Category Archives: Aging

Why People Become More Prone to Distraction With Age

A new study reports the locus coerleus, a brain network that controls our ability to focus while under stress, appears to weaken as we age. This may explain why we find it more difficult to focus as we get older. … Continue reading

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Higher Levels of Aerobic Fitness Associated With Better Word Production Skills in Older Adults

Older adults with higher levels of aerobic fitness suffer less often from age-related memory failures, researchers report. Healthy older people who exercise regularly are less inclined to struggle to find words to express themselves, research led by the University of Birmingham … Continue reading

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The Age-Related Memory Decline

A new study reports increased levels of STEP in the hippocampus is linked to mild cognitive impairment. In mice, rats, monkeys, and people, aging can take its toll on cognitive function. A new study by researchers at Yale and Université … Continue reading

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Why Does Sleep Become Disrupted in Old Age?

Age-related sleep disruptions are not due to alterations in activity of individual neurons as previously believed, researchers report. The brain maintains its ability to generate local neural oscillations during sleep throughout the lifespan, according to a study of young and … Continue reading

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Genes for Aging Brain Deterioration Discovered

Researchers have discovered 250 new genes involved in brain aging, including Dbx2 which may prematurely age stem cells. A group of genes and genetic switches involved in age-related brain deterioration have been identified by scientists at the Babraham Institute, Cambridge … Continue reading

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Older, fitter adults experience greater brain activity while learning

Older adults who experience good cardiac fitness may be also keeping their brains in good shape as well. In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, older adults who scored high on cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) tests performed … Continue reading

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Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain

As we grow older we suffer a decline in mental and physical fitness, which can be made worse by conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. A new study, published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, shows that older people who … Continue reading

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Molecular Pathway that Controls Aging

A team of researchers led by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has discovered a conserved molecular pathway that controls lifespan and healthspan in mice and nematode worms Caenorhabditis elegans, a common model organism in biological research. “We find … Continue reading

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On how some fitness-promoting genes during youth are harmful during aging

Autophagy is a ubiquitous catabolic process that causes cellular bulk degradation of cytoplasmic components and is generally associated with positive effects on health and longevity. Inactivation of autophagy has been linked with detrimental effects on cells and organisms. The antagonistic … Continue reading

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Researchers Slow Aging and Extend Lifespan

Researchers have developed a method of removing damaged mitochondria in fruit flies, causing the insects to become more active and increasing typical lifespan. UCLA researchers report the method could eventually be used to benefit humans and delay the onset of … Continue reading

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