My nose has been nearly useless for at least a decade – probably longer. It just doesn't work anymore. Obviously, there can be dangers in having a smell deficit – being unaware of a gas leak, for example, or something...
Researchers here propose an interesting use for genetic data obtained from the many centenarians now known to the scientific community from past studies of genetics and longevity: In the last ten years the scientific community has devoted...Show More Summary
Neural plasticity is the ability of the brain to remodel and adapt, and one of the necessary mechanisms supporting this process is neurogenesis, the creation of new neurons. The practice of calorie restriction has been shown to slowShow More Summary
The SENS Research Foundation advocates, organizes, and funds rejuvenation research based on the Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS) program. The aim is to produce the means to repair and reverse the fundamental known...Show More Summary
Social networking sites offer many forms of escape, many of which are perfectly harmless. Unfortunately, in online cheating, the escape into the virtual world is anything but harmless. The first study of Facebook infidelity shows there’s plenty not to “like” when you’re one of its victims. read more
”New research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that older adults who volunteer for at least 200 hours per year decrease their risk of hypertension, or high blood pressure, by 40 percent. Hypertension is estimated to affect 65 million Americans. It...
Researchers are working on technology that is analogous to dialysis machines, but provides one of the functions of the spleen instead of the kidney. This sort of thing is a very early step on the road that eventually leads to machines...Show More Summary
Researchers involved in one of the very the early portions of drug discovery, in which as many types of molecule are tested as possible, have discovered a way to improve memory in mice: Memory improved in mice injected with a small, drug-like molecule discovered [by] researchers studying how cells respond to biological stress. Show More Summary
LongeCity has been around for a while, and is home to an energetic community interested in health and longevity. There is as much talk of supplements, frivolous stuff to my eyes, as there is of serious longevity science aimed at rejuvenation,...Show More Summary
”Of all passions let the old man avoid a foolish fondness for women. This never will solicit him, for nature knows her own time...and he will be only making himself the ridicule of those who seem to favour his vain...
Something like a third of medical research funding comes from government sources. It is the most transparent and easily quantified source, so it is the one most often discussed. The incentives put upon researchers competing for these...Show More Summary
Ten years from now blood donation might be a thing of the past in wealthier regions of the world: Researchers based at the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM) in Edinburgh hope to use stem cells to manufacture blood on an industrial scale to help end shortages and prevent infections being passed on in donations. Show More Summary
This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to...
What do you think is the ideal height for a romantic partner? Tall, short, or somewhere in between? Research with heterosexual young adults shows that both, but especially woman, prefer being in a relationship in which the male is taller. Short men eventually find short women and tall pairs with tall, so your happy ending may indeed be "in reach." read more
JOHN OLIVER'S DOING GREAT - - on The Daily Show while Jon Stewart is off for the summer directing a movie in the Middle East. I watched all four shows this week and was not disappointed in the least. Of...
Calorie restriction is definitely good for you, provided that you maintain an optimal intake of micronutrients. There is a tremendous weight of evidence for the benefits of calorie restriction in animals and a large weight of evidence...Show More Summary
Sponsored annually by the United Nations, World Elder Abuse Day is tomorrow, 15 June, which probably explains why there has been a noticeable uptick this week in media stories about elder abuse, most particularly this time, money scams. We have...
Researchers here compare the effects of calorie restriction and dietary resveratrol on the pace of sarcopenia, the age-related loss of muscle mass and strength. What I take away from this is that calorie restriction produces meaningful results on this front, albeit modest in comparison to what we'd like to see, and resveratrol doesn't. Show More Summary
Oxidative theories of aging place the blame for the damage of aging on reactive oxidizing molecules, generated most notably in the mitochondria of your cells, and which tend to break the protein machinery they react with. Oxidative stress...Show More Summary
It is usually the case that the first knee-jerk reaction in opposition to increased human longevity is based on the mistaken belief that life extension technologies would lead to people being ever more frail and decrepit for a very long time. Show More Summary