Genetic evidence shows that smoking can cause us to age faster

A study of nearly 500,000 people has shown that smoking shortens the end fragments of chromosomes in the white blood cells of our immune systems. The length of these end fragments, called telomeres, is an indicator of how ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Shorter telomeres point to increased Alzheimer's risk

Short telomeres in midlife are associated with a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, UConn School of Medicine researchers report in the May 30 issue of Aging Cell.

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