Telomere Length Affected By Poverty?

Had a rough spot in the road financially? Many have. A new study shows those rough spots, if they are more constant, can shorten your telomere length. Philly.com has this to say: “By the time they have reached fourth grade, African American boys who have run a gantlet of poverty, shifting family structure, harsh parenting,…

Telomeres Shortened by Bullying?

Have you ever felt bullied? I think it’s safe to say that most, if not all of us,  have felt this way at least once in our lives. Being bullied creates stress in our bodies, whether we know it or not. Unfortunately, childhood is not the only time we see this negative behavior. While there has…

Telomere Study Planned by NASA

Hold on to your coattails!  NASA is launching a telomere study! NASA plans to rocket one identical twin into space while the other remains on Earth.  While the research will include many facets, the effect on their telomeres will be noted as well. Clarksville Online has this to say: “Another experiment will look at telomeres–little molecular “caps” on the ends…

How to live to 100 – NBC News story series segment

Here is an ABC News story about how to live to 100. They share a lot of good information, most of it centered around the Nobel Prize winning research on Telomeres and telomerase. The video explains that there is a way to test your own telomeres, although it is very expensive. The test tells you…

ABC News story, reversing aging?

Wow!  This story is fascinating.  Rather than tell you a snapshot review of the video, I have transcribed it word for word.  Here you go.  Video to follow. This is a transcription of the actual news story for those of you who can’t view the video. Diane Sawyer: And now, eternal youth. Is it in…

Diane Sawyer of ABC news, reports on Telomeres

Diane Sawyer, of ABC news, reports on the science of aging.  How do telomeres affect the aging process?  Can the aging process be changed?  Slowed down? or reversed?  These are the questions that scientists are working on.  This video brings up some interesting points. The story discusses a blood test to measure your telomeres and…

Stress Shortens Your Telomeres?

It looks like we have more data showing that stress shortens your telomeres. Researchers from The University of California, San Francisco recently did a study on premenopausal women and found that those under considerable stress had drastically shortened telomeres as opposed to those who were under less stress. “They found that, compared with women experiencing…

Telomere Length Influences Cancer?

Interesting news from the Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research in Tokyo, telomere length may have an effect on cancer cells! As quoted from the American Society for Microbiology, “Cancer cells have shorter telomeres compared to healthy cells, but they guard their immortality by maintaining these telomeres’ length.” I am very curious how these cancer cells are…

Telomere Length May Predict The Common Cold?

This new study from Carnegie Mellon University seems to focus on white blood cells, one in particular, the CD8CD28 T-cell. It seems that shorter telomeres are statistically more likely to get the symptoms of the common cold, although there is a caveat. It only seems relevant to subjects over the age of twenty two. One more…

Telomeres At The Edge

Hmm, this seems interesting though I have no idea how relevant this may end up being to health. According to Live Science, Wanting to better understand the role of telomeres during cell division and other parts of the cell cycle, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies tracked telomere movement in real-time. They labeled telomeres in living…