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No dog's life for elderly animals in Singapore Zoo

Singapore - Kima the cheetah lies unconscious on an operating table while blood samples are taken and a monitor beeps in the background, being treated not for the results of a savage attack, but for the ravages of old age.

Old and deadly: Japan's drive to beat elderly road menace

Nihon - A series of fatal crashes caused by elderly drivers in Japan has left authorities desperately grappling for ways to clamp down on a problem that experts warn is only going to get worse as the population ages.

Can artificial intelligence aid human age-reversal?

Combating the human aging process, either for health reasons or reasons more attuned to simply living for longer, has occupied considerable amounts of scientific inquiry. The solution to combating cell aging may lie with artificial intelligence.

Guitar-slinging Singapore granny shreds stereotypes

Singapore - An 81-year-old guitar-slinging Singaporean granny has shredded stereotypes to pursue her love of rock music, becoming a sought-after performer and unlikely internet sensation.

Social impact of digital inequality revealed

The digital age is making life easier for many, especially in terms of accessing and exchanging information. Digital literacy is especially important for accessing health services and government portals. But what about those left behind?

Genetics reveals some of the secrets for long life expectancy

Crete - Researchers have been keenly studying the populace of isolated Greek village, called Mylopotamos, in order to understand the ‘genetic secrets’ that appear to confer protection against heart disease.

Essential Science: Methylene Blue as an anti-aging treatment

Aging is inevitable for living organisms and part of the course of life. With modern medicine life expectancy can be extended and there are various ‘tricks’ to give the appearance of not aging. But is true slowing down of aging possible?

The dementia timebomb: Ageing Japan faces healthcare crisis

Kawasaki - Kanemasa Ito compares caring for his wife Kimiko to waging a daily war with the devil. The woman he loved has all but disappeared -- lost to dementia, she can no longer eat, bathe, or go to the toilet alone.

Cannabis reverses brain aging process in new study

Bonn - The new study relates to an animal model. Here scientists have restored the memory performance of Methuselah mice to a juvenile stage. The leading question is: could this effect also be seen with people?

Italian Emma Morano, last known survivor of 19th century, dies at 117

Rome - Emma Morano, an Italian woman believed to have been the oldest person alive and the last survivor of the 19th century, died Saturday at the age of 117, Italian media reported.

Increased rates of exercise correlate with reduced risk of death

Many people struggle to meet health recommendations for daily exercise. Some, instead, manage intensive weekend bursts. This may also have benefits, according to a new study.

New link between reduced calories and life expectancy

The association between a lower calorie intake and a longer life expectancy has been the subject of research for several years, with data supporting and disproving the link. A new study reports in favor, based on an animal model.

Mediterranean diet beneficially affects brain volume

New research indicates that the Mediterranean diet leads to a positive impact on brain health. This is based upon brain volume being maintained at a higher rate.

Studying a person’s blood says how old they are

Scientists have found a way to accurately determine how old a person is biologically from studying some newly identified biomarkers in the blood. This represents a step forward in estimating age and this will lead to medical benefits.

Blow for bone marrow transplant as stem cells age

Bone marrow transplants are tricky procedures, particularly with blood-related problems. Now a new concern has been raised: rapid cellular ageing.

HIV causes premature ageing by 5 years

New research into the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) has discovered that an infection with the virus causes a person to prematurely age. The total effect is that ageing accelerates by around five years.

'Monday Afternoon Fever' in South Korea's old-age discos

Seoul - As the mercury outside plunges to minus 10 degrees on an ice-cold Monday afternoon, the dance floor inside the Kukilgwan Palace is packed with grey-haired Korean couples moving to the rhythms of high-volume disco.

New drug offers Alzheimer's prevention hope

Cambridge - New experiments have indicated a number of drugs that could help protect against Alzheimer's disease. The drugs act like statins for the brain.

A fasting diet may slowdown the effects of ageing

A new research paper suggests that a diet that mimics the effects of fasting could slow down the effects of ageing. The data collected so far is based on animal models.

Once seen but not heard, Tokyo children can be noisy again

Toukyo - The sound of children playing can no longer be considered noise pollution in Tokyo, as Japanese authorities try to remove legal barriers to building childcare centres and help parents get back to work.

New drug greatly increases life span, reduces aging

A newly discovered drug has been found to extend lifespan and reverse the aging process by killing cells which cause us to grow older and provoke age-related diseases.

Top surgeon gives age-resisting tips Special

Houston - Aging is part of the natural cycle. However it can be controlled, to an extent, by maintaining health and looking after the body, according to Dr. Mirwat Sami, who specializes in reconstructive surgery.

How we think we eat affects how we age, says new study

A new study suggests that focusing on aspects of the central nervous system related to ‘sensing’ the energy generated by nutrients could help to slowdown the aging process.

Studying ageing using the African killifish

Studying aging the different diseases that come with it is complex. Finding the right species to mimic humans is challenging. One team of scientists are proposing a new model: the African turquoise killifish.

Meditation may delay age-related deterioration of brain

A new study from the Brain Mapping Center at the University of California at Los Angeles, shows that meditating daily over a few years can reduce age-related memory loss.

Can chocolate improve memory?

New York - In a new study, chocolate was found to improve the memory of people aged between aged 50 to 69. Sounds good? The only catch is that you would need to consume an excessive amount of chocolate to achieve the memory feat.

Locating the 'on-off' switch that controls cell aging

An on-and-off “switch” has been detected in human cells. Researchers think that the switch could hold the link to healthy aging.

Lab clue to caffeine benefit on Alzheimer's

Paris - French and German researchers on Wednesday said they had found evidence in the lab to back theories that drinking caffeine has a preventive effect on Alzheimer's disease.

Japan study looks to big data for signs of Alzheimer's

Tokyo - Researchers in Japan will trawl through huge amounts of data to search for possible precursors to Alzheimer's Disease in a bid to identify who might develop a condition affecting millions around the world.The study, which involves the healthcare arm of...

Op-Ed: Ending Ageing — An update from Aubrey de Grey's co-author Special

Aubrey de Grey would like us all to live forever, so would Michael Rae; he took time out from a busy schedule to update us on the current state of play in gerontology.
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