Aging News

Nutrition Influences Immunity, Aging

August 25th, 2014
New research suggests our diet plays a direct role in how we age. In a pair of studies, investigators from UCL (University College London) discovered an interaction between nutrition, metabolism, immunity, and the aging process. Experts believe the findings could aid the development of ...

Yoga Shown to Boost Brain Power in Older Adults

August 24th, 2014
Sedentary older adults who began practicing hatha yoga three times a week for eight weeks experienced a boost in working memory, according to a new study by the University of Illinois. The research, published in The Journals of Gerontology Series: Biological Sciences and Medical ...

Why Sleep Breaks Down With Age

August 23rd, 2014
As people grow older, they often have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. On top of that, they tend to awaken too early in the morning. A new study from researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston and the University ...

In Autism, Poor ‘Pruning’ of Neurons Leads to Excess Synapses

August 23rd, 2014
Children and teens with autism have a sluggish brain “pruning” process during development compared to healthy kids, according to neuroscientists at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). This slower pruning process results in a surplus of brain synapses -- the points where neurons ...

Happiness Still Attainable, Even With Schizophrenia

August 23rd, 2014
More than one-third of patients with schizophrenia report being happy all or most of the time, according to a new survey by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. In fact, happiness levels were found unrelated to the severity ...

Preschool Figure Drawings Correlate With IQ a Decade Later

August 20th, 2014
A four-year-old child’s drawings of a person can possibly reveal their intelligence levels then and also a decade later, according to a new study at Kings’ College London. But parents shouldn’t worry if their child draws poorly, as it isn’t the only ...

Imaging Study Shows How Children Memorize Facts

August 18th, 2014
New brain-imaging research reveals how the brain reorganizes itself as children learn basic math facts. "As children learn basic arithmetic, they go from solving problems by counting on their fingers to pulling facts from memory," researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine ...

Poor Sleep Tied to Higher Suicide Risk in Older Adults

August 15th, 2014
Older adults who suffer from sleep difficulties are at greater risk of dying from suicide than well-rested adults, according to new research at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The study confirmed the already established link between depression and suicide risk, while also ...

Wanted: Just the Right Amount of Exercise

August 14th, 2014
More than half of all American fail to obtain the minimum recommended amount of physical activity (>150 minutes/week of moderate exercise), a factor that increases risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Emerging research, however, warns that individuals can overdo exercise increasing the ...

Computer Literacy May Support Cognition in Elders

August 13th, 2014
Emerging research suggests minimal levels of digital competency can help to reduce cognitive decline in older adults. The new study is the first to show the ability to engage, plan, and execute digital actions, such as web browsing and exchanging emails, can improve ...