Archive for August 31st, 2012
German researchers observed the reactions of children as young as age 3 and found that they can identify real distress versus whining. The findings were published in the journal Developmental Psychology.
People with type A personality traits and people who faced a major stressful episode were at higher risk of suffering a stroke even after other factors were taken into consideration, according to a Spanish study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. Researchers noted that both heart rhythm disorder and excessive daytime sleepiness also were linked to higher stroke risk.
Crises are said to bring people closer together. But a new study from UC Berkeley suggests that while the have-nots reach out to one another in times of trouble, the wealthy are more apt to find comfort in material possessions …
"Given the very different forms of coping that we observe among the upper and lower classes, our research suggests that in times of economic uncertainty and social instability, disparities between the haves and the have-nots could grow ever wider" …
Our ancestors didn't walk alone: Neanderthals and other ancient peoples shared Earth with them tens of thousands of years ago.
Now, using new technology, scientists have sequenced with high precision the genome of one of those close but little-known relatives: an extinct people known as the Denisovans, who lived in and around modern-day Siberia.
Meet the Denisovans, the newest members of the human tree of life
Discover Magazine – 12/22/10
Denisovan DNA suggests a dark complexion & interbreeding
Since becoming more legitimate in the 1990s and early 2000s, the field of longevity and anti-aging research has generated serious efforts to answer this question. Work is being conducted primarily in four different areas: Healthy Living and Predictive and Preventive Medicine; Genetics; Regeneration; and Machine Solutions. (I touched on some of this material in a recent New York Times article; here I will expand on what is happening in the field of anti-aging science.)
Being active and living a healthy lifestyle even after the age of 75 can make a huge difference to your life expectancy, a Swedish study suggests.
Academics at Sweden's Karolinska Institute analysed the lifestyles of 1,810 people over 75.
The findings, on the British Medical Journal website, said men with the healthiest lifestyles lived six years longer, women had five extra years.
Experts said it was never too late to start looking after your health.