Aging may be reversible, according to scientists

Aging may be reversible, according to scientists

Getting old may not be inevitable — scientists have found a way to turn back the clock on human and animal cells, making them look and behave like younger versions of themselves. The researchers also used the method to treat mice with a rare disease that causes them to age prematurely and die early, and found that the method increased the animals’ lifespan by 30 percent. And, when normal mice received the treatment, they appeared to be rejuvenated, with some of…

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Eating dinner after 7pm may increase risk of heart attack

Eating dinner after 7pm may increase risk of heart attack

Millions of Britons are increasing their risk of heart attacks by eating dinner after 7pm, experts have warned. Researchers assessed more than 700 adults with high blood pressure, to see what difference their diet and eating times made to their health. The study examined the types of foods eaten, amount of salt consumed, whether breakfast was eaten regularly and timing of evening meals. The research found that eating dinner late had the most significant impact on overnight blood pressure. Having dinner within…

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Hour’s activity ‘offsets sedentary day’

Hour’s activity ‘offsets sedentary day’

An hour’s “brisk exercise” each day offsets the risks of early death linked to a desk-bound working life, scientists suggest. The analysis of data from more than a million people is part of a study of physical activity published in the Lancet to coincide with the Olympics. Watching TV was found to be worse than sitting at a desk, probably because of associated habits like snacking. Current NHS guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. Being inactive is…

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Maximum amount of time you can sit before harming your heart

Maximum amount of time you can sit before harming your heart

A new large-scale study has revealed what researchers believe to be the maximum time an individual can sit each day before sedentary time starts to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease, stroke and heart attack. Although many previous studies have shown that too much sedentary time increases the risk of a variety of diseases, including type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, as well as contributing to an increase…

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The Importance of Silence

The Importance of Silence

In 2011, the Finish Tourist Board ran a campaign that used silence as a marketing ‘product’. They sort to entice people to visit Finland and experience the beauty of this silent land. They released a series of photographs of single figures in the nature and used the slogan “Silence, Please”. A tag line was added by Simon Anholt, an international country branding consultant, “No talking, but action.” Eva Kiviranta the manager of the social media for VisitFinland.com said: “We decided,…

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Eating less may lead to longer life, says aging expert

Eating less may lead to longer life, says aging expert

 Eat less and live longer is the simple message from an expert in the natural process of ageing. His advice has nothing to do with dieting, it is research that hints at greater longevity for those who reduce their calorie intake. The possibility that going around hungry all the time might help you live longer first emerged 80 years ago and has been under scrutiny ever since, said Prof Steven Austad of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “For the…

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Drinking 7 glasses of water can cut 200 calories off daily intake

Drinking 7 glasses of water can cut 200 calories off daily intake

A US study has found that drinking just 1% more water can reduce total daily calorie consumption, in particular the intake of sugar, sodium and cholesterol. In fact, drinking seven glasses of water per day could cut total daily intakes by up to 200 calories. Current guidelines recommend drinking 1 to 1.5 litres of water per day. There’s nothing new or revolutionary about that advice, especially for dieters or detoxers looking to flush out the body’s toxins. However, new research,…

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People aged 65 to 79 ‘happiest of all’, study suggests

People aged 65 to 79 ‘happiest of all’, study suggests

Sixty-five to 79 is the happiest age group for adults, according to Office for National Statistics research. The survey of more than 300,000 adults across the UK found life satisfaction, happiness and feeling life was worthwhile all peaked in that age bracket, but declined in the over-80s. Those aged 45 to 59 reported the lowest levels of life satisfaction, with men on average less satisfied than women. That age group also reported the highest levels of anxiety. Researchers said one…

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Antibiotic resistance: World on cusp of ‘post-antibiotic era’

Antibiotic resistance: World on cusp of ‘post-antibiotic era’

The world is on the cusp of a “post-antibiotic era”, scientists have warned after finding bacteria resistant to drugs used when all other treatments have failed. Their report, in the Lancet, identifies bacteria able to shrug off colistin in patients and livestock in China. They said that resistance would spread around the world and raised the spectre of untreatable infections. Experts said the worrying development needed to act as a global wake-up call. Bacteria becoming completely resistant to treatment –…

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Interrupted sleep worse than not getting enough sleep

Interrupted sleep worse than not getting enough sleep

Being interrupted during sleep is likely to affect your mood more than not getting enough sleep, a study suggests. Researchers at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, USA studied 62 men and women and split them into three experimental conditions. One group were subject to “forced awakenings” during sleep, others went to bed late and the last group went to sleep uninterrupted. The study analysed the participants over three days and published their research in the…

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