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  • "Feces of youth" extends fish lifespan by 37 percent

    04/05/2017 3:20:11 PM PDT · by rightwingcrazy · 18 replies
    New Atlas ^ | April 4, 2017 | Rich Haridy
    The mysterious world of gut bacteria is a hot area of research in science right now. The systemic implications of our gut flora are being found to have vast holistic effects from potentially affecting the symptoms of autism to influencing neurodegeneration in the brain. New research on the turquoise killfish could point to another effect of our gut microbiome – moderating aging. Several studies in recent years have found interesting links between aging and gut microbiota. From mice to men we've seen evidence of age-related differences in the microbiome between the old and young. It seems increasingly clear that as...
  • Metformin Diabetes Drug Could Extend Lifespan

    02/17/2017 4:45:58 PM PST · by blam · 34 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | 8-8-2014 | Hannah Nichols
    Metformin is approved in the US as a treatment for type 2 diabetes. A new study by Cardiff University, UK, involving over 180,000 people, reveals that the drug could also increase the lifespan of those individuals who are non-diabetics. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are around 29.1 million people in the US with diabetes, equating to 9.3% of the population. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90-95% of diabetes cases and is usually associated with older age, obesity and physical inactivity, family history of type 2 diabetes or a personal history of gestational diabetes. Senior...
  • The Rich Live Longer Everywhere. For the Poor, Geography Matters.

    04/12/2016 4:30:21 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 11, 2016 | NEIL IRWIN and QUOCTRUNG BUI
    For poor Americans, the place they call home can be a matter of life or death. The poor in some cities — big ones like New York and Los Angeles, and also quite a few smaller ones like Birmingham, Ala. — live nearly as long as their middle-class neighbors or have seen rising life expectancy in the 21st century. But in some other parts of the country, adults with the lowest incomes die on average as young as people in much poorer nations like Rwanda, and their life spans are getting shorter. In those differences, documented in sweeping new research,...
  • Could a HERB be the secret to living to 100?

    03/30/2016 6:38:29 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 49 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3-30-16 | Kate Pickles (yep)
    Diet rich in rosemary linked to good health and long life expectancy in Italian village Medical experts will examine pensioners living in Acciaroli near Salerno. They have remarkable record for living for longer but also free of disease. Population of a few thousand has about 300 people who are aged over 100 Mediterranean diet, fresh air and walking thought to influence long lives...
  • Scientists find class of drugs that boosts healthy lifespan

    03/09/2015 8:51:50 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 38 replies
    A research team from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), Mayo Clinic and other institutions has identified a new class of drugs that in animal models dramatically slows the aging process—alleviating symptoms of frailty, improving cardiac function and extending a healthy lifespan. The new research was published March 9 online ahead of print by the journal Aging Cell. The scientists coined the term "senolytics" for the new class of drugs. "We view this study as a big, first step toward developing treatments that can be given safely to patients to extend healthspan or to treat age-related diseases and disorders," said TSRI...
  • British pensioners to be told how long they have to live so they can manage savings

    04/18/2014 6:55:55 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 14 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 18 April 2014 | Peter Dominiczak, The Telegraph
    Pensioners will be given estimates of how long they have left to live to help them manage their savings, a minister has disclosed. Steve Webb said that the Government wants to provide pensioners with a rough life expectancy when they reach retirement to allow them to make better financial decisions. Experts will take into account factors including gender, where a pensioner lives or whether they smoke, the pensions minister said. Life expectancy should be part of “guidance” given to help people decide how much to save. In last month’s Budget, George Osborne announced the scrapping of rules that force most...
  • Life span for uneducated white women now lower than that of uneducated black women

    09/09/2013 4:38:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    While most Americans can look forward to living longer than ever, that’s not the case for white women who didn’t graduate from high school. Their life expectancy has actually dropped by five years — from 78 years in 1990 to 73 in 2008. More heartening is the finding that black women without a high school diploma saw their life expectancy increase by a year from 73 to 74. In fact, they can now expect to live a year longer than their white counterparts. The findings are from a study led by S. Jay Olshansky, a longevity researcher at the University...
  • Diabetes drug metformin proves useful for other problems

    08/01/2013 12:03:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies
    USA TODAY | July 30, 2013 | Karen Weintraub
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  • 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...
  • City dwellers suffer most stress

    06/26/2011 2:56:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | June 26, 2011 | "Health News"
    [snip] "In addition, the incidence for schizophrenia is almost doubled for individuals who are born and brought up in cities. "These values are a cause for concern and determining the biology behind this is the first step to remedy the trend." He and colleagues studied a series of brain scans from healthy volunteers from rural and urban areas to reach their conclusion. Dr Pruessner said: "These findings suggest that different brain regions are sensitive to the experience of city living during different times across the lifespan. "Future studies need to clarify the link between psychopathology and these affects in individuals...
  • Amino acid recipe could be right for long life

    12/07/2009 8:32:47 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 23 replies · 1,086+ views
    Science News ^ | 12-07-2009 | Tina Hesman Saey
    Long life may stem from a proper imbalance of dietary nutrients. A new study in fruit flies suggests that the life-extending properties of caloric restriction may be due not only to fewer calories in the diet, but also to just the right mix of protein building blocks, called amino acids. The study, published online December 2 in Nature, may help explain some of the health benefits of restricted-calorie diets. Coupled with other data, the new study should prompt researchers to reevaluate whether it is calorie count or the nutrient composition of a diet that is most important for regulating lifespan...
  • Why Females Live Longer Than Males: Is It Due to the Father's Sperm?

    12/04/2009 11:17:32 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 10 replies · 570+ views
    sciencedaily ^ | Dec. 2, 2009
    Researchers in Japan have found that female mice produced by using genetic material from two mothers but no father live significantly longer than mice with the normal mix of maternal and paternal genes. Their findings provide the first evidence that sperm genes may have a detrimental effect on lifespan in mammals. The research, which is published online (Wednesday 2 December) in Europe's leading reproductive medicine journal Human Reproduction, found that mice created from two female genomes (bi-maternal (BM) mice) lived an average of 186 days longer than control mice created from the normal combination of a male and female genome....
  • 'Spoonful Of Sugar' Makes The Worms' Life Span Go Down(ATTN: WORMS)

    11/05/2009 10:59:27 PM PST · by bogusname · 7 replies · 655+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Nov. 5, 2009 | ScienceDaily
    If worms are any indication, all the sugar in your diet could spell much more than obesity and type 2 diabetes. Researchers reporting in the November issue of Cell Metabolism, a Cell Press publication, say it might also be taking years off your life...
  • CDC says life expectancy in US up, deaths not

    08/20/2009 6:48:05 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 31 replies · 1,358+ views
    AP ^ | 8/19/09 | Mike Stobbe
    U.S. life expectancy has risen to a new high, now standing at nearly 78 years, the government reported Wednesday. The increase is due mainly to falling death rates in almost all the leading causes of death. The average life expectancy for babies born in 2007 is nearly three months greater than for children born in 2006. The new U.S. data is a preliminary report based on about 90 percent of the death certificates collected in 2007. It comes from the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Life expectancy is the period a...
  • Accidents, Murders, Preemies, Fat, and U.S. Life Expectancy - American health care to the rescue?

    06/18/2008 10:47:51 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 151+ views
    Reason ^ | June 17, 2008 | Ronald Bailey
    Last week, the National Center for Health Statistics announced that the average life expectancy for Americans has risen to an all-time high of 78 years. In addition, record high life expectancy was recorded for both white males and black males (76 years and 70 years, respectively) as well as for white females and black females (81 years and 76.9 years). This is obviously good news. But a question nags—why are people in other countries living longer on average than Americans? After all, we are the country that spends the most money per capita on health care. For example, according to...
  • Super-Wine Might Boost Lifespan

    01/07/2008 4:49:14 PM PST · by blam · 49 replies · 212+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 1-7-2008
    Super-wine might boost lifespan 07 January 2008 From New Scientist Would you drink wine made from genetically engineered grapes if it had extra benefits? Such wine could be on the menu, thanks to a grape variety six times richer than normal in resveratrol, the compound in red wine associated with increased longevity, decreased heart disease and a host of other benefits. Yuejin Wang and colleagues at the Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University in Yangling, Shaanxi province, China, made the supervine by equipping it with an extra gene from a wild Chinese vine. Vitus pseudoreticulata has an unusual variant of the...
  • 100-year-old celebrates her birthday by smoking 170,000th cigarette (captions, please)

    08/28/2007 11:27:34 AM PDT · by redstates4ever · 49 replies · 936+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 8/27/07 | staff
    An iron-lunged pensioner has celebrated her 100th birthday by lighting up her 170,000th cigerette from a candle on her birthday cake. Winnie Langley started smoking only days after the First World War broke out in June 1914 when she was just seven-years-old - and has got through five a day ever since. She has no intention of quitting, even after the nationwide ban forced tobacco-lovers outside.
  • Left-handed women may have shorter lifespan

    05/01/2007 7:02:32 AM PDT · by bedolido · 3 replies · 252+ views
    thisislondon.co.uk ^ | 5-1-2007 | staff writer
    A study suggests that women who are left-handed have a higher risk of dying, particularly from cancer and cerebrovascular disease - damage to an artery in the brain or an artery that supplies blood to the brain. While it could be a chance finding and the evidence is far from conclusive, numerous reports have associated left-handedness with various disorders and, in general, a shorter life span, Dutch researchers note in their report in the journal Epidemiology.Early grave? Sexy Hollywood star Angelina Jolie is famously left-handed
  • Cool down ? you may live longer

    11/07/2006 7:38:34 PM PST · by annie laurie · 17 replies · 631+ views
    NewScientist.com ^ | 03 November 2006 | Roxanne Khamsi
    The refrigerator is used to lengthen the life of your food, and a new study suggests a similar principle could prolong your life, too. Researchers have found that lowering the body temperature of mice by just 0.5?C extends their lifespan by around 15%. In the future, people might be able to take a drug to achieve a similar effect on body temperature and enjoy a longer life, they say. ... Bruno Conti at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, US, and colleagues designed genetically engineered mice with a specific brain-cell defect in a region called the lateral hypothalamus. The...
  • Live Long? Die Young? Answer Isn’t Just in Genes

    08/31/2006 11:07:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 1,082+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 31, 2006 | GINA KOLATA
    Josephine Tesauro never thought she would live so long. At 92, she is straight backed, firm jawed and vibrantly healthy, living alone in an immaculate brick ranch house high on a hill near McKeesport, a Pittsburgh suburb. She works part time in a hospital gift shop and drives her 1995 white Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera to meetings of her four bridge groups, to church and to the grocery store. She has outlived her husband, who died nine years ago, when he was 84. She has outlived her friends, and she has outlived three of her six brothers. Mrs. Tesauro does, however,...