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Oxidative Stress and Blood Viscosity in Mid-Life and Senior Adults A staggering 41.4 million Americans (about 1 in 8) were 65 years or older in 2011.1 This represents an 18% increase since the year 2000. Additionally, the number of older Americans is expected to almost double to 79.7 million in...
Type: Perspectives
Mention of therapeutic phlebotomy probably brings to mind the 1970’s American comedy sketch Theodoric of York, Medieval Barber, as well as leeches, evil humors, and the death of George Washington, our first President.  Washington’s physicians hastened his demise with phlebotomy therapy for probable...
Type: Commentary
Important evidence for the link between blood viscosity and cardiovascular events was provided by the Edinburgh Artery Study in a random population of 1,592 men and women aged 55 to 74 years, who were followed over a mean period of 5 years. After adjustment for age and gender, mean values for both...
Type: Perspectives
Longevity is a vascular question A man is only as old as his arteries A man of forty may present vessels as much degenerated as they should be at eighty…the arterio-sclerosis results from the bad use of good vessels.  These words are from the 1921 edition of Sir William Osler’s classic textbook,...
Type: Commentary
Oxidative Stress - A Delicate Balance Oxidative stress is a term used to describe an imbalance or dysregulation in the body's ability to clear or repair the damaging effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS).  ROS and RNS, including free radicals, are produced...
Type: Perspectives
In April 2012, the World Health Organization published a new report on the alarming worldwide trends in dementia. The report estimated that in 2010, approximately 35.6 million people were living with dementia. By 2030 that number is set to double to 65.7 million. By 2050, the figure is expected to...
Type: Commentary
Dehydration and Chronic Disease Chronic dehydration and low fluid intake have been linked to numerous conditions such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, asthma, glaucoma, constipation, and arthritis-related pain, among others.1-3  Elderly populations, already prone to chronic diseases, are at...
Type: Perspectives
In a 2010 report of the Edinburgh Artery Study, which is the largest and longest running prospective study of blood viscosity, blood viscosity was shown to predict cognitive decline over a 4 year period in 452 elderly subjects (p<0.05).1 Blood viscosity was measured in a random population of...
Type: Perspectives
  OBJECTIVE: Alterations of blood and plasma viscosity can promote atherosclerosis. The relationship between viscosity and aging is still controversial. The present study evaluated the influence of aging on blood and plasma viscosity in a group of subjects followed for 11.6 years. METHODS: Forty-...
Tags: Aging
Type: Abstracts
Blood Viscosity Used to Monitor Changes Case reports published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, a peer-reviewed scientific journal, describe the application of therapeutic phlebotomy (or blood-letting) in two patient cases: the first involving a patient presenting with severe angina...
Type: Perspectives

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