OBM Geriatrics is an Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. The journal takes the premise that innovative approaches – including gene therapy, cell therapy, and epigenetic modulation – will result in clinical interventions that alter the fundamental pathology and the clinical course of age-related human diseases. We will give strong preference to papers that emphasize an alteration (or a potential alteration) in the fundamental disease course of Alzheimer’s disease, vascular aging diseases, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, skin aging, immune senescence, and other age-related diseases.
Geriatric medicine is now entering a unique point in history, where the focus will no longer be on palliative, ameliorative, or social aspects of care for age-related disease, but will be capable of stopping, preventing, and reversing major disease constellations that have heretofore been entirely resistant to interventions based on “small molecular” pharmacological approaches. With the changing emphasis from genetic to epigenetic understandings of pathology (including telomere biology), with the use of gene delivery systems (including viral delivery systems), and with the use of cell-based therapies (including stem cell therapies), a fatalistic view of age-related disease is no longer a reasonable clinical default nor an appropriate clinical research paradigm.
Precedence will be given to papers describing fundamental interventions, including interventions that affect cell senescence, patterns of gene expression, telomere biology, stem cell biology, and other innovative, 21st century interventions, especially if the focus is on clinical applications, ongoing clinical trials, or animal trials preparatory to phase 1 human clinical trials.
Papers must be clear and concise, but detailed data is strongly encouraged. The journal publishes research articles, reviews, communications and technical notes. There is no restriction on the length of the papers and we encourage scientists to publish their results in as much detail as possible.
Archiving: full-text archived in CLOCKSS.
Rapid publication: manuscripts are undertaken in 8 days from acceptance to publication (median values for papers published in this journal in 2020, 1-2 days of FREE language polishing time is also included in this period).
COVID-19: A Geriatric Emergency
Submission Deadline: August 30, 2021 (Open) Submit Now
Associate Professor, Department of Human Kinetics, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, 2411 Leiria, Portugal;
CIPER, Faculdade de Motricidade Humana, Universidade de Lisboa, 1495 Cruz Quebrada Dafundo, 1649004 Lisbon, Portugal
Research Interests: Exercise and health; sport sciences; elderly; osteoarthritis; exercise physiology; sports science
About This Topic
Covid-19 radically change the way we live our days. Our life is substantially different from what it was before this pandemic. The confinement to which one sees in various parts of the planet, in a more or less rigorous way, makes citizens spend most of their day in conditioned environments, without the chance for movement and exploitation. Clearly, this entails acute adaptations that we are all aware of. Whether physical, psychological, or social, reflected by a sedentary lifestyle, loneliness, obesity, etc. For example, they cause an absence of movement of bones, muscles, and joints that do not benefit the state of health of the citizen. Similarly, depressive symptoms arise with loneliness and isolation. Thus, it is urgent to start reflecting and discussing the effects of this long-term confinement for the elderly. Right now we are all concerned about what is currently happening, but it is essential to become aware that these months of confinement may result in serious long-term health problems. This is the more relevant the older the age group we talk about. The elderly need a lot of attention to what will they expect regarding their quality of life.
This special issue aims to bring together original and review work that addresses these problems, and that brings new ideas and views on how to deal with this pandemic for the elderly.
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