Recent work from the Elias laboratory demonstrating that inflammation in the skin which accompanies aging can leak into the circulation was highlighted in the University of California San Francisco Newsletter, March 13, 2019. These inflammatory molecules – the so-called ‘inflammasome’ – have been linked by other researchers to many of the chronic diseases of the elderly, such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and osteoarthritis. The concept that the source of these damaging molecules could be the skin is new and offers the possibility that treatments that reduce skin inflammation could be beneficial to many common disorders of the elderly.
This story has been highlighted in recent articles in the Wall Street Journal and the Sacremento Bee.
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