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  • 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...
  • No country for old men: Japan's elderly inmates prefer jail to being released

    01/15/2017 6:03:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 01/15/2017 | Natsuko Fukue
    Tokyo (AFP) - Every day is the same. He wakes at 6:45 am, eats breakfast 20 minutes later and reports for work at eight o'clock sharp. But this isn't your typical Japanese salaryman. This man is in his 80s and he is in prison -- a cage of structure and certainty that he is hesitant to ever leave. "I don't know what kind of life I should lead after I get out. I'll be worried about my health and financial situation once I leave," the inmate told AFP on condition of anonymity from Tokyo's Fuchu Prison, where he is serving...
  • On the Paradoxical Beauty of Dying

    11/07/2016 8:15:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-06-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Paradoxical Beauty of Dying Msgr. Charles Pope • November 6, 2016 • As most of you know, the Washington, D.C. City Council recently took a step toward legalizing physician-assisted suicide for those with less than six months to live.Although I have written elsewhere about the dangerous implications of this legislation, in today’s post I want to stand up for the dying, at home and in nursing homes, the fully lucid and those with advanced Alzheimer’s, those who are moving toward death relatively painlessly and those who are suffering.As a priest, it has been my privilege to accompany...
  • A New Look At Vitamin D Challenges The Current View Of Its Benefits

    10/26/2016 4:00:18 AM PDT · by blam · 64 replies
    MedicalXpress ^ | 1-025-2016 | Medicalxpress
    October 25, 2016 A simple Google search for "what does vitamin D do?" highlights the widely used dietary supplement's role in regulating calcium absorption and promoting bone growth. But now it appears that vitamin D has much wider effectsat least in the nematode worm, C. elegans. Research at the Buck Institute shows that vitamin D works through genes known to influence longevity and impacts processes associated with many human age-related diseases. The study, published in Cell Reports, may explain why vitamin D deficiency has been linked to breast, colon and prostate cancer, as well as obesity, heart disease and depression....
  • 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.
  • The Immortality Hype

    05/28/2016 11:00:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Nautilus ^ | May 26, 2016 | Adam Piore
    Itd be easy to miss the unobtrusive brown door to Joon Yuns 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 Ive come to discuss with Yun. Ive been led...
  • Microbiome: Cultural differences

    12/08/2012 4:52:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Nature ^ | December 5, 2012 | Virginia Hughes
    Studies of gut bacteria are beginning to untangle how diet affects health in old age but determining cause and effect is tricky. Almost everything about eating gets more difficult with age. Elderly people typically cannot taste or smell as well as they used to, decreasing the appeal of some foods. Dental issues or a dry mouth can impede chewing; loss of muscle tone in the pharynx can make swallowing difficult; constipation and the side effects of medication can make digestion uncomfortable; and decreased mobility makes a chore of grocery shopping or cooking complex meals. Little wonder that older people...
  • 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, theyve traded peace signs for dollar signs. By force of sheer volume, the (baby boomers) who in 1968 thought they would change the world by 2028 actually will, 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. Theyll control more than half of the discretionary income,...
  • 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. To think that a simple decrease in calories caused such...
  • Music has more brain benefits than other leisure pursuits

    07/24/2012 6:28:20 AM PDT · by rjbemsha · 11 replies
    PhysOrg via Frontiers in Human Neuroscience ^ | 20 July 2012 | Brenda Hanna-Pladdy et al.
    Musical instrumental training...may reduce the effects of memory decline and cognitive aging. Musical activity was found to preserve cognition, including memory, as one ages. Cognitive benefits including memory were sustained for musicians between the ages of 60-80 if they played for at least 10 years throughout their life. But to obtain optimal results, individuals should start musical training before age nine, play at least 10 years or more and if possible, keep playing for as long as possible over the age of 60 Read more at: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-07-music-big-brain-benefits-leisure.html#jCp
  • Ageing eyes hinder biometric scans

    05/27/2012 7:56:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Nature News ^ | 25 May 2012 | Duncan Graham-Rowe
    Research suggests that irises do not remain the same for life after all. Identifying people by scanning the irises of their eyes may not be as reliable as some governments and the public might think. Thats according to new research suggesting that irises, rather than being stable over a lifetime, are susceptible to ageing effects that steadily change their appearance over time. With iris recognition now being used at border control in countries such as the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, this has huge implications, says Kevin Bowyer, a professor of computer science at the University of Notre...
  • 'Baby bust' spells trouble for rich nations

    10/30/2011 12:35:25 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 31 replies
    ra ^ | October 30th 2011 | Chris Arsenault
    More than 30 countries, mostly in Europe and East Asia, face rapidly ageing populations. The worlds richest nations are approaching a baby bust. Its a bear market for newborns and the effects could spell economic and social dislocation in the next 20 years, according to some analysts. As demographers debate the dangers and benefits of the earths population reaching seven billion on October 31, advanced economies in Europe, East Asia and even the US are facing declining birth rates. With senior citizens making up a larger proportion of the population, countries are worried that there will be too many retirees...
  • Did You Know That Gadaffi Looked Like A Movie Star, When He Was Young?

    03/03/2011 8:07:13 AM PST · by pinochet · 70 replies
    Some bloggers are saying that the young Muamar Gadaffi, looked like the young Roberto de Niro. Here is a link: http://bongmendoza.wordpress.com/2011/02/21/our-leader-our-killer/young-and-dashing-gaddafi-2/ You can also scroll down on this bbc page, to see another photo, perhaps the best I have seen of the young gaddafi: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8225656.stm Another photo of Gadaffi as a young officer: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HqbJ7aNhlNI/TWKq5USrdiI/AAAAAAAARQo/1XPnSG9iI00/s1600/gaddafi_01.jpg Here he is with his Egyptian Father Figure, Nasser: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kVHpbSPNbj8/TWa5evGf0xI/AAAAAAAAAKQ/iVTIlyvKBwY/s1600/Nasser_Gaddafi_1969.jpg Those who know the html stuff of posting the pics can do so. I'd appreciate it.
  • Ageing Australia unveils plan to defuse time-bomb

    02/06/2010 11:06:40 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 14 replies · 397+ views
    AFP ^ | 1 February, 2010 | AFP
    SYDNEY Australia on Monday unveiled a 43 million dollar (38 million US) plan to keep older people in the workforce, as it strives to ward off an economic slowdown expected as the growing population ages. Treasurer Wayne Swan said Australia's population was expected to rise by 14 million to 36 million by 2050 with a much higher proportion aged 65 or over, leaving fewer workers as health costs soar. "If we are going to get to the point where there is going to be 2.7 working Australians for every person aged over 65, not five as there currently are,...
  • Ageing isn't fun, but it's better than death, by at least, ooh . . . 8%

    10/12/2009 4:38:07 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 4 replies · 406+ views
    Guardian ^ | 10/12/09 | Charlie Brooker
    I discovered George Osborne was younger than me. Only by two months. But still: younger George Osborne's Tory conference speech last week left me in a state of shredded despair. Not because of anything he said, but because I'd just discovered he's younger than me. Only by two months, but still: younger. In a correctly functioning universe, my advanced age would make me his superior. If I deliberately knocked a glass of milk on to the floor, he'd have to clean it up. He'd be on all fours, scrubbing desperately at the floorboards while I sat back in my chair,...
  • Barbra Streisand Doesn't Recognize Her "Older" Face In The Mirror

    08/22/2009 10:46:08 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 70 replies · 13,985+ views
    All Headline News ^ | August 22 | Anne Lu
    Los Angeles, CA (BANG) - Barbra Streisand doesn't recognize her "older" face when she looks in the mirror. The 67-year-old Hollywood actress is shocked every time she sees her aged reflection, because she still feels so young in her heart. She said: "It's a whole different problem now. You get older, and it's a bit of a shock. I still feel so young inside. And that's me in the mirror? Well, if you don't see it, I'm thrilled." However, the "Funny Girl" star always expected find the ageing process easier to deal with than some of her more glamorous peers,...
  • Chinas future will be hobbled by old age (one-child policy has given China an ageing population)

    08/03/2009 7:05:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies · 747+ views
    The Times of London ^ | 8/3/2009 | Rosemary Righter
    Beware what you wish for. Birth control was one of the resounding policy successes of the last quarter of the last century. In the early 1970s, women worldwide were bearing an average of 4.3 children; populations in some of the poorest countries were doubling at breakneck speed and demographers were predicting that the world would contain 16 billion or more people before the demographic express hit the buffers of famine and war. Alarmed, governments threw themselves into family planning nowhere more strenuously than in China. In 1979 Deng Xiaoping unceremoniously binned Maos proclamation, Chinas strength is its countless people,...
  • Old age begins at 27: Scientists reveal new research into ageing

    03/15/2009 9:15:18 AM PDT · by null and void · 55 replies · 1,588+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 1:14 AM on 15th March 2009 | By Mail On Sunday Reporter
    Getting old already? 27-year-old singer Beyonce Knowles is already past her mental peak according to new research According to scientists, our mental abilities begin to decline from the age of 27 after reaching a peak at 22. The researchers studied 2,000 men and women aged 18 to 60 over seven years. The people involved who were mostly in good health and well-educated had to solve visual puzzles, recall words and story details and spot patterns in letters and symbols. The first age at which performance was significantly lower than the peak scores was 27 for three tests...
  • Scientists stop the ageing process

    08/12/2008 2:16:21 PM PDT · by BGHater · 10 replies · 75+ views
    ABC/AFP ^ | 11 Aug 2008 | ABC/AFP
    Scientists have stopped the ageing process in an entire organ for the first time, a study released today says. Published in today's online edition of Nature Medicine, researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York City also say the older organs function as well as they did when the host animal was younger. The researchers, led by Associate Professor Ana Maria Cuervo, blocked the ageing process in mice livers by stopping the build-up of harmful proteins inside the organ's cells. As people age their cells become less efficient at getting rid of damaged protein...
  • Sedentary Life 'Speeds Up Ageing'

    01/29/2008 1:43:38 PM PST · by blam · 19 replies · 675+ views
    BBC ^ | 1-29-2008
    Sedentary life 'speeds up ageing' There is now another good reason for regular exercise, say researchers Leading a sedentary lifestyle may make us genetically old before our time, a study suggests. A study of twins found those who were physically active during their leisure time appeared biologically younger than their sedentary peers. The researchers found key pieces of DNA called telomeres shortened more quickly in inactive people. It is thought that could signify faster cellular ageing. The King's College London study appears in Archives of Internal Medicine. An active lifestyle has been linked to lower rates of cardiovascular disease, type...