GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Seniors / Aging

Could perking up gut bacteria promote healthy aging?

Targeting the gut microbiome — the communities of bacteria and other microorganisms that inhabit the gastrointestinal tract — could be a way to treat a range of age-related conditions. Scientists made this conclusion after investigating the effect of transplanting fecal samples from young to aged mice. Jump-starting the gut bacteria may help people age more […]

Neurology / Neuroscience Seniors / Aging

Scientists discover anti-aging potential in old drug

Clinical trials are underway to test whether rapamycin, a drug that has served as an immune suppressor for decades, could also treat cancer and neurodegeneration. Scientists are also interested in exploring its anti-aging properties. Scientists may have found anti-aging and neuroprotective benefits in an existing immunosuppressant drug. Rapamycin gets its name from Rapa Nui, the […]

Seniors / Aging

How does exercise support health later in life?

New research shows that older adults who exercise regularly can perform everyday tasks more easily and gain independence. Swimming is a great way to stay fit in older age. Insufficient physical activity causes around 3.2 million deaths worldwide each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). These declining levels of physical activity may be […]

Seniors / Aging

People are living longer despite care inequalities

The World Health Organization report that life expectancy has increased by 5 years, but data show inequalities in access to health services among countries. A new global report finds that people are living longer, despite disparities in healthcare access. The World Health Statistics series is an annual snapshot of global health compiled by the World […]

Seniors / Aging

Skin moisturizer could reduce risk of disease

According to a small pilot study, moisturizing our skin might reduce the risk of developing a range of chronic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Aging skin may play a role in driving chronic disease. The skin is our largest organ. One of its primary functions, of course, is to protect our […]

Seniors / Aging

This Japanese plant could hold the key to extended youth

In Japan, many have long believed that a plant called ashitaba is important in supporting a person’s health and well-being. Now, researchers are suggesting that a compound in this plant boosts cellular health and may prolong youth. Practitioners of traditional medicine in Japan have long touted ashitaba’s health benefits. New research suggests that they may […]