~ November 2008 - Recent Medical Breakthroughs

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  • Regenerative Medicine Breakthroughs

    By Julius Goepp, MD

    Rapid advances in the field of stem cell therapeutics are bringing us closer to the elusive goal of harnessing the "immortal flame" that survives in all of us. Indeed, it has become clear that, in the words of internationally known gerontology researcher Dr. Michael West, "You and I are made from cells that have no dead ancestors."

    Life Extension interviewed Dr. West recently, to learn about his paradigm-shattering work, which has led to new techniques related to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) and human embryonic progenitor cells (hEP), both of which allow researchers to leap-frog over many previously existing barriers. Shortly after our interview, Harvard researchers announced that they had used the iPS technique to produce a "robust new collection of disease-specific stem cell lines" that hold immediate hope for advances in a host of diseases including Parkinson's disease, type 1 diabetes, Huntington's disease, Down's syndrome, a form of combined immunodeficiency ("bubble boy disease"), two forms of muscular dystrophy, and others.1

    Based on our discussion with Dr. West, combined with the recent news from the Harvard researchers, it appears that we are truly poised at the threshold of an incredible new era in which scientists can unlock the inner workings of our cells and "mass produce" virtually any cell or tissue type in the human body in a youthful state.

    The implications of these advances are enormous. They include readily accessible tissue and organ transplantation, the obliteration of genetic disorders, the end of chronic age-related diseases, and perhaps even physical immortality itself.

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  • A Breakthrough in the Relief of Overactive Bladder and Urinary Incontinence

    By William Faloon

    A common and frustrating complaint we at Life Extension hear is how to stop urinary incontinence. Our frustration has been that despite aggressive research, we could not identify a safe solution to this problem that plagues so many aging women (and men to a lesser extent). Even more numerous are inquiries we receive from people seeking relief from frequent daytime and nighttime urinary urges.

    In a breakthrough discovered by Japanese scientists, a natural plant extract combination has been shown to reduce incontinent episodes by up to 79%, daytime urination by up to 39%, and nighttime urination by up to 68%.

    This article will discuss the research findings on maturing women who found significant relief after taking this novel supplement for only six to eight weeks.

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  • Detect Your Risk of Sudden Heart Attack and Stroke

    By Laurie Barclay, MD

    A new blood test can accurately identify atherosclerotic plaque that is vulnerable to rupture, and help to stave off fatal cardiac events. By pinpointing individuals who are in imminent danger of an ischemic (no blood flow) event, the innovative PLAC® blood test alerts physicians and patients to the urgent need to implement aggressive protective measures. As the PLAC® test becomes more widely utilized, it promises to dramatically reduce the risk of sudden heart attack and stroke.

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  • Apple Stem Cells Offer Hope For Aging and Damaged Skin

    By Gary Goldfaden, MD

    As we age, the reduced turnover of our cells means we can lose control over how our skin ages. Epidermal stem cells needed to create healthy new skin are significantly reduced and function less efficiently. A discovery based on promising plant stem cell research may allow you to regain control.

    Scientists have found that a novel extract derived from the stem cells of a rare apple tree cultivated for its extraordinary longevity shows tremendous ability to rejuvenate aging skin. By stimulating aging skin stem cells, this plant extract has been shown to lessen the appearance of unsightly wrinkles. Clinical trials show that this unique formulation increases the longevity of skin cells, resulting in skin that has a more youthful and radiant appearance.

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  • Featured Product: Water-Soluble Pumpkin Seed Extract - Aging individuals frequently encounter a weakening of the bladder and its sphincter muscle that controls the release of urine. Laboratory and human clinical studies demonstrate that ingestion of water-soluble pumpkin seed extract with soy isoflavones can significantly improve the structural support of the bladder and the function of the sphincter muscle.

    The data supporting the value of water-soluble pumpkin seed extract with soy isoflavones is particularly strong in studies performed in women. A clinical study of aging men also demonstrated positive results.

    The pumpkin seed has a long history of use in helping to maintain healthy bladder function. Japanese scientists have patented a method to obtain the water-soluble constituents of the pumpkin seed, which are absorbed far more efficiently into the bloodstream. These water-soluble pumpkin seed extracts appear to be the active constituents which help with the urinary discomforts endured by so many maturing women and men.

    Clinical studies of women and men have used capsules containing 262 mg water-soluble pumpkin seed extract and 50 mg of soy isoflavones taken two times each day. Maximum benefits occur after six to eight weeks of continued use.

    Based on the remarkable and consistent clinical results, Life Extension is making the identical Japanese formula used in the human studies available to its members for the first time.
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