From the monthly archives:

September 2010

Robert Kane Pappas at New Aging Conference

September 15, 2010

On Friday, October 1, 2010, Robert Kane Pappas, director of  TO AGE OR NOT TO AGE, will appear at NEW AGING — INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AGING AND ARCHITECTURE at the University of Pennsyvania, Meyerson Hall, Philadelphia, PA. 
Pappas will present clips from his film and share his thoughts about the impact of recent developments in the [...]

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Can Meditation Effect Telomere Lenght?

September 14, 2010

Stress, mindful mediation and their impact on telomere length are the subject of this 2009 article co-authored by Nobel Prize-winner, Elizabeth Blackburn
2009 Nobel Prize winner for Biology Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn’s article about research into the relationship between meditation (the practice of mindfulness) and its effect on telomerase (the gene which maintains our telomeres) struck me on [...]

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Alzheimer’s Research — Connecting the Dots

September 9, 2010

RKP Comments on Recent Articles on Promising Research Results Relating to Alzheimer’s Disease
The first article is a press release from MIT on the research conducted by Dr. Guarente’s Lab.  Click here to read the article.  The second, an article posted on PLoS One, describes the effect of  rapamycin on AD progression.  Click here to read [...]

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TAONTO AND ALBERT BROOKS, WHAT DO THEY HAVE IN COMMON?

September 8, 2010

Geeks of Doom ties new novel by Albert Brooks to TO AGE OR NOT TO AGE
[The following excerpt was posted on the the Geeks of Doom website on August 27, 2010]
“[Albert] Brooks recently wrote his first novel, titled 2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America, which is set to be published in May. [...]

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Teleomeres in the News (with Comment by Robert Kane Pappas)

September 8, 2010

Can a new supplement boost immunity, slow aging?
by Mary Brophy Marcus
[This article, from USA Today (which doesn't provide a lot of detail), talks about a study on a telomerase activator supplement (paid for by the supplement-maker) that claims to lenghten telomeres (for about $8,000 per year).]
“A new study out this week suggests a dietary supplement from [...]

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Director’s Comment

September 1, 2010

Comment on the NY Times
During the filming of “To Age or Not To Age”, a number of the scientists mentioned, in one way or another, that aging research has historically been seen as crackpot, from the ancient myths to Ponce de Leon.
I had also looked skeptically at the pursuit of radical life extension or extreme [...]

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