Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThere’s a new study that suggests that if your mind frequently wanders or gets distracted — hey, are you paying attention? — it means your cells are aging too quickly. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, wanted to test whether being able to focus on the here and now predicts better health and longevity. To measure longevity, they looked at telomeres, the little caps at the ends of a cell’s chromosomes that are considered a biomarker for how …
Bulletin TodayFrom The Associated Press ROME (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI has told a group of elderly Romans that it’s “beautiful to be old” and that they still have much to offer society despite their limitations. The 85-year-old pontiff said Monday he knows well the difficulties that come with age: He started using a cane occasionally earlier this year, and has slowed down. But his health remains robust and his schedule full. Monday, for example, took him out of the Vatican …
News Roundups | Personal HealthAdd this to the approximately 8 billion benefits of omega-3 fatty acids: They could help preserve DNA segments known as telomeres, whose degradation is a key marker of aging. Shorter telomeres are associated with age-related decline, cancer and a higher risk of death (in one study of people over 60, those with shorter telomeres were three times more likely to die from heart disease and eight times more likely to die from an infectious disease). But according to Ohio State University scientists, taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements (such as fish oil pills) can help lengthen telomeres in middle-aged and older adults.
News RoundupsWhat can ancient castrated Koreans tell us about longevity? A lot, apparently. A new study of historical data reveals more evidence that when it comes to why women outlive men, testosterone may be to blame.
Caregiving | News RoundupsOne of the biggest misconceptions about dementia is that it’s part of the normal course of aging. Alarmingly, that’s a belief shared by many caregivers for older adults. A new survey of relatives and friends caring for people now diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other dementia found two-thirds mistook early symptoms for normal cognitive wear and tear. In doing so, they may have delayed proper diagnosis and early treatment for their loved ones.
News RoundupsWeight gain, fatigue, loss of athletic prowess? “It could be Low-T,” says Abbott Laboratories. That would be low testosterone – a “once-natural part of getting old that has become a target for medical treatment,” as the Associated Press puts it. Abbott is one of several U.S drug companiesmarketing testosterone gels, patches or injections to men over 40.