Lately, specialists have shown big concern regarding age-related diseases. There have been numerous studies conducted in this respect, and nowadays, scientists’ focus is on the so-called “zombie” cells. These cells are known to develop inside the human brain as a consequence of high levels of stress or infections.
There’s a lot of scientific research that directly associates these senescent cells to diseases such as Alzheimer, diabetes, or osteoporosis. But, as reported by the Associated Press, most of the tests conducting to this conclusion were run on mice.
However, recent documentation conducted in February concluded that there’s enough evidence to link the removal of senescent cells from humans that suffered from a deathly lung disease with an improvement in their health and overall wellbeing. This conclusion is exceptionally relevant for scientists concerned with increasing the life span of our species as well as improving our general health conditions since it provides a new lead that scientists are yet to analyze and document to hopefully be one step closer to their core scope.
Will we able to avoid and treat age-related conditions in the short-term by removing “zombie” cells?
Unfortunately, there’s not much information about the impact of senescent cells on the human body, nor about their evolution inside the human brain. Nonetheless, we already know from previous studies conducted on animals that they are strongly related to age-correlated medical conditions, thus, finding a way to remove them from the organism should slow down the aging process and reduce the risk of developing several diseases.
Thus, through the creation of new medication that will be able directly to target these so-called “zombie” cells, scientists might be able to avert and even heal a specter of conditions.
This is an idea that may prove to have significant potential in the medical world, a fact recognized by doctors all around the world. Gregory Cosgrove, the chief medical officer of the PFF even stated that “It really raises the enthusiasm to proceed with the more rigorous studies” and that, also if he is not directly involved in the research, he supports this idea and believes that these first moves are really promising.
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