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What Lonely People Seek from Facebook

Critics of social media argue that people who spend time on Facebook become social introverts due to their reliance on virtual rather than face-to-face interactions. However, a closer look at the research reveals that loneliness is the cause, not the result, of heavy Facebook use. read more

INTERESTING STUFF – 22 November 2014

“DEAD” WOMAN WAKES IN MORGUE REFRIGERATOR Back in the 1950s, there was a chilling and deservedly famous Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV episode about a man, played by Joseph Cotton, so paralyzed in an accident that the coroner believes he is...

Why Do We Advocate for Rejuvenation Research?

2 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

Yesterday, I had occasion to spend six hours or so in the emergency room of a medical center largely focused on treating serious conditions that are most prevalent in old people. A part of that experience by necessity involved listening to the comings, goings, and conversations of those present. Show More Summary

Why We Fantasize About Other Partners

When partners in a long-term relationship have fantasies of infidelity, is this the same as actual cheating? It’s possible to be unfaithful in fantasy and still have a rewarding and fulfilling relationship, as long as you understand the origins of your fantasies. They may even benefit your relationship. read more

The Gift of Freedom in the Third Act of Life

2 days agoHealth / Aging : Time Goes By

”I’ve learned my lines. The house lights have dimmed and I’ve just walked center stage for the third act of the play I started writing long ago. And within the physical, economic and intellectual framework of being an 'old guy,'...

Lamin-B and Immunosenescence

2 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

The aging of the immune system isn't just a matter of damage, it is also inherent in the structure of a limited number of immune cells over time becoming ever more devoted to remembering threats rather than fighting them. As this research...Show More Summary

More Investigations of Calorie Restriction in Long-Lived Mice

2 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

Calorie restriction extends healthy life in mice, and so does removing or blocking the activity of growth hormone through genetic engineering. The reasons for enhanced longevity in both of these cases are well studied but still far from...Show More Summary

19 Ways to Tell If You Expect Too Much From Your Partner

In a close relationship, it’s natural for partners to expect to receive both emotional and practical care and support. People also judge whether their partners are “good enough” for them. These 19 items will tell whether a sense of emotional entitlement will spell doom or boom for your relationship’s future. read more

The Role of 3-D Printing in the Future of Medicine

3 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

3-D printing is a tool that has blossomed given the cheap computing resources to control it. It has long been possible to print three-dimensional structures in a variety of mediums, but efficient automation makes it cheaper to do this reliably and repeatedly, and also allows for the accurate manufacture of objects with very small scale features. Show More Summary

Three Generations Under One Roof

3 days agoHealth / Aging : Time Goes By

When I was kid growing up in Portland, Oregon during the post World War II era, it was not unusual for my friends to have a grandparent or two living with them. Some of that elder generation were healthy, some...

Delivering Stem Cell Factor into Damaged Heart Tissue

3 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

In the years ahead stem cell medicine will most likely transform into a field largely based on manipulating existing cell populations in situ in the body rather than generating cells outside the body for transplantation. In many types...Show More Summary

Suppressing PERK Improves Memory in Mice

3 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

There is a fair amount of work taking place these days on ways to manipulate the efficiency of memory processes: The brain's process of formulating memory is linked to the synthesis of proteins; high rates of protein production willShow More Summary

"We should not regard aging as a fact of life."

4 days agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

It is not correct to view aging as set in stone, an immutable part of the human condition. Degenerative aging is just another medical condition, an unpleasant one at that, caused by biochemical processes in the body that are just as open to discovery, cataloging, and intervention as those of any disorder. Show More Summary

10 Ways to Avoid Rejection

When someone turns you down, whether for a small favor or a dinner date, it’s likely you’ll question or wonder whether there’s something wrong with you. Using these 10 tips, you’ll be more likely to get your original request to provide the response you desire in the first place. read more

Old- and New-Fashioned Spelling

4 days agoHealth / Aging : Time Goes By

From the strong responses to my past posts (well, mostly rants), about the general decline of writing skills, I am assuming today that a lot of TGB readers care about proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, usage, etc. It seems to me...

Let's Take a Break From Ageing Stuff Today

4 days agoHealth / Aging : Time Goes By

This post has nothing to do with getting old, nothing at all. I need a day or two off from all that so here's some entertainment for you relevant to world affairs. Don't you dare yawn. Please. You're gonna love...

Elders' Companion Pets

4 days agoHealth / Aging : Time Goes By

When I say I wish I could have stayed in bed, you know the kind of day I'm talking about – we all wind up there now and then. It happened to me last Thursday. First thing, 5AM, Ollie the...

INTERESTING STUFF – 15 November 2014

4 days agoHealth / Aging : Time Goes By

BILL MAHER ON AGEISM Too often comedians are among the worst offenders with age jokes that are mean rather than funny. As accomplished as they are otherwise, Jon Stewart and John Oliver regularly take aim at elders and although I...

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