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Tiny mitochondria may be controlling genes in heart of our cells (New Scientist)

New Scientist featured research by Changhan David Lee of the USC Leonard Davis School that found mitochondria help transfer vital genetic information within a cell. The discovery opens up treatment possibilities for diseases as another target for therapies. The researchers found that although the nucleus was thought to have complete control of a cell’s genetic material, […]

How To Live To 100 (Vogue UK)

Vogue featured research by Valter Longo of the USC Leonard Davis School on the health benefits of intermittent fasting and the impact of diet on aging. “Eating within 12 hours a day is important, and if you’re overweight, eating two meals a day plus a snack rather than the five meals (three meals and two […]

Tracking the dangers of air pollution (Physics World)

Physics World quoted Caleb Finch of the USC Leonard Davis School on the far-reaching effects of air pollution on aging. “The negative health consequences associated with air pollution are on a par with obesity,” says Finch. “Essentially it accelerates all age-related health conditions.”

‘Westworld’ Cognition Cowboy Hats Are a Step Up From a Real Science Tool (Inverse)

Inverse interviewed Mara Mather of the USC Leonard Davis School on the plausibility of Westworld characters’ cowboy hats having cognitive scanning abilities. Mather states that the show creates a sci-fi scenario that’s “not implausible” and are “a natural extension of what we have today.” “Currently, fMRI provides us with some crude mind-reading capabilities,” Mather explains. […]

Research shows that the prevalence of dementia has fallen in the United States (Washington Post)

After age 65, men and women spend more than a dozen years in good cognitive health, on average. And over the past decade, that time span has been expanding.

With An Aging Population, Elder Abuse Is A Growing Concern (Valley Public Radio)

Valley Public Radio interviewed Kathleen Wilber of the USC Leonard Davis School about California’s rapidly aging population and the resulting increase in potential elder abuse. She says in many cases, victims are either unable to report an abusive incident, or choose not to, either out of shame or to protect a family member.

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