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Lithium for Life Extension?

Lithium for Life Extension?

Last month, Anna Fels wrote in the Sunday NYTimes suggesting that lithium be added to the drinking water because trace amounts of lithium are associated with lower rates of mental illness, violence and suicide in particular. What she didn’t say was that communities with naturally-occurring lithium in their drinking water enjoy greater longevity as well.

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$1 Million Prize to End Aging

$1 Million Prize to End Aging

Dr. Joon Yun is managing partner and president of Palo Alto Investors, LLC, who recently agreed to donate a $1 million Palo Alto Prize to reverse the aging process. The Palo Alto Longevity Prize is a $1 million life science competition dedicated to ending aging.

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Sleep and Longevity

Sleep and Longevity

Good quality sleep, 6-8 hours per night but not more, is statistically associated with longevity. Is there a causal connection? Experiments with rats and data from people doing shift work suggests that yes, there is. But how to get good sleep, and even what good sleep means varies widely from one person to the next.

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The FDA Questions an Aspirin a Day.   I Question the FDA.

The FDA Questions an Aspirin a Day.   I Question the FDA.

For 25 years, daily aspirin for people over 50 has been standard advice from the medical profession. A few weeks ago, the FDA changed its tune, and now recommends daily aspirin only after your first heart attack. I’m sticking with the classic advice. Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory with benefits that include lower risk of dementia and some cancers. The overall reduction in death and disease adds the equivalent of...

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Love, Death, and Oxytocin

Love, Death, and Oxytocin

Oxytocin, the “love hormone”, is one of those blood factors that we have less of as we age. A recent study connects loss of oxytocin with frailty and loss of muscle mass in old age. Could it be that oxytocin is the biochemical mediator that signals the body to live longer in response to loving connections and caring behaviors?

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V.N. Anisimov: Russian Optimist on Longevity

V.N. Anisimov: Russian Optimist on Longevity

Last March, I wrote a column entitled Reality Check, featuring the work of Stephen Spindler. Spindler is a veteran researcher at UCRiverside, and perhaps the world’s foremost expert in the design and execution of longevity studies in mice. But Steve is a glass-half-empty kind of guy. And ever since I wrote that column, I’ve been thinking that I need to write about Spindler’s opposite number in Russia: Vladimir An...

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Pacemakers Without Batteries — Coming Soon

Pacemakers Without Batteries — Coming Soon

My father-in-law had a cardiac pacemaker implanted when he was in his mid-80s. He had it replaced after about 5 years because the battery failed. This is a common occurrence and even though pacemakers have become smaller, the battery represents the single component in the form factor that restricts them from becoming really tiny while at the same time requires them to be replaced periodically.

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