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  • Web Surf to Save Your Aging Brain ["use-it-or-lose-it"]

    10/19/2009 5:25:46 PM PDT · by ETL · 14 replies · 623+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | October 19, 2009 | Amanda Gardner
    MONDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Surfing the Internet just might be a way to preserve your mental skills as you age. Researchers found that older adults who started browsing the Web experienced improved brain function after only a few days. "You can teach an old brain new technology tricks," said Dr. Gary Small, a psychiatry professor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of iBrain. With people who had little Internet experience, "we found that after just a week of practice, there was a much greater extent...
  • Telomeres, Telomerase and Cancer

    10/05/2009 9:42:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 993+ views
    Scientific American ^ | October 5, 2009 | Carol W. Greider and Elizabeth H. Blackburn
    An unusual enzyme called telomerase acts on parts of chromosomes known as telomeres. The enzyme has recently been found in many human tumors and is being eyed as a new target for cancer therapyEditor's note: We are posting the main text of this article from the February 1996 issue of Scientific American for all our readers because the authors have won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Subscribers to the digital archive may obtain a full PDF version, complete with artwork and captions. Often in nature things are not what they seem. A rock on the seafloor may...
  • Sperm Fluid May Hold Key to Longer Life: Scientists

    10/05/2009 6:34:16 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 90 replies · 3,599+ views
    deutsche press via email, no link | 10/5/9
    Vienna (dpa) -- A substance contained in sperm fluid prolongs life and might be used in fighting Alzheimer disease, Austria's Graz University announced Monday. Researchers Tobias Eisenberg and Frank Madeo have found that the substance spermidine extends the lifespan of human immune cells, as well as of mice, flies, worms and yeast fungus. "We might have found the holy grail of age research," said Eisenberg, whose study involved 29 colleagues in six countries and was published in the British journal Nature Cell Biology on Sunday. In tests with mice treated with spermidine, cell damage linked to aging was reduced, and...
  • Florida musical finds comedy in aging, dentures and death

    09/02/2009 8:25:13 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 6 replies · 442+ views
    gainesville. ^ | September 2, 2009
    NAPLES, Fla. — So, a man and a woman walk into a strip-mall restaurant packed full of retirees, and start mouthing off about sagging breasts, lost dentures and how everyone there is standing at death's door. What's the punchline? Rick Compton and Betsy Bennett implore you to find out with "Assisted Living: The Musical." The singer-songwriter duo dares to poke fun at the aged in ways often off-limits on stage and screen — and audiences are laughing so hard they cry... ...the topics include elderly romance, senior driving and Viagra. Among the song titles: "Help! I've Fallen for You and...
  • A pill for longer life? A drug slows the march of time in middle-aged mice.

    07/08/2009 11:37:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 774+ views
    Nature News ^ | 8 July 2009 | Kerri Smith
    Could a pill one day slow ageing in humans?Punchstock Rapamycin, a drug commonly used in humans to prevent transplanted organs from being rejected, has been found to extend the lives of mice by up to 14% — even when given to the mice late in life. In flies and worms, drug treatments have been shown to prolong lifespan, but until now, the only robust way to extend life in mammals has been to heavily restrict diet. The researchers caution, however, that using this drug to extend the lifespan of humans might be problematic because it suppresses the immune system —...
  • What If? (Michael Jackson Age Progression Without Plastic Surgery)

    06/29/2009 4:41:33 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 53 replies · 10,138+ views
    Here is a forensic artist's drawing of what Michael Jackson would have looked like at age 45 (and presumably today) without all that plastic surgery and skin bleaching: What a difference!
  • AMA report questions science behind using hormones as anti-aging treatment

    06/14/2009 6:24:07 PM PDT · by greatdefender · 109 replies · 1,525+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 15 June 2009 | Bruce Japsen
    The American Medical Association is taking on a segment of the $50 billion "anti-aging" industry that promotes the use of hormones as a treatment for consumers to slow or reverse the aging process. In a report presented Sunday in Chicago to a committee of the AMA's 543-member policymaking House of Delegates, the AMA Council on Science and Public Health calls into question claims made by for-profit Web sites, anti-aging clinics and other businesses promoting hormones as anti-aging treatments. "Despite the widespread promotion of hormones as anti-aging agents by for-profit Web sites, anti-aging clinics and compounding pharmacies, the scientific evidence to...
  • 'Brain decline' begins at age 27

    03/16/2009 7:34:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 44 replies · 1,019+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | 2009/03/16 | NA
    Mental powers start to dwindle at 27 after peaking at 22, marking the start of old age, US research suggests. Professor Timothy Salthouse of Virginia University found reasoning, speed of thought and spatial visualisation all decline in our late 20s. Therapies designed to stall or reverse the ageing process may need to start much earlier, he said. His seven-year study of 2,000 healthy people aged 18-60 is published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging. To test mental agility, the study participants had to solve puzzles, recall words and story details and spot patterns in letters and symbols. The same tests...
  • 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...
  • Feeling Old? Blame Your Nuclear Pores

    01/27/2009 12:39:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 516+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 22 January 2009 | Mitch Leslie
    Enlarge ImageChanging of the guard. In these nuclei from muscle cells, yellow indicates where nuclear pore proteins are being replaced.Credit: Maximiliano D'Angelo As if gimpy knees, clogged arteries, and forgetfulness weren't bad enough, new research has identified another way our bodies falter as we get older. The pores that permit only certain molecules to enter and exit the nuclei of our cells start leaking. A new study raises the possibility that permissive pores trigger some of the physical decline of old age. Nuclear pores aren't mere portholes. Each consists of about 30 different proteins called nucleoporins that control what...
  • Video Report on the Rapid Aging of U.S. Presidents While in Office - Video 1/25/09

    01/25/2009 5:24:46 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 6 replies · 1,004+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 25, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is a video report on the rapid aging of Presidents of the United States. The report shows before and after photos of several Presidents, and discusses the way Presidents age rapidly while in office with a Doctor. The Doctor says Presidents age about two years for every year they are in office. . . . . . . . (watch video)
  • HOW TO LIVE TO 120 - BOOMERS ARE CLAMORING FOR A LONGER LIFE - AND SCIENCE MAY JUST GIVE IT TO THEM

    01/03/2009 5:12:21 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies · 816+ views
    Too bad Ponce de Leon didn't live in 21st century New York City. He may not have found the Fountain of Youth, but he would have at least gotten a book deal. It seems that every time a Baby Boomer finds a gray hair, another tome is written promising to teach people how to stave off the effects of aging. This year, dozens of self-help titles are set to hit the shelves, all offering tips to extending youth.
  • Brain Starvation As We Age Appears To Trigger Alzheimer' Strategy

    12/27/2008 10:07:58 PM PST · by texas booster · 29 replies · 1,735+ views
    Northwestern University ^ | 24-Dec-2008 | Marla Paul
    Improving blood flow to brain is a preventive strategy CHICAGO --- A slow, chronic starvation of the brain as we age appears to be one of the major triggers of a biochemical process that causes some forms of Alzheimer's disease. A new study from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine has found when the brain doesn't get enough sugar glucose -- as might occur when cardiovascular disease restricts blood flow in arteries to the brain -- a process is launched that ultimately produces the sticky clumps of protein that appear to be a cause of Alzheimer's. Robert Vassar, lead author,...
  • Aging Brains Allow Negative Memories To Fade

    12/23/2008 4:21:44 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 19 replies · 618+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Dec. 20, 2008
    ScienceDaily (Dec. 20, 2008) — It turns out there's a scientific reason why older people tend to see the past through rose-colored glasses. Medical researchers have identified brain activity that causes older adults to remember fewer negative events than their younger counterparts. Neuroscientists from Duke University Medical Center have discovered that older people use their brains differently than younger people when it comes to storing memories, particularly those associated with negative emotions.
  • High Blood Pressure May Make It Difficult For The Elderly To Think Clearly

    12/23/2008 4:17:36 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 5 replies · 283+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Dec. 17, 2008
    Adding another reason for people to watch their blood pressure, a new study from North Carolina State University shows that increased blood pressure in older adults is directly related to decreased cognitive functioning, particularly among seniors with already high blood pressure. This means that stressful situations may make it more difficult for some seniors to think clearly.
  • Aging Castro still rules 50 years after revolution

    12/20/2008 2:18:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 506+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/20/08 | Anita Snow - ap
    HAVANA – In the palace of a fallen dictator, the grade-school kids in their red Communist Pioneer bandanas are getting their mandatory introduction to the glories of the revolution. Clattering from one display case to the next, they gaze wide-eyed at an antique gun, a fighter's bloodied shirt, the engine of a downed U.S. spy plane. Moving on, they stare at the yacht named Granma that carried Fidel Castro back from exile to launch his guerrilla war, and the combat boots his brother-successor wore as a ponytailed 27-year-old rebel.
  • New Harvard Research Investigates the Causes of Aging

    11/27/2008 10:21:27 AM PST · by Ancient Drive · 10 replies · 718+ views
    Eflux Media ^ | November 27th 2008 | Alice Carver
    Harvard Medical School scientists claim to have discovered a mechanism that may be the universal cause of aging. The study, published in the journal Cell, shows how DNA damage eventually leads to a breakdown in the cell’s ability to understand which genes are switched on and which are switched off. The cell’s decreasing ability to detect patterns of gene expression plays a critical role in aging, the researchers report. “This is the first potentially fundamental, root cause of aging that we've found,” says Harvard Medical School professor of pathology David Sinclair. “There may very well be others, but our finding...
  • The Catch-22 of Aging

    11/26/2008 11:23:57 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1,135+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 26 November 2008 | Rachel Zelkowitz
    Enlarge ImageTradeoff. The protein SIRT1 rushes to repair broken DNA in aging mammals like this mouse, but the shifting proteins (in red, inset) let gene expression go awry. Credit: Courtesy of Philipp Oberdoerffer/Harvard Medical School It seems there's just no way to beat Father Time. As we age, our chromosomes fracture, and specialized proteins rush in to reverse the damage. But new research shows that in doing so, these proteins inadvertently switch on genes that can contribute to aging, allowing senescence to march ever onward. The idea that a protein might patch up a rickety, aging chromosome is not...
  • Scientists Find Clues to Aging in a Red Wine Ingredient’s Role in Activating a Protein

    11/26/2008 11:03:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 1,974+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 27, 2008 | NICHOLAS WADE
    A new insight into the reason for aging has been gained by scientists trying to understand how resveratrol, a minor ingredient of red wine, improves the health and lifespan of laboratory mice. They believe that the integrity of chromosomes is compromised as people age, and that resveratrol works by activating a protein known as sirtuin that restores the chromosomes to health. The finding, published online Wednesday in the journal Cell, is from a group led by David Sinclair of the Harvard Medical School. It is part of a growing effort by biologists to understand the sirtuins and other powerful agents...
  • Unable to Sell Homes, Elderly Forgo Move to Assisted Living

    11/25/2008 12:02:19 PM PST · by Lorianne · 39 replies · 1,234+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 21, 2008 | Jack Healy
    The housing crisis has kept thousands of older Americans who need support and care from moving into retirement communities or assisted-living centers, effectively stranding them in their own homes. Without selling their houses or condominiums, many cannot buy into retirement homes that require a payment of $100,000 to $500,000 just to move in. So they are scratching themselves off waiting lists, canceling plans with packing services and staying put, in houses that fit well 30 years ago, but over the years have become lonely, too large or too treacherous to navigate. “It is part of the hidden problem of the...
  • We used to call them angels, so why have some nurses stopped caring?

    10/18/2008 3:58:31 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 107 replies · 2,346+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18 October 2008 | Claudia Joseph
    I knew my mother Norma's 81st birthday would be poignant. She had been diagnosed with lung cancer six months earlier... and was not expected to survive the year. But at least, I reasoned, she was being treated at the world-renowned Royal Marsden Hospital in West London. There she would not only receive the best possible treatment but be cared for by dedicated nurses accustomed to looking after the terminally ill... But when I arrived on Horder Ward on the morning of my mother's birthday, she was distressed and disorientated. Instead of wearing the white linen pyjamas she had gone to...
  • Physical decline caused by slow decay of brain's myelin

    10/17/2008 1:13:32 PM PDT · by decimon · 18 replies · 988+ views
    It's more than just achy joints and arthritis, researchers sayDuring this year's baseball playoffs, Chicago White Sox outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., 38, threw a picture-perfect strike from center field to home plate to stop an opposing player from scoring. The White Sox ultimately won the game by a single run and clinched the division title. Had Griffey been 40, it could be argued, he might not have made the throw in time. That's because in middle age, we begin to lose myelin — the fatty sheath of "insulation" that coats our nerve axons and allows for fast signaling bursts in...
  • Pope: I face old age calmly

    08/23/2008 8:10:09 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 113+ views
    www.pr-inside.com ^ | 8-22-2008 | Associated Press
    Pope: I face old age calmly 2008-08-22 19:35:07 - VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI said he is living out his old age calmly and with courage, thanks to the help of his elder brother, Vatican Radio reported Friday. Benedict mused aloud about growing old at a ceremony Thursday to make his brother, Georg Ratzinger, an honorary citizen of Castel Gandolfo, the lakeside town near Rome which hosts the papal summer residence. Benedict is 81, and Georg, who is a priest in Germany, is 84. «We have reached the last stage of our life, old age,» Vatican Radio quoted...
  • Running 'can slow ageing process'

    08/12/2008 1:00:27 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 25 replies · 215+ views
    BBC News ^ | August 12, 2008
    Running on a regular basis can slow the effects of ageing, a study by US researchers shows. Elderly joggers were half as likely to die prematurely from conditions like cancer than non-runners. They also enjoyed a healthier life with fewer disabilities, the Stanford University Medical Center team found. Experts said the findings in Archives of Internal Medicine reinforced the importance that older people exercise regularly. Survival of the fittest The work tracked 500 older runners for more than 20 years, comparing them to a similar group of non-runners. All were in their 50s at the start of the study. Nineteen...
  • Spices May Protect Against Consequences Of High Blood Sugar

    08/08/2008 4:51:45 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 31 replies · 123+ views
    Science Daily ^ | August 8, 2008 | Staff
    ScienceDaily (Aug. 7, 2008) — Herbs and spices are rich in antioxidants, and a new University of Georgia study suggests they are also potent inhibitors of tissue damage and inflammation caused by high levels of blood sugar. Researchers, whose results appear in the current issue of the Journal of Medicinal Food, tested extracts from 24 common herbs and spices. In addition to finding high levels of antioxidant-rich compounds known as phenols, they revealed a direct correlation between phenol content and the ability of the extracts to block the formation of compounds that contribute to damage caused by diabetes and aging....
  • University Of Chicago Study: Older People Happier Than Youth

    07/14/2008 5:49:58 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 34 replies · 117+ views
    All Headline News ^ | July 14, 2008 | Vittorio Hernandez
    Chicago, IL (AHN) - A new University of Chicago study linked happiness with age, with older people apparently happier than the youth. The findings are based on a study by Yang Yang, a researcher of the university's General Social Survey, in which 50,000 Americans have been interviewed since 1972 repeatedly to check trends, make comparisons and trace changes in responses over time. Tom Smith, director of the General Social Survey, reportedly said the findings had results that were contrary to popular expectations.Despite the health problems of older people, the study found that they have lesser financial, interpersonal and crime problems...
  • Old muscle gets new pep in UC Berkeley stem cell study

    06/28/2008 8:51:56 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 43+ views
    UC Berkeley ^ | 06.16.08 | Sarah Yang
    BERKELEY – Old muscle got a shot of youthful vigor in a stem cell experiment by bioengineers at the University of California, Berkeley, setting the path for research on new treatments for age-related degenerative conditions such as muscle atrophy or Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Old muscles renewedIrina Conboy and Morgan Carlson have learned how to trigger the rejuvenation of old, damaged muscles. View full-size videoIn a new study published June 15 in an advanced online issue of the journal Nature, researchers identified two key regulatory pathways that control how well adult stem cells repair and replace damaged tissue. They then...
  • AGING: The Disease - The Cure - The Implications (Aging 2008)

    06/27/2008 5:27:50 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 37 replies · 106+ views
    Aging ^ | June 27, 2008 | Aubrey de Grey?
    Aging 2008 registration is appreciated but not required. You can check in at the door at 4pm. Leading aging scientists and public policy experts will gather at UCLA tomorrow. This is the first time that an event like this has taken place anywhere. We hope to see you there! Applying the new technologies of regenerative and genetic medicine, the engineering approach to aging promises to dramatically extend healthy human life within the next few decades. How do you and your loved ones stand to benefit from the coming biomedical revolution? Are you prepared? Is society prepared? At Aging 2008 you...
  • Study indicates grape seed extract may reduce cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer's disease

    06/17/2008 1:51:25 PM PDT · by decimon · 9 replies · 190+ views
    Society for Neuroscience ^ | Jun 17, 2008 | Unknown
    Nutritional supplement as effective as red wine in preventing amyloid beta plaque build upA compound found in grape seed extract reduces plaque formation and resulting cognitive impairment in an animal model of Alzheimer's disease, new research shows. The study appears in the June 18 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. Lead study author Giulio Pasinetti, MD, PhD, of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and colleagues found that the grape seed extract prevents amyloid beta accumulation in cells, suggesting that it may block the formation of plaques. In Alzheimer's disease, amyloid beta accumulates to form toxic plaques that disrupt normal brain...
  • Scientists: 115-Year-Old's Brain Worked Perfectly

    06/13/2008 3:39:47 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 195+ views
    Physorg ^ | 6-13-2008 | ANRICA DEB
    Scientists: 115-year-old's brain worked perfectly By ANRICA DEB , Associated Press WriterJune 13, 2008 Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, who died at age 115 in 2005, is seen in this May 26, 2004 photo at de Westerkim, home for the elderly, in Hoogeveen, Netherlands. Scientists say that Henrikje van Andel-Schipper's mind was probably as good as it seemed: a post-mortem analysis of her brain revealed few signs of Alzheimer's or other diseases commonly associated with a decline in mental ability in old age. "This is the first (extremely old) brain that did not have these problems," Professor Gert Holstege of Groningen University...
  • New Hints Seen That Red Wine May Slow Aging

    06/04/2008 12:29:46 AM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 184+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 4, 2008 | NICHOLAS WADE
    Red wine may be much more potent than was thought in extending human lifespan, researchers say in a new report that is likely to give impetus to the rapidly growing search for longevity drugs. The study is based on dosing mice with resveratrol, an ingredient of some red wines. Some scientists are already taking resveratrol in capsule form, but others believe it is far too early to take the drug, especially using wine as its source, until there is better data on its safety and effectiveness. The report is part of a new wave of interest in drugs that may...
  • Children of older fathers have greater risk of early death

    06/02/2008 6:52:36 PM PDT · by thinkingIsPresuppositional · 48 replies · 321+ views
    Modern Conservative ^ | June 02, 2008
    Children of older fathers have greater risk of early death Men, listen up. No longer can you comfort yourselves with the notion that you can father a child at any time...Children of older fathers more 'likely to die early': LONDON: When it comes to fertility and the prospect of having babies, it has always been assumed that men have no biological clock — unlike women, they can father a child late in their life. But a study has dispelled this myth. Researchers in Europe have found that children are almost twice as likely to die before adulthood if they have...
  • Huge hidden biomass lives deep beneath the oceans

    05/24/2008 5:15:14 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 26 replies · 101+ views
    NewScientist ^ | 22 May 2008 | Catherine Brahic
    It's the basement apartment like no other. Life has been found 1.6 kilometres beneath the sea floor, at temperatures reaching 100 °C. The discovery marks the deepest living cells ever to be found beneath the sea floor. Bacteria have been found deeper underneath the continents, but there they are rare. In comparison, the rocks beneath the sea appear to be teeming with life. John Parkes, a geobiologist at the University of Cardiff, UK, hopes his team's discovery might one day help find life on other planets. He says it might even redefine what we understand as life, and, bizarrely, what...
  • Older Brain Really May Be a Wiser Brain

    05/22/2008 1:50:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 44 replies · 106+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 20, 2008 | SARA REISTAD-LONG
    When older people can no longer remember names at a cocktail party, they tend to think that their brainpower is declining. But a growing number of studies suggest that this assumption is often wrong. Instead, the research finds, the aging brain is simply taking in more data and trying to sift through a clutter of information, often to its long-term benefit. The studies are analyzed in a new edition of a neurology book, “Progress in Brain Research.” Some brains do deteriorate with age. Alzheimer’s disease, for example, strikes 13 percent of Americans 65 and older. But for most aging adults,...
  • With Age Comes A Sense Of Peace And Calm, Study Shows

    05/19/2008 12:32:54 PM PDT · by blam · 50 replies · 85+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 5-19-1008 | National Institute on Aging.
    With Age Comes A Sense Of Peace And Calm, Study Shows ScienceDaily (May 19, 2008) — Aging brings a sense of peace and calm, according to a new study from the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin. Starting at about age 60, participants reported more feelings of ease and contentment than their younger counterparts. Catherine Ross and John Mirowsky, professors of sociology, have published the findings in "Age and the Balance of Emotions" in the May 19 issue of Social Science and Medicine. The findings reveal aging is associated with more positive than negative emotions, and...
  • Exercise Your Brain, or Else You’ll ... Uh ...

    05/03/2008 9:11:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies · 103+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 3, 2008 | KATIE HAFNER
    SAN FRANCISCO — When David Bunnell, a magazine publisher who lives in Berkeley, Calif., went to a FedEx store to send a package a few years ago, he suddenly drew a blank as he was filling out the forms. “I couldn’t remember my address,” said Mr. Bunnell, 60, with a measure of horror in his voice. “I knew where I lived, and I knew how to get there, but I didn’t know what the address was.” Mr. Bunnell is among tens of millions of baby boomers who are encountering the signs, by turns amusing and disconcerting, that accompany the decline...
  • Getting Forgetful? Then Blueberries May Hold The Key

    04/12/2008 11:14:02 AM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 510+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-12-2008 | The Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry.
    Getting Forgetful? Then Blueberries May Hold The Key ScienceDaily (Apr. 12, 2008) — If you are getting forgetful as you get older, then a research team from the University of Reading and the Peninsula Medical School in the Southwest of England may have good news for you They have found that phytochemical-rich foods, such as blueberries, are effective at reversing age-related deficits in memory, according to a study soon to be published in the science journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine. The researchers working at the Schools of Food Biosciences and Psychology in Reading and the Institute of Biomedical and...
  • Broccoli May Help Boost Aging Immune System

    03/10/2008 11:03:55 AM PDT · by blam · 43 replies · 844+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-10-2008 | University of California - Los Angeles.
    Broccoli May Help Boost Aging Immune SystemBroccoli. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of California - Los Angeles)ScienceDaily (Mar. 10, 2008) — Eat your broccoli! That's the advice from UCLA researchers who have found that a chemical in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables may hold a key to restoring the body's immunity, which declines as we age. Published in the online edition of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the study findings show that sulforaphane, a chemical in broccoli, switches on a set of antioxidant genes and enzymes in specific immune cells, which then combat the injurious effects of molecules...
  • On Turning 50

    03/08/2008 9:43:28 AM PST · by andy58-in-nh · 62 replies · 847+ views
    andy58-in-nh | 3/8/2008 | andy58-in-nh
    On Turning 50Okay, so I'm 50 years old today, and the only reason I bring it up is because, well, actually there are two reasons. The first is because for a person to have lived half a century is really an accomplishment, especially if you lived as dangerously as I chose to in my youth. I no longer do many of the things I was doing way back then, such as drinking beer and chasing women all night long, drag racing my Dad's Pontiac, and smoking enough wacky weed to deforest half of Colombia. So: thank you, dear Lord for...
  • John Wooden on growing old and The Lord ( vanity )

    03/01/2008 8:54:31 PM PST · by sushiman · 9 replies · 192+ views
    Read today that Hall Of Fame coach John Wooden is hospitalized after a fall at his home . Did a Youtube check and immediately found this , and thought I ought to share it with fellow Freepers . They definitely don't make em like John W any more . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-FyRMpo824
  • Does Hillary do BOTOX?

    02/01/2008 6:31:50 AM PST · by rface · 42 replies · 1,113+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | February 1, 2008 | staFF
    Does Hillary do botox?. ..... . Did that yellow jacket with the black detail that she wore in South Carolina suit her? Yes, with a woman in the running for the White House, the claws are out and looks and fashion are prime topics of conversation - not just for the usual observers of frocks and 'tox, but also for television presenters and erudite analysts. A photo showing all the wrinkles on an exhausted Hillary Clinton, 60, and a video in which she loses her voice have been the subjects of long, studied commentaries in the media. The unflattering images...
  • Middle-age is truly depressing, study finds

    01/30/2008 1:22:03 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 7 replies · 125+ views
    Reuters ^ | 30 January 2008 | Michael Kahn
    Middle age is truly miserable, according to a study using data from 80 countries showing that depression is most common among men and women in their forties. The British and U.S. researchers found that happiness for people ranging from Albania to Zimbabwe follows a U-shaped curve where life begins cheerful before turning tough during middle age and then returning to the joys of youth in the golden years. Previous studies have shown that psychological well-being remained flat throughout life but the new findings to be published in the journal Social Science & Medicine suggest we are in for a topsy-turvy...
  • Lead linked to aging in older brains

    01/27/2008 3:56:12 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 17 replies · 219+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | January 27, 2008 | MALCOLM RITTER
    Yahoo! News Lead linked to aging in older brains By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science WriterSun Jan 27, 3:28 PM ET Could it be that the "natural" mental decline that afflicts many older people is related to how much lead they absorbed decades before? That's the provocative idea emerging from some recent studies, part of a broader area of new research that suggests some pollutants can cause harm that shows up only years after someone is exposed. The new work suggests long-ago lead exposure can make an aging person's brain work as if it's five years older than it really is....
  • Lead linked to aging in older brains

    01/27/2008 12:46:35 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 10 replies · 71+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1/27/08 | Malcom Ritter
    Could it be that the "natural" mental decline that afflicts many older people is related to how much lead they absorbed decades before? That's the provocative idea emerging from some recent studies, part of a broader area of new research that suggests some pollutants can cause harm that shows up only years after someone is exposed. The new work suggests long-ago lead exposure can make an aging person's brain work as if it's five years older than it really is. If that's verified by more research, it means that sharp cuts in environmental lead levels more than 20 years ago...
  • A Decline in Testosterone May Give Rise to Many Ills (Especially In Married Men)

    01/17/2008 1:28:24 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 46 replies · 2,264+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 17 January 2008 | BENJAMIN BREWER, M.D
    Testosterone levels start to drop for most men in middle age. For those wanting to start their testosterone decline sooner than that, getting married may help. Married men have lower testosterone levels than single guys. A recent study among the Ariaal people in Kenya showed that unmarried men had higher testosterone levels than men with a single wife. And men with two or more wives had even lower testosterone than those with one. It's estimated that two million to four million American men have a significant testosterone deficiency and that less than 5% of them are getting treatment. Low testosterone...
  • Reversal Of Alzheimer's Symptoms Within Minutes In Human Study

    01/09/2008 2:14:21 PM PST · by blam · 102 replies · 824+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-8-2008 | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
    Reversal Of Alzheimer's Symptoms Within Minutes In Human StudyPET Scan of Alzheimer's Disease Brain. (Credit: NIH/National Institute On Aging) ScienceDaily (Jan. 9, 2008) — An extraordinary new scientific study, which for the first time documents marked improvement in Alzheimer’s disease within minutes of administration of a therapeutic molecule, has just been published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation. This new study highlights the importance of certain soluble proteins, called cytokines, in Alzheimer’s disease. The study focuses on one of these cytokines, tumor necrosis factor-alpha(TNF), a critical component of the brain’s immune system. Normally, TNF finely regulates the transmission of neural impulses...
  • Memo To Hillary: Get A Face Lift!

    12/26/2007 7:07:24 AM PST · by nancyvideo · 16 replies · 120+ views
    RightBias News ^ | 12-24-07 | Nancy Morgan
    Let's get real. For women, looks count. Always have, always will. Human nature made men and women from different molds. If you doubt that, just ask yourself this question. When is the last time you heard a woman comment on some guy's cute buns? Or on his rippling pecs? Men are more visual than women. That is reality. Many men are more likely to appreciate a woman based on her bra size than her IQ size. This is the way God made
  • Hillary: Growing Old Quickly, and Without Grace ... (get Nancy Pelosi’s botox docs)

    12/20/2007 5:59:03 AM PST · by IrishMike · 108 replies · 1,652+ views
    CFP ^ | Thursday, December 20, 2007 | John Lillpop
    Take a good look at a recent photograph of Hillary Clinton. Notice the bags under her bloated eyes, the turkey giblet developing below her neck, the heavy wrinkles and deep lines all across her forehead and face. The junior senator from New York has that exhausted look common to people who have stopped celebrating (and counting!) birthdays when the count reaches 60, as it did for Hillary in October. Right in front of God, C-Span, and the American people, Hillary Clinton is passing from an annoying young hippie-beach to an annoying old spent hag. Hillary Clinton’s better days are clearly...
  • Faulty Wiring in the Aging Brain

    12/06/2007 8:53:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 64 replies · 176+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 5 December 2007 | Greg Miller
    Even seniors fortunate enough to avoid the horrors of Alzheimer's disease typically experience some declines in memory and other cognitive abilities. Little is known about why this happens, but a new study suggests that cognitive declines in healthy older adults may result when brain regions that normally work together become out of sync, perhaps because the connections between them break down. A team led by Harvard neuroscientists Jessica Andrews-Hanna and Randy Buckner used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to monitor brain activity in 38 young adults, mostly 20-somethings, and 55 older adults, age 60 or above. The researchers focused on...
  • How Lance Armstrong Gets His Unusual Energy

    06/15/2005 3:42:34 AM PDT · by MississippiMasterpiece · 152 replies · 15,049+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 14, 2005 | Sandra Blakeslee
    Lance Armstrong's strength and endurance sometimes seem too extraordinary to be believed. Armstrong, a six-time winner of the Tour de France bicycle race who next month will try for his seventh straight victory, can cover 32 miles in one hour of riding. In contrast, the average cyclist covers 16 miles; a top marathon runner can cover 21 miles on a bike. Armstrong can ride up the mountains in France generating about 500 watts of power for 20 minutes, something a typical 25-year-old could do for only 30 seconds. A professional hockey player might last three minutes - and then throw...