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Pokemon Go Could Help You Live Longer

All those additional steps could boost longevity, scientists say

(Newser) - More people than ever are squeezing in some light cardio on the streets of America thanks to Pokemon Go, and that game play may also have a side benefit that could increase users' life spans—to the tune of 2.83 million combined years for the estimated 25 million US... More »

Human Lifespan Has Likely Maxed Out

Study: Humans have hit a ceiling of about 115 years

(Newser) - Bad news if you're hoping to live to be older than Dumbledore . Even with advances in health care, no human is likely to make it past 125 years, researchers say. In fact, we seem to have maxed out around 115. After analyzing demographic data from the countries with the... More »

Sardinians Feud Over DNA 'Secret to Longevity'

Prosecutors seize 14K samples

(Newser) - Does the secret of longevity lie in the DNA of elderly Sardinians? Researchers think it might, which has led to confusion and feuding over a "biobank" that includes around 14,000 DNA samples from residents of an eastern region of the Italian island, where people lead exceptionally long lives,... More »

To Live Longer, Pick Up a Book

Book readers live 2 years longer than non-readers: study

(Newser) - Reading books does more than ward off dementia : It also increases your lifespan, according to Yale researchers. In fact, the more time a person spends reading, the less likely they are to die. Researchers asked 3,635 people over 50 about their reading habits, then checked back in after 12... More »

Is First Person to Live to Be 150 Already Alive?

Scientists are now betting on it, literally

(Newser) - As we get better at treating age-related diseases such as cancer and dementia, humans might add 20 to 30 years to both the average person's lifespan and the longevity of the world's oldest people. So say researchers who are investigating new and existing drugs that may help slow... More »

Last American Born in 19th Century Dies

Susannah Jones was the world's oldest person

(Newser) - Susannah Mushatt Jones, the world's oldest person, has died in New York at age 116. Robert Young, a senior consultant for the Gerontology Research Group, says Jones died at a senior home in Brooklyn, NY, Thursday night. He says she had been ill for the past 10 days, the... More »

If You're a Woman, Trees Could Extend Your Life

Scientists say living near greenery linked to lower mortality rates in women

(Newser) - Go hug a tree—it could be lowering your mortality rate, at least if you're a woman. In a study published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal, scientists analyzed questionnaires that more than 108,000 women took between 2000 and 2008 and determined that those subjects who resided in... More »

To Live Longer, Eat Like the Japanese

Diet of fish, veggies, soy, could mean lower risk of death

(Newser) - Go ahead and indulge your sushi habit: A new study finds a Japanese diet of fish, rice, seaweed, and sake could add years to your life. Not only does following Japan's dietary guidelines result in a 15% lower total mortality rate, but it also lowers one's risk of... More »

Moderate Drinking May Not Extend Life After All

Design flaws and biases found in analysis of 87 studies

(Newser) - Those of us sticking to two glasses of wine a night because of the benefits of moderate drinking may have to stop gloating: Scientists now say that moderate drinking might not help you live longer after all, NPR reports. In a study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol ... More »

Oldest Man Dies After 112 Years of 'Not Overdoing It'

Yasutaro Koide said the secret was not smoking, drinking

(Newser) - The world's oldest man has died in Tokyo at the age of 112, two months short of his 113th birthday. Yasutaro Koide was born on March 13, 1903, and said his secret to a long life was not to overdo it, or drink or smoke. A native of Nagoya,... More »

101-Year-Old Man Shocks Neighbor in Viral Video

Richard Mann has no problem shoveling neighbor's walk

(Newser) - Done your neighbor a good turn this year? You might take a hint from Richard Mann, a 101-year-old resident of St. Paul, Minn., who was seen shoveling his neighbor's walk the other day after a fresh snowfall, the Star Tribune reports. Neighbor Keven O’Bannon caught it on video... More »

Study Suggests Romney Will Outlive Obama

Researchers studied 279 elected presidents and prime ministers

(Newser) - Leading a country doesn't just bring a few unwanted gray hairs . The stressful gig also takes years off a person's life, according to a new study in the journal BMJ . Research in this area has been conflicting: A previous study found no adverse effects on life expectancy, another... More »

Scientist Injects Self With 'Eternal Life' Bacteria

Russian researcher saw mice, flies reaped benefits from bacteria, so why not?

(Newser) - In 2009, a 3.5-million-year-old bacteria strain called Bacillus F was discovered deep in the permafrost of Siberia's Sakha Republic, per Medical Daily . Scientists soon after found that mice and fruit flies exposed to the bacteria seemed to get a boost to their immune systems, leading to longer lives... More »

Secret to Long Life Found in ... Smokers?

A select group of people have genes that might actually repair cell damage

(Newser) - If you smoke for most of your life and still live to a ripe, old age, you might have more than luck on your side. Though smokers can generally expect to live 10 years less than non-smokers, this is by no means a hard and fast rule. Jeanne Calment, for... More »

Want to Live Longer? Add Chili Peppers to Your Diet

The study analyzed more than 485K people

(Newser) - People who like a little heat in their meals just might be doing their longevity a favor. So report researchers this week in the British Medical Journal after studying the health, diets, and alcohol consumption of more than 485,000 people in China. Controlling for many variables, including family medical... More »

Why Women Live Longer Than Men

Differences in life expectancy became pronounced in the late 1800s

(Newser) - There's a reason we don't typically call Earth's oldest person the oldest woman in the world—the oldest person is pretty much always a woman. In fact, just two of the world's 53 living supercentenarians (people 110 and older) are men, reports IFL Science . But why... More »

Woman Gives Blunt Answer on How to Make It to 100

Pauline Spagnola credits 'a fair amount of booze'

(Newser) - The WNEP news anchor reporting on Pauline Spagnola might have been right on the money when he said she "may have thrown back a few" while celebrating her 100th birthday on Tuesday. That's because, like the 110-year-old Nebraska man who attributes his longevity to a daily can of... More »

110-Year-Old Nebraska Man's Tip for Longevity: Beer

A can a day at 3pm, to be precise

(Newser) - Mark Behrends of Nebraska celebrated a milestone rare among men this week—he turned 110, qualifying him for supercentenarian status. The majority of people who reach that mark are women, notes Omaha.com . As for that inevitable question about the secret to his longevity, Behrends has a pretty good answer:... More »

116-Year-Old Dies After Week as World's Oldest

Gertrude Weaver credited her longevity in part to being kind

(Newser) - Gertrude Weaver was the oldest-known living person on Earth for nearly a week, and she got a kick out of it, too, NBC News reports. When 117-year-old Misao Okawa died of heart failure on April 1, Weaver took the top spot at age 116 and basked in the limelight from... More »

Why You Should Exercise at Least a Tiny Bit

Even those not doing recommended time can reap health benefits: researchers

(Newser) - If you've given up physical activity because you don't have the time or inclination to achieve recommended weekly exercise levels, strap on your walking shoes: A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine indicates that something's better than nothing in terms of increasing longevity. Scientists from the National... More »

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