Attention Howard Families members
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Author:  FredReynolds [ Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:57 am ]
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You can participate in an on-going longevity study.

Here's a recent story

Arthur Kirk runs a thick finger down the list of sibling names, noting each one's age and status: Doris, deceased at 80; Art, alive at 91; Lloyd, deceased at 85; Eldon, 87; Edwin, a smoker who succumbed to lung cancer, deceased at 74; David, 83; Martha, 81; Margaret, 79; Theodore, 76; Paul, 74.

A three-hour drive from Kirk's Conneaut home, Dr. Nancy Glynn takes great interest in Kirk's list of siblings and their longevity. Glynn is research assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. She is heading up the university's portion of the Long Life Family Study, a five-year project under way since 2006 in the United States and Denmark.

The project looks at how a combination of genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors may be related to avoiding disease and disability. By studying long-lived families, researchers at the four universities heading up the project hope to learn more about each factor's role in longevity.

"We want to identify factors that can help people live as long as possible," Glynn says.

Here's the ├╝ber-study:
Long and Healthy Life

For Immediate Release
July 11, 2006

Long, healthy life tends to run in some families, and researchers on a project supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) want to learn more about the factors that contribute to it. The Long Life Family Study (LLFS), developed by the NIH's National Institute on Aging (NIA), is now recruiting families to participate in this study.

LLFS researchers are seeking a large number of families with several long-lived members for this study and are particularly interested in hearing from families with at least two living members aged 80 years or older and their living children who reside near the study site locations of Pittsburgh, Boston or New York. Trained clinical staff members will meet with study participants to ask questions about their family and health history and conduct some performance and physical assessments. Study participants will also be asked for a small blood sample to obtain genetic information to help determine the role that genes might play in long healthy survival, in addition to many other factors.

Author:  RobertWFranson [ Fri Aug 08, 2008 2:04 pm ]
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Whoa, Brother! Ending the "Masquerade" already?
"... we decided on the experiment of letting volunteers from this group up to ten per cent of the total membership of the Families reveal themselves for what they were and observe the consequences, while maintaining all other secrets of the Families' organization.

"The results were regrettably different from our expectations."

Author:  Dominic [ Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:53 pm ]
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Any idea where the new location of those two links may be, Fred?

Author:  BillMullins [ Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:36 pm ]
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A current study of really old people:


Author:  beamjockey [ Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:53 am ]
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Bill Mullins links to a fascinating New York Times article.
His DNA was sequenced a few weeks later, and last month Mr. Clement uploaded it to the database. Like all normal human genome sequences, the beginning of his first chromosome reads like this:

With a teaser like that, I want to read the rest, to see how it comes out.

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