Garlic (Allium sativum)

Historically, garlic (Allium sativum) has been revered as part of a healthful diet. Ancient medical texts from Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, and India prescribed garlic for a number of applications including improving performance, reducing infections, and protection against toxins.[1] These medicinal properties, coupled with its savory characteristics, have made garlic a true cultural icon in many parts of the world. ... Read More »


Scientists who study the biology of aging view it as a process of accumulated damage to the building blocks of life (e.g., proteins, fats, carbohydrates, DNA) that begins early in life, eventually leading to the malfunction and/or dysregulation of the components of cells and the tissues and organs they form, and ultimately leading to the death of the whole animal. ... Read More »

The Benefits of Sleep

Although we still have many unanswered questions about why we spend one third of our lives sleeping, we do know that lack of sleep can have many negative effects. In a genetic condition known as fatal familial insomnia, middle-aged people gradually lose the ability to sleep. As the name of the disorder implies, the result of this sleep loss is ... Read More »

Geriatric Assessment

People age 65 years and older are a fast-growing segment of the world population. Most remain healthy even to their later years; for others, old age means living with multiple comorbidities, limited social and economic resources, and physical and mental disabilities. Preserving current functions in healthier seniors and identifying those at high risk for disability are major goals of comprehensive ... Read More »