Prospective Studies

Publication Title: 
The Korean Journal of Gastroenterology = Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi

BACKGROUND/AIMS: The prevalence of colonic diverticulosis in Korea is increasing in conjunction with the adoption of western dietary pattern, extension of lifespan, and advances in diagnostic modalities. The clinical characteristics of colonic diverticulosis seem to be gradually becoming similar to those of Western societies. Therefore, factors associated with the clinical characteristics of colonic diverticulosis in Korea were investigated.

Author(s): 
Kim, Sun Young
Kim, You Sun
Kim, Hyun Tae
Kwon, Sun Ok
Oh, Myoung Ki
Cha, In Hye
Ok, Kyeong Sam
Kwak, Cheol Hun
Kim, Jin Nam
Moon, Jeong Seop
Publication Title: 
Archives of Internal Medicine

BACKGROUND: Prospective data on nongenetic determinants of exceptional longevity are limited, and information on long-lived men and their functional status is particularly sparse. We examined modifiable factors associated with a life span of 90 or more years and late-life function in men. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study of 2357 healthy men (mean age, 72 years) within the Physicians' Health Study (1981-2006), biological and lifestyle factors and comorbid conditions were assessed by self-report with baseline and annual questionnaires.

Author(s): 
Yates, Laurel B.
DjoussÈ, Luc
Kurth, Tobias
Buring, Julie E.
Gaziano, J. Michael
Publication Title: 
JAMA: the journal of the American Medical Association

CONTEXT: Polymorphisms in the cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) gene have been associated with exceptional longevity and lower cardiovascular risk, but associations with memory decline and dementia risk are unclear. OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that a single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) at CETP codon 405 (isoleucine to valine V405; SNP rs5882) is associated with a lower rate of memory decline and lower risk of incident dementia, including Alzheimer disease (AD).

Author(s): 
Sanders, Amy E.
Wang, Cuiling
Katz, Mindy
Derby, Carol A.
Barzilai, Nir
Ozelius, Laurie
Lipton, Richard B.
Publication Title: 
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

OBJECTIVES: To determine whether offspring of parents with exceptional longevity (OPEL) have a lower rate of dementia than offspring of parents with usual survival (OPUS). DESIGN: Community-based prospective cohort study. SETTING: Bronx, New York. PARTICIPANTS: A volunteer sample of 424 community-residing older adults without dementia aged 75 to 85 recruited from Bronx County starting in 1980 and followed for up to 23 years. MEASUREMENTS: Epidemiological, clinical, and neuropsychological assessments were completed every 12 to 18 months.

Author(s): 
Lipton, Richard B.
Hirsch, Jamie
Katz, Mindy J.
Wang, Cuiling
Sanders, Amy E.
Verghese, Joe
Barzilai, Nir
Derby, Carol A.
Publication Title: 
Age (Dordrecht, Netherlands)

Low handgrip strength has been linked with premature mortality in diverse samples of middle-aged and elderly subjects. The value of handgrip strength as marker of "exceptional" human longevity has not been previously explored. We postulated that the genetic influence on extreme survival might also be involved in the muscular strength determination pathway. Therefore, the objective of this study was to assess the muscle strength in a sample of middle-aged adults who are genetically enriched for exceptional survival and comparing them to a control group.

Author(s): 
Ling, Carolina H. Y.
de Craen, Anton J. M.
Slagboom, P. Eline
Westendorp, Rudi G. J.
Maier, Andrea B.
Publication Title: 
Arthritis Research & Therapy

INTRODUCTION: B-cell depletion has become a common treatment strategy in anti-TNF-refractory rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Although the exact mechanism of how B-cell depletion leads to clinical amelioration in RA remains to be elucidated, repetitive treatment with B-cell-depleting agents leading to long-term B-cell depletion has been reported to be beneficial. The latter has led to the hypothesis that the beneficial effects of B-cell depletion might act through their influence on pathogenic autoreactive plasma cells.

Author(s): 
Teng, Y. K. Onno
Wheater, Gillian
Hogan, Vanessa E.
Stocks, Philip
Levarht, E. W. Nivine
Huizinga, Tom W. J.
Toes, Rene E. M.
van Laar, Jacob M.
Publication Title: 
Age (Dordrecht, Netherlands)

The low percentages of naÔve T cells commonly observed in elderly people are thought to be causally associated with mortality, primarily from infectious disease, and are taken as a hallmark of "immunosenescence". Whether low levels of naive cells actually do associate with mortality has, however, not been tested in longitudinal studies. Here, we present correlations between peripheral T-cell phenotypes and 8-year survival in individuals from the population-based prospective Leiden 85-plus Study.

Author(s): 
Derhovanessian, Evelyna
Maier, Andrea B.
H‰hnel, Karin
Zelba, Henning
de Craen, Anton J. M.
Roelofs, Helene
Slagboom, Eline P.
Westendorp, Rudi G. J.
Pawelec, Graham
Publication Title: 
Mechanisms of Ageing and Development

Interventions which inhibit TOR activity (including rapamycin and caloric restriction) lead to downstream gene expression changes and increased lifespan in laboratory models. However, the role of mTOR signaling in human aging is unclear. We tested the expression of mTOR-related transcripts in two independent study cohorts; the InCHIANTI population study of aging and the San Antonio Family Heart Study (SAFHS). Expression of 27/56 (InCHIANTI) and 19/44 (SAFHS) genes were associated with age after correction for multiple testing. 8 genes were robustly associated with age in both cohorts.

Author(s): 
Harries, Lorna W.
Fellows, Alexander D.
Pilling, Luke C.
Hernandez, Dena
Singleton, Andrew
Bandinelli, Stefania
Guralnik, Jack
Powell, Jonathan
Ferrucci, Luigi
Melzer, David
Publication Title: 
World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics
Author(s): 
Goldbourt, U.
Publication Title: 
Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental

Our specific aim in a 10-year prospective study of 772 Cincinnati firemen (predominantly aged 26 to 46 years) was to determine the prevalence, attributes, and etiology of persistent hypobetalipoproteinemia, defined by entry low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDLC) less than 75 mg/dL. A second specific aim was to cross-sectionally assess hypocholesterolemia (defined by total serum cholesterol [TC] < 130 mg/dL) in 1,314 white and 165 black men aged 26 to 46 years in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES I).

Author(s): 
Glueck, C. J.
Kelley, W.
Gupta, A.
Fontaine, R. N.
Wang, P.
Gartside, P. S.

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