Aging

DALLAS, February 14 /PRNewswire/ --

Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (NYSE: ACS) today announced an agreement to acquire sds business services GmbH, a Germany-based provider of data center, infrastructure services, and application-related solutions from Waterland Private Equity Investments (Waterland). The acquisition is expected to close in March 2008 following regulatory approval. ACS will pay approximately US$67 million (euro 46 million), including the assumption of liabilities, to purchase sds. The transaction will be funded with a combination of existing cash on hand and borrowings under ACS' existing credit facility.

A healthy lifestyle during the early elderly years—including weight management, exercising regularly and not smoking—may be associated with a greater probability of living to age 90 in men, as well as good health and physical function, according to a report in the February 11 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. A second article in the same issue finds that although some individuals survive to 100 years or beyond by avoiding chronic diseases, other centenarians live with such conditions for many years without becoming disabled.

Studies of twins have found that about one-fourth of the variation in human life span can be attributed to genetics, according to background information in the article. That leaves about 75 percent that could be attributed to modifiable risk factors.

German physician Otto Werner (1879-1936) described the clinical picture of this syndrome in 1904, in four sisters, defining the skin thin, tight, scleroderma-like, that mimics premature aging, with bilateral cataracts associated.

Also known by the term "Progeria" - 'prematurely old' Greek derivation, due to the fact that usually presents wrinkling and aging of face. Progeria occurs in two forms: Progeria of childhood, described by Jonathan Hutchinson (1886) and Hastings Gilford (1897), diagnosed in the first or second year of life and Progeria adultorum commonly indicated as Werner Syndrome.
Jonathan Hutchinson (1828-1913) described “A case of congenital absence of hair with atrophic condition of the skin and its appendages”. Lancet, London, 1: 923, 1886.

At the same time wrote “Congenital absence of hair and mammary glands with atrophic condition of the skin and its appendages in a boy whose mother had been almost wholly bald from alopecia areata from the age of six”. Transactions of the Medico-Chirurgical Society of Edinburgh, 69: 473-477, 1886.

Subsequently Hastings Gilford (1861-1941) wrote “On a condition of mixed premature and immature development”. Medico-Chirurgical Transactions, London, 80: 17-45, 1897 and coined the term Progeria from greek “Prematurely old”. In the year 1904 published “Progeria: a form of senilism”. Practitioner, London, 73: 188-217.

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MARLOW, England, February 8 /PRNewswire/ --

- UK Launch of new and Gentle Dermal Filler Which Promises to Help Patients Feel the Difference and Provide Long-Lasting Results

Allergan, the makers of BOTOX(R) / VISTABEL(R) (botulinum toxin type A), today announced the UK launch of Juvéderm(R) ULTRA, a new range of dermal filler gel range for the treatment of facial wrinkles and folds. Juvéderm(R) ULTRA contains an anaesthetic, meaning people have a gentle injection experience. According to preliminary results from a study of 60 women released at the International Master Course on Aging Skin (IMCAS), 81% of people who received Juvederm(R) ULTRA felt only slight or no discomfort at all.(1)

Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have reported a 10-fold life extension in the complex animal C. elegans, tiny worms that live in the soil.

Reported in the February 2008 issue of the journal Aging Cell, the discovery was made by a team of researchers headed by Robert Shmookler Reis, professor in the UAMS Departments of Geriatrics, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Pharmacology/Toxicology and research scientist at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.

Older women are more prone to depression and are more likely to remain depressed than older men, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers in the February Archives of General Psychiatry.

The Yale team also found that women were less likely to die while depressed than older men, indicating that women live longer with depression than men. This factor, along with the higher likelihood of women becoming depressed and remaining depressed, collectively contribute to the higher burden of depression among older women.

A Columbia University Medical Center research team has uncovered how stimulation of a particular brain region can help stave off the deficits in working memory associated with extended sleep deprivation.

Working memory is a specific form of short-term memory that relates to the ability to store task-specific information for a limited timeframe, e.g., where your car is parked in a huge mall lot or remembering a phone number for few seconds before writing it down. It has long been established that cognitive performance, such as working memory, declines with sleep deprivation.

GAITHERSBURG, Maryland, January 30 /PRNewswire/ --

- The Model 1173 simplifies IP Camera deployment and lowers installation costs by extending streaming video up to 6000 feet/1830 meters over existing copper infrastructure

Patton Electronics -- the leader in business and carrier-class network access, connectivity, and Voice-over-IP equipment -- unveils the world's first IP Camera Extender, the Patton Model 1173, at IIPSEC 2008 in Coventry, UK this week.