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The Hallmarks of Aging’s Original Authors Offer an Updated View (2023)

The year 2023 started with the publication of two remarkable review papers in Cell and Cell Metabolism by researchers addressing the hallmarks of aging and their interplay with the hallmarks of cancer [1,2]. These papers were authored by the same team that published the original 2013 Hallmarks of Aging paper [3]. Much-needed update The original paper on the Hallmarks of Aging systematized the processes underlying aging. As such, it became a very common discussion topic in the rejuvenation world and was frequently cited in research papers related to aging. That paper determined nine hallmarks of aging under three criteria: the process is observed during normal aging, it speeds up aging if worsened, and it reverses some aspects of aging if abolished by therapeutic interventions. Since then, several research groups have proposed the addition of other hallmarks, including five new ones suggested back in August 2022 and cellular enlargement . The authors note that although the originally

Importance of Omega-3 for Cell Membrane Functionality (2023)

If you can’t give up processed foods or have consumed them over the years, you likely have a huge excess of omega-6, which affects your body’s ability to make EPA and DHA. While reducing your intake of omega-6, you can also do this to help push the excess out of your cell membranes. In this interview (below), Nils Hoem, Ph.D., — a research scientist with Aker Biomarine, the largest krill oil company in the world — takes a deep dive into omega-3s and the crucial role they play in the health and functionality of your cell membranes. “In my academic life, I spent the first 20 years as a researcher at the University of Oslo. I got my master's and doctorate from the University of Oslo in pharmacology, and was an associate professor there ... Fifteen years ago, I came ... to work for Aker Biomarine ... as the chief scientist, but I'm, by heart and mind, really, a pharmacologist,” Hoem says. The Importance of Membranes As explained by Hoem, the cellular membrane is the univer

Strawberries Are the Dirtiest of the 'Dirty Dozen'

Fresh produce, whether organic or conventionally grown, is one of the healthiest food choices you can make. Organic produce gains an edge, however, because it tends to be more nutritious, tastes better and, importantly, does not contain pesticide residues like conventional produce does. In fact, the No. 1 reason people go organic is to avoid pesticides and other chemicals, 1   and the majority of Americans consume organic food at least occasionally. 2 If your budget prevents you from buying organic food 100% of the time — or there's not an adequate selection in your area — it's useful to know which foods to prioritize over others. Namely, which conventional foods are the most contaminated and therefore the most important to buy organic? Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases their "Dirty Dozen" list for produce, which are among the most heavily contaminated with pesticides. For 2018, you'll see a familiar fruit earned the dubious top spot for t

CDC Issues Health Alert for Malaria in 2 US States

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an alert this week after the spread of malaria occurred within the United States for the first time in 20 years. Four cases of malaria, caused by the plasmodium parasite, were detected in Florida,  according  to a CDC health alert issued Monday. Another case was found in Texas, it said. The disease is caused by a parasite that spreads via mosquito bites, with the largest number of deaths occurring in tropical places—namely sub-Saharan Africa. Symptoms include chills, fever, tiredness, headache, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea, while anemia and jaundice—a yellowing of the skin and eyes—may also occur. If left untreated, infected individuals could develop more serious complications and die, officials say. The CDC alert Monday said that there is “concern for a potential rise in imported malaria cases associated with increased international travel in” the summer of 2023, adding that there is also a “need to plan


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