Aging & Geriatrics

  • Stanford Medicine researchers spotlight three approaches to late-life care that, if implemented broadly, could save tens of billions of dollars.

  • Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center grant

    The Stanford-based center’s affiliated faculty and staff, aided by more than 400 volunteers, conduct research on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and related disorders.

  • Exercise rejuvenates stem cells of old mice

    The researchers also identified a molecular pathway involved in turning back the clock on the cells. Drugs that could manipulate the pathway might be an effective substitute for exercise, they suggest.

  • Clues to how tiny fish ‘pauses’ life

    Stanford scientists have identified molecular drivers that put the “pause” in “diapause,” a life stage of the African killifish that suspends its development as an embryo.

  • Transitional services after heart failure worth cost

    A new study asserts that disease-management clinics, home visits by nurses and nurse case management should become the standard of care for elderly patients with heart failure after they are discharged from the hospital.

  • ‘Ageotypes’ show how we age

    Stanford scientists have identified specific biological pathways along which individuals age over time.

  • Alcohol, ‘Asian glow’ and Alzheimer’s

    In the presence of alcohol, a defective version of the aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 gene in human cell cultures and mice leads to biochemical changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

  • A patient’s bucket list helps physicians

    A Stanford study has has found that a majority of people make bucket lists and suggests they can be useful in doctor-patient discussions about care plans.

  • Early Alzheimer’s trial shows promise

    In a small safety trial based on preclinical work by a Stanford researcher, participants receiving blood plasma infusions from young donors showed some evidence of improvement.

  • Dementia care falls mainly on women

    As the population ages, a surge in patients with dementia will place an inordinate burden on working women, risking “hard-fought gains for equality in the workplace,” according to Stanford researchers.

  • Human cord blood improves old mice’s memory

    Umbilical cord blood from human newborns, and in particular a single protein contained in it, boosted old mice’s brain function and cognitive performance, new research from Stanford shows.

  • Protein helps speed wound healing

    Pretreatment with a stem-cell-activating protein significantly enhances healing in mice, Stanford researchers say. The approach could eventually help people going into surgery or combat heal better from injuries they sustain.

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