Sunday, February 24, 2013

Spindle Neurons and Super Agers

Researchers at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine identified a dozen individuals older than 80 years—Super Agers—who performed as well on memory tests as a group of 14 volunteers between the ages of 50 and 65. Compared with normal octogenarians, the Super Agers had four times as many spindle or von Economo neurons,  implicated in higher-order thinking. Ongoing research is being designed to try and identify genetic and lifestyle factors significant for preventing age-related decline, especially in relation to these spindle neurons. There may be more than one way to becoming a Super Ager! (Watch for more on these spindle neurons).

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