The path of scientific discovery is never direct, and if something appears simple in an investigation of biochemistry then it is perhaps time to wonder what was missed and when the other shoe will drop. In the past couple of years researchers...Show More Summary
For me, the less medicine I am subjected to, the happier I am so in the arena of healthcare, I rely on two principles from the non-medical world: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The hammer and nail rule...
I am not alone in my greatest fear of old age: losing my mind. Okay, these days the more polite terms are dementia and Alzheimer's but the words amount to the same thing. ”In 2013, a YouGov survey...found that Americans...
There is no doubt a special circle of hell reserved for an individual who allows twelve years or more to lapse before adding a comments feed to his or her blog. I imagine that Dante would find a lot to say about the sins of our modern...Show More Summary
An extreme form of jealousy, possessiveness is the desire to put a wall around your partner to ensure you have exclusive access. Take a quiz to find how possessive you are, and what this might say about you and your relationship.
Never before in the history of this nation have so many men entered the 60+ life stage. A Boomer male turns 60 about every 15 seconds. This inexorable march to 60+ will continue until 2024, and then this generation’s longevity dash continues onward toward the eighth, ninth, and tenth decades of life. Show More Summary
Most of us can recall a situation in which someone behaved obnoxiously, offending you or the people with you in the room. Whether that target is you or someone else, these 5 strategies will help you smooth out an otherwise rough situation.
It is becoming ever more common these days to see news of proof of concept work for the engineering of specific tissue structures throughout the body. Here is a recent example: In developing tissue-engineered gut replacements the researchers use smooth muscle and nerve stem cells from human intestine to engineer innervated muscle sheets. Show More Summary
Meaningful progress in cancer research in the decade ahead will emerge from strategies that can be applied to many different types of cancer: the same cost in time and money goes into development as building a treatment that is applicable to only one type, but the end result is vastly more effective and useful. Show More Summary
One of the challenges inherent in talking to the public about aging is that there are many well-popularized rare conditions that have the superficial appearance of accelerated aging or slowed aging, but are in fact nothing of the sort. Show More Summary
May is Older Americans Month. It is also Jewish American Heritage Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and National Foster Care Month but this is a blog about growing old....
I've made the case that the modern development of support for longevity science has arrived in waves of ten to fifteen years apiece, starting in the 1970s. Advocates of that era were very overconfident, not as integrated with the scientific community as today's crowd, and outright wrong about the prospects for the near future. Show More Summary
"Because I want to" is a perfectly fine and valid reason to live longer in good health, and the early stage development of rejuvenation biotechnology tentatively underway today is all about providing that choice where no viable options presently exist: Not all of us want to live forever. 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...
Many of us spend an inordinate amount of time, money, and worry about the state of our hair. Chances are you feel that something’s amiss if your locks are misbehaving on any given day. You may feel better knowing that you’re not alone in this preoccupation, especially if your concerns about aging enter into the picture.
The problem of sexual aggression toward female students by their male peers is becoming an increasing matter of concern on college campuses. Alcohol is known to be a risk factor in fueling violence against women but new research shows that sexist attitudes greatly compound the dangers.
GRANDPA AND ME AND A HELICOPTER TO HEAVEN Reader Tom Delmore sent this video of the touching relationship between an old man at the end of his life and his grandson. Simple and beautiful. (In Swedish with subtitles.) OH, GOD,...
The SENS Research Foundation, alongside its parent organization the Methuselah Foundation, is one of the most important scientific non-profits in the world today. These organizations are undertaking seed research, engaging in persistent...Show More Summary
Researchers here demonstrate the utility of incorporating a hydrogel into stem cell therapies, where it can improve survival of the transplanted cells and the outcome for the patient: Stem cells hold great therapeutic promise because...Show More Summary
Approaches towards targeting cancer are becoming ever more sophisticated, even as the same basic goal remains unchanged: deliver far lower doses of cell-killing treatments to a far smaller area, even to individual cancer cells where possible, reducing side-effects and damage to everything except the targeted tumor or cancer cells. Show More Summary