AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 2, 2017

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Brain Cells Found to Control Aging

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Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have found that stem cells in the brain’s hypothalamus govern how fast aging occurs in the body. The finding, made in mice, could lead to new strategies for warding off age-related diseases and extending lifespan. 

The hypothalamus was known to regulate important processes including growth, development, reproduction and metabolism. Einstein researchers made the surprising finding that the hypothalamus also regulates aging throughout the body. Now, the scientists have pinpointed the cells in the hypothalamus that control aging: a tiny population of adult neural stem cells, which were known to be responsible for forming new brain neurons.

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