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Q&A with James A. Coffman, Ph.D.: Early-Life Stress in Adult Illness

In this Q&A from Future Neurology, MDI Biological Laboratory Associate Professor James A. Coffman, Ph.D., talks about his research on the mechanisms by which chronic early-life stress increases the risk of disease in adulthood.

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Zebrafish May Hold the Answer to Why Early-Life Stress Can Make You Sick When You’re an Adult

In her “Catching Health” blog, freelance health and wellness writer Diane Atwood discusses research by MDI Biological Laboratory scientist James A. Coffman, Ph.D., on how exposure to stress early in life can lead to adult disease.

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Aging, Just Another Disease

Is aging a natural process that should be accepted as inevitable, or is it pathologic, a disease that should be prevented and treated? Mutaz Musa, a physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, a health-care consultant and an entrepreneur, discusses this question in an article that originally appeared in “The Scientist.”

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MDI Biological Laboratory Featured on ‘Maine Calling,’ MPBN’s Popular Radio Call-In Show

What treatments can extend life? How solid is the evidence that they slow aging? How soon will we know about their impact on human health? What would be the social and environmental impacts if people routinely lived 25 percent longer than they do now? These and other tantalizing questions about aging were the subject of…

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Is Aging Inevitable? Not Necessarily for Sea Urchins: Study Shows That Sea Urchins Defy Aging, Regardless of Lifespan

Sea urchins are remarkable organisms. They can quickly regrow damaged spines and feet. Some species also live to extraordinary old ages and — even more remarkably — do so with no signs of poor health, such as a decline in regenerative capacity or an increase in age-related mortality. These ocean Methuselahs even reproduce as if…

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Video Released in Observance of National Parkinson’s Awareness Week

In celebration of Parkinson’s Awareness last month, we launched a video celebrating two unique champions for research: Michael Westphal, a former competitive runner who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 49, and Aric Rogers, Ph.D., a scientist at the MDI Biological Laboratory who was motivated to study neurodegenerative diseases by a family history of Huntington’s…

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Scientists at the MDI Biological Laboratory Are Unlocking the Mechanisms of Parkinson’s Disease

Scientists at the MDI Biological Laboratory are identifying the basic mechanisms behind Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative neurological disease affecting millions of people worldwide. The research could some day lead to treatments for a disabling condition for which medicine now has nothing to offer other than symptomatic relief. Parkinson’s is a progressive disorder of the nervous…

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How Does Chronic Stress Early in Life Contribute to Aging?

MDI Biological Laboratory associate professor James A. Coffman, Ph.D., delivered a summary of research being conducted in his laboratory on the effect of stress on health at a recent Work-in-Progress presentation.

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