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Larisa Sheloukhova, Ph.D.

About Larisa Sheloukhova, Ph.D.

Larisa is a recent graduate from Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology located in one of the blue zones. She is a neurobiologist by training, a health and longevity advocate, and a person with a rare disease. She believes that by studying hereditary diseases it’s possible to understand aging better and vice versa. In addition to writing for LEAF, she continues doing research in glial biology and runs an evidence-based blog about her disease. Larisa enjoys pole fitness, belly dancing, and Okinawan pristine beaches.

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Multiple drugs
In a new study published in Aging Cell, researchers have tested several individual drugs and a combination of rapamycin plus acarbose as potential life extension agents in genetically heterogeneous mice [1]. Anti-aging agent testing Identification of successful anti-aging interventions is arguably one of the most challenging research problems to date. In addition to the complexity...
Fat rat
In a new study published in Scientific Reports, researchers have uncovered the molecular mechanism underlying the link between obesity and joint degeneration [1]. Obesity and osteoarthritis Obesity accelerates aging and is associated with several age-associated diseases, including osteoarthritis, an inflammatory condition that leads to joint degeneration. Obesity is often accompanied by low-grade chronic inflammation, which...
muscle and bone
In a new study published in Bone Research, Japanese researchers established a novel drug screening system and identified a promising compound to treat age-associated muscle and bone frailty [1]. Musculoskeletal system Muscle health and bone health are tightly interconnected. Various muscular dystrophies are a great example: disease-caused muscle wasting leads to skeletal deformities, which prompts...
Brainwaves
A new study published in Nature Neuroscience has shown that neuromodulation of low-frequency neuronal activity in the parietal cortex improved working memory, while high-frequency modulation in the prefrontal cortex improved long-term memory in older adults [1]. As people age, their cognitive abilities get worse. This includes memory decline, which might dramatically impact quality of life....
Young and old mice
A study published in Nature Aging has shown that short-term rapamycin treatment in early adulthood extends lifespan in flies and improves gut health in both flies and mice [1]. A well-studied drug Rapamycin, an inhibitor of mTOR signaling, is capable of extending the lifespan of several organisms and is thus believed to be one of...
No to soda
A new open-label, randomized, controlled study published in Cell showed that zero-calorie sweeteners are metabolically active and some might impair glycemic response in healthy adults [1]. What does “sugar-free” mean? The human brain is the main consumer of glucose in the body, and glucose availability is paramount for neurons to generate action potentials and release...

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