progeria

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He's 43 Years Old. He Looks and Feels Like He's 80

Nobuaki Nagashima has Werner syndrome, a rare aging disorder Erika Hayasaki examines for Digg

(Newser) - For Nobuaki Nagashima, whose body started deteriorating when he was in his mid-20s, there's one question that's always at the top of his mind: "Why do I have this disease?" The disease in question is Werner syndrome , or "adult progeria," a rare disorder that causes...

Scientists Say They've Just Reversed Aging in Human Cells

Skeptics call the therapy 'snake oil'

(Newser) - To err is human—our own cells do it all the time. But new research suggests that when it comes to aging, there may be a workaround. Scientists report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that they triggered cells to produce the protein telomerase, which lengthens the...

Rare Aging Disease Kills 2nd-Oldest Patient

Canadian Devin Scullion died Sunday at age 20

(Newser) - Devin Scullion's mother didn't let herself think about her son's high school graduation until the day arrived. Nor did Jamie Madley envision Scullion reaching adulthood until his 18th birthday, when he fulfilled his dream of flying a plane. She was only trying to protect herself: At just...

Boy Who Fought 'Aging Disease' Dead at 17

Sam Berns became the face of progeria

(Newser) - It's most commonly known as the "Benjamin Button" disease, and as ABC News reports, Sam Berns was the teen most widely known for fighting the genetic condition progeria. He lost that battle on Friday, dying at the age of 17—well past the 13 years that children with...

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