Many age-related diseases share a common feature: the mitochondria of cells begin to malfunction. While the cause is not known, Buck Institute scientists have discovered a new mechanism of how mitochondria start to go wrong, which opens new doors for researchers to explore how to begin to fix the problem.
The findings may help explain why some people who lead enriching lives are less prone to Alzheimer’s and age-related dementia.
Researchers remain perplexed as to what causes dementia and how to treat and reverse the cognitive decline seen in patients.
Scientists have identified a key factor in mental aging and shown that it might be prevented or reversed by fixing a glitch in the immune system’s front-line soldiers.
The study was carried out with data from 89 patients admitted to the IFEMA Hospital The data show that telomeres are shorter in patients suffering more severe COVID-19 pathologies The researchers propose that one of the consequences of the viral infection is shortening of the telomeres, which, in turn, hampers the regeneration of lung tissue and causes prolonged sequelae in some patients The study, published in the journal Aging, suggests the usefulness of a possible therapy for patients with post-COVID pulmonary injury based on activation of the enzyme telomerase