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Study Finds Least Happy Age

Researcher sees more midlife adults struggling

(Newser) - Middle age is the worst. And of the worst, age 47.2 is the bottom, a study has found. A comparison of data from 132 countries analyzed the relationship between well-being and age, Bloomberg reports. A Dartmouth College found a U-shaped "happiness curve" over a lifespan, which hits its... More »

Young Dads More Likely to Die Younger

A large study in Finland finds it's riskiest for men to have kids by age 22

(Newser) - The younger men are when they become fathers, the more likely they are to die by their 40s or 50s, according to a large new study out of Finland. Researchers say they've seen this link before, but wanted to test it using brothers who share similar DNA to better... More »

Middle Age Now Lasts Until ... 74

Old age should be measured by how long one has left to live, not age: researchers

(Newser) - "Seventy is the new 50," says Alan Walker, a social policy professor at the University of Sheffield, in response to new research that suggests that the upper limit for what falls under the "middle age" umbrella may extend all the way to 74—nine years longer than... More »

Effects of Bullying Last Into Middle Age

Researchers say bullied kids more likely to be depressed adults

(Newser) - It's not a revelation that bullying takes a toll—mental, physical, or both—on kids who are victims. But a major new British study suggests that the ill effects are still evident right through age 50, reports Reuters . Middle-aged adults who were bullied as kids tend to be in... More »

Stronger Economy Just Might Kill You

Study finds higher deaths in boom times among middle aged, elderly

(Newser) - A booming economy would seem to be good news all around, but a new study finds a strange thing: More middle-aged people and seniors tend to die in a strong economy than in a weak one, reports Medical News Today . Specifically, Netherlands researchers found that death rates in developed countries... More »

Stress Linked to Dementia in Women

Swedish study assesses 800 subjects over almost 40 years

(Newser) - In news that is sort of, well, stressful, a study of 800 Swedish women has found that women who suffer from midlife stress may have a higher risk of dementia. Divorce, bereavement, job loss, and mental illness in the family were among the 18 stressors assessed; the study found that... More »

Suicides Rise Among Baby Boomers

Up 28% among 35- to 64-year olds

(Newser) - Suicide rates jumped 28% among 35- to 64-year-old Americans between 1999 and 2010, a CDC report finds. The figure climbed from 13.7 per 100,000 people to 17.6 per 100,000. Among middle-aged men, there were 27.3 suicides per 100,000, compared to 8.1 among women,... More »

Unemployment Taking Toll on Middle-Aged

Rate of those jobless over long term is 'unprecedented'

(Newser) - The unemployment rate among younger workers may be higher, but economists are equally worried about those who are middle-aged and out of work, reports the Wall Street Journal . That's because the years between 45 and 60 should be prime earning years, a time when parents might well be trying... More »

Middle-Aged Folks Are Evolution's 'Pinnacle': Scientist

They pass on vital knowledge to help societies thrive

(Newser) - Middle aged? Don't get down on yourself: You're the "pinnacle of evolution," according to a Cambridge scientist. Middle age is a period "not of decline but of development," says David Bainbridge. Humans are unusual in that they remain healthy well beyond their child-bearing years.... More »

Mental Decline Can Start at 45

British study surprises researchers

(Newser) - A comprehensive new study has depressing news for people in their 40s: Memory loss and a general decline in brain function can start much earlier than thought, say about age 45, report Reuters and USA Today . The study of 7,000 office workers in Britain refutes the generally held notion... More »

STDs Soar Among Seniors

Chlamydia and syphilis rise faster than national average

(Newser) - Maybe it’s longer lives; maybe it’s Viagra. Either way, STDs are soaring among seniors—and climbing faster among older adults than within the population as a whole. Reportings of syphilis and chlamydia among those 55 and older jumped 43% between 2005 and 2009, the Orlando Sentinel finds in... More »

We're Most Miserable in Middle Age

Satisfaction declines in late 20s; climbs in late 50s: study

(Newser) - We’ve learned that the world’s happiest person is 69 , and that we may be happiest in old age ; now a study suggests that we’re at our most miserable in middle age. Indeed, life satisfaction is “U-shaped,” the Telegraph reports: happiness can start to decline in... More »

What's So Wrong With Older Women Having Long Hair?

Dominique Browning, age 55, tackles the question

(Newser) - Dominique Browning's mother hates her hair. Another friend told her it chips away at her professional credibility. What's so wrong with it? It's long. And not "being a couple of weeks late to the hairdresser long." Long. And it's turning gray, to boot, because Browning is 55. "... More »

Among Baby Boomers, Suicides Rise

Peace and love morphing into disappointment, say experts

(Newser) - The Summer of Love is long gone for Baby Boomers, who now appear to be experiencing a Season of Suicides. "So many expected to be in better health and to be better off than they are," said Julie Phillips, lead author of a new study examining changes in... More »

As Women Near 40, Sex Drive Revs Up

Researchers theorize biological clock at work

(Newser) - The closer women get to 40, the stronger their sex drive, according to a new study from the University of Texas. Researchers surveyed 900 women about their sex lives, breaking them into three groups: the women at prime fertility (age 19-26), women with declining fertility (age 27-45), and those who... More »

Older Women's Memory Better Than Men's

50-year old women trump men at verbal recall, research shows

(Newser) - A middle-aged woman may have a better memory than a middle-aged man, a new study suggests. UK researchers asked men and women aged 50 to remember 10 words and to recall them two minutes and five minutes later. Women scored 5% higher than men, on average, in the first test... More »

Arthritis Trips Up Middle-Age Fitness Buffs

Study finds that most ardent runners most likely to suffer knee damage

(Newser) - A new study shows that lots of exercise isn’t always good for you—at least not if you want to avoid arthritis. Following more than 200 people aged 45 to 55, the study found that the most ardent exercisers—those who worked out several hours a week—were the... More »

Baby Boomers Still Mad for the Reefer, Man

(Newser) - Some Americans haven't let go of one part of the 1960s: getting high on illicit drugs. The percentage of Americans age 50-59 who reported use of illicit drugs within a year nearly doubled from 2002-2007, from 5.1% to 9.4%, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported... More »

A Quarter of Middle-Aged Men Binge Drink

Excessive alcohol consumption isn't just for college kids

(Newser) - Binge drinking is generally thought to be a college-age phenomenon, but middle-aged people—especially men—live it up as well, the New York Daily News reports. A new study in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that 23% of men and 9% of women between 50 and 64 years old... More »

Drug Challenges Porn's Grip on Testosterone-Boosting

(Newser) - Porn might be the best way for older men to boost their testosterone levels, but don’t tell that to a drug company that peddles a cure for “low T,” Newsweek reports. Solvay Pharmaceuticals makes a “testosterone foam” that claims to combat such maladies as “lost... More »

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