Drugs and Supplements 

Could a Pill Put the Brakes on Aging?

The No. 1 risk factor for all the big diseases — cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s — is aging. But instead of treating the diseases, could a drug treat the aging process itself? That’s the idea behind a growing area of research drawing extensive support from both government and private donors, including millions from Silicon Valley executives like Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and venture capitalist Peter Thiel. While federal science agency budgets have struggled in the past decade, funding at the National Institute on Aging has risen more than 50% since…

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