Can we halt cellular aging? New drug combo shows promise

Aging cells can become toxic to surrounding tissue, thus leading to numerous health problems. A class of drugs scientists call senolytics could help address these health issues, and improve symptoms.

Senolytics are a class of drugs that target cells that have entered senescence, meaning an old age stage that renders them toxic to surrounding, healthy cells.

These drugs aim to attack the harmful cells selectively, and so prevent the development of age-related diseases, or to reduce their impact.

Among other conditions, cell senescence can lead to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a chronic disease that progressively causes the scarring of lung tissue, and which can be fatal.

Full story at Medical News Today

Will you really need a geriatrician when you’re 65?

Once, turning 65 typically meant retirement, Medicare and the inevitable onset of physical decline. It also often signaled the need to search for a geriatrician, a doctor who specializes in caring for the complex medical problems of the elderly.

But many of today’s older Americans are healthy, vigorous and mentally sound, with no urgent need to change doctors. They aren’t afflicted with age-related diseases or functional impairments. This raises interesting questions about when — and whether — those 65 and older need to make that switch.

Seeing a geriatrician “should never be age specific,” says Nir Barzilai, a longevity researcher at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “Biological age and chronological age are not the same. Asking what age to start seeing a geriatrician is not the right question. The right questions are: What conditions do you have? Are you mobile? Are you starting to get frail? Are you losing weight, or not walking well? Can you shop? Can you get to your apartment? Can you live by yourself?”

Full story at the Washington Post