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  • How to live longer: Brain cells that control AGEING have been discovered

    07/26/2017 11:30:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    www.express.co.uk ^ | PUBLISHED: 17:01, Wed, Jul 26, 2017 | Staff
    THE brain cells that control ageing have been discovered offering the hope of people living longer Scientists have found that stem cells in the brain's hypothalamus govern how fast ageing occurs in the body. The discovery, made in mice, could lead to new strategies for warding off age-related diseases and extending lifespan, they claim. The hypothalamus was known to regulate important processes including growth, development, reproduction and metabolism. In 2013, researchers made the surprising finding that it also regulates ageing throughout the body. Now, the same scientists have now pinpointed a tiny population of adult neural stem cells, known to...
  • Life-Extending Discovery Renews Debate Over Aging as a ‘Disease’

    05/06/2017 5:36:19 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 40 replies
    Seeker ^ | 3/31/17 | Dave Roos
    Even if a new drug proves to prolong human life, it won't receive regulatory approval for that purpose unless the FDA accepts that aging is a treatable medical condition.David Sinclair has been reverse-engineering the aging process for two decades. As the co-director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging at Harvard Medical School, Sinclair and his colleagues have identified several key enzymes and interactions inside cells that cause them to “lose their identity” over time, making our bodies more susceptible to diseases like cancer, heart disease, and dementia. But what if aging itself is the real...
  • Italian Emma Morano, last known survivor of 19th century, dies at 117

    04/15/2017 11:34:16 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | April 15, 2017 | AFP
    Rome (AFP) - Emma Morano, an Italian woman believed to have been the oldest person alive and the last survivor of the 19th century, died Saturday at the age of 117, Italian media reported... "She had an extraordinary life, and we will always remember her strength to move forward in life," the mayor of Verbania was quoted as saying... Morano's death means there is no one living known to have been born before 1900. "I eat two eggs a day, and that's it. And cookies. But I do not eat much because I have no teeth," she said in her...
  • Why Middle Class Whites Are Dying Faster (In 6 Painful Charts)

    03/26/2017 5:28:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/25/2017 | Authored by Julia Belluz via Vox.com,
    In 2015, a blockbuster study came to a surprising conclusion: Middle-aged white Americans are dying younger for the first time in decades, despite positive life expectancy trends in other wealthy countries and other segments of the US population.The research, by Princeton University’s Anne Case and Angus Deaton, highlighted the links between economic struggles, suicides, and alcohol and drug overdoses.Since then, Case and Deaton have been working to more fully explain their findings.They’ve now come to a compelling conclusion: It’s complicated. There’s no single reason for this disturbing increase in the mortality rate, but a toxic cocktail of factors.In a...
  • 'A sea of despair': White Americans without college degrees are dying younger

    03/25/2017 10:53:22 AM PDT · by Nero Germanicus · 58 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 3/24/17 | Matt Pearce
    In 2015, a pair of economists received widespread attention for their study showing that since the late 1990s the death rate has been rising for middle-aged white Americans. Now a new analysis by the same Princeton University team has identified which part of that population was driving that trend: people without college degrees. White men and women in every age group between 25 and 64 who did not have college degrees saw their mortality rates increase between 1998 and 2015. Those with degrees saw their mortality rates decrease. “There are two Americas,” said Anne Case, who conducted the research with...
  • Would YOU choose to live forever? Age-reversing pill Nasa wants to give to astronauts on Mars...

    03/23/2017 4:36:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | March 23, 2017 | Harry Pettit
    Scientists have made a discovery that could lead to a revolutionary drug that actually reverses ageing. The drug could help damaged DNA to miraculously repair and even protect Nasa astronauts on Mars by protecting them from solar radiation. A team of researchers developed the drug after discovering a key signalling process in DNA repair and cell ageing. During trials on mice, the team found that the drug directly repaired DNA damage caused by radiation exposure or old age. 'The cells of the old mice were indistinguishable from the young mice after just one week of treatment,' said lead author Professor...
  • Not to be sniffed at - losing sense of smell predicts early death

    03/23/2017 5:00:34 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 53 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 3/22/2017 | Sarah Knapton
    People who lose their sense of smell in middle or older age risk dying early, a new study suggests. Although previous research has shown a link between Alzheimer’s disease and a diminished sense of smell, it is the first time is has been shown to impact the chance of death for everyone. Scientists from Stockholm University followed 1,774 Swedes aged between 40 and 90 for 10 years. At the beginning of the study they were asked to take a test to identify 13 different odours. Researchers found that their chance of death was linked to how well they scored on...
  • Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

    03/13/2017 9:20:44 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 74 replies
    npr.org ^ | December 8, 2016
    One of the fundamental ways scientists measure the well-being of a nation is tracking the rate at which its citizens die and how long they can be expected to live. So the news out of the federal government Thursday is disturbing: The overall U.S. death rate has increased for the first time in a decade, according to an analysis of the latest data. And that led to a drop in overall life expectancy for the first time since 1993 Most notably, the overall death rate for Americans increased because mortality from heart disease and stroke increased after declining for years....
  • Aubrey de Grey: scientist who says humans can live for 1,000 years

    02/09/2017 11:35:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | February 8, 2017 | Hugo Cox
    When it comes to business projections, Silicon Valley is the home of the tall story. Unbridled ambitions, unfettered thinking and a belief in the boundless potential of technology produce a steady crop of outlandish expectations. Yet even by Silicon Valley standards the prediction that there are people alive today who will live for 1,000 years is extreme. It conjures less the bold pronouncement of a leading biotech pioneer than the ramblings of a mad professor....
  • Proteins that reprogram cells can turn back mice’s aging clock

    01/15/2017 7:05:24 AM PST · by combat_boots · 32 replies
    Science News ^ | December 15, 2016 | Tina Hesman Saey
    Treatment increased life spans of prematurely aging rodents Magazine issue: Vol. 191, No. 1, January 21, 2017, p. 6 Four proteins that can transform adult cells into embryonic-like ones can also turn back the aging clock, a new study in mice suggests. Partial reprogramming of cells within prematurely aging mice’s bodies extended the rodents’ average life span from 18 weeks to 24 weeks, researchers report December 15 in Cell. Normal mice saw benefits, too: Muscles and pancreas cells healed better in middle-aged mice that got rejuvenation treatments than in mice that did not. The experiment could be evidence that epigenetic...
  • Older, fitter adults experience greater brain activity while learning (Physical and brain fitness)

    01/16/2017 4:03:51 PM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 15 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | 1/13/17 | N/A
    Older adults who experience good cardiac fitness may be also keeping their brains in good shape as well. In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, older adults who scored high on cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) tests performed better on memory tasks than those who had low CRF. Further, the more fit older adults were, the more active their brain was during learning. These findings appear in the journal Cortex. Difficulty remembering new information represents one of the most common complaints in aging and decreased memory performance is one of the hallmark impairments in Alzheimer's disease. Healthy...
  • The world's last survivor of the 19th Century celebrates her 117th birthday in Italy [tr]

    11/29/2016 8:11:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 29, 2016 | Hannah Al-Othman
    The world's oldest woman has celebrated another birthday, as she turned 117 today. Italian woman Emma Morano is the last known person alive to have been born in the 19th century, and the oldest person on record in the world. She celebrated the landmark day by enjoying a birthday cake wth her carers in her home in Verbania, a town in northern Italy on Lake Maggiore.
  • Emma Morano, last person alive born in 1800s, turns 117

    11/28/2016 5:25:59 PM PST · by SMGFan · 55 replies
    Rome (AFP) - An alert and chatty Italian woman, Emma Morano, on Tuesday celebrates her 117th birthday as the last known person alive who was born in the 19th century. Born November 29, 1899, she is the world's oldest living person and the secret to her longevity appears to lie in eschewing usual medical wisdom. "I eat two eggs a day, and that's it. And cookies. But I do not eat much because I have no teeth," she told AFP in an interview last month in her room in Verbania, a town in northern Italy on Lake Maggiore.
  • Eat cheese, live longer

    11/22/2016 2:21:42 PM PST · by Red Badger · 97 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 21, 2016 | 3:08pm | By Christian Gollayan
    A recent study published in the journal Nature Medicine reported that eating cheese — specifically the aged kind containing the compound spermidine, as found in blue cheese — was linked to a longer life in mammals when tested on mice. “The mice do not only live longer when we supplement spermidine to the drinking water, but they are also healthier in terms of cardiac function,” Frank Madeo, co-author of the study and a professor at the University of Graz in Austria, told Medical Daily.
  • Scientists find keys to a long life in Italy's 100 club village

    09/05/2016 6:59:52 AM PDT · by gasport · 19 replies
    The Local ^ | Sept 5, 2016
    Scientists on Monday revealed part of the secret to why a small village in southern Italy has an unusual number of centenarians - low levels of a particular hormone that affects circulation. Italian and US experts have spent the last six months investigating the extraordinary longevity of residents of Acciaroli, where more than one in 10 - 81 at the mayor's last count - of the village's population of 700 is over 100 years old.
  • World's oldest priest says strict routine basis of long life

    07/10/2016 11:50:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 10, 2016
    ather Jacques Clemens attends a mass at St. Benoit church in Nalinnes, Belgium, July 10, 2016. NALINNES, Belgium A strict daily routine is the recipe for a long life, according to the world's oldest priest, Belgian Jacques Clemens, who will celebrate his 107th birthday on Monday.Clemens, who has also celebrated his 80th anniversary as a Catholic priest, gets up every morning at 5.30 a.m. and goes to bed at 9.00 p.m. When Clemens was about to retire at 75, his bishop asked him to remain in service until they found a successor - he only stopped holding regular church services...
  • Adam Lived to Be 900? Maybe, but Our Shorter Life Spans Tell Us More Than We Might Like to Admit

    06/10/2016 7:06:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 157 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-09-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Adam Lived to Be 900? Maybe, but Our Shorter Life Spans Tell Us More Than We Might Like to Admit Msgr. Charles Pope • June 9, 2016 • I sometimes get questions about the remarkably long lives of the patriarchs who lived before the great flood. Consider some of their reported ages when they died: Adam 930Seth 912Enosh 905Jared 962Methuselah 969Noah 600Shem 600Eber 464Abraham 175Moses 120David 70 How should we understand these references? There are many theories that have tried to explain the claimed longevity. Some propose a mathematical corrective, but this leads to other inconsistencies such as certain...
  • The Immortality Hype

    05/28/2016 11:00:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Nautilus ^ | May 26, 2016 | Adam Piore
    It’d be easy to miss the unobtrusive brown door to Joon Yun’s second floor office, tucked away next to a dry cleaners and a hair salon in downtown Palo Alto, California. But the address itself speaks loud enough. Four-hundred-seventy University Avenue is located in the heart of a neighborhood that holds a special place in the lore of Silicon Valley start-up culture. A few minutes’ walk away are the early homes of PayPal, Facebook, and Google. Yet the early ambitions of these famous companies are modest when compared to the ideas I’ve come to discuss with Yun. I’ve been led...
  • The Oldest Person In the World Attributes Her Long Life to Eating Eggs and Being Single

    05/16/2016 4:27:13 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 28 replies
    Time ^ | May 16, 2016 | Cady Lang
    The spry supercentenarian was born on November 29, 1899, making her the only person whose life has touched three centuries. In a 2015 interview with the New York Times, Morano shared that she attributes her long life to eating three raw eggs a day — she has since gone down to two eggs a day — since she was in her teens (a doctor recommended it for anemia...)
  • Scientists Enlist Dogs to Fetch Answers on Extending Life

    05/16/2016 12:38:40 PM PDT · by Gennie · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 1 6, 2016 | Amy Harmon
    SEATTLE — Ever since last summer, when Lynn Gemmell’s dog was inducted into the trial of a drug that has been shown to significantly lengthen the lives of laboratory mice, she has been the object of intense scrutiny among dog park regulars. To those who insist that Bela, 8, has turned back into a puppy — “Look how fast she’s getting that ball!” — Ms. Gemmell has tried to turn a deaf ear. Bela, a Border collie-Australian shepherd mix, may have been given a placebo, for one thing. The drug, rapamycin, which improved the heart health and appeared to delay...