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People are living longer than ever before, and many seniors live active and healthy lives. However, as we age, our bodies and minds change. There are things you can do to stay healthy and active as you age, and it is important to understand what to expect

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Visual impairment among older adults associated with poor cognitive function

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In a nationally representative sample of older U.S. adults, visual impairment was associated with worse cognitive function, according to a study published by JAMA Ophthalmology.

Gut bacteria-produced compound may stave off aging

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study shows that a class of chemical compounds produced by gut bacteria and found in broccoli combats aging and considerably extends 'healthspan.'

Osteoporosis: Potential new drug target uncovered

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:00:00 PDT

A new study finds that targeting the body's aging-related cells maintains and increases bone formation and improves bone mass and strength in aging mice.

Prolonged sitting and frailty a deadly combination

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Middle-aged and older adults who have low levels of physical activity may be at greater risk of death as a result of prolonged sitting, researchers find.

Processed foods linked with cancer risk in slim older women

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Foods with high energy density, such as processed foods, are linked to a higher risk of obesity-related cancers in older women, regardless of body weight.

Artificial blood vessels mimic rare accelerated aging disease

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Lab-grown blood vessels provide platform for studying premature aging syndrome and other rare diseases.

Alzheimer's: Low serotonin levels may drive development

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:00:00 PDT

A new study examines serotonin transporters and suggests that rather than being an effect of Alzheimer's disease, low serotonin may cause the illness.

Arthritis on the rise

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:00:00 PDT

The average American today is twice as likely to be diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis than in the years before World War II, Harvard scientists say, but that increase can't be blamed on the reasons...

Specialized stem cells may rejuvenate aged hearts

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Injecting cardiosphere-derived cells from newborn rats into aged rats' hearts rejuvenated heart function, exercise capacity, and other markers of aging.

Reaction time variation may be a marker that predicts mortality in old age

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A common indicator of neurobiological disturbance among the elderly may also be associated with mortality, according to a study published in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Nicole A.

Low-calorie diet may slow aging by 'rejuvenating biological clock'

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Research on how aging alters the way that cells' circadian rhythm controls metabolism in mice may explain how a low-calorie diet keeps the body youthful.

Making an older brain younger by manipulating a single gene

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Researchers have restored brain plasticity in the visual cortex of middle-aged mice to that of a younger state by manipulating a gene called Arc.

A personalized approach to Alzheimer's disease prevention

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. It affects more than 5 million Americans.

Risk of a fatty heart linked to race, type of weight gain in middle-aged women

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A woman's race and where on her body she packs on pounds at midlife could give her doctor valuable clues to her likelihood of having greater volumes of heart fat, a potential risk factor for heart...

Senile purpura: Causes, symptoms, and diagnosis

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Senile purpura may also be known as Bateman's purpura or actinic purpura. What is senile purpura, what causes it, and how can it be treated and prevented?

Loneliness a bigger killer than obesity, say researchers

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Two new meta-analyses suggest that loneliness and social isolation are greater risk factors for early death than obesity and other public health threats.

Alzheimer's gene plays role in childhood IQ

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Gene variation linked to Alzheimer's is also associated with fluid intelligence in children, prompting questions about its role in cognitive functioning.

Liposarcoma: Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 09:00:00 PDT

A liposarcoma may grow anywhere in the body. What is a liposarcoma and what are the symptoms? Learn about the causes and how it may be treated.

Researchers help find pathologic hallmarks of Alzheimer's in aged chimpanzee brains

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Dementia affects one-third of all people older than 65 years in the United States.

Study highlights underlying mechanisms of fractures associated with osteoporosis drug

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

There is no disputing that the use of bisphosphonates - with brand names such as Fosamax, Boniva and Reclast - is proven to combat bone loss and fragility fractures in millions of osteoporosis...

Moderate drinking correlates with cognitive health, longevity

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Study finds that a regular, controlled intake of alcohol correlates with a decreased risk of cognitive health impairments, as well as longevity.

Telomeres: What causes biological aging?

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 08:00:00 PDT

The DNA in our cells holds not only the key to life, but also the reason we age. With every cell division, chromosomes shorten and cause the cell to age.

Women with gum disease may need to watch out for cancer

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 08:00:00 PDT

A new study finds associations between gum disease in women over 54 and many different types of cancer, including gallbladder cancer and esophageal cancer.

Scientists rejuvenate aging cells from children with progeria

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Using a new approach that lengthens shortened telomeres in chromosomes, researchers reverse many markers of aging in cells from children with progeria.

Cryoglobulinemia: Causes, symptoms, and treatment

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

In this article, learn about the protein in the blood called cryoglobulin and what causes cryoglobulinemia. How is it diagnosed and treated?