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Mild Stress and Healthy Aging

Applying hormesis in aging research and interventions

Le Bourg, Eric, Rattan, Suresh I.S. (Eds.)

2008

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  • Highlights the positive effects of mild stress
  • Presents novel experimental tools for aging research and interventions
  • Introduces novel approaches to improving health and longevity

Stress is a double edged sword. Whereas chronic stress has well known harmful effects, recent research shows that intermittent exposure of cells and organisms to mild stress can improve various biological parameters, including severe stress tolerance, health span and longevity. Mild stress-induced hormesis is potentially a powerful tool in gerontological research and interventions. This book brings together some of the world leaders in this area of research who present a critical analysis of the ongoing research with respect to the effects and mechanisms of action of various types of mild stress, such as irradiation, heat, physical exercise, hypergravity, pro-oxidants and nutritional components, on a variety of biological systems ranging from fruitflies to human cells and bodies. Their separate chapters and a final collective chapter open up a whole new world of possibilities for future research in aging, successful aging, and health span extension.

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Related subjects » Biomedical Sciences - Family & Geriatric Medicine

Table of contents 

Hormesis and Aging: What's the Deal?.- What Is Hormesis?.- Irradiation and Hormesis.- Hypergravity in Drosophila melanogaster.- Temperature-Induced Hormesis in Drosophila.- Hormetic Modulation of Aging in Human Cells.- Physical Activity: A Strong Stimulant for Hormesis During Aging.- How Xenohormetic Compounds Confer Health Benefits.- Mild Stress in the Aging Heart: Role of Ischemic Preconditioning.- Clinical Applications of Low-Dose Whole Body Irradiation Hormesis.- Mild Stress and Healthy Aging: Perspectives for Human Beings.

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