Remote Italian Village Could Harbor Secrets of Healthy Aging

Researchers will examine 300 Italian residents, all over 100 years old —

The average life expectancy in the United States is approximately 78 years old. Americans live longer, with better diets and improved health care, than ever before, but only 0.02 percent will hit the century mark.

To understand how people can live longer throughout the world, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have teamed up with colleagues at University of Rome La Sapienza to study a group of 300 citizens, all over 100 years old, living in a remote Italian village nestled between the ocean and mountains on the country’s coast.

“We are the first group of researchers to be given permission to study this population in Acciaroli, Italy,” said Alan Maisel, MD … Read the Full Story from the UC San Diego Newsroom

UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center Program Receives National Recognition

Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy program honored as “Center of Excellence”

The physicians, surgeons and team members who pioneered the lifesaving pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE) procedure at University of California, San Diego Health System are being honored for excellence at the annual CHEST conference, hosted by the American College of Chest Physicians, in Atlanta, October 20 to 25, 2012.  The PTE program based at the UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center is among 11 specially selected “Centers of Excellence” showcasing the defining characteristics and practices that make them unique among health-care providers. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

Dr. William AugerMedical director of the PTE Program at the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center is William R. Auger, MD, pictured at left, professor of clinical medicine in the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine.

Other PTE Program specialists in the Department of Medicine are Drs. Peter F. Fedullo, Kim Kerr, and Nick H. Kim of the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine and Drs. Kirk Knowlton, Lori Daniels, Daniel Blanchard, and Thomas Waltman of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.