Medical research

Size does matter when it comes to telomeres

One of the more novel studies from the Child Health CheckPoint was the measurement of 'telomeres' – the tiny caps on each strand of our DNA, which serve to protect the ends of our chromosomes. 

Medical research

Telomere length unaffected by smoking: study

A new study has surprised the medical world, finding that smoking does not shorten the length of telomeres—a marker at the end of our chromosomes that is widely accepted as an indicator of ageing.

Medical research

Stabilizing ends of chromosomes could treat age-related disease

A study led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine has uncovered a new strategy that can potentially treat age-related disease and decline. The study, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, demonstrates that shortening ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Can short-term stress make the body and mind more resilient?

Ancient practices like tai chi and yoga have long focused on breathing as a way to control the body's energies, and in recent years, they've been touted as antidotes to the stress of modern life. But can simply inhaling and ...

Medical research

Understanding why women may age slower than men

Why do women typically live longer than men? The Keynote Address at The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Annual Meeting in San Diego, October 3-6, reviews some old and provides some new answers, highlighting the latest ...

Genetics

Genetic determinants of telomere length in African American youth

Telomeres are DNA-protein structures that play a vital role in maintaining DNA stability and integrity. Telomere length (TL) is an important biomarker of aging and overall health, but TL has been mostly studied in adult populations ...

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