Aging and Age-related Diseases: The Basics

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Nova Publishers, 2006 - Medical - 549 pages
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Ageing has become a great problem for many countries. Due to world-wide life prolongation, the number of people over 60 years old has grown rapidly into a ten percent piece of the world population. The growing age of the world population raises many social, economical, and medical problems. The proportion of people in the economically active age groups to those who are over 65 is constantly decreasing. A major consequence of the increasing numbers of individuals in advanced age groups is increasing numbers of patients suffering from age-related diseases. The aim of this book is to present the basic data on human ageing as well as on age-related diseases.
 

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Contents

Menopause
5
Andropause
31
Growth Hormone IGFI and Human Aging
47
Dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA in Aging
65
Role of Melatonin in Aging
83
Melatonin Limits IschemicReperfusion Injury Implications for Aging and Organ Transplantation
103
Aging Processes and the Thyroid Gland
131
The Immune System in the Elderly
173
Aging and Neoplastic Disease
229
Sleep and Aging
265
Alzheimers Disease from Neurobiology to Therapeutic Interventions
301
Sporadic and Familial Movement Disorders in Tauopathies
345
Prion Diseases from Ritualistic Endocannibalism to Cellular Endocannibalism from Kuru to Autophagy
373
Pharmacotherapy in the Elderly
421
Exceptional Human Longevity
459
List of Contributors
511

Diabetes in the Elderly
197
Osteoporosis
215

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