Scientists Discover New Aging Pathway

Scientists have identified a new molecular pathway to aging, and they say that the process can be manipulated to revitalize old blood.

According to a news release from the University of California Berkeley, the researchers found that blood stem cells’ ability to repair damage caused by inappropriate protein folding in the mitochondria, a cell’s energy station, is critical to their survival and regenerative capacity.

The finding was published in the journal Science

Evaluate Before You Exfoliate

Although exfoliation can improve your skin’s appearance, there are different kinds of exfoliation, and what works for one patient may not work for another, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Here, from board-certified dermatologist Mary P. Lupo, MD, FAAD, clinical professor of dermatology, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, are some things to consider before exfoliating.

Power Naps Produce a Significant Improvement in Memory Performance

Neuropsychologists at Saarland University in Germany have shown that even a brief sleep can significantly improve retention of learned material in memory.

Topical TXA in Total Joint Replacement Lowers Blood Transfusion Use

Orthopedic surgeons from The Miriam Hospital in Providence RI, affiliated with Brown University, have conducted a cost-benefit analysis of topical tranexamic acid (TXA) in primary total hip and knee arthroplasty patients that revealed a 12 percent transfusion rate reduction - from 17.5 percent to 5.5 percent - with no significant difference in complication rates.

Solve the Medical Riddle: She Has Blisters in Her Mouth and on Her Body, Fourth Week

By Marie Savard MD

Editor’s note: Welcome to our ThirdAge feature that gives you a chance to play medical sleuth as we share the details of what happened when a patient presented with a problem that stumped the physician at first.


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