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Why This Site?

Scientists today are discovering much more about aging than ever before, thanks to huge advances in basic biological sciences and research tools. Some of these discoveries suggest health strategies that are safe enough to try, and might help people relieve certain problems now. But doctors are trained to ignore such research or at least not tell patients about it, because it is not proven for sure. Some people may want to make their own decisions.

AgeTreatmentNews.org (this site) offers easy search and access to over 3,500 recent (published 2015 or later) news reports we selected - on aging research, healthy aging, health policy, and related issues. Mostly we link to press releases issued by universities when their scientists publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals; usually these are credible, written for everybody not just specialists, and not influenced or defaced by advertising.

For example, click the "Parkinson's" button above to see more than 90 science and news articles on Parkinson's disease, published in 2016 or 2015 (more recent news is near the top of the list). Did you know that heavy smokers have about 45% less risk of Parkinson's disease than non-smokers - probably due to the nicotine? This has been known for decades but not publicized (so it's not on our recent-news site yet - we will find or write an article). No one would encourage tobacco smoking because it is so harmful, but today e-cigarettes can deliver nicotine with much less harm, so the issue needs a new look (nicotine from any source is still addicting).

Scientists still don't know what causes aging; there are many conflicting theories. Treatments have significantly extended the lifespan of mice and other animals, but they may not work as well for animals with longer lifespans. And due to the long human lifespan plus the difficulties of human research, it could take decades to know for sure if a given treatment extends the current maximum human lifespan, generally considered to be about 115 years. (But average lifespan has increased greatly (due to better medical treatment and public health), by about 34 years in the U.S., compared to our great grandparents, "an entire 2nd adult lifetime"; see https://www.ted.com/talks/jane_fonda_life_s_third_act.

There are many different scientific theories of aging. We do not have favorites. We want to see what each approach can do.

How to Find the News You Want

For a one-click search of news on your choice of about 40 major topics, click one of the links near the top of this page. Usually the more recent news stories are shown first. You will see a list of titles and links to the articles; click the link for more information.

Or you can search for whatever you want, not just one of the one-click topics. Type your search word or phrase into the "Your search' box, then click 'Your search'. Capitalization doesn't matter, but otherwise this search is extremely literal: for example, searching for NAD gets relevant results, but also irrelevant ones (finding hypogoNADism, for example - and 'dental' also matches 'transcenDENTAL'). Just ignore these extras.

Software note: The blue links in the red box (and the green link as well) do not work with the Browser's Back button. If you do use the Back button out of habit, you will probably leave this site (no problem - usually the browser's Forward button will get you back- or just visit the site again). You don't need to use the Back button anyway; we designed this site so that after a search, you can easily scroll to the top of the page (or you can Refresh the page - or click the Home link at the top of this page).

Glitch with some browsers: Firefox and Safari work fine. But on Chrome, Edge, and some other browsers, if you return from one of the news links, the home page will be refreshed automatically, so your search result will go away, and you will need to do your search again to check another news link. Workaround: if you want to check more than one link (while using Chrome, etc.), just open the news links in separate windows (control-click, or command-click on Macintosh) to avoid the inconvenience of having to repeat your search each time. You can open many browser windows for different news stories, without returning from the news sites to the search-result page, which therefore does not get refreshed.

Simple AND search: After doing a search, you may want to focus the results. For example, searching for 'Alzheimer's' returns over 300 news stories, too many to scan easily. But searching for 'diet' in those results will find about 15 stories on Alzheimer's and diet.

After doing the first search ('Alzheimer's' in the above example), click the "AND search" button - that button will change from green to red, meaning that it is active. Then click the other search ('diet' in the example), to see the articles on Alzheimer's and diet.

Alternatively, sometimes it may be easier to do an AND search with the help of your browser. Search for one word or phrase, then use yours browser's search for the other word or phrase you are looking for.

The 'Your search' button works with the 'AND search', just like any other button.

Our Annotations ('++ Note' link)

This is a new feature we started in November 2016. The '++ Note' link shows all the news stories for which we have written our own note to help explain the news and provide more information. From November 2016 on, we are most likely to write these notes for the more important stories. And we may go back and highlight some previous stories as well.

Who Created This Site?

This site and news selection was created by John S. James, a medical writer who published and mostly wrote AIDS Treatment News for 20 years, 1986 to 2007. In that work we made thousands of judgment calls on what was credible and important for our readers. (See Underground Press Leads Way on AIDS Advice, New York Times, 1991.) Now this site applies that experience to another serious disease, aging. Like our earlier AIDS site, this one is also non-commercial, so it does not carry advertising, and we have no financial conflict to bias our coverage.

Are the Articles Authoritative?

The great majority of articles we include report on peer-reviewed, published research. Usually the news comes from university press offices, which are eager to show the success of their scientists.

Currently about 45% of our articles are from EurekAlert! - a service of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), which distributes media releases from university press offices. Others are from publications such as The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Guardian (UK), and various anti-aging and scientific sites we consider credible.

Pictures?

Many of the news articles we link to have pictures, often from scientists in the laboratory - or artists' illustrations, infographics, videos, or other media. Currently we don't include these images on this site, mainly due to copyright issues. To see these pictures (if any), click on the link to the news article. You can also see most of them on our Twitter feed, @AgeTreatment (the word 'News' is omitted, as otherwise the name would be too long for a Twitter account).

Comments and Discussion

We will provide a forum for discussion of aging and its possible medical treatment, but on a different website. The massive Internet problems today (malware, trolling, adware, fake news, big-money disinformation, and more) are best handled with the help of large sites that can afford 24-hour security teams.

We Avoid Abusive Sites

When sites abuse their readers (with force-fed advertising such as excessive ads, banning pop-up blockers, autoplay videos that cannot be turned off, requiring useless "registration," or worse), we try hard to find the same news elsewhere, and link there instead.

Appearance

Note larger type for older visitors (since aging has not been stopped yet). And the reddish-yellow background reduces the blue light that interferes most with sleep if screens are used near bedtime. (Red text on a black background might be best for sleep, but doesn't work for everyone; so we may add optional color themes in the future.)

Privacy

We do NOT collect personally identifiable information, use cookies, or track users (but the Creative Commons licensing displayed on the bottom of each page does use cookies unless your browser blocks them). We use IP addresses for statistics only, and do not identify individual visitors or make any effort to do so.

Disclaimer

AgeTreatmentNews.org does not provide medical advice. This site is for information only, and is not a substitute for professional medical advice and treatment. If you need treatment or have questions about a health condition, see a qualified medical professional.

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