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Old Stems Cells Young Again — Via Vampirism 109

pdragon04 writes to tell us that in recent tests a Howard Hughes Medical Institute team has found that through exposure to "young" blood cells, bone marrow stem cells start to act young again as well. "The researchers have not yet isolated the blood-borne factors that can switch old stem cells back to a more youthful state, but their results are consistent with other recent studies that show stem-cell aging may be reversible. Together those results suggest that it might one day be possible to boost the practical lifespan of stem cells, and thereby increase the body’s resistance to disease and age-related degeneration."
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Old Stems Cells Young Again — Via Vampirism

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 29, 2010 @03:17PM (#30953454)

    in TFA.

  • by Orbijx ( 1208864 ) * <> on Friday January 29, 2010 @03:22PM (#30953520) Homepage Journal

    I read TFA (gasp! rare!)

    They were using older and diabetic mice for their tests.

    I can't help but wonder if this discovery may have some effect on diabetes treatments in the future. For diabetics who still have some pancreatic function, and aren't wholly dependent on pills, maybe the results found from this research could help them.

    As for those who are dependent on pills, needles, and the like, I could wonder what it would do for them.

    The article didn't really clarify what happened with the diabetes in the affected test subjects, though, so I lack that answer.

  • by starbugs ( 1670420 ) on Friday January 29, 2010 @03:29PM (#30953602)

    Silly, It's 'EXPOSURE' (not 'PHAGOCYTOSIS') to Young blood cells.

    Think Hugh Hefner, not Silence of the Lambs.

  • by mfh ( 56 ) on Friday January 29, 2010 @03:57PM (#30953926) Homepage Journal

    Depends on which vampire you are: []

  • by BJ_Covert_Action ( 1499847 ) on Friday January 29, 2010 @04:43PM (#30954608) Homepage Journal
    Lack of substance in a particular article has never stopped some, "creative editing," on slashdot before ;)
  • Well (Score:2, Informative)

    by elsJake ( 1129889 ) on Friday January 29, 2010 @07:24PM (#30956914)

    A fairly older friend of mine's got type 2 diabetes and he sais he's been keeping it under control with diet , exercise and a couple of plant extracts.

    Now I'm not big on all the "nature treatments" and stuff if i can't read a proper scientific paper on the active ingredients and how they go about their business , and frankly i haven't given it much effort but it seems to work for him and he no longer has to take those nasty sulfamides the docs were feeding him.

    So here's a list of the stuff he takes:
    1) gymnema sylvestre (he's taking some pills called diabecon containing that , and i'm not sure but i think they're local , but anything containing that should be good)
    2) momordica charantia (some kind of cucumbers ., he's taking "insulina verde" (ie green insulin in english) by hofigal , also local i think) You should be able to find tinctures containing that anywhere though.
    3) Diabetico , made by Tang xin so ..china town ?. It's supposed to be plant based , haven't the slightest clue what it contains , probably more of what i've listed in a different form.
    4) Diavit , made by some local guy , ingredients are: Vaccinium myrtillus , Hippophae rhannoides

    So search for those ingredients and see what you can find locally that's got the same basic things, so far it's been working great for'em and his mom as well.

    Now if you're serious about your health you're going to permanetly fix this , and not just rely on plants to keep you above the floating line.
    I've studied everything i could related to type 2 diabetes , and what has to be done about it. You know what i've noticed ? Body builders do everything a type 2 diabetic is supposed to do to maintain healthy , because they need insulin sensitivity (what you're lacking) in order to reach their goals.
    As such i recommend you start bodybuilding :). One great site i found ( ) has great articles on diet and exercise , and you'll probably be glad you're getting in shape as well.
    You've probably heard it all before , but health is worth the effort , do something about it before it's too late. My friend is too lazy to do it , even though i've shown him the results (I'm sorta predisposed to diabetes myself , i just started weightlifting and dieting like the Terminator in time and my bloodwork went from red to black in a few months). The deal is , you have to keep at it , it's a lifestyle change , not a quick fix.

    Good health to you mate.

Make it myself? But I'm a physical organic chemist!