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Aging, Longevity and Health in the News

Pensioners could get death estimate
Retirees could be told how long they are likely to live after stopping work, says pensions minister Steve Webb.

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Health Care Spending?s Recent Surge Stirs Unease
Policy experts wonder whether the government and private businesses can control spending as the economy gets stronger and millions more Americans gain coverage.

Well: Younger Skin Through Exercise
Exercise appears to slow and even reverse the effects of aging on the skin.

The New Old Age Blog: For Stone Phillips, a Focus on the Home Front
A broadcaster turns the camera on his parents.

Well: Pregnancy Weight Gain Predicts Child?s Obesity
Gaining too much weight during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk that your child will be obese as a preschooler, new evidence shows. Gaining too little weight may have the same effect.

Well: An Athlete Tackles Cancer
My youth was all sports. Now, at the age of 30, with Stage IV gastric cancer, I find myself relying on lessons I learned then.

F.D.A. Discourages Procedure in Uterine Surgery
The procedure, power morcellation, poses a risk of spreading cancerous tissue, the agency said Thursday.

A Son?s Deafness Prompts a Scientific Journey
A look at the crucial relationship between sound, language and the development of literacy.

Well: The Antidepressant Generation
A growing number of young adults are taking psychiatric medicines for longer and longer periods, at the very age when they are also consolidating their identities, making plans for the future and navigating adult relationships.

Surfing: The new wave of fitness classes
A fitness class is providing a workout to escape from the cold temperatures. The fitness moves are done on a surfboard on the gym floor. Craig Boswell explains.

Apathy might signal brain shrinkage in old age
Loss of energy and motivation could be an early sign of dementia, study suggests

Diabetes complications drop dramatically
A new report finds rates of stroke, heart attack, limb amputations and end-stage kidney failure have decreased, even as diabetes rate rises

Dangerous bacteria survive in contact lens cleaning solution
Study finds strain of bacteria that causes serious eye infections can survive in cleaning solution longer than previously believed

Once-conjoined twins head home from hospital
Two 9-month-old twins who were conjoined are now leaving a Dallas, Texas. hospital. The twins were joined at the abdomen but were successfully separated after surgery. Omar Villafranca reports.

Whoopi Goldberg Pens Marijuana Column Ahead of 4/20

The actress wrote that she uses her vape pen, affectionately nicknamed ?Sippy,? to help treat glaucoma-related pain

Whoopi Goldberg Touts 'Vape Pen' in Debut Pot Column

In a new column about marijuana, Whoopi Goldberg says she turned to pot to help excruciating headaches caused by glaucoma.

Now a 'Pollen Vortex'? Wild Weather May Mean Allergy Nightmare
If the constant cold weren?t enough, a brutal winter has many speculating that the polar vortex will be replaced by a ?pollen vortex,? leaving allergy sufferers sniffling and miserable.Alesia Kotek is ready for the worst.

Achoo! 7 Ways to Fight Spring Allergies
Your nose is swollen and congested, your eyes itch and you feel exhausted: if you?ve had symptoms like these for more than seven days, chances are it?s not a cold virus -- it?s allergies.You can thank the pollen vortex.

Group Makes Stem Cells Using Clone Technique
Researchers say they have made powerful stem cells from both young and old adults using cloning techniques, and also found clues about why it is so difficult to do this with human beings.

Teen Makes Genetic Discovery of Her Own Rare Cancer
As a child, Elana Simon suffered for years from crippling stomach pain. Yet despite trips to multiple specialists, her pain remained a mystery."Nothing seemed to be explaining why I was having these problems," Elana told NBC News' Ann Curry.

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ScienceShot: New Stem Cells a Genetic Match for Adults
Technique could be used in new treatments for Parkinson's disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis

FDA Warns Against Procedure for Uterine Fibroids
'Laparoscopic power morcellation' may increase women's cancer risk, agency says

White House: 8 Million People Signed Up for Health Insurance
35 percent of registrants are younger than 35 years old, administration officials say

Bacteria May Survive Longer in Contact Lens Solution Than Thought
Study suggests manufacturers test for all strains of P. aeruginosa to prevent infection

Small Childbirth Change Might Help Prevent Iron Deficiency in Babies: Study
With mothers holding newborns differently, cord clamping could be delayed, researchers say

Bleeding Irregularities Common in Menopause, Study Finds
Report should reassure women at this stage of life, researcher says

Sleep Apnea May Be Linked to Poor Bone Health
Osteoporosis rates rose among people with breathing disorder, study found

Drowning Deaths Down Overall, But Still a Problem: Report
Rates increased for adults 45 to 84; kids 4 and under and adults 85 and older at highest risk

'Dressed' laser aimed at clouds may be key to inducing rain, lightning
The adage "Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it" may one day be obsolete if researchers further develop a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds to make it rain or trigger lightning. Other possible uses of this technique could be used in long-distance sensors and spectrometers to identify chemical makeup.

Impact of childhood bullying still evident after 40 years
The negative social, physical and mental health effects of childhood bullying are still evident nearly 40 years later, according to new research. The study is the first to look at the effects of bullying beyond early adulthood. Just over a quarter of children in the study (28%) had been bullied occasionally, and 15% bullied frequently -- similar to rates in the UK today. Individuals who were bullied in childhood were more likely to have poorer physical and psychological health and cognitive func...

Better thermal-imaging lens from waste sulfur
A new chemical process can transform waste sulfur into lightweight plastic lenses that have a high refractive index and are transparent to mid-range infrared light. The lenses may have applications in thermal imaging devices. Other potential applications for the new plastic include sulfur-lithium batteries.

Five anthropogenic factors that will radically alter northern forests in 50 y...
Five anthropogenic factors that will radically alter forest conditions and management needs in the Northern United States have been outlined in a new report. "The northern quadrant of the United States includes 172 million acres of forest land and 124 million people," said one researcher. This report "is helping identify the individual and collective steps needed to ensure healthy and resilient futures for trees and people alike."

Our brains are hardwired for language
People blog, they don't lbog, and they schmooze, not mshooze. But why is this? Why are human languages so constrained? Can such restrictions unveil the basis of the uniquely human capacity for language? New research shows the brains of individual speakers are sensitive to language universals. Syllables that are frequent across languages are recognized more readily than infrequent syllables. Simply put, this study shows that language universals are hardwired in the human brain.

Deadly human pathogen Cryptococcus fully sequenced
A ten-year effort by an international team has sequenced the entire genome and all the RNA products of the most important pathogenic lineage of Cryptococcus neoformans, a strain called H99.These genetic instructions can give valuable insight into why a fungus responsible for a million cases of pneumonia and meningitis every year is so malleable and dangerous.

Proteomics discovers link between muscle damage and cerebral malaria
Malaria-related complications remain a major cause of death for children in many parts of the world. Why some children develop these complications while others don't is still not understood. Scientists now report results of a systematic proteomics approach to the question.

Gene variant increases risk of colorectal cancer from eating processed meat
A common genetic variant that affects one in three people appears to significantly increase the risk of colorectal cancer from the consumption of processed meat, according to a new study.

Building 'smart' cell-based therapies
A technology for engineering human cells as therapies has been developed by scientists. The the technology becomes activated only in diseased tissues. It sits on the surface of a cell and can be programmed to sense specific external factors. For example, the engineered cell could detect big, soluble protein molecules that indicate that it's next to a tumor. When the biosensor detects such a factor, it sends a signal into the engineered cell's nucleus to activate a gene expression program, such a...

Is Parkinson's an autoimmune disease?
The cause of neuronal death in Parkinson's disease is still unknown, but a new study proposes that neurons may be mistaken for foreign invaders and killed by the person's own immune system, similar to the way autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, and multiple sclerosis attack the body's cells.

Loud talking, horseplay in car results in more serious incidents for teen dri...
Adolescent drivers are often distracted by technology while they are driving, but loud conversations and horseplay between passengers appear more likely to result in a dangerous incident, according to a new study. Researchers ecruited 52 North Carolina high-school age drivers to have in-vehicle cameras mounted in their cars and trucks to observe distracted driving behaviors and distracted conditions when teen drivers were behind the wheel. Young drivers were recorded in a variety of real-world d...

Alternative identification methods for threatened species urged
With global climate change and rapidly disappearing habitat critical to the survival of endangered species, there is a sense of urgency to confirm the return of animals thought to be extinct, or to confirm the presence of newly discovered species. Researchers want to change how biologists think about collecting 'voucher' specimens for species identification, suggesting current specimen collection practices pose a risk to vulnerable animal populations nearing extinction.

Internet use may cut retirees' depression
Spending time online has the potential to ward off depression among retirees, particularly among those who live alone, according to research. Authors report that internet use reduced the probability of a depressed state by 33 percent among their study sample. Late-life depression affects between 5 and 10 million Americans age 50 and older. This new study shows that the Internet offers older Americans a chance to overcome the social and spatial boundaries that are believed to fuel depression.

Refining language for chromosomes
A new classification system that may standardize how structural chromosomal rearrangements are described has been proposed by a team of researchers. Known as Next-Gen Cytogenetic Nomenclature, it is a major contribution to the classification system to potentially revolutionize how cytogeneticists worldwide translate and communicate chromosomal abnormalities.

A cross-section of the universe
An image of a galaxy cluster gives a remarkable cross-section of the universe, showing objects at different distances and stages in cosmic history. They range from cosmic near neighbors to objects seen in the early years of the universe. The 14-hour exposure shows objects around a billion times fainter than can be seen with the naked eye.

Neurons in brain tune into different frequencies for different spatial memory...
Your brain transmits information about your current location and memories of past locations over the same neural pathways using different frequencies of a rhythmic electrical activity called gamma waves, report neuroscientists. The research may provide insight into the cognitive and memory disruptions seen in diseases such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer's, in which gamma waves are disturbed.

Common links between neurodegenerative diseases identified
The pattern of brain alterations may be similar in several different neurodegenerative diseases, which opens the door to alternative therapeutic strategies to tackle these diseases, experts say.

Grieving Widow, Widower Discover Love Again on Internet Forum
"Marisa93" and "Jim C." who are engaged and have been living together in Miamisburg, Ohio, met on the website GRACE (Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education), while their grief was still raw.

Kirk Promotes Stroke Research Funding, Treatments
The Republican from Highland Park, who suffered a stroke in January 2012, attended a round-table discussion at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with Chicago-area stroke researchers. He emphasized the importance of funding National Institutes of Health research.

City Touts Decline In Teen Smoking
Fewer than 11 percent of Chicago high school students reported smoking last year.

Swim to Sea? These Salmon Are Catching a Lift
California?s drought has left rivers too shallow for salmon, so the government is trucking and barging them to the sea in the hope they will return.

A Son?s Deafness Prompts a Scientific Journey
A look at the crucial relationship between sound, language and the development of literacy.

F.D.A. Discourages Procedure in Uterine Surgery
The procedure, power morcellation, poses a risk of spreading cancerous tissue, the agency said Thursday.

Time Is Short for High-Risk Rescue Effort
Experts said that even if passengers aboard the capsized South Korean ferry found air pockets, time was short and the risk of hypothermia was high.

One-Fifth of China?s Farmland Is Polluted, State Study Finds
Rapid industrialization, agricultural mismanagement and metals production are all contributing to contamination that is raising alarms about food and physical health.

Well: The Antidepressant Generation
A growing number of young adults are taking psychiatric medicines for longer and longer periods, at the very age when they are also consolidating their identities, making plans for the future and navigating adult relationships.

Well: An Athlete Tackles Cancer
My youth was all sports. Now, at the age of 30, with Stage IV gastric cancer, I find myself relying on lessons I learned then.

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