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What's Really Behind Rebound Sex

Following the breakup of a close romantic relationship, both partners are likely to experience distress. However, when the breakup is one brought about by the partner, this distress often translates into rebound sex. Who's at risk and who isn't depends on a complex set of 4 relationship factors. read more

INTERESTING STUFF – 20 December 2014

THE GREAT ELIZABETH WARREN SPEECH It was Friday evening before the great Congress shutdown vote - 12 December. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren took to the microphones that evening to speak for we the people against Wall Street overreach – specifically,...

Preparation is Vital for a Good Cryopreservation

yesterdayHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

The cryonics industry provides the only alternative to the grave for people who will age to death prior to the advent of rejuvenation treatments. Sadly, even after four decades of service this remains a small industry and only a tiny...Show More Summary

5 Questions to Test Your Sense of Meaning in Life

The need to find meaning in your life might not be something you ponder on a daily basis but it lies at the root of your sense of worth. By answering these 5 questions, you can measure your progress toward that ultimate source of happiness. read more

The Pleasures of Comfort Food

2 days agoHealth / Aging : Time Goes By

PROGRAMMING REMINDER: Repeating an announcement I made a couple of days ago: Back in 2008, I made a presentation about web design for elders at the Gnomedex Conference in Seattle. I met a lot of young, interesting and engaged tech.....

Why do Some Muscles Show Fewer Signs of Aging?

2 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

Not all muscles in the body age equally, it seems, and those surrounding the eye are spared many of the degenerative changes that occur elsewhere. Investigating why this is the case may help to inform other lines of research that aim...Show More Summary

Sensory and Neuronal Influences on Fly Longevity

2 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

Life spans in short-lived animals can be made to vary far more in response to circumstances than the life spans of longer-lived animals. In the case of calorie restriction there is an evolutionary explanation in that if periods of famine...Show More Summary

"So Does Ibuprofen"

2 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

Every few years a new hot thing emerges in the field of drug candidates to slow aging. It was sirtuins for a while and then rapamycin and there will be others in due course. This happens because it is very possible to raise funding,Show More Summary

Theorizing on Interactions Between Telomeres and the DNA Damage Response in Cellular Senescence

3 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

Cells can enter a senescent state in response to damage, ceasing to divide. This reduces the risk of cancer under most circumstances, but is also a part of the wound healing process. This isn't all good, however. Senescent cells secrete...Show More Summary

Sometimes Elders Trouble Me

3 days agoHealth / Aging : Time Goes By

Every election year, I am puzzled, and troubled too, that “my tribe” - elders – reliably votes in large numbers against its own best interests, electing Republican politicians who, almost to a person, want to cut Social Security and Medicare....

Does Familiarity Really Breed Contempt?

3 days agoHealth / Aging : Time Goes By

It was Aesop (c. 620-564 BC) in his fable titled The Fox and the Lion who is credited with the aphorism, familiarity breeds contempt. (You can read one version of the fable here. It's short – three sentences.) I have...

Global Life Expectancy Has Risen by Six Years Since 1990

3 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

Life expectancy at birth is a statistical measure, internally consistent and useful for comparisons across time. Insofar as it has a real meaning it is the average expected life span of a person born now if medical technology going forward exactly repeated past availability and cost over the life spans of people presently at the end of life. Show More Summary

A Review of Collagen Cross-Linking in Aging

3 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

Many types of metabolic waste and byproduct molecules are generated by the normal operation of cellular metabolism. You can't run an engine without exhaust or a factory without waste generation. The majority of these unwanted outputs...Show More Summary

Pension Theft

4 days agoHealth / Aging : Time Goes By

IMPORTANT PROGRAMMING NOTE: Back in 2008, I made a presentation about web design for elders at the Gnomedex Conference in Seattle. I met a lot of young, interesting and engaged tech workers there and one of the them was Dave...

Mitochondrial DNA Amounts Correlate with Frailty and Mortality

4 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

Researchers here find an association between the amount of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in tissues and the risk of frailty and mortality. The less mitochondrial DNA you have, the worse off you are likely to be, or so it seems. It is anShow More Summary

An Interview with Bill Maris of Google Ventures

4 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

The latest Google Ventures annual report has a third of new investments going to the life sciences and health in the past year. This is of interest principally in the context of Calico Labs and its focus on finding ways to treat aging. Show More Summary

Progress in ?-Synuclein Immunotherapy

4 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

The protein ?-synuclein is involved in Parkinson's disease in much the same way that ?-amyloid is involved in Alzheimer's disease. These particular misfolded proteins accumulate with age to form deposits in everyone's brain tissues, but this is seen to occur to a much greater extent in those suffering from the related neurodegenerative condition. Show More Summary

What One Thing Do You Want to Change about Your Life?

Change is, as they say, an inevitable fact of life. However, it’s not always so easy to make those changes that you most desire. By adopting the mindset of the "agile innovator,” however, those changes might be easier to tackle than you think. read more

Hanukkah 5775

5 days agoHealth / Aging : Time Goes By

[EDITORIAL NOTE: Usually, on big holidays, I post a photo or video, something short as a celebration and let us otherwise have a day off from the blog. This year, a contributor to The Elder Storytelling Place sent a Hanukkah...

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