Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $26,270
30%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 30% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: aging

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • From His Cold Dead Hands: When Should Grandpa Give Up His Guns?

    07/05/2014 9:31:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 5, 2014 | Bill Briggs
    Many Baby Boomers already dread ďthe talkĒ Ė- suggesting their aging parents surrender car keys Ė- but now two geriatric experts say another thorny, family question must be asked of some elderly folks. Is it time to give up your gun? In a recently published paper, the two physicians offer a five-point checklist meant to help caregivers assess whether firearms remain safe in the hands and homes of older Americans, particularly if the gun owners are exhibiting unclear thinking or depression. ďJust like with some (older) people, itís not if you should stop driving, but when,Ē said Dr. Ellen M....
  • Young Blood May Hold Key to Reversing Aging

    05/05/2014 1:16:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    New York Times ^ | 5/2/2014 | Carl Zimmerman
    Two teams of scientists published studies on Sunday showing that blood from young mice reverses aging in old mice, rejuvenating their muscles and brains. As ghoulish as the research may sound, experts said that it could lead to treatments for disorders like Alzheimerís disease and heart disease. ďI am extremely excited,Ē said Rudolph Tanzi, a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, who was not involved in the research. ďThese findings could be a game changer.Ē The research builds on centuries of speculation that the blood of young people contains substances that might rejuvenate older adults. In the 1950s, Clive...
  • 'Vampire therapy' could reverse ageing, scientists find

    05/05/2014 8:15:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 05/05/2014 | Sarah Knapton,
    It may seem the stuff of gothic horror novels, but transfusions of young blood could reverse the ageing process and even cure Alzheimerís Disease, scientists believe. Throughout history, cultures across the globe have extolled the properties of youthful blood, with children sacrificed and the blood of young warriors drunk by the victors. It was even rumoured that the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il injected himself with blood from healthy young virgins to slow the ageing process. Now scientists have found that young blood actually Ďrechargesí the brain, forms new blood vessels and improves memory and learning. In parallel research, scientists...
  • Young blood reverses effects of aging in mice

    05/04/2014 11:26:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    L A Times ^ | May 4, 2014, 10:15 a.m. | Monte Morin
    In a group of studies published Sunday in the journals Science and Nature Medicine, researchers say old mice who were infused with the blood of spry younger mice showed clear improvements in memory, sensory function, strength and endurance. Researchers say a specific protein, found in the blood of mice and humans, appears to be at the root of this rejuvenation. They say they hope to test the protein's effect on humans in clinical trials in the next few years.
  • A Generation Of Old People Is About To Change The Global Economy

    04/27/2014 7:52:15 AM PDT · by blam · 21 replies
    BI ^ | 4-27-2014 | The Economist
    A Generation Of Old People Is About To Change The Global Economy The Economist Apr. 27, 2014, 9:22 AM ÔÉĀ Ôāě Ôāô In the 20th century the planet¬ís population doubled twice. It will not double even once in the current century, because birth rates in much of the world have declined steeply. But the number of people over 65 is set to double within just 25 years. This shift in the structure of the population is not as momentous as the expansion that came before. But it is more than enough to reshape the world economy. According to the UN¬ís...
  • Women begin feeling invisible to men Ďwhen they turn 51′

    04/06/2014 7:30:19 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 273 replies
    SWNS.com ^ | 25MAR2014 | SWNS Reporter
    Women feel invisible to the opposite sex at the age of 51, it emerged yesterday. A detailed study of 2,000 women revealed a large percentage felt they no longer received the level of attention they once did after hitting 51. Many even went as far as to admit they felt Ďignoredí. The women claimed their confidence plummeted after hitting 50 and blamed greying hair, having to to wear glasses or even struggling to find fashionable clothes. The lifestyle study, commissioned by herbal remedies company, A.Vogel, also found more than two thirds of women over 45 had walked into a room...
  • Aging America heading for disaster

    02/10/2014 8:02:48 AM PST · by Excellence · 15 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 8, 2014 | Kyle Smith
    To really understand whatís going on with the American economy, donít look at the headlines. Donít look at the unemployment rate or the trade balance or the deficit. Donít even look at whatís happening today at all: Look at what happened 46 years ago. And what happened then? Fewer Americas were being born, points out Harry S. Dent Jr. in ďThe Demographic Cliff: How to Survive and Prosper During the Great Deflation of 2014-2019Ē "Donít blame politicians, the decline of manufacturing, education or cheap foreign imports for the economic stagnation that has already begun and will continue for many years....
  • Omega-3 intake linked to signs of brain aging. [LOW]

    01/23/2014 10:46:48 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 21, 2014 | Shereen Jegtvig
    Older women with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood had slightly less brain shrinkage than women with low fatty acid levels in a new study. The results may suggest that omega-3s protect the brain from the loss of volume that happens with normal aging and is seen more severely in people with dementia, the researchers say.
  • Brains of elderly slow because they know so much

    01/20/2014 2:51:32 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 122 replies
    Telegragh (UK) ^ | 1-20-2014 | Sarah Knapton
    The brains of older people only appear to slow down because they have so much information to compute, much like a full-up hard drive, scientists believe. Older people do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains, scientists believe. Much like a computer struggles as the hard drive gets full up, so to (sic) do humans take longer to access information, it has been suggested. Researchers say this slowing down it is not the same as cognitive decline. ďThe human brain works slower in old age,Ē said...
  • The 5 Best Dogs for Your Golden Years

    01/16/2014 9:00:37 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 143 replies
    Vet Street ^ | March 5, 2013 | Gina Spadafori
    Like many people in late middle age, I find myself wondering if my next dog will be different. I have long shared my life with retrievers ó active, field-bred dogs who throw themselves with joy into every situation (and every puddle of water bigger than a dinner plate). Their boisterousness is infectious: My dogs make me happy. But in 10 years, or 15, or 20, will I be up to the demands of dogs like these? Or will a nice, quiet little spaniel be the dog I need? My answer may be different than others, even among people of similar...
  • Study: Racism May Accelerate Aging In African-American Men

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (CBSDC) Ė Accelerated aging and a greater likelihood of suffering from an age-related illness at a younger age are two consequences being linked to African-American men who have experienced high-levels of racism throughout their lives. A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that African-American men who reported high levels of racial discrimination, or who have internalized anti-black attitudes, have an increased risk of premature death and chronic disease than white people. Previous research has documented African-Americansí shorter life expectancy and greater risk of chronic diseases, but this new study is the first to...
  • The cost of healing -- Hospice draining billions from Medicare

    12/27/2013 3:01:19 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 101 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12-26-13 | Peter Whoriskey and Dan Keating
    Hospice patients are expected to die: The treatment focuses on providing comfort to the terminally ill, not finding a cure. To enroll a patient, two doctors certify a life expectancy of six months or less. But over the past decade, the number of ďhospice survivorsĒ in the United States has risen dramatically, in part because hospice companies earn more by recruiting patients who arenít actually dying, a Washington Post investigation has found. Healthier patients are more profitable because they require fewer visits and stay enrolled longer. The proportion of patients who were discharged alive from hospice care rose about 50...
  • On Dying After your Time

    12/02/2013 1:16:26 PM PST · by Haiku Guy · 66 replies
    HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. ó THIS fall Google announced that it would venture into territory far removed from Internet search. Through a new company, Calico, it will be ďtacklingĒ the ďchallengeĒ of aging. (snip) Even if anti-aging research could give us radically longer lives someday, though, should we even be seeking them? Regardless of what science makes possible, or what individual people want, aging is a public issue with social consequences, and these must be thought through. (snip) We may properly hope that scientific advances help ensure, with ever greater reliability, that young people manage to become old people. We are not,...
  • Aging

    11/05/2013 7:37:55 AM PST · by virgil283 · 14 replies
    Q: What can a man do while his wife is going Through menopause? A: Keep busy. If handy with tools, you can finish the basement. When done, you have a place to live. Q: Someone has told me that menopause is mentioned in the Bible... Is that true? Where is it? A: Yes. Matthew 14:92: "And Mary rode Joseph's ass all the way to Egypt ..." Q: How can I increase the heart rate of my over-60 year-old mate? A: Tell him you're pregnant. Q: How can I avoid that terrible curse of unsightly wrinkles? A: Take off your glasses....
  • Vet's key to 103 birthday parties: Work hard at positive outlook (WWII)

    10/28/2013 11:54:54 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 9 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 10/26/13 | Jerriann Sullivan
    Floyd "Pete" Petiprin has lived through the Pearl Harbor attack, a broken hip and the loss of his wife Emily, but the Winter Park man greets each day with an upbeat outlook. "If you have a positive attitude and say your prayers every day, you can recover from almost anything," Petiprin said. "Psychologically, it is very important to be as happy as possible." /SNIP/ Petiprin joined the U.S. Navy when he was a business administration student at the University of Michigan because "we knew we'd be drafted." He was an officer for 10 years before losing friends in the Pearl...
  • Terrible twilight of Doris Day

    10/26/2013 12:29:49 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 163 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | 10-26-13 | Tom Leonard
    Stand outside the huge gates to Doris Dayís fortress-like home in Californiaís beautiful Carmel Valley and you can sometimes hear the sound of the canine companions who share the Hollywood starís life. Itís been some years since Day, now 91 and so reclusive many may be surprised to learn she is still alive, used to steal through the streets of the nearby town of Carmel in the middle of the night on a regular basis. Locals would watch in surprise as she rounded up stray dogs and emaciated cats, bundling them in her car to take home and look after...
  • Video Game Rejuvenates Brains of Older Adults

    09/06/2013 10:10:30 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 62 replies
    TechNewsWorld ^ | 09/06/13 7:00 AM PT | By Rachelle Dragani
    A video game that improved cognition in older adults has led researchers to revise their thinking about the brain's plasticity. "This study is small, but nonetheless, is has shown us that the older brain is capable of changing, compensating and adapting," said Molly Wagster of the National Institute on Aging. In other words, you can teach an old dog new tricks. A multitasking 3D video game that helped some older adults show neurological activity similar to much younger adults could lead researchers to a better understanding of the plasticity of the older brain. Researchers from the University of California San...
  • Huge shortage of caregivers looms for baby boomers, report says

    08/26/2013 8:34:06 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 64 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 25, 2013 | Tara Bahrampour
    Americans should expect an enormous shortage in caregivers for older people in the coming decades, with a dearth of friends and family members available to care for the baby-boom generation as it ages, according to a report released Monday by AARP. The report, ďThe Aging of the Baby Boom and the Growing Care Gap,Ē projects that by 2030 there will be only four potential caregivers available for each person 80 or older, down from a high of more than seven in 2010. By 2050, when boomers are between 86 and 104, the ratio will drop below 3 to 1. Currently,...
  • Girl who never ages could hold key to 'biological immortality,' researcher says

    08/17/2013 1:34:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 08/17/2013 | BY VICTORIA TAYLOR
    Eight-year-old Gabby Williams weighs only 11 pounds. The tiny girl from Billings, Mont., still looks like an infant and needs to be cared for as if she is a newborn, with her mother and father changing her diapers and feeding her multiple times a day. Her mother, Mary Margret Williams, told ABCNews.com that Gabby hasn't changed much over the years. In fact, her skin still feels like a baby's and her hair is still fine-textured. "She has gotten a little longer and we have jumped into putting her in size 3-6 month clothes instead of 0-3 months for the footies,"...
  • ObamaCare - "Take Ten Pills and You're Fine"

    08/08/2013 3:36:36 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    YouTube The Capitol Steps ^ | April 22, 2010 | The Capitol Steps via HerBunk YouTube account
    "Nancy" explains the healthcare dilemma. Click the link.
  • Study: Happiest years are ages 23, 69

    07/26/2013 8:20:08 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 21 replies
    Northwest Cable News ^ | July 26, 2013 | Frank Mungeam
    Happiness peaks at age 23 and again at age 69, according to a wide-ranging study just completed by the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. The study surveyed 23,161 individuals between ages 17 and 85 and found that life satisfaction was highest for those at ages 23 and 69. According to researchers, people in their early twenties overestimate their future life satisfaction by an average of around 10 percent, before the disappointments of life kick in. As people pass through the next decades, they face declining expectations, hitting their low point during their mid-fifties, when researchers...
  • The revolutionary blood test that could predict how long you'll live

    07/09/2013 9:02:11 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 36 replies
    Mail Online ^ | July 9,2013 | EMMA INNES
    Chemical 'fingerprint' in the blood could provide clues to health later in life Metabolites indicate future lung function, bone density, and blood pressure Could pave the way for new treatments for age related conditionsA revolutionary new blood test could tell you how long you will live, and how quickly you will age. Scientists have discovered a chemical Ďfingerprintí in the blood that may provide clues to an infant's health and rate of ageing near the end of life. The discovery raises the prospect of a simple test at birth that could help doctors stave off the ravages of disease in...
  • Baby Boomers Are Killing Themselves At An Alarming Rate, Raising Question: Why?

    06/04/2013 6:09:19 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 136 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 4, 2013 | Tara Bahrampour
    Last spring, Frank Turkaly tried to kill himself. A retiree in a Pittsburgh suburb living on disability checks, he was estranged from friends and family, mired in credit card debt and taking medication for depression, cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • Inside a Mouse's Brain Lies a Chemical Key to the Fountain of Youth

    05/07/2013 6:37:14 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies
    Motherboard ^ | 5/7/13 | Greg Thomas
    Inside a Mouse's Brain Lies a Chemical Key to the Fountain of Youth By Greg Thomas Source image via Wikipedia If a scientist came to you with a plan to tweak a gland in the center of your brain so that you may live to be 140 years old, you'd probably back out of the room slowly and go to file a police report, because that's creepy. But new research shows that it's not altogether impossible. A new report from researchers at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in the Bronx shows that scientists can tinker with the minds of...
  • New drug being developed ... 'could help humans live until they are 150'

    The new drugs are synthetic versions of resveratrol which is found in red wine and is believed to have an anti-ageing effect as it boosts activity of a protein called SIRT1. Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has been testing the medications on patients suffering with medical conditions including cancer, diabetes and heart disease. The work proves that a single anti-ageing enzyme in the body can be targeted, with the potential to prevent age-related diseases and extend lifespans. The most common naturally-occurring activator is resveratrol, which is found in small quantities in red wine, but synthetic activators with much stronger activity are already...
  • Fidel Castro Describes Aches And Pains Of Aging

    02/13/2013 7:14:54 AM PST · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    http://hosted.ap.org/ ^ | February 13, 2013 | Paul Haven
    HAVANA (AP) -- Retired Cuban President Fidel Castro complained of a bad knee, weak eyesight and difficulty adjusting to changes in light during a lengthy interview session with state-run media published Tuesday.
  • Quote of the Day (Pope visits home for the elderly)

    02/11/2013 6:51:59 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    WITL ^ | February 11, 2013 | Rocco Palmo
    ďI†come to you as Bishop of Rome, but also as an old man visiting his peers. It would be superfluous to say that I am well acquainted with the difficulties, problems and limitations of this age and I know that for many these difficulties are more acute due to the economic crisis. At times, at a certain age, one may look back nostalgically at the time of our youth when we were fresh and planning for the future. Thus at times our gaze is veiled by sadness, seeing this phase of life as the time of sunset. This morning,...
  • Discovery Opens Door to a Fountain of Youth

    02/05/2013 9:05:46 AM PST · by null and void · 9 replies
    Older and fitter? New findings from a UC Berkeley-led study could have implications for the development of treatments for age-related degenerative diseases. A new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, represents a major advance in the understanding of the molecular mechanisms behind aging while providing new hope for the development of targeted treatments for age-related degenerative diseases. Researchers were able to turn back the molecular clock by infusing the blood stem cells of old mice with a longevity gene and rejuvenating the aged stem cells’ regenerative potential. The findings were published online on January 31, 2013),...
  • The Worldwide Demographic Cliff Is Going To Be Brutal

    01/22/2013 11:01:18 AM PST · by blam · 49 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-22-2013 | The Economist
    The Worldwide Demographic Cliff Is Going To Be Brutal The EconomistJan. 22, 2013, 8:56 AMTHE post-war generation of baby boomers - those born between 1946 and 1964 - have had a huge appetite on the world, creating "youth culture", changing social attitudes from the sixties onwards, boosting economic growth as they entered the workforce and so on. Now they are starting to retire and this blog had banged on about the effect this will have on issues like pensions, asset markets and economic growth. not to worry, say some folk, since although we may have more elderly to look after,...
  • Stone aged

    11/27/2012 7:46:27 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    The Sun (UK) ^ | November 27, 2012 | OLIVER HARVEY
    ALL fast approaching or beyond 70, the Rolling Stones are entitled to look a little lived in. Their 50-year career has taken its toll ó as have the booze, the drugs and the groupies. In fact, it is a wonder they are still standing, let alone rocking and rolling.
  • Elderly couple removed from longtime home; family, friend dispute Office of Aging findings

    11/19/2012 6:06:55 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 102 replies
    Lancaster Online | November 19, 2012 | JEFF HAWKES
    In May 1964, Nels and Irene Highberg bought their first and only home. It was a modest, brick rancher -- no garage -- on a pleasant cul-de-sac on the edge of East Petersburg. The Highbergs raised two sons there. They entertained neighbors there. They grew old there. After 48 years at 6312 Miriam Circle, the Highbergs -- Nels is 92, Irene is 89 -- figured they could manage a while longer. Family and friends agreed. But the county Office of Aging stepped in last summer, saying for safety reasons the Highbergs must move to a nursing home. "I ain't going...
  • The New Normal: Baby Boomer Tribal Communities - Obama's vision for your retirement

    11/19/2012 11:20:58 AM PST · by hope_dies_last · 28 replies
    Trib Total Media ^ | September 17, 2012 | Craig Smith
    A generation of Americans who embraced communal living in the 1960s is again considering that concept and other ways to coexist as they near retirement. This time, theyíve traded peace signs for dollar signs. ďBy force of sheer volume, the (baby boomers) who in 1968 thought they would change the world by 2028 actually will,Ē said Andrew Carle, founding director of the Program in Senior Housing Administration at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Over the next three decades, one in five U.S. citizens will turn 65 or older, Carle said. Theyíll control more than half of the discretionary income,...
  • Election Elixir: Obama No Longer Gray

    11/14/2012 4:48:19 PM PST · by drewh · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Mon., Nov. 12 2012 at 9:56 | Paul Bedard's Washington Secrets
    President Obama's reelection didn't just put a bounce in his step. It appears that it also erased his gray hair. Appearing in the East Room Wednesday for his post-election press conference, the chatty Obama displayed a head of rich, black hair. Photos and even the White House live stream of the session showed no more gray. But just a week ago, at the end of his campaign, the president had a head of salt and pepper hair with lots more gray.
  • Asking for advice about depression after losing my job

    11/02/2012 11:44:36 PM PDT · by proud American in Canada · 119 replies
    myself
    Hi all, I hesitated for a long time to post this--particularly because our keyboard is so sticky it is difficult to write and post. I was just hoping for some advice. If I posted in the wrong place, I hope the mods will move it. Julie
  • Zinc deficiency mechanism linked to aging, multiple diseases

    10/12/2012 4:34:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 82 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | October 1, 2012 | NA
    A new study has outlined for the first time a biological mechanism by which zinc deficiency can develop with age, leading to a decline of the immune system and increased inflammation associated with many health problems, including cancer, heart disease, autoimmune disease and diabetes. The research was done by scientists in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University and the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences. It suggests that it's especially important for elderly people to get adequate dietary intake of zinc, since they may need more of it at this life stage when their ability to...
  • A fundraising plea from the ACLU

    10/02/2012 5:23:02 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 6 replies
    ACLU Letter ^ | 2 October 2012 | Anthony D. Romero
    Dear Friend, You can hardly turn the television on or read the news without encountering a Catholic bishop, a conservative talk show host or a reactionary politician proclaiming that America is experiencing a "war on religion." They should know, because they're the ones waging it. Religious extremists are doing everything in their power to destroy the wall between church and state. They are stirring up sympathy by yelling from the rooftops about religious freedom, while their real goal is to use the power of the government to impose their narrow-minded beliefs on the rest of us. America is one of...
  • Kimchi: Koreaís Affordable Health Care

    09/19/2012 3:26:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 18 | Tim Carman
    Best I can tell, the former South Korean minister of food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries is trying to convince me that fermented cabbage could be sold at Sephora as a regenerative skin-care product. ďIím 73 years old,Ē says Sung-Hoon Kim, standing under the Gwangju World Kimchi Culture Festival tent in Bull Run Regional Park last Friday in Centreville. ďDo you see any wrinkles on me?Ē As I inspect his round, friendly, bespectacled face, I have to admit that I donít. Well into his eighth decade on Earth, Kim has no crowís feet around his eyes and no apparent worry lines...
  • Retailers prepare for Ďsilver tsunamií of aging consumers

    09/15/2012 3:36:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Bend Bulletin ^ | September 15, 2012 | Ely Portillo
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. ó Easier-to-chew foods, brighter lights in stores and bigger, clearer fonts on packaging: Those are a few of the changes marketers discussed at a conference Friday about how to sell to aging consumers. The retail innovation conference at Wake Forest Universityís uptown Charlotte campus was sponsored by drugstore chain CVS Caremark. It was the first of what the school says will be an annual series. ďThereís a silver tsunami coming as the baby boomer population moves into seniors," said professor Roger Beahm, executive director of the schoolís Center for Retail Innovation. That tsunami is expected to change everything...
  • Calorie restriction falters in the long run - Genetics and healthy diets matter more for...

    08/29/2012 6:41:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 29 August 2012 | Amy Maxmen
    Genetics and healthy diets matter more for longevity. To those who enjoy the pleasures of the dining table, the news may come as a relief: drastically cutting back on calories does not seem to lengthen lifespan in primates. The verdict, from a 25-year study in rhesus monkeys fed 30% less than control animals, represents another setback for the notion that a simple, diet-triggered switch can slow ageing. Instead, the findings, published this week in Nature1, suggest that genetics and dietary composition matter more for longevity than a simple calorie count. ďTo think that a simple decrease in calories caused such...
  • Key gene found responsible for chronic inflammation, accelerated aging and cancer

    05/28/2012 9:33:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    e! Science News ^ | May 25, 2012 | NA
    Researchers at NYU School of Medicine have, for the first time, identified a single gene that simultaneously controls inflammation, accelerated aging and cancer. "This was certainly an unexpected finding," said principal investigator Robert J. Schneider, PhD, the Albert Sabin Professor of Molecular Pathogenesis, associate director for translational research and co-director of the Breast Cancer Program at NYU Langone Medical Center. "It is rather uncommon for one gene to have two very different and very significant functions that tie together control of aging and inflammation. The two, if not regulated properly, can eventually lead to cancer development. It's an exciting scientific...
  • Newt Gingrich Considers Sarah Palin as Vice President

    12/30/2011 11:28:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | December 30, 2011 | Michael Allen
    This week at a tele-town hall hosted by Ralph Reedís Faith and Freedom Coalition, a caller asked Newt Gingrich if he would consider choosing former half-term Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. Gingrich responded by saying that Palin ďis certainly one of the people you would look atĒ and told the caller that he is ďa great admirer of hers.Ē "She is certainly one of the people you would look at. I am a great admirer of hers and she was a remarkable reform governor of Alaska, sheís somebody who I think brings a great deal to the...
  • In Bodyís Shield Against Cancer, a Culprit in Aging May Lurk

    11/22/2011 4:44:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 21 | NICHOLAS WADE
    Until recently, few people gave much thought to senescent cells. They are cells that linger in the body even after they have lost the ability to divide. But on Nov. 2, in what could be a landmark experiment in the study of aging, researchers at the Mayo Clinic reported that if you purge the body of its senescent cells, the tissues remain youthful and vigorous. The experiment was just in mice, and it cleared the cells with a genetic technique that cannot be applied to people. Like all critical experiments, it needs to be repeated in other labs before it...
  • Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder

    11/05/2011 4:45:46 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 23 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 4, 2008 | Uploaded by borehamwoodcc
    A diagnostic video.
  • Signs of ageing halted in the lab

    11/02/2011 3:37:09 PM PDT · by decimon · 32 replies
    BBC ^ | November 2, 2011 | James Gallagher
    The onset of wrinkles, muscle wasting and cataracts has been delayed and even eliminated in mice, say researchers in the US.It was done by "flushing out" retired cells that had stopped dividing. They accumulate naturally with age. The scientists believe their findings could eventually "really have an impact" in the care of the elderly. Experts said the results were "fascinating", but should be taken with a bit of caution. The study, published in Nature, focused on what are known as "senescent cells". They stop dividing into new cells and have an important role in preventing tumours from progressing. These cells...
  • Climate change spawns the incredible shrinking ant

    10/18/2011 4:45:40 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct. 16, 2011
    (Reuters) - Plants and animals are shrinking because of warmer temperatures and lack of water, researchers said on Monday, warning it could have profound implications for food production in years ahead. "The worst-case scenarios ... are that food crops and animals will shrink enough to have real implications for food security," Assistant Professor David Bickford, of the National University of Singapore's biological sciences department, said. Bickford and colleague Jennifer Sheridan trawled through fossil records and dozens of studies which showed that many species of plants and creatures such as spiders, beetles, bees, ants and cicadas have shrunk over time in...
  • Destiny Is Demography (The Jig Is Up)

    09/17/2011 8:08:36 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 9-16-2011 | Bill Bonner
    Destiny Is Demography By Bill Bonner 09/16/11 Baltimore, Maryland Ė The San Francisco Federal Reserve bank came out with a gloomy forecast last month. Its analysts said that stocks were likely to earn paltry returns over the next 10 years. The reason cited was simple enough; stockholders donít live forever. ĎDemography is destiny,í said Auguste Comte. ĎIt works the other way around too,í he might have added. If they thought they were going to live longer, Americaís most ubiquitous age cohort ó the baby boomers ó might continue to buy stocks. Instead, the cold hand of the grave is on...
  • Living to 100 and Beyond

    08/27/2011 8:56:46 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | AUGUST 27, 2011 | SONIA ARRISON
    In Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels," Gulliver encounters small group of immortals, the struldbrugs. "Those excellent struldbrugs," exclaims Gulliver, "who, being born exempt from that universal calamity of human nature, have their minds free and disengaged, without the weight and depression of spirits caused by the continual apprehensions of death!" But the fate of these immortals wasn't so simple, as Swift goes on to report. They were still subject to aging and disease, so that by 80, they were "opinionative, peevish, covetous, morose, vain, talkative," as well as "incapable of friendship, and dead to all natural affection, which never descended below...
  • 5 Health Benefits of Smoking

    07/29/2011 6:16:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 131 replies
    Live Science ^ | July 19, 2011 | Christopher Wanjek
    Who says smoking cigarettes is so bad ... well, aside from the World Health Organization, Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and every medical board and association on the face of the Earth? But should smokers be fortunate enough to dodge all that cancer, heart disease, emphysema and the like, they will be uniquely protected ó for reasons unexplained by science ó against a handful of diseases and afflictions. Call it a silver lining in their otherwise blackened lungs. Although long-term smoking is largely a ticket to early death, here are (gulp) five possible benefits...
  • Japan closer to doubling sales tax amid fiscal woes(aging population wearing down economy)

    06/02/2011 7:19:42 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Japan Today ^ | 06/03/11
    Japan closer to doubling sales tax amid fiscal woes Friday 03rd June, 07:00 AM JST TOKYO ó The Japanese government on Thursday announced a social security reform plan that would result in a doubling of the countryís consumption tax rate to 10% in stages by the year through March 2016 and lower pension payments to the elderly with higher incomes. The move came as the country has been struggling under swelling welfare costs due to the aging population, which have added to the governmentís difficulty in restoring its fiscal health, the worst among major developed economies. But the reform initiative...
  • New blood test can show how long you will live.

    05/16/2011 10:23:24 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 58 replies
    www.wtam.com ^ | 05-16-2011 | Staff
    MENLO PARK, Calif., May 13 (UPI) -- A blood test that measures the length of a person's telomeres -- a predictor of longevity -- may be available soon, U.S. and Spanish researchers say. "Knowing whether our telomeres are a normal length or not for a given chronological age will give us an indication of our health status and of our physiological 'age' even before diseases appear," Maria A. Blasco, who heads the Telomeres and Telomerase Group at the Spanish National Cancer Research Center and who co-founded the company Life Length, told Scientific American. Telomeres are caps on the ends of...