Age Wise

But it’s never too late (nor too soon) to take these preventive steps

Long before you routinely forget where you left the keys or why you walked into a room, the wheels of cognitive decline could be turning in your brain, setting you on a course to eventual dementia.

But dementia is not inevitable, experts say.

Several new and recent studies strengthen the…


Age Wise

Everyone farts — a lot — so let’s talk about why and what can be done

Let’s just pass this fact out right now: Farting is normal and everyone does it. Anyone who says they don’t is either lying or impossibly uncomfortable. But flatulence generates more snickers than thoughtful discussion, so I’m here to clear the air a bit.

By some estimates, a typical human generates…


Nutrition advice is confusing. A new study offers some fresh info to chew on.

Nutrition research and advice can be confusing and conflicting, even for someone diligently researching which foods to eat and which to avoid. A comprehensive new ranking system offers a bit of clarity and insight.

“Once you get beyond ‘eat your veggies, avoid soda,’ the public is pretty confused about how…


Age Wise

Finally, my experience confirms what the research has clearly shown

Somewhere outside Moab, Utah, my wife calmly reaches for the sky atop a house-sized, smooth red rock. Ancient towering formations balance improbably behind her. The Colorado River lazes below, milky green. Above, the blue is deep, endless, the early morning air crisp, quiet, still.

It’s a perfect spot to do…


Age Wise

A simple test seems to predict risk from lifestyle factors that can be altered

Suppose a simple test could give you a hint of your risk of developing dementia in years ahead. If you were found to be at high risk, would you change some habits known to affect that risk? Perhaps stop drinking, or eat better, or start exercising?

Such a test has…


Age Wise

New research estimates the benefits of better eating, down to the minute

You’ve heard that improving your diet can make you healthier and help you live longer. Nothing new there. But now scientists have estimated down to the minute the benefits of swapping out just 10% of your bad food choices for healthier items. …


Age Wise

Research reveals effective methods that get beyond one-off tips

Dane McCarrick knows that if left to fester, stress causes not just mental anguish but physiological changes that lead to sundry health problems. …


Drinking is much deadlier than we wish to admit, and the problems start way too early in life

Here’s a little reality many of us don’t want to hear: Alcohol is really bad for us in pretty much any quantity at any age. There, I said it. And yes, you may argue that a stiff belt or two helps you relax in the evening or that a good…


New research confirms lower risk of heart disease and death for coffee drinkers

New research pours more evidence into a percolating pot of proof that coffee appears to be quite good for most of us. Data from 468,629 people in the U.K. …


Warm water fuels ferocious winds that pile up a storm surge

Updated Aug. 30, 2021, the day after Ida made landfall in Louisiana

Whenever a major hurricane rears its ugly eye and threatens landfall, I’m simultaneously awed by the colossal force of nature and worried about the people in the storm’s path. Nearly 30 years ago I began researching and reporting…

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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