Handbook of Theories of Aging, Third Edition

This state-of-the-art handbook will keep researchers and practitioners in gerontology abreast of the newest theories and models of aging. With virtually all new contributors and content, this edition contains 35 chapters by the most highly respected luminaries in the field. It addresses theories and concepts built on cumulative knowledge in four disciplinary areasóbiology, psychology, social sciences, and policy and practiceóas well as landmark advances in trans-disciplinary science. With its explicit focus on theory, the handbook is unique in providing essential knowledge about primary explanations for aging, spanning from cells to societies.

The chapters in the third edition place a strong emphasis on the future of theory development, assessing the current state of theories and providing a roadmap for how theory can shape research, and vice versa, in years to come. Many chapters also address connections between theories and policy or practice. Each set of authors has been asked to consider how theories in their area address matters of diversity and inequalities in aging, and how theories might be revised or tested with these matters in mind. The third edition also contains a new section, “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants,” which includes personal essays by senior gerontologists who share their perspectives on the history of ideas in their fields, and on their experiences with the process and prospects of developing good theory.

Hallmarks of the Third Edition:

  • Highlights important gains in trans-disciplinary theories of aging

  • Emphasizes the future of theory development

  • Provides insights on theory development from living legends in gerontology

  • Examines what human diversity and inequality mean for aging theories

  • Emphasizes interconnections between theory, research, intervention, and policy

  • Underscores international issues with greater representation of international authors

  • Includes section introductions by the editors and associate editors that summarize theoretical developments

Key Features:

  • Highlights variability and diversity in aging processes, from the cellular level of biological aging to the societal level of public policy

  • Provides insights on theory development from living legends in gerontology

  • Offers intergenerational, interdisciplinary, and international perspectives

  • Disseminates a forward-thinking, future-oriented focus in theory development

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The Stem Cell Breakthrough: Reversing Pain and Chronic Disease and Getting Back to the Life You Love

Stem cell therapy is one of the most important breakthroughs of the 21st century. These cells repair your body in the same way your body naturally heals itself. The book, Stem Cell Breakthrough by Regan Archibald, will provide key insights on how using stem cell therapy can help reverse chronic pain and disease, and help you or your loved ones get back to the life you love.

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Stem Cell Technologies: Basics and Applications

Cutting-edge coverage of stem cell biology and applications

Featuring contributions from leading global experts, this authoritative volume addresses all major areas of stem cell biology and their potential therapeutic applications. The first part of the book covers embryonic stem cells and contains details on the emerging field of embryonic stem cell-based drug screening platforms. The second part deals with multipotent adult stem cells from different tissue types, and covers unique concepts such as cancer stem cells and tissue engineering-based approaches for designing microenvironments for tissue regeneration. Eighty pages of inserts with 113 color figures are included in this pioneering work.

Coverage includes:

  • Zebrafish, medaka, chicken embryonic, and mouse embryonic stem cells
  • Derivation of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) from blastocysts
  • Treating diabetes with hESCs
  • hESCs as a model system to study human genetics
  • Application of hESCs in drug discovery
  • Adult stem cells for regenerative medicine and cancer therapies
  • Mesenchymal stem cells for neurodegenerative disease therapies
  • Dental pulp, hematopoietic, and spermatogonial stem cells
  • Epigenetic regulators of stem cell pluripotency
  • Cancer stem cells

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