HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Findings show exceptional longevity runs in families

At ages 102 and 104, Bessie and Sadie Delany were probably the most unlikely pair of authors in history. Yet in 1993, they produced a best-selling oral history, Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years. "Sadie," Bessie once asked, "do you suppose we're ever going to die?" Reflecting on that question after Bessie died in 1995, Sadie wrote, "It did seem rather peculiar both of us living past 100, outliving everybody around us." But new research suggests the Delany sisters' extraordinarily long lives weren't just a fluke of nature.

In fact, brothers and sisters of centenarians are much more apt to survive to age 100 than other people and have lower mortality rates throughout life, according to a study* published in the June 11, 2002 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The finding, the latest in a series of studies supported by the National Institute on Aging, (NIA) that have found certain families are predisposed to long lives, could be a major clue in the effort to demystify exceptional longevity.

In the study, Thomas Perls, M.D., director of the New England Centenarian Study in Boston, John Wilmoth, Ph.D., of the University of California, Berkeley, and other researchers analyzed data collected from 444 families that had at least one member living to age 100 or older. According to the analysis, sisters of centenarians had about one-half the risk of dying at any given age compared to the national average. Brothers of centenarians had similarly low mortality rates, except during the teenage years and young adulthood. These decreased mortality rates greatly enhanced the odds that siblings of centenarians would become centenarians themselves. Compared to the general population, brothers of centenarians were 17 times more likely to achieve age 100, and sisters were at least eight times more likely to reach this age.

"This striking finding provides further evidence that centenarians and their relatives are
'"/>

Contact: Doug Dollemore
dollemod@nia.nih.gov
301-496-1752
NIH/National Institute on Aging
10-Jun-2002


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Findings suggest need for new view of p53 cancer proteins interaction with DNA
2. Findings redefine mechanism of action of RNA helicase enzymes
3. Findings of novel nanoproperties in selenium produced by bacteria open new area of exploration
4. Findings could aid efforts to harness nature for making drugs
5. Findings offer clue to how molecule can both stimulate, suppress cell growth
6. Findings offer further understanding about growth and development in young male gymnasts
7. Findings in frog oocytes may help study of chromosome physiology
8. Findings aid understanding of neurodegenerative diseases
9. Findings give insight into how colon cells transform into precancerous polyps
10. Findings conclude sustained caffeine intake negates the benefits of creatine supplements
11. Findings link disease specific anitbodies to activation of T cells for the first time

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/3/2017)... WASHINGTON , April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ ... single-cell precision engineering platform, detected a statistically ... cell product prior to treatment and objective ... highlight the potential to predict whether cancer ... prior to treatment, as well as to ...
(Date:3/30/2017)... NEW YORK , March 30, 2017 ... by type (physiological and behavioral), by technology (fingerprint, AFIS, ... recognition, voice recognition, and others), by end use industry ... travel and immigration, financial and banking, and others), and ... Europe , Asia Pacific ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. , March 27, 2017 ... by Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) ... Analytics Outpatient EMR Adoption Model sm . In ... top 12% of U.S. hospitals using an electronic ... recognized CHS for its high level of EMR ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/22/2017)... ... May 22, 2017 , ... Baltimore ... of the Maryland Biohealth community in developing and issuing recommendations to grow Maryland's ... BioHealth Innovation Hub by 2023. , The recommendations are contained ...
(Date:5/19/2017)... Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) , ... May 19, 2017 ... ... for its QED Proof-of-Concept Program. Academic researchers with technologies ripe for commercialization, ... Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, are encouraged to submit proposals. QED, now in ...
(Date:5/18/2017)... ... May 17, 2017 , ... ... psychonneuroendocrine stress expertise, and further enhances its scientific power by providing investigators ... Granger, Ph.D., has agreed to join the scientific advisory board. “We are ...
(Date:5/18/2017)... ... 17, 2017 , ... Many complicated neurological disorders appear to ... disease, while men are at greater risk for Parkinson’s disease. Understanding some of ... aim of a research program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) funded by a ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: