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The desire to attain even greater human life spans continues to grow, and evidence suggests that future biomedical advances will delay and may even eliminate some afflictions associated with advanced age. Strategies for ameliorating the response to injury are then discussed. It is frequently found that the first-generation F 1 hybrids of two inbred strains live longer than either parent. Connecting readers with great books since 1972. In plants the senescent phase is usually an part of the reproductive process and essential for its completion. Although it will not necessarily appeal to everyone, it can be recommended to anyone who is curious about aging across all species, and would certainly make an attractive gift to someone with a sense of humor.
This is not to deny the possilility of genetic effects on the rate of ageing. Senescence consists of these of the aging process. There seem to be no proven ways to avoid dementia but maybe a few ways to keep it at bay for longer periods. As people grow older, their behaviour changes, their social interactions change, and the activities in which they engage change. As a result, their views on aging integrate theories and research about the biology ofhumans and various other mammals in different environments. Aging: A natural history Aging: A natural history Kennedy, John F.
Aging: A Natural History answers these questions by examining the hows and whys ofaging. It deprives us of what we believed we could never be deprived of. A good overview of the history of Alzheimer's, the little they know about what causes it, and the nothing they know about how to treat it. The strength of this book, particularly for physician-readers, is in the authors' ability to explain some of the mechanisms of physiologic deterioration in man in relationship to other species and as an evolutionary phe- nomenon. Finally, the authors provide an annotated bibliography for further reading on the subject.
The complexity of the topic can make retaining all of the information a challenge, so the closer coverage makes things easier to remember by contextualizing the information and ideas with historic and biographical meaning. Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed. But unfortunately, I found this to be incredibly simple, and oftentimes fairly monotonous. And actually not completely depressing! There is a very lucid explanation of the four theories of the evolution of aging, which include the wear and tear hypothesis, the theories of mutation accumulation and antagonistic pleiotropy, and finally the wear and repair hypothesis where there are variations in the inherited mechanisms for maintenance and repair. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Aging is characterized as a breakdown process and the relevant events occur after reproduction, when the force of natural selection declines. So age is a primary causation of Alzheimer's, as are diabetes, high body mass index and high blood pressure.
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