Decoding The Aging Process

Decoding The Aging Process

Nov 15

Scientists are beginning to decode the complex biology of aging and are optimistic that recent advances in research may lead to treatments that can slow or even reverse degeneration and disease…

Will Human Beings Achieve Immortality Before The End Of The Century?

Will Human Beings Achieve Immortality Before The End Of The Century?

Oct 31

A growing number of creditable scientists are convinced that humanity will achieve virtual immortality before the end of the century…

100-Year-Old Man Completes Marathon

100-Year-Old Man Completes Marathon

Oct 17

Fauja Singh completed the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in approximately eight hours, making him the oldest person ever to finish one of the 26.2-mile races. It was the eighth marathon for Singh, who was born India in 1911 and did not start running marathons until he was 89, after he moved to England following the death of his wife and son. He says not smoking or drinking alcohol throughout his life, combined with a vegetarian diet and up to 10 miles of walking or running per day are the secrets to his health…

Breakthrough Electromagnetic Device Reverses Alzheimers

Breakthrough Electromagnetic Device Reverses Alzheimers

Oct 08

A new electromagnetic stimulation system has been developed in Israel that appears to change the course of the degenerative Alzheimer’s disease and allow patients to regain faded cognitive skills. The non-invasive NeuroAD system, developed by Yokneam-based Neuronix, is the first medical device in the world to receive approval for treating mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, a terminal brain disease affecting about 30 million elderly people worldwide…

Dr. Aubrey De Grey: Status Of Current & Future Anti-Aging Research

Dr. Aubrey De Grey: Status Of Current & Future Anti-Aging Research

Jul 22

The first person who will live to see their 150th birthday has already been born, according to a leading scientist. Even more incredibly, Aubrey De Grey believes that the first person to live for 1,000 years will be born in the next two decades…

Resveratrol & Its Effects On Human Health & Longevity

Resveratrol & Its Effects On Human Health & Longevity

Jul 22

Resveratrol is one of the most amazing nutrients known to modern science. Known as a longevity nutrient that gives red wine it’s amazing benefits on heart health, resveratrol continues to be widely studied for applications in treating cancer, diabetes, and even chronic inflammation. Several drug companies have already attempted to copy the resveratrol molecule and turn it into a “miracle drug” that would be patented and sold at huge profit margins. In cooperation with the Biotivia company, NaturalNews has published a FREE downloadable report that reveals today’s best scientific breakthroughs on resveratrol…

Lack Of Vitamin D Linked To Muscle Injuries & Alzheimer’s

Lack Of Vitamin D Linked To Muscle Injuries & Alzheimer’s

Jul 19

Over the past few years, researchers have come up with a mountain of evidence that vitamin D is extremely important to maintaining health and preventing and even treating a host of health problems. For example, studies have shown that too little vitamin D may trigger breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, brittle bones, heart attacks and more. And now there’s breaking news that scientists have discovered two more extraordinary benefits to getting enough vitamin D through sun exposure and supplements. It turns out a lack of the remarkable vitamin could result in sports-related muscle injuries. What’s more, vitamin D may, in a sense, help “vacuum” out plaques in the brain associated with the dreaded, mind-robbing dementia known as Alzheimer’s disease…

Artificially Grown Tooth Transplanted Into Mouse

Artificially Grown Tooth Transplanted Into Mouse

Jul 18

A tooth grown from embryonic cells has been successfully transplanted into the jaw of a mouse. The transplant is a step towards providing artificial replacements for donor organs that are in short supply…

Meditation May Change Brain’s Physical Structure, Strengthen Connections

Meditation May Change Brain’s Physical Structure, Strengthen Connections

Jul 17

People who meditate have stronger connections between brain regions and show less age-related brain atrophy, according to the researchers. Stronger connections influence the ability to rapidly relay electrical signals in the brain. And significantly, these effects are evident throughout the entire brain, not just in specific areas…

Older Men Value Kissing & Cuddling, Older Women Value Sex

Older Men Value Kissing & Cuddling, Older Women Value Sex

Jul 07

A Kinsey Institute study indicates that kissing and hugging are more important to the happiness of men than of women. Men who reported frequent kissing or cuddling with their partners were on average three times as happy with their relationships as men who reported limited snuggling. For women, such shows of tenderness didn’t have much impact on relationship satisfaction. The study involved 1,009 heterosexual middle-aged and older couples in long-term (average 25 years) committed relationships in five countries…

Movie: How To Live Forever

Movie: How To Live Forever

Jul 06

Director Mark Wexler embarks on a worldwide trek to investigate just what it means to grow old and what it could mean to really live forever. But whose advice should he take? Does 94-year-old exercise guru Jack LaLanne have all the answers, or does Buster, a 101-year-old chain-smoking, beer-drinking marathoner? What about futurist Ray Kurzweil, a laughter yoga expert, or an elder porn star? Wexler explores the viewpoints of delightfully unusual characters alongside those of health, fitness and life-extension experts in this engaging new documentary, which challenges our notions of youth and aging with comic poignancy…

Biologists Discover How Yeast Cells Reverse Aging

Biologists Discover How Yeast Cells Reverse Aging

Jun 28

Researchers at MIT have discovered a gene called NDT80 that can double yeast lifespan when turned on late in life. If the human cell lifespan is controlled in a similar way, it could offer a new approach to rejuvenating human cells or creating pluripotent stem cells…

How To Eat To Boost Brain Function & Cut Alzheimer’s Risk

How To Eat To Boost Brain Function & Cut Alzheimer’s Risk

Jun 20

A recent study published in Archives of Neurology found that a healthy diet may lower levels of brain chemicals linked to Alzheimer’s disease, while an unhealthy diet may raise them: Mail Online reports. Furthermore, a healthy diet may also reduce the risk of developing memory problems that can lead to this disease…

Assisted Suicide Advocate Jack Kevorkian Dies

Assisted Suicide Advocate Jack Kevorkian Dies

Jun 03

Jack Kevorkian, a former Oakland County pathologist who stirred public debate about physician-assisted suicide and admitted helping 130 people end their lives, has died. Kevorkian had been hospitalized with kidney and respiratory problems for several weeks at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was 83.

New Test Can Tell How Long You Will Live

New Test Can Tell How Long You Will Live

May 19

A blood test that can show how fast someone is ageing — and offers the tantalising possibility of estimating how long they have left to live — is to go on sale to the general public in Britain later this year…

Scientists Reverse Age-Related Degeneration In Aged Mice (Updated)

Scientists Reverse Age-Related Degeneration In Aged Mice (Updated)

May 19

Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute say they have for the first time partially reversed age-related degeneration in mice, resulting in new growth of the brain and testes, improved fertility, and the return of a lost cognitive function…

The Health Benefits Of Sex

The Health Benefits Of Sex

May 05

A flurry of small studies suggest that sex is as good for your health as vitamin D and broccoli. It not only relieves stress, improves sleep and burns calories, it can also reduce pain, ease depression, strengthen blood vessels, boost the immune system and lower the risk of prostate and breast cancer. But many of those studies rely on people to remember and report their sexual activity honestly and many can’t distinguish between cause and effect. That is, does sex make people healthier or do healthier people have more sex?

Playing Musical Instruments Fights Cognitive Decline

Playing Musical Instruments Fights Cognitive Decline

Apr 28

Playing a musical instrument throughout life may help fight cognitive decline as we age. Older musicians perform better on cognitive tests than individuals who did not play an instrument, according to a new study published in the April issue of Neuropsychology…

Pain Of Arthritis Eased By Mind Game

Pain Of Arthritis Eased By Mind Game

Apr 16

Arthritis pain can be significantly reduced — and in some cases even temporarily eliminated — by an illusion. By tricking the brain into believing an aching hand was being stretched or shrunk, researchers were able to reduce by half the pain felt in 85 percent of people tested. The research could lead to future technologies to help patients improve mobility by reducing the amount of pain they experience while undergoing physical therapy…

The Power Of Smiling

The Power Of Smiling

Apr 07

Smiling stimulates our brain’s reward mechanisms in a way that even chocolate, a well-regarded pleasure-inducer, cannot match. In a study conducted in the UK (using an electromagnetic brain scan machine and heart-rate monitor to create “mood-boosting values” for various stimuli), British researchers found that one smile can provide the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 chocolate bars; they also found that smiling can be as stimulating as receiving up to 16,000 Pounds Sterling in cash. That’s 25 grand a smile… And unlike lots of chocolate, lots of smiling can actually make you healthier. Smiling has documented therapeutic effects, and has been associated with: reduced stress hormone levels (like cortisol, adrenaline, and dopamine), increased health and mood enhancing hormone levels (like endorphins), and lowered blood pressure…

Happiness Peaks In Our Eighties

Happiness Peaks In Our Eighties

Apr 07

We become happier when we grow older, according to scientists who claim our best years do not arrive until our late seventies and eighties…

Molecular Cause Of Illness In Advanced Age Discovered

Molecular Cause Of Illness In Advanced Age Discovered

Feb 11

Scientists at the Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute say they have identified the root molecular cause of a variety of ills brought on by advanced age, including waning energy, failure of the heart and other organs, and metabolic disorders such as diabetes…

Interview: Counterclockwise – Ellen Langer

Interview: Counterclockwise – Ellen Langer

Dec 17

If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back physically? For more than thirty years, award-winning social psychologist Ellen Langer has studied this provocative question, and now, in Counterclockwise, she presents the answer: Opening our minds to what’s possible, instead of presuming impossibility, can lead to better health — at any age. Drawing on landmark work in the field and her own body of colorful and highly original experiments — including the first detailed discussion of her “counterclockwise” study, in which elderly men lived for a week as though it was 1959 and showed dramatic improvements in their hearing, memory, dexterity, appetite, and general well-being — Langer shows that the magic of rejuvenation and ongoing good health lies in being aware of the ways we mindlessly react to social and cultural cues. Examining the hidden decisions and vocabulary that shape the medical world (“chronic” versus “acute,” “cure” versus “remission”), the powerful physical effects of placebos, and the intricate but often defeatist ways we define our physical health, Langer challenges the idea that the limits we assume and impose on ourselves are real. With only subtle shifts in our thinking, in our language, and in our expectations, she tells us, we can begin to change the ingrained behaviors that sap health, optimism, and vitality from our lives. Improved vision, younger appearance, weight loss, and increased longevity are just four of the results that Langer has demonstrated.

Dan Buettner on Blue Zones, Happiness & Living To Be 100+

Dan Buettner on Blue Zones, Happiness & Living To Be 100+

Nov 29

Writer and explorer Dan Buettner has spent his life traveling the world in search of answers. His early life consisted of trekking throughout the world on a bicycle, covering thousands of miles in Africa, Asia, South America and beyond. His travels around the world (and on assignment for National Geographic) inspired him to discover and name the globe’s “blue zones,” the countries and societies with the longest life expectancy, the greatest happiness and other strengths. His first book to come out of this research was 2008’s The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, a prescription for life extension that became an international best-seller. Now, Buettner is back with a new book, Thrive, which focuses on happiness in the “blue zones,” and how everyone can attain a better quality of life by following the happiest countries’ examples…