In a small study of men with early-stage prostate cancer, a program of rigorous diet and lifestyle change designed by prevention and wellness advocate increased telomere length, a finding the researcher says may indicate that people have more influence over the aging process than once thought.
Many Americans do not look happily on the prospect of living much longer lives. They see peril as well as promise in biomedical advances, and more think it would be a bad thing than a good thing for society if people lived decades longer than is possible today, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.
Shorter telomeres have been linked to chronic stress. A recent study by Elizabeth Hoge and her colleagues at Harvard looked to determine if specific lifestyle behaviors, such as meditation, might mitigate the effects of stress and show longer telomere lengths.
Elizabeth Blackburn is visiting Taiwan for the first time to speak about her Nobel winning research into how telomeres are connected to mortality risks and aging-related disease, expressing the hope that her visit will “prompt interest” in future collaboration.