Age Wise

Some old brains look and work like those of twenty-somethings

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But for some older folks, dubbed by scientists as “superagers,” the brain remains remarkably and mysteriously intact, virtually indistinguishable by several measures from the noggins of 20-somethings. …


Age Wise

Either we have a natural shelf life, or mortality plateaus and the sky’s the limit

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“Death rates, which increase exponentially up to about age 80, do decelerate thereafter and reach or closely approach a plateau after age 105,” scientists reported in a 2018…


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Most romantic partners start out as just friends, new research suggests

But it doesn’t seem to…


Age Wise

A little physical activity can trigger a mental makeover

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Forget that moving more can help you live longer, avoid debilitating physical conditions or even battle chronic pain. Upping your level of physical activity, even by a little, can trigger a mental makeover, potentially making you smarter, less stressed and, yes, happier. Immediately, right now, today — and for the rest of your life. No matter how old you are.

“It is never too late to benefit from physical activity,” says Karmel Choi…


Once you spot the fowl mood depicted in this image from a new study, your brain just can’t unsee it. Image: University of Sydney

Find out what this Angry Bird, the Face on Mars, and emojis have in common

Our common propensity to see human faces in non-human objects, even with the teensiest suggestion of facial features, is called…


Age Wise

Most Americans don’t get enough rest — but our needs differ by age and other factors

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But first, let’s face it: If you’re a typical American, you probably don’t get enough shut-eye. Here’s the percentage of people who do not get enough sleep, according to the latest federal data:

Numbers don’t tell the whole story, though. Each person’s sleep needs vary significantly based on a few…


Age Wise

More than a quarter of America suffers, but millions don’t (or can’t) get help

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This is the last in a four-part series on preventing depression, a serious and growing mental disorder that can strike at any age and, if untreated, persist and worsen.

“Only about half of all people who need treatment actually get it,” says Tracy Gladstone, PhD, a senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for…


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Cause-and-effect are not clear, but the trends are stark and troubling

Percentage of people with diagnosable depression who had suicidal ideations in the past year:

35% for those who don’t use cannabis
44%


Prescriptions are rising, but often the drugs don’t work, and other effective treatments are dismissed

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This is the third in a four-part series on preventing depression, a serious and growing mental disorder that can strike at any age and, if untreated, persist and worsen.


Age Wise

Several strategies can help prevent a downward spiral — they all start with reaching out

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This is the second in a four-part series on preventing depression, a serious and growing mental disorder that can strike at any age and, if untreated, persist and worsen.

“There is ample…

Robert Roy Britt

Independent health and science journalist, former editor-in-chief of LiveScience, writing about how we age and how to optimize your mind and body through time.

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