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Don't Make Coffee This Way if You Have High Cholesterol

Researchers say filtered coffee fares better for longevity than boiled or press-style varieties

(Newser) - A Swedish study billing itself as the first to look at the tie between the way we brew our coffee and the risk of heart attacks and premature death says one type of brewing method appears healthier than the rest. The research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology ... More »

In Phenomenon Seen Across Species, the Ladies Have It

Female mammals typically live longer, likely owing to genetics

(Newser) - It's not just in human populations that females tend to live longer than males. The same trend has been seen in mammals such as elephants, lions, and orcas, according to a new study. Indeed, demographic data for 134 populations of 101 mammalian species shows females outlive males in 60%... More »

World's Oldest Person Has Another Birthday

Kane Tanaka is 117 and would like to see 120

(Newser) - After she was born prematurely in 1903, Kane Tanaka was lucky to survive to her first birthday. But she made it to that milestone—and many, many more. Tanaka, believed to be the world's oldest person, turned 117 on Jan. 2. She celebrated Sunday with cake and a party... More »

New Proof of 'How Powerful the Arts Are'

Researchers say engaging in art, music, theater can lower risk of dying early

(Newser) - It doesn't seem like a stretch to say most people feel pretty good after a stimulating afternoon at the museum or rousing Broadway production. Now, research out of University College London suggests that exposing oneself to the arts—be it going to museums, art galleries, concerts, the opera, or... More »

He's 45, Plans to Live Another 135 Years. Here's How

Bulletproof Coffee founder Dave Asprey has spent $1M in pursuit of his goal

(Newser) - Dave Asprey is 45, which in his view "officially" makes him a young adult. That's because his well-known goal is to live to 180; he's now a quarter of the way there. In a lengthy piece for Men's Health , Rachel Monroe digs into the Bulletproof Coffee... More »

5 Lifestyle Habits Have 'Huge Effect' on Longevity

Harvard researchers surprised at how much of a difference familiar advice makes

(Newser) - Harvard researchers say five things will help you live longer, and the list isn't all that surprising: exercise, eat a healthy diet, maintain a healthy body weight, don't drink too much, and don't smoke. More surprising is just how much of an effect those five combined factors... More »

Restricting Calories May Mean a Longer Life

Study suggests smaller meals can pay off for humans in longevity

(Newser) - A new study suggests that those who hope to live long lives should start reducing the portions on their plates. The study in Cell Metabolism followed 53 non-obese men and women over the course of two years, some of whom reduced the amount of calories they ate by 15%, reports... More »

Human Life May Have No Limit

New research counters claim human life has maxed out at 115

(Newser) - Good news for those making plans for their 110th birthday: The human lifespan is perhaps far more robust than previously thought. The Guardian reports that new research disputes a high-profile claim last year that the human lifespan has maxed out at 114.9 years. In an extraordinary scientific feud, five... More »

Study of 1.4M People Turns Up Possible Benefit to Having Kids

Those with kids had lower risk of death than those who were childless

(Newser) - Kids may turn their parents' hair gray, but they may also add years to those parents' lives. Researchers in Sweden analyzed data from more than 700,000 men and 725,000 women born between 1911 and 1925, and going back that far was the point: Participants in the study were... More »

The Super-Tall Tend to Die Young—but Why?

Phenomenon may be linked to how excess growth hormone affects the heart

(Newser) - Andre the Giant may be the most well-known; Neil Fingleton, who played Mag the Mighty on Game of Thrones, is the most recent . Both actors were seriously tall men who died young (Andre was 46, Fingleton 36), and Gizmodo wants to know why. The site looks into the common fate... More »

There's a New Recommended Daily Quota for Fruits, Veggies

Study says eating 10 servings could slash risk of premature death, disease

(Newser) - If you've struggled to meet the World Health Organization's five-a-day fruits and veggies recommendation , you may want to reassess your consumption strategy. An Imperial College London study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology has found that doubling the current suggestion to 10 servings a day could stave... More »

South Korean Women on Brink of Longevity Milestone

The US, meanwhile, could 'fall further behind'

(Newser) - Life expectancy is expected to climb dramatically in most developed countries by 2030—just not in the United States. Using 21 mathematical models, scientists at Imperial College London and the WHO predict females born in the US in 2030 will live an average of 83 years compared to 81 in... More »

Oldest Person in US Dies After 114 Years in New Jersey

She never jogged and ate what she liked, son says

(Newser) - A New Jersey woman born the same year as Charles Lindbergh has died after almost seven months as the oldest person in America . Adele Dunlap, who celebrated her 114th birthday in December, died on Sunday, making 113-year-old Delphine Gibson the oldest person in the US, NJ.com reports. According to... More »

Restricting Calories Could Improve Longevity

At least it does in rhesus macaque monkeys

(Newser) - Studies on a wide range of species have found that calorie restriction almost always extends lifespan—and this is true in yeast, worms, flies, mice, and more. But whether this applies to primates has been the subject of considerable debate since studies by two highly reputable organizations have reported such... More »

Optimistic Women May Live Longer

They appear less likely to die from common illnesses

(Newser) - When asked about their secret to aging, the world's oldest people often bring up not sweating the small stuff . In fact, optimism is associated with greater personal happiness, but could it impart biological benefits as well? Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health suggest it's possible in... More »

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 »

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