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  • 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 · 29 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,...
  • Clearing the air of Rights to Smoke in Public

    11/02/2005 10:42:07 AM PST · by at bay · 199 replies · 2,354+ views
    Modesto Bee ^ | Nov 2, 2005 | Dave Bowman
    In August, Stockton passed a tough anti-smoking ordinance that prohibits smoking within 20 feet of the entrance to any public building — and not just government buildings. This is a step Modesto would be wise to follow, and we quickly should pass the same kind of anti-smoking ordinance. I decided to visit our local mall. It would have been nice to have been able to enter the mall without having to run the gantlet of large groups of people exhaling carcinogenic toxic gas into the air. Virtually all of them were within 20 feet of the door. Let's face this...
  • Pope Predicted a Short Reign to Cardinals

    04/20/2005 2:12:39 PM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 84 replies · 3,187+ views
    AP ^ | April 20, 2005 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    VATICAN CITY Apr 20, 2005 — Pope Benedict XVI himself predicted a "short reign" in comments to cardinals just after his election, and his brother said Wednesday he was worried about the stress the job would put on the 78-year-old pontiff. While there are no indications that Benedict currently suffers from any serious or chronic medical problems, there have been ailments in the past including a 1991 hemorrhagic stroke that raise questions about how long his pontificate will last. The Vatican refused to comment Wednesday on Benedict's health, citing his privacy. The Vatican never officially confirmed Pope John Paul II...
  • The Prophet of Immortality

    12/11/2004 8:31:49 AM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 24 replies · 1,831+ views
    Popular Science ^ | January 2005 Issue | Joseph Hooper
    Controversial theorist Aubrey de Grey insists that we are within reach of an engineered cure for aging. Are you prepared to live forever? On this glorious spring day in Cambridge, England, the heraldic flags are flying from the stone towers, and I feel like I could be in the 17th century—or, as I pop into the Eagle Pub to meet University of Cambridge longevity theorist Aubrey de Grey, the 1950s. It was in this pub, after all, that James Watson and Francis Crick met regularly for lunch while they were divining the structure of DNA and where, in February 1953,...
  • 'We will be able to live to 1,000'

    12/03/2004 6:38:26 AM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 101 replies · 2,861+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | Friday, December 3, 2004 | Dr, Aubrey de Grey
    Life expectancy is increasing in the developed world. But Cambridge University geneticist Aubrey de Grey believes it will soon extend dramatically to 1,000. Here, he explains why. Ageing is a physical phenomenon happening to our bodies, so at some point in the future, as medicine becomes more and more powerful, we will inevitably be able to address ageing just as effectively as we address many diseases today. I claim that we are close to that point because of the SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence) project to prevent and cure ageing. It is not just an idea: it's a very...
  • It's Never Too Late to Live Long and Prosper

    06/14/2004 8:11:58 PM PDT · by PeaceBeWithYou · 6 replies · 268+ views
    CO2 Science Magazine ^ | June 9 2004 | Sherwood, Keith and Craig Idso
    Dietary restriction is known to increase lifespan in organisms ranging from yeast to mammals, presumably, in the words of Mair et al. (2003), "by slowing the accumulation of aging-related damage."  In stark contrast, however, their studies of Drosophila (the common fruit fly) indicate that "dietary restriction extends lifespan entirely by reducing the short-term risk of death."  So powerful is this phenomenon, in fact, they report that only "two days after the application of dietary restriction at any age for the first time, previously fully fed flies are no more likely to die than flies of the same age that have...
  • Infant Mortality Up First Time in Decades

    02/11/2004 3:41:20 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 19 replies · 238+ views
    AP to My Yahoo! ^ | Feb. 12, 2004 | DANIEL YEE
    ATLANTA - U.S. infant mortality has climbed for the first time in more than four decades, in part because older women are putting off motherhood and then having multiple babies via fertility drugs, the government said Wednesday. At the same time, U.S. life expectancy reached an all-time high of 77.4 years in 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Life expectancy in 2001 was 77.2 years. The nation's infant mortality rate climbed from 6.8 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2001 to 7.0 deaths per 1,000 in 2002. The last time the rate rose was in 1958. "We...
  • Your degree decides your lifespan

    08/02/2003 2:02:55 PM PDT · by yonif · 16 replies · 247+ views
    The Times of India ^ | SATURDAY, AUGUST 02, 2003 10:10:23 AM
    LONDON: To live longer, choose the right degree course. Students of science or engineering have the best chance of living longer, while arts or law students are more likely to have a shorter life, according to research published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. A survey of mortality rates found arts students were 60 per cent more likely to die prematurely than their contemporaries in the sciences. It said that medical students ran the highest risk of succumbing to an alcohol-related death. The research was based on the death rates of over 8,000 male students aged between...
  • A Methuselah of Mice Dies in Lab

    01/17/2003 10:12:36 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 12 replies · 264+ views
    Newsday.com ^ | Jan. 17, 2003 | Associated Press
    The dwarf mouse, otherwise known as GHR-KO 11C, died Jan. 8 after living the equivalent of 180 to 200 human years, said Andrzej Bartke, a physiologist who worked with the mouse.
  • U.S. Study Explores Why Eating Less Extends Life

    11/28/2002 11:00:31 PM PST · by eldoradude · 7 replies · 274+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov 28, 2:11 pm ET | Lisa Richwine
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As Americans feasted on plates of Thanksgiving turkey Thursday, U.S. scientists reported they have made progress in understanding how eating less leads to longer life. Studies in yeast, rodents and other organisms have found that drastically cutting calories extends life span, and researchers are striving to find out how that happens. The hope is that human drugs may be developed to mimic that effect, without having to eat less. In a report in Friday's edition of the journal Science, researchers said studies with fruit flies, which have many genes similar to mammals, showed that an enzyme called...
  • Male Susceptibility to Parasites May Help Explain Shorter Lifespans

    09/25/2002 1:17:19 PM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 90 replies · 567+ views
    Scientific American ^ | September 20, 2002 | Sarah Graham
    In Westernized societies, women tend to outlive men. The established explanation for this inequality is that males undertake more risky behavior than females do and, as a result, perish prematurely. But new research published today in the journal Science suggests that parasites could be at least partially responsible. Sarah L. Moore and Kenneth Wilson of the University of Stirling analyzed parasitic infections in 355 nonhuman mammal species and found that males were more likely than females to succumb to parasites. What causes this small but significant increase remains unclear. With their generally larger size, males may just make more attractive...
  • Study Shows Moms' Lives Shortened by Sons

    05/29/2002 3:09:33 PM PDT · by vannrox · 1 replies · 346+ views
    Scientific American ^ | FR Post 5-29-02 | Editorial Staff --Sarah Graham
    Study Shows Moms' Lives Shortened by Sons Men who thought giving their moms flowers for Mother's Day was enough to show their appreciation might have another think coming. According to a report published in the current issue of the journal Science, having boys actually shortened the life span of mothers in preindustrial times. Raising daughters, in contrast, had a positive effect on a woman's longevity. Samuli Helle of the University of Turku in Finland and his colleagues analyzed church records from 1640 to 1870 to investigate how total family size and the number of children produced affected the longevity of...