peoples' blood directly relates to how frail they are medically. This DNA may prove to be a useful predictor of ...

Surgery

How old is too old for surgery, and why?

Many of us will have been in situations with older loved ones where a doctor says surgery is too risky given the patient's advanced age. Why is it surgery becomes risky in the elderly, and is it based on chronological age ...

Health

Fitness and frailty in adults linked to health outcomes

The prevalence of frailty, which is linked to earlier death, increases throughout adulthood as people age and not just after age 65, found an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Relatively good fitness ...

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Frailty

Frailty is a 2002 psychological thriller film directed by and starring Bill Paxton, and co-starring Matthew McConaughey. This film is the directorial debut for Paxton. The plot focuses on the strange relationship between two young boys and their father, who believes that he has been commanded by God to kill demons. The film was produced by David Kirschner.

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