Scientists Can Protect DNA From Damage Caused by Aging

 

Scientists have recently identified a compound with anti-aging properties and have pinpointed how it likely works in mice to repair errors in the DNA aging process.

As reported by TIME Magazine, scientists saw very quick and obvious age reversal in muscle and improvements in DNA repair in mice exposed to the compound. “We can’t tell the difference between the tissues from an old mouse that is two years old versus a young mouse that is three to four months old,” said one scientist.

To see if such quick reversal of aging in tissues is also possible in humans, a company in Boston called MetroBiotech is developing and testing a human-grade version of the compound, which is a naturally occurring compound found in small amounts in foods like broccoli, cucumber, avocado and edamame.

“Sit With Us”- An app to help lonely teenagers find someone to sit with at lunch

A 16-year-old from California has developed and launched an app to help students find a kind and welcoming group to eat lunch with at their school. The app is called “Sit With Us.”

Natalie Hampton was inspired to create it after she was the victim of bullying and sat alone at lunch her entire seventh-grade year. The experience made her feel lonely and vulnerable. She suffered from stress, depression and nightmares. She wants to save others from this experience.

As reported by NPR and Ajax.com, Hampton said the new app is especially helpful because the electronic process prevents children from being publicly rejected and being considered social outcasts by their peers.

“This way it’s very private. It’s through the phone. No one else has to know,” Hampton told Audie Cornish on NPR’s All Things Considered. “And you know that you’re not going to be rejected once you get to the table.”

PSA to parents/future parents of middle and high schoolers- tell your child about this app, even if you think they don’t need it. Maybe you don’t know as much as you think or maybe they could help someone else in need.