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Longer Life Recipient Kory Lavine Named ASCI 2017 Young Physician-Scientist

4/22/2017

Longer Life grant recipient Kory J. Lavine, M.D., Ph.D., of Washington University School of Medicine, was named American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI)  2017 Young Physician-Scientist. Dr. Lavine was recognized at the 2017 AAP/ASCI/APSA Joint Meeting and presented work at the ASCI’s Food and Science Evening on April ... Read More »


How This Broccoli Enzyme Can Slow Aging

10/27/2016

Researchers have zeroed in on an enzyme — found in natural foods like broccoli and cucumbers — that can slow some of the chronic conditions that come with age. So far the findings are limited to mice, but they’re encouraged enough to start testing it in people Read More »


Natural compound reduces signs of aging in healthy mice

10/27/2016

Much of human health hinges on how well the body manufactures and uses energy. For reasons that remain unclear, cells’ ability to produce energy declines with age, prompting scientists to suspect that the steady loss of efficiency in the body’s energy supply chain is a key driver of the aging process. Read More »


High-Protein Diets May Negate Some Of The Benefits Of Losing Weight

10/12/2016

There’s been a fair amount of controversy surrounding the benefits of high-protein diets, like Atkins and Paleo, both for weight maintenance and for weight loss. The high-protein diet seems to work pretty well for weight loss in the short term, but the range of its metabolic effects is still ... Read More »


It’s Time to Rethink High-Protein Diets for Weight Loss

10/11/2016

Eating a diet that’s high in protein is often recommended for people trying to lose weight, since high-protein foods make people feel more full, preventing overeating. However, a new study suggests that while the diet may help people slim down, it doesn’t necessarily improve other health problems under the hood. (For more on that, see: How Much Protein Should I Eat Every Day.) Read More »


Antibiotic resistance focus of Washington University and national research project

10/6/2016

As superbugs capture attention as a worldwide health threat, Washington University will be part of a national campaign against drug-resistant bacteria with a $2 million federal grant.  Read More »


HELP FOR IBD: WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY PHYSICIANS

8/9/2017

Brittany Franklin wasn’t expecting a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis (UC) at the age of 22. She was just embarking on her adult life, looking forward to a bright future. But when intestinal problems landed her at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, she had to confront a new health reality...    Read More »


Benefits of moderate weight loss in people with obesity

3/1/2016

More than one of every three Americans are obese. Obesity is a risk factor for many diseases, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. These health issues stem from a range of underlying metabolic abnormalities that affect the liver, pancreas, muscle, fat, and other tissues.   Read More »


Big Health Benefits to Small Weight Loss

2/25/2016

Obese individuals who lose as little as 5 percent of their body weight can improve their metabolic function and reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, a new study has found. Read More »


Losing Just A Little Weight Can Bring Big Health Benefits

2/23/2016

Being overweight isn’t linked only to heart risk (although it is that, too)–it’s connected to a constellation of factors that collectively increase a person’s risk for diabetes, cancer, stroke and even dementia. So losing weight is not by any stretch just about a single body system. Weight loss is important ... Read More »


Local Study Finds Health Benefits in Small Weight Loss

2/23/2016

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A new local study finds some big health benefits can result from a small amount of weight loss. Washington University researchers, led by Dr. Sam Klein, found that a relatively small weight loss markedly lowered obese patients’ risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.   ... Read More »


In obese patients, 5 percent weight loss has significant health benefits

2/22/2016

For patients with obesity trying to lose weight, the greatest health benefits come from losing just 5 percent of their body weight, according to a new study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Read More »


Diet and urine acidity may have roles in UTI susceptibility

6/25/2015

The acidity of urine — as well as the presence of small molecules related to diet — may influence how well bacteria can grow in the urinary tract, a new study shows. The research, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, may have implications for treating urinary ... Read More »


Gerontology expert works to understand 'whole picture of aging'

3/16/2015

Nancy Morrow-Howell , PhD, is a national leader in gerontology, widely known for her work on productive and civic engagement of older adults. She is the Bettie Bofinger Brown Distinguished Professor of Social Policy at the Brown School, faculty director of productive aging research at the  Center ... Read More »


Molecular biologist seeks the keys to healthy aging

2/2/2015

As Shin-ichiro Imai grew up outside Tokyo, he heard his parents many times tell the story of his unlikely birth. According to Imai, doctors told his mother there was a high risk of losing the pregnancy because of a partially detached placenta. Imai’s mother went to great lengths to ... Read More »


Depression, behavioral changes may precede memory loss in Alzheimer’s

1/14/2015

Depression and behavioral changes may occur before memory declines in people who will go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research at  Washington University School of Medicine  in St. Louis. Researchers have known that many people with Alzheimer’s experience depression, irritability, apathy and appetite ... Read More »


Not all obese people develop metabolic problems linked to excess weight​​​​

1/2/2015

New research demonstrates that obesity does not always go hand in hand with metabolic changes in the body that can lead to diabetes, heart disease and stroke.  In a study at  Washington University School of Medicine  in St. Louis, researchers found that a subset of obese people do ... Read More »


Natural compound helps reverse diabetes in mice — Washington University Record

10/4/2011

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have restored normal blood sugar metabolism in diabetic mice using a compound the body makes naturally... Read More »


Genetic variant linked to blocked heart arteries in patients with diabetes

9/27/2011

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified the first genetic variant associated with severity of coronary artery disease in patients with type 2 diabetes. Read More »


Perhaps a longer lifespan, certainly a longer 'healthspan': Calorie restriction leads scientists to molecular pathways that slow aging, improve health

4/15/2010

Organisms from yeast to rodents to humans all benefit from cutting calories. In less complex organisms, restricting calories can double or even triple lifespan. It’s not yet clear just how much longer calorie restriction might help humans live, but those who practice the strict diet hope to survive past 100 ... Read More »


Longer Life Foundation grants announced: Studies look to improve quality of life among elderly

3/9/2010

The Longer Life Foundation has awarded grants to six research projects on issues related to aging at Washington University School of Medicine. Read More »


Longer Life Foundation awards five grants, seeks applications

1/21/2008

The Longer Life Foundation, a cooperative effort between the School of Medicine and the Reinsurance Group of America (RGA), has awarded grants to five Washington University research projects looking at the genetics of aging, the effects of calorie restriction on aging and longevity, the relationship between cancer and aging, and ... Read More »