This research is worth noting as a measure of the relative importance of visceral fat to long-term health. The more of it you have the worse off you are: [Researchers] developed a new method to quantify the risk specifically associated with abdominal obesity. Show More Summary
We live in a time of accelerating change, the opening decades of a biotechnology revolution driven by rapid growth in communications and computing power. A single laboratory can achieve in months today what would have taken years and much of the research community twenty years ago. Show More Summary
CORRECTION: Before I get to the news about Social Security, I must make you aware of a correction to last week's Thursday post titled If You've Seen One Old Person.... Here is the update I have inserted at the appropriate...
In recent years some progress has been made towards the distinct goals of complete regeneration of a damaged liver in situ and the creation of new livers on demand for transplantation. Here, researchers demonstrate the ability to generate...Show More Summary
Death is Wrong is a child's primer on efforts to develop treatments for degenerative aging, so as to prevent the enormous toll of suffering and death it causes. Here the author is raising funds to distribute copies to activists for longevity science. 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...
We dismiss that anyone can have bad luck in contracting one of many sexually transmitted diseases, which can transform lives. read more
Many factors contribute to a couple’s decision to refrain from having sexual relations. Using the social exchange theory of relationships provides a way to understand why people remain together. The sexless marriage may not be for everyone but for those who choose this path, there are several paths to successful coping. read more
THE WOMAN IN NO. 6 Tamar Orvell, who blogs at Only Connect, sent this video that is nominated for an Academy Award next month. It concerns 110-year-old Alice Herz Sommer who is the oldest Holocaust survivor in the world. As...
Here is a copy of a recent arrival in my in-box from the SENS Research Foundation, currently the world's most important research organization when it comes to work on the foundations of near-future rejuvenation biotechnologies, ways to repair the known forms of cellular and molecular damage that cause degenerative aging. Show More Summary
While twice this week (here and here) we have discussed the argument for not assuming that old age is all about disease and debility, we need also to consider that however much elders are maligned by people who push the...
Wearable accelerometers are a comparatively new development in studies of the effects of exercise and activity on health. One of the outcomes is better evidence to suggest that even activities that don't rise to the level of what most...Show More Summary
An interesting relationship between cellular maintenance machinery and age-related issues with sleep is uncovered and partially reversed by researchers here - though I would like to see more work on this topic before going along with...Show More Summary
One of the ways in which people dismiss modern, legitimate research aimed at extending healthy human life is to decry it as just more of the same fraud, wishful thinking, and lies that have accompanied the desire for restored youth throughout history. Show More Summary
...you've seen one old person. Because the statistics so surprised me, on Tuesday I wrote about a recent study reporting that ”Only about a third of Americans ages 65 and older are fully able to take care of themselves and...
The next generation of cancer treatments will be targeted approaches that destroy only cancer cells, with few or no side-effects. Given the results of the past decade of work, it looks likely that a majority of these treatments will be immune therapies, in which a patient's immune cells are engineered or trained to identify and attack the cancer. Show More Summary
These researchers put forward a theory of programmed aging that is based on the interactions between RNA populations and the genome. At present the mainstream view is that aging is not programmed, but rather a matter of stochastic accumulation...Show More Summary
Perhaps the greatest technical challenge in tissue engineering is the matter of blood vessels. The cells in any tissue larger than a sliver must be supported by a network of capillaries and larger blood vessels, and putting those in place isn't a simple undertaking. Show More Summary
Last week, I posted Poem on My 79th Birthday that reader Tom Delmore emailed. It was written not by Tom, but by Peter Everwine. (You can find two of Delmore's poetry books at Moonpie Press.) Shortly after that first poem,...
At the high level aging is defined as an increase in mortality rate with time due to intrinsic causes. By this definition some species become "immortal" in old age: their mortality rates grow to become high but then cease to rise further in the final stage of life. Show More Summary