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New research clarifies why wounds heal more slowly with age

from Rockefeller University via Medical Xpress

Older bodies need longer to mend. This reality of aging has been documented since World War I, with the observation that wounds heal slower in older soldiers. Yet until now, researchers have not been able to tease out what age-related changes hinder the body's ability to repair itself. Recent experiments at The Rockefeller University explored this physiological puzzle by examining molecular changes in aging mouse skin. The results, described Nov. 17 in Cell, delineate a new aspect of how the body heals wounds. more

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