Gauge Your Age: Epigenetics and the Future of Medicine

Why do some people stay healthy throughout their lives and others don’t? While we all age, we don’t all age in the same ways or at the same rate. Epigenetic modifications are largely responsible for this phenomenon, with DNA methylation being the most studied modification. An Epigenetic Clock is a sophisticated way of tracking our “real” age by measuring methylation or demethylation at particular DNA … Continue reading Gauge Your Age: Epigenetics and the Future of Medicine

Eye health and poor nutrition: A high-fat diet may be linked to vision problems later in life, warn scientists

It turns out, a diet high in fat can not only raise a person’s risk of obesity but also their risk of going blind later in life. In a recent study, researchers from the University of Southampton in the U.K. found that a high-fat diet affects the ability of retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells to adjust to changing conditions in … Continue reading Eye health and poor nutrition: A high-fat diet may be linked to vision problems later in life, warn scientists

Acupressure could calm patients with dementia, study finds

The practice of acupressure might help calm people suffering from dementia, one study suggests.A Taiwanese study found acupressure might alleviate the agitations that people with forms of dementia like Alzheimer's go through. Acupressure is like acupuncture, only using hands instead of needles. People with dementia are more prone to become angry, yell at others or … Continue reading Acupressure could calm patients with dementia, study finds

Research looks into the health benefits of alternate day fasting

A recent diet trend is alternate-day fasting (ADF). As its name suggests, alternate-day fasting involves fasting for a day and eating whatever you like without restrictions the next day. It is one of the several varieties of intermittent fasting. Although it can appear extreme to some people, alternate-day fasting is safe and has many health benefits, according to … Continue reading Research looks into the health benefits of alternate day fasting

Consuming more strawberries may help lower Alzheimer’s risk among the elderly

A study published in the journal Current Developments in Nutrition found that a diet rich in vitamin C, anthocyanidin and flavonoid – nutrients plenty in strawberries – can help reduce Alzheimer’s disease among older people. The researchers from the Rush University Medical Center and Rush Insitute for Health Aging said that participants who ate strawberries more than once a week were 32 percent less likely to develop … Continue reading Consuming more strawberries may help lower Alzheimer’s risk among the elderly

New study reveals regular garlic intake may lower mortality risk

A recent study published in the journal Nutrients found that regularly consuming garlic can lower all-cause mortality risk among older people. Previous research associated garlic consumption with lower mortality risk in younger healthy subjects. But no such evidence had been documented for older adults. The present study, on the other hand, shows the protective effects of garlic among people aged 80 … Continue reading New study reveals regular garlic intake may lower mortality risk

Exercise 13 minutes every day to increase your life expectancy by 3 years, advise experts

It’s no secret that regular exercise is good for human health. It strengthens muscles, boosts immune function and reduces the risk of chronic disease, among other health benefits. On top of these benefits, researchers from a health insurance firm in the UK found that regular exercise can also lead to a longer life. The team found that exercising … Continue reading Exercise 13 minutes every day to increase your life expectancy by 3 years, advise experts

Move it, shake it: Increasing physical activity is linked to longevity regardless of intensity

The thought of daily grueling gym sessions may put people off of exercising regularly, but a recent review has revealed that even light exercise offers health benefits. Details of the study were published in the journal BMJ. The article bears good news, especially for people who spend hours at their desks at work and those who are too busy … Continue reading Move it, shake it: Increasing physical activity is linked to longevity regardless of intensity

Middle aged women can experience cognitive decline as a side effect of stressful life experiences

Middle-aged women who experience stressful life experiences are more likely to develop dementia later in life, suggests a recent study from Johns Hopkins University. In their report, which was published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, the team noted that the findings were specific to women who experience chronic stress. This could also explain the disproportionate rates of … Continue reading Middle aged women can experience cognitive decline as a side effect of stressful life experiences

Immune cells ATTACK the aging brain and release a substance that hinders new nerve cell production, report scientists