Apr 15, 2015

Report urges ways to stay sharp as our brains age

The brain ages just like the rest of a body, says a new report that urges seniors to take steps to keep sharp. The prestigious Institute of Medicine examined what scientists know about “cognitive aging,” changes in mental functioning as we get older. This ...

Be kind to live long, world's oldest woman says from Arkansas

Apr 2, 2015

Be kind to live long, world's oldest woman says from Arkansas

The world’s oldest person, 116-year-old Gertrude Weaver of Arkansas, believes the key to longevity is treating other people kindly. Weaver, born on July 4, 1898, lives at a senior care facility in Camden, Arkansas, where she exercises in her wheelchair three times a week ...

Coffee gains ground with health experts

Apr 2, 2015

Coffee gains ground with health experts

Long viewed as a controversial dark substance, coffee is gaining ground among medical experts who say it can protect against heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, even if it is decaffeinated. Multiple studies published worldwide in recent years have concluded that coffee can be ...

Leg exoskeleton puts spring in a user's step

Apr 2, 2015

Leg exoskeleton puts spring in a user's step

Millions of years of evolution have enabled human beings to develop a smooth, energy-efficient way of walking. But, biomechanical engineers suggested on Wednesday, there is always room for improvement. They unveiled an unpowered exoskeleton — a small, light, spring-activated device that fits on the ...

For elderly, Robear is a powerful pick-me-up

Feb 26, 2015

For elderly, Robear is a powerful pick-me-up

Forget the frightening androids of dystopian sci-fi, the future of robots is cute polar bears that can lift elderly people into and out of bed. The Robear has a cublike face with big doey eyes, but packs enough power to transfer frail patients from ...

Feb 26, 2015

Elder care givers take on surge in demand

by Sawako Obara

Elder-to-elder nursing care is expanding in Japan due to the aging of care workers. The ratio of elderly workers is rapidly rising in the nursing care sector because young people are unwilling to take on the tough, low-paying work. While care services, including bathing ...

Sauna-goers may live longer: Finnish study

Feb 24, 2015

Sauna-goers may live longer: Finnish study

Men who regularly visit saunas live longer and are less likely to die of sudden heart attacks than men who did not visit as often, a Finnish study published Monday. In often frigid Finland, going to the sauna is a popular activity, and is ...

Feb 19, 2015

'Nanodrones' tested to clear arteries

Tiny nanoparticles that act like miniature drones could deliver a knockout punch to plaque buildup in the arteries, according to an experimental approach described by U.S. scientists on Wednesday. So far the anti-cholesterol treatment has been tried only in lab mice, while the nanoparticles ...