New treatment could allow humans to live to 200 years old

Medical experts believe new treatment using stem cells will allow them to either stop or slow how mankind aging process.

The astonishing claims have been made by the UK’s stem cell bank StemProtect.

Stem cells are effectively blank cells which can be developed into other parts of the human body.

Treatments using the cells could in future allow humans to live to 200 – and human trials have already begun.

More than a dozen patients have already reportedly improved movement and breathing after an infusion of stem cells. […] CONTINUE READING

Science Daily also reports that scientists have been able to reverse aging-associated skin wrinkles and hair loss in a mouse model:

Researchers have reversed wrinkled skin and hair loss, hallmarks of aging, in a mouse model. When a mutation leading to mitochondrial dysfunction is induced, the mouse develops wrinkled skin and extensive, visible hair loss in a matter of weeks. When the mitochondrial function is restored by turning off the gene responsible for mitochondrial dysfunction, the mouse returns to smooth skin and thick fur, indistinguishable from a healthy mouse of the same age.

Harvard University researchers make a similar claim, according to ABC News.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have published a study that, they suggest, shows it might be possible to reverse one sign of aging in mice.

The potential to reverse aging is a bold claim to make, one that conjures the fabled Fountain of Youth and inspires a significant amount of medical research today. The researchers in this study focused on something that happens in the circulatory system: the changes that take place in blood vessels.

As we grow older we become less able to grow new blood vessels in our muscles. This reduces our ability to undergo endurance exercise and is associated with frailty (the weakness and fragility some elderly people suffer). Similar changes also occur in other mammals, such as mice.