7 habits to avoid in order to have a healthy brain

Why are some people sharp as a tack at 95 years old, while others begin struggling with mental clarity in their 50s? A lot of it has to do with genetics, but certain lifestyle factors also play an important role in how our brain ages. So while you can’t control your genes, you can takeContinue reading “7 habits to avoid in order to have a healthy brain”

Keeping gut bacteria in balance could help delay age-related diseases

Why do some people remain healthy into their 80s and beyond, while others age faster and suffer serious diseases decades earlier? New research led by UCLA life scientists may produce a new way to answer that question—and an approach that could help delay declines in health. Specifically, the study suggests that analyzing intestinal bacteria couldContinue reading “Keeping gut bacteria in balance could help delay age-related diseases”

6 Tools to Help Predict Your Life Expectancy

There’s always the Magic 8 Ball, but when it comes to determining life expectancy, some people want a little more scientific help. Thankfully, there are some useful tests and calculators to help us figure out how many more years we have left — at least until the Fountain of Youth is available in pill form.Continue reading “6 Tools to Help Predict Your Life Expectancy”

World’s oldest person dies at 117

Misao Okawa, the world’s oldest person according to Guinness World Records, has died at the age of 117. Okawa passed away Wednesday morning in Osaka, Japan, Tadahi Uchimura, a local official from the city told CNN. She left behind three children, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Okawa was born on March 5, 1898. HerContinue reading “World’s oldest person dies at 117”

Senior citizens pose naked for charity calendar

A charity calendar featuring women in their 80s and 90s from an Ohio assisted living facility is opening more than a few eyes. The residents of the Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living near Akron decided to show a little skin in calendar. The centerfolds are two women in their 90s appearing to play poker with strategicallyContinue reading “Senior citizens pose naked for charity calendar”

Old as time: What we can learn from past attempts to treat aging

Erika Check Hayden Nature Medicine 20,1362–1364(2014)doi:10.1038/nm1214-1362Published online 04 December 2014 In 1889, the pioneering endocrinologist Charles Edouard Brown-Séquard told Parisian doctors that he had reinvigorated himself by injecting an extract made from dog and guinea pig testicles. Thousands of physicians began administering the extract—sold as “Elixir of Life”—to their patients. Though other researchers looked derisivelyContinue reading “Old as time: What we can learn from past attempts to treat aging”

New research may help explain why curiosity promotes better memory

Everyone knows it’s easier to learn about a topic you’re curious about. Now, a new study reveals what’s going on in the brain during that process, revealing that such curiosity may give a person a memory boost. When participants in the study were feeling curious, they were better at remembering information even about unrelated topics,Continue reading “New research may help explain why curiosity promotes better memory”

Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds

A person’s entire immune system can be rejuvenated by fasting for as little as three days as it triggers the body to start producing new white blood cells, a study suggests. By Sarah Knapton Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found inContinue reading “Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds”

Live to 100: Number of centenarians has doubled

Edward Rondthaler was born on June 9, 1905, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and died in 2009 at the age of 104. He was a noted typographer, earning a national reputation for helping to usher in the age of photographic typesetting, according to The New York Times. Photographic typesetting was an easier way to print than hot-metalContinue reading “Live to 100: Number of centenarians has doubled”

New research shows that blood from young mice reverses aging in brain and muscle

In a trio of studies published Sunday, scientists reported that they reversed aging in the muscles and brains of old mice — simply by running the blood of young mice through their veins. The papers, from two independent groups in Cambridge and California, used different approaches to begin to unravel the rejuvenating effects of youngContinue reading “New research shows that blood from young mice reverses aging in brain and muscle”