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  1. 10 Myths About Our Bodies (ABC News)
      "And that busts another big brain myth — that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Memory loss is not inevitable. Want to keep your brain young? Exercise it.''

      " 'The data now indicate that an hour of games for 40 weeks can make your brain equivalent, your brain's real age, 10 years younger,' Roizen said." 06-06

  2. How to Stay Fit for Life (US News)
      "Baby boomers may be getting older, but many are still avid, if not obsessive, exercisers. And they want to stay that way. " 06-07

Papers
  1. -07-03-07 Beauty After 40 (CNN News)
      "You'll get spots on your hands and bunions on your feet. Your nose and ears may appear to have grown out of proportion to your face. And that expression "long in the tooth" will endearingly apply to you: A receding gum line will make your teeth look bigger."

      "I can't believe you're still reading this. Okay, as long as you're staying, I'll tell you how you can look beautiful as you age." 07-07

  2. -Best and Worst Places to Live (Online Masters in Public Health)
      Provides charts. 02-14

  3. -Major Shift in Guidelines for Chloresterol (CNN News)
      "In what's being called a tectonic shift in the way doctors will treat high cholesterol, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology on Tuesday released new treatment guidelines calling for a focus on risk factors rather than just cholesterol levels."

      "The new guidelines could double the amount of people on medication to lower their cholesterol, experts say."

  4. -Major Shift in Guidelines for Chloresterol Questioned (New York Times)
      "Last week, the nation’s leading heart organizations released a sweeping new set of guidelines for lowering cholesterol, along with an online calculator meant to help doctors assess risks and treatment options. But, in a major embarrassment to the health groups, the calculator appears to greatly overestimate risk, so much so that it could mistakenly suggest that millions more people are candidates for statin drugs."

  5. -Nuts for Longevity (Time.com)
      "Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School looked at nut consumption and deaths from all causes among 76,464 women participating in the Nurse’s Health Study and 42,498 men involved in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. They asked the participants about their nut consumption, including how many almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios or walnuts they typically ate."

      "Those who reported regularly consuming nuts were less likely to die from a variety of diseases, most significantly cancer, heart disease and respiratory diseases. People who ate nuts seven or more times a week, in fact, enjoyed a 20% lower death rate after four years than individuals who did not eat nuts. Nut eaters also tended to be leaner, more physically active, and non smokers." 11-13

  6. -Study: How Do People Age Well? (Science Matters Bookclub)
      " 'We all need models for how to live from retirement to past 80--with joy,' writes George Vaillant, M.D., director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development. This groundbreaking book pulls together data from three separate longevity studies that, beginning in their teens, followed 824 individuals for more than 50 years. The subjects were male Harvard graduates; inner-city, disadvantaged males; and intellectually gifted women."

      "We also learn what makes old age vital and interesting. Vaillant discusses the important adult developmental tasks, such as identity, intimacy, and generativity (giving to the next generation), and provides important clues to a healthy, meaningful, satisfying old age. Health in old age, we learn, is not predicted by low cholesterol or ancestral longevity, but by factors such as a stable marriage, adaptive coping style (the ability to make lemonade out of life's lemons), and regular exercise." 11-12

  7. -What Can We Learn from Animals that Live Long? (Time.com)
      "Scientists are studying these notably long-lived species for clues that may help humans." 02-16

  8. A Gene for Longevity? (Time.com)
      "A gene linked to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and addiction might also help you live to be 100."

      "A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that a version of a gene coding for a receptor for the brain chemical dopamine was 66% more common among people who lived to be 90 or older than among a group of younger people who were otherwise similar." 01-13

  9. Aging (Wikipedia.org)
      "Ageing or aging is the process of systems' deterioration with time. This article focuses on the social, cognitive, cultural, and economic effects of ageing."

      "Drug companies are currently searching for ways to mimic the lifespan-extending affects of caloric restriction without having to severely reduce food consumption, and with respect to cellular senescence, it has been shown that individual cells can be immortalized by the introduction of an additional gene for telomerase." 04-07

  10. Aging Better (U.S. News)
      "Baby boomers would like to believe that terms like 'over the hill' will never apply to them. And they could, in fact, be right. While there's no stopping time, there's plenty you can do to foil the aging process. "We now have a much greater understanding of aging mechanisms," says Dean Ornish, professor of medicine at the University of California-San Francisco, "to the extent that we know which changes help you live longer but, more important, age better.' " 01-09

  11. Five Environmental Health Factors for Longevity (MSNBC News)
      "Here are five environmental health factors that can affect both the length and quality of your life-and what you can do to counteract them." 11-06

  12. Five Things that Will Age You (ABC News)
      "People have searched for the fountain of youth for centuries. And, while it remains elusive, there are things you can do to slow the aging process, or speed it up. Oprah's favorite doc, Dr. Mehmet Oz, discusses the five things that age people most." 02-09

  13. For Longevity, Other Factors Pale in Comparison to "Education" (New York Times)
      "The one social factor that researchers agree is consistently linked to longer lives in every country where it has been studied is education. It is more important than race; it obliterates any effects of income."

      "And, health economists say, those factors that are popularly believed to be crucial — money and health insurance, for example, pale in comparison." 01-07

  14. Google Backs a Company Exploring Longevity (Time.com)
      "At the moment Google is working on an especially uncertain and distant shot. It is launching Calico, a new company that will focus on health and aging in particular. The independent firm will be run by Arthur Levinson, former CEO of biotech pioneer Genentech, who will also be an investor. Levinson, who began his career as a scientist and has a Ph.D. in biochemistry, plans to remain in his current roles as the chairman of the board of directors for both Genentech and Apple, a position he took over after its co-founder Steve Jobs died in 2011. In other words, the company behind YouTube and Google+ is gearing up to seriously attempt to extend the human life span." 09-13

  15. HGH for Longevity (MayoClinic.com)
      "If you're willing to pay thousands, some doctors promise to reverse the signs of aging with human growth hormone (HGH). Before you sign up, get the facts." 04-07

  16. How Longevity Researchers Stave Off Aging (US News)
      "We asked five longevity researchers to tell us what (if anything) they do to improve their odds of a healthy, long life." 03-11

  17. How to Live a Long, Healthy Life (ABC News)
      "We've been bombarded over the years with warnings about all the things we shouldn't do to protect our health and help us live longer, such as smoking, eating the wrong foods, drinking too much alcohol, and so forth."

      "Now, someone has taken a look at the opposite side of that coin to see whether the positive things we can do can be as important as the negative things we shouldn't do."

      "And here's what they found: Believing you are in control of your own life, maintaining strong social ties to friends and family, and getting off the couch for vigorous exercise can delay the effects of aging by at least a decade." 11-10

  18. Longevity - Aubrey de Grey's View (AntiAgeingConference.com)
      "The central goal of his biogerontology work is to expedite the development of a true cure for human aging. In his view, the main obstacle to developing such technology is the position of biogerontology at the boundary between basic science and medicine: the fundamental knowledge necessary to develop truly effective anti-aging medicine mostly exists, but the goal-directed frame of mind that is best suited to turning research findings into tools is very different from the curiosity-driven ethos that generated those findings in the first place. As a scientist with a training in an engineering discipline (computer science), he is unusually well placed to bridge this gap. He attempt to do so in three main ways: basic biogerontology research, identify and promote specific technological approaches to the reversal (not merely the prevention) of various aspects of aging, and argue in a wide range of fora (extending well beyond biologists) for the adoption of a more proactive approach to extending the healthy human lifespan sooner rather than later. Provides an article related to preventing aging and improving longevity." 2-5

  19. Longevity - Aubrey de Grey's View (Technology Review)
      "De Grey has mapped out his proposed course in such detail that he believes it may be possible for his objective to be achieved within as short a period as 25 years, in time for many readers of Technology Review to avail themselves of its formulations—and, not incidentally, in time for his 41-year-old self as well." 2-5

  20. Longevity - Kurzweil's View (CBS News)
      Provides an article related to preventing aging and improving longevity. 2-4.

  21. Longevity - Three Theories (Nature - Gee)
      Suggests three basic processes for aging. 10-00.

  22. Longevity Pills (TechnologyReview.com)
      "Other experts said while NAD may decline with age, there is limited evidence that aging can be affected by restoring or increasing NAD levels. 'There is enough evidence to be excited, but not completely compelling evidence,' said Brian K. Kennedy, CEO of the California-based Buck Institute for Research on Aging."

      "Guarente says Elysium’s pill includes a precursor to NAD, called nicotinamide riboside, which the body can transform into NAD and put to use. In addition, the pill contains pterostilbene, an antioxidant that Guarente says stimulates sirtuins in a different way. Both ingredients can already be found in specialty vitamins." “ 'We expect a synergistic effect [from] combining them,' he says." 06-16

  23. Longevity for U.S. Presidents (U.S. News)
      "When a new President takes the oath of office, he often exudes a youthful optimism. But Presidents tend to leave Washington visibly wearing the stress of their position. According to a theory advanced by Michael Roizen, chair of the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic and co-founder of RealAge.com, presidents age approximately two years for each calendar year in office." 02-09

  24. Longevity: A Status Report (Slate)
      "he bigger-picture problem is that human longevity is a confluence of so many factors—genes, nutrition, lifestyle, luck—interacting in so many complex ways that there is unlikely ever to be a surefire way to live to 120. And in the meantime, the average lifespan is no longer rising in developed countries the way it did for decades. The United States already has the lowest life expectancy among wealthy nations, thanks to over-eating, substance abuse, and gun violence, among other factors. And some populations have actually seen their life expectancies decrease since 1990." 06-13

  25. Men Have a Biological Clock Too (U.S. News)
      "Older males face higher risk of fathering children with medical problems, research finds." 02-09

  26. Metabolites Identified That Influence Aging (WorldHealth.net)
      "Scientists have found that key metabolites in blood -- chemical 'fingerprints' left behind as a result of early molecular changes before birth or in infancy -- could provide clues to a person's long-term overall health and rate of aging in later life."

      "One particular metabolite – C-glyTrp – is associated with a range of age-related traits such as lung function, bone mineral density, cholesterol and blood pressure." 08-13

  27. New Pill May Slow Aging (ABC News)
      "Dr. Joe McCord's latest research may unravel the mystery of aging. And if he succeeds, the answer could come in the form of a little yellow pill called Protandim." 6-5

  28. Older People Don't See Themselves as "Old" (USA Today)
      "If you've been telling yourself you're not old yet, you fit right in."

      "No matter what their chronological age, most people say that they aren't yet 'old' — and that they feel younger than their birthday count, according to a new nationally representative survey of almost 3,000 adults by the Pew Research Center." 06-09

  29. Perricone: Prescription for Aging Beautifully (Oprah.com)
      "Inflammation is at the basis of age-related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, auto immune disease, and wrinkled, sagging skin. The wrong foods—such as sugar, processed foods, pasta, breads, pastry and baked goods—can increase levels of the pro-inflammatory peptides."

      "Sugar is the number one enemy. It causes inflammation that destroys our bodies and attaches to collagen, which results in stiff, inflexible, sagging skin. Controlling our blood sugar level and insulin levels will improve our health and give us beautiful, youthful skin."

      "The anti-inflammatory diet consists of high quality protein, like that found in fish, colorful fresh fruits and vegetables, and adequate amounts of good fat, like that found in salmon, flax, nuts, seeds and olive oil." 12-05

  30. Ten Healthy Habits for Living to 100 (US News)
      "The biggest factor that determines how well you age is not your genes but how well you live. Not convinced? A new study published in the British Medical Journal of 20,000 British folks shows that you can cut your risk of having a stroke in half by doing the following four things: being active for 30 minutes a day, eating five daily servings of fruit and vegetables, and avoiding cigarettes and excess alcohol." 03-11

  31. Test for Longevity (NBC News)
      "A simple test that looks at how easy -- or difficult -- it is for you to sit down on the floor and then get back up may help predict how long you’re going to live, a new study shows." 12-12

  32. Twelve Ways to Stay Young (MSNBC News)
      "We’ve found proven ways to live a longer, fuller life with help from antiaging guru Henry S. Lodge, M.D., author of 'Younger Next Year for Women' (Workman Publishing). Complete this checklist to see if a few new habits could add years — and fun — to your life." 07-09

  33. Twins and Aging: How Not to Look Old (Time.com)
      "A forthcoming study in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers one surprising idea: as you age, don't be afraid to put on a few pounds. Fat, it turns out, can significantly smooth out wrinkles and give you a younger-looking face." 02-09

  34. Vitamin D Lowers Risk of Death (Time.com)
      "Doctors have long known that vitamin D is essential to good health. Get enough of it and it ensures strong bones and teeth. But a new study this week suggests an even more extraordinary benefit: a lower risk of death." 09-07

  35. World's Oldest Living Things (ABC News)
      Provides pictures and short descriptions of the world's oldest living organisms.

  36. tudy: Where You Live Influences How Long You Live (MSNBC News)
      "Where you live, combined with race and income, plays a huge role in the nation's health disparities, differences so stark that a report issued Monday contends it's as if there are eight separate Americas instead of one." 09-06

Projects
  1. Longevity (Northwestern Mutual)
      Provides life expectancy, based on factors that you provide. 10-09

  2. Longevity Genes (Wall Street Journal)
      " 'Effectively, we're trying to identify the genome of healthy longevity,' says Peter Diamandis, founder of the X Prize Foundation, which is co-sponsoring the Archon Genomics X Prize." 09-12

  3. Watch a Couple "Age" (Youtube.com)
      Shows how a couple, each in their twenties, may loook in 70 years.

  4. What Is Your "Real Age"? (RealAge.com)
      Assesses your biological aging related to lifestyle choices, in contrast to your calendar age. 01-07

   
   


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