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Don’t shoot the messenger: How RNA could keep us young

Aging and cancer appear to be closely linked, as over time, cells accumulate hits in their DNA code. But now research has turned to the role of RNA. Is RNA the key to a longer life?
The world is getting grayer, but getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. Jorge Silva/Reuters

It’s time to measure 21st century aging with 21st century tools

Turning 65 in 2016 doesn't mean the same thing as hitting 65 in 1916. So why are we still using a population aging measure that was developed a century ago?
Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura, 80, before ascending Mt. Everest for the third time. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Research shows old age is getting younger all the time

New research says we should discard conventional ways of analyzing what it means to age. It's how well people function that counts.
Keep your brain active. Dog via Soloviova Liudmyla/Shutterstock

What can beagles teach us about Alzheimer’s disease?

Every 67 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and new estimates suggest that it may be the third leading cause of death of older people. Alzheimer’s disease is associated…
People who stay mentally stimulated and physically active can delay onset of cognitive decline. Daniel Erkstam/Flickr

Older people may be better learners than we think

Older people may be able to learn more from visual information than their younger counterparts, according to a study published…
Yes – cheap flights to Norway! Pedro Ribeiro Simões

Hard Evidence: which is the best country to grow old in?

It’s no secret that the global population is ageing. We’re living longer than ever and are healthier until much later in life. But we’re still struggling to adapt to this changing demographic – and some…
We need to rethink care for the elderly. Image of hands via Lighthunter/Shutterstock

More aging boomers, but fewer doctors to care for them

By 2030, the last of the Baby Boomer generation will have turned 65 years old, putting the population of “senior boomers” in the United States at approximately 71 million. Currently, only about 7,000 certified…
It’s not all bad news for older brains. Man image via www.shutterstock.com

Aging brains aren’t necessarily declining brains

For years, conventional wisdom held that growing older tends to be bad news for brains. Past behavioral data largely pointed to loss in cognitive – that is, thinking – abilities with age, including poorer…

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