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Anti-ageing pill pushed as bona fide drug

July 4, 2017

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“Current treatments for diseases related to ageing “just exchange one disease for another”, says physician Nir Barzilai of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. That is because people treated for one age-related disease often go on to die from another relatively soon thereafter. “What we want to show is that if we delay ageing, that’s the best way to delay disease.”

Barzilai and other researchers plan to test that notion in a clinical trial called Targeting Aging with Metformin, or TAME. They will give the drug metformin to thousands of people who already have one or two of three conditions — cancer, heart disease or cognitive impairment — or are at risk of them. People with type 2 diabetes cannot be enrolled because metformin is already used to treat that disease.
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http://www.nature.com/news/anti-ageing-pill-pushed-as-bona-fide-drug-1.17769

Immune Disorders and Autism – NYTimes.com

June 19, 2017

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“For people, a drug that’s safe for use during pregnancy may help. A probiotic, many of which have anti-inflammatory properties, may also be of benefit. Not coincidentally, asthma researchers are arriving at similar conclusions; prevention of the lung disease will begin with the pregnant woman. Dr. Parker has more radical ideas: pre-emptive restoration of “domesticated” parasites in everybody — worms developed solely for the purpose of correcting the wayward, postmodern immune system.

Practically speaking, this seems beyond improbable. And yet, a trial is under way at the Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine testing a medicalized parasite called Trichuris suis in autistic adults.

First used medically to treat inflammatory bowel disease, the whipworm, which is native to pigs, has anecdotally shown benefit in autistic children.

And really, if you spend enough time wading through the science, Dr. Parker’s idea — an ecosystem restoration project, essentially — not only fails to seem outrageous, but also seems inevitable.”
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DR. ELLIOT D. WEITZMAN, EXPERT ON SLEEP, DIES – NYTimes.com

October 12, 2015

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Dr. Weitzman … joined the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, of which the Institute of Chronobiology is part, last year.
Chronobiology is the study of the biological rhythms of life processes.
Previously, he had directed the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center, a diagnosis and treatment facility, at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx and was professor of neurology and neurosciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, also in the Bronx. Studied Night Workers
In 1961, he joined Einstein, becoming chairman of the department of neurology in 1971. He was named chief of the department of neurology at Montefiore in 1969. At Montefiore, Dr. Weitzman also directed the Laboratory for Human Chronophysiology, a research unit.
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http://www.nytimes.com/1983/06/16/obituaries/dr-elliot-d-weitzman-expert-on-sleep-dies.html