Aging & Geriatrics

  • Those with aging immune systems struggle to fight off novel viruses and respond weakly to vaccination. Stanford Medicine researchers were able to revitalize the immune system in mice.

  • Who needs regular COVID-19 boosters?

    A study led by researchers at Stanford Medicine finds the benefit of frequent booster vaccination for COVID-19 is highest for those over 65 years and the immunocompromised.

  • Telomeres lengthen with weight management

    Children with obesity in a six-month healthy eating and exercise program experienced increases in their average telomere length, suggesting reversal of premature aging, a study led by Stanford Medicine researchers found.

  • Organs age at different rates

    A new study led by Stanford Medicine scientists demonstrates a simple way of studying organ aging by analyzing distinct proteins, or sets of them, in blood, enabling the prediction of individuals’ risk for diseases.

  • NPs, physicians equally safe at prescribing

    A study at Stanford Medicine has found that nurse practitioners prescribe as safely as primary care physicians while caring for seniors.

  • Eye fluid study may foster treatments

    Stanford Medicine researchers clock the age of cells to find new therapy targets.

  • Drug boosts nerve growth, muscle strength

    A drug that boosts strength in injured or aging mice restores connections between nerves and muscle and suggests ways to combat weakness in humans due to aging, injury or disease.

  • Big Ideas in Medicine

    Physicians, researchers and other pacesetters describe some of the most promising pursuits in the medical field. In cancer, for instance: ‘Let’s kill the first cell, not the last cell.’…

  • Gene version cuts Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s risk

    A massive study of medical and genetic data shows that people with a particular version of a gene involved in immune response had a lower risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

  • Gene fingerprint for brain aging

    A study in mice finds that white matter — the tissue that transmits messages around the brain — shows the greatest changes as the animals age.

  • Antibody treatment rejuvenates stem cells

    Old muscle stem cells express high levels of the cancer-associated molecule CD47. Blocking a pathway mediated by CD47 restored strength to old mice in a Stanford Medicine study.

  • Rare mutation protects against Alzheimer's

    Researchers have discovered that a rare mutation inherited with the APOE4 gene variant protects against Alzheimer's, shedding new light on ways to counteract high-risk genes for the disease.


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