Topic: Aging

November 18, 2016 Older Minds - The poorly focused mind may hold advantages in some kinds of problem-solving.
July 28, 2016 Alzheimer’s & Exercise - Exercise may promote healthy communication between blood vessels and brain cells.
May 13, 2016 Sleep & Aging - Insomnia in older adults is due to a failure in brain circuitry.
January 7, 2016 Medical Roundup - Slowing Alzheimer’s disease by cleansing the brain of toxic proteins; also, new findings on a sweet-tooth hormone.
December 9, 2015 Fast-Aging Fish - Can super fast-paced fish reveal how humans could live longer?
December 7, 2015 Gut Microbiota & Aging - Changes in diet and lifestyle as we age may affect the microbes living in our gut, and consequently, our health.
October 13, 2015 New Old Neurons - Scientists are developing new strategies for making old neurons to study diseases of aging.
August 25, 2015 Place Memories - When a familiar place changes, two brain regions work together to update our memories.
July 10, 2015 Aging in Youth - Researchers look for harbingers of old age in thirty-somethings.
January 26, 2015 Science News Roundup - A roundup of some of this week’s most interesting science news, including key genetics variants related to brain size and psychiatric disorders, leaky methane in Boston pipelines, and the genetics of longevity.
December 23, 2014 Feeling Younger, Living Longer - People who feel younger than their chronological age are also less likely to die.
December 10, 2014 Learning with Age - Both younger and older people can readily learn new information, but older people have a harder time filtering out irrelevant and distracting information.
October 10, 2014 Old Lungs & Ibuprofen - Ibuprofen might quell lung inflammation and help prevent infections.
August 27, 2014 Elderly Sleep - Insomnia in older adults is due to a failure in brain circuitry.
June 10, 2014 Jumpstarting Memories - Scientists turn memories on and off in rats.
May 26, 2014 Pain and Longevity - Blocking chronic pain could slow down the aging process.
May 23, 2014 Anti-Alzheimer’s Drugs - Certain antidepressant drugs may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
November 15, 2013 Wellderly - Researchers are studying the genetic factors that keep a small percentage of us extremely healthy, well into old age.
October 18, 2013 Octopus Life & Death - Octopuses have an unusual reproductive strategy: they die soon after mating.
September 13, 2013 Vision Roundup - People who have their cataracts removed not only improve their vision—they may also extend their lives.
September 6, 2013 Aging Brain Roundup - Researchers have found keys to aging in the brain.
August 22, 2013 Grapefruit & Medications - Grapefruit can interact in potentially dangerous ways with a variety of prescription medications.
August 2, 2013 Longevity Markers - Low birth weight, unhealthy aging, and chemical signatures in the blood may all be intertwined.
July 25, 2013 Secondhand Vaccinations - A vaccine for infants has surprisingly benefited unvaccinated seniors.
July 17, 2013 Rat Vocal Training - A vocal coaching experiment in rats could lead to better ways to keep our voices strong as we age.
July 12, 2013 Podcast for 12 July 2013 - AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS - Male lyrebirds groove to their own music. Young fairywrens learn who their enemies are by watching their parents. Robotic seals help improve the quality of life of dementia patients. Also, could rats could help people keep their voices strong in old age?
July 10, 2013 Robotic Pets for Dementia - Robotic stuffed animals may help decrease anxiety in dementia patients.
June 24, 2013 Bombs & Brain Cells - Nuclear testing in the mid 20th century is helping scientists understand how the brain makes new neurons.
May 21, 2013 Aging Color Vision - Our eyes’ ability to detect color deteriorates with age, but our brains compensate.
January 31, 2013 Parkinson’s Test - A salivary gland biopsy may finally make it possible to definitively diagnose Parkinson's Disease in living patients.
January 25, 2013 Podcast for 25 January 2013 - MEDICINE & MEMORY - Scientists have developed a test for Parkinson's disease. Also, drugs for the condition may have beneficial side effects. There's good news about cancer. And, researchers say babies start learning their native tongue before they're even born. Also: why grown-ups don't form long-term memories as well as kids do.
January 2, 2013 Hot Flash Neurons - Scientists have identified neurons in the brain that trigger hot flashes during menopause.
October 11, 2012 Orca Momma’s Boys - Killer whale moms live long past menopause, apparently to support and protect their adult sons.
September 27, 2012 Blocking Alzheimer’s - A new mouse model for Alzheimer's treatment gets striking results.
July 16, 2012 The Oldest Rodent - Naked mole rats are the ugly ducklings of medical research. Now a new study suggests that they have an anti-aging potion in their bag of survival tricks.
April 20, 2012 Translational Medicine Roundup - A microscopic capsule delivers chemotherapy drugs to tumor cells without damaging healthy cells.
March 23, 2012 Transplant Roundup - Proteins made from cow collagen could help protect aging gums.
March 12, 2012 Egg-Producing Stem Cells - Contrary to popular belief, women can produce new egg cells in adulthood.
February 23, 2012 Endangered Voices - Digital technology and social media are helping save endangered languages.
February 20, 2012 Video Games vs. Cataracts - Playing certain types of video games can improve the vision of people who were born with cataracts.
January 20, 2012 Nutrition Roundup - Eating grapes protects against macular degeneration in mice.
September 9, 2011 Podcast for 9 September 2011 - MARVELS OF EVOLUTION - A prehistoric pregnancy clears up a Mesozoic mystery. The economics of plant-fungi cooperation. How to get six butterflies in one. Counting up the species on earth. And how your stress could be bad news for your mate if you're a finch.
August 26, 2011 Podcast for 26 August 2011 - FEAR, LIES & SHRINKING BRAINS - Why our brains shrink, but chimps' don't, why computers are better at spotting lies than we are, and an enzyme for fear. Also, medical electronics that resemble tattoos, and how organic chicken farms could be a boon to public health.
Muscle Roundup - Loss of muscle tone is an inevitable part of aging—or is it?
August 23, 2011 Aging Brains - Age-related working memory loss may be at least partly reversible.
August 19, 2011 Podcast for 19 August 2011 - WATER EVERYWHERE - Astronomers have discovered the largest cache of water ever, and researchers are developing new software for detecting contamination of municipal water supplies. Also: Round robots to help safeguard nuclear power plants.
July 15, 2011 Podcast for 15 July 2011 - THE SCIENCE OF FACES: when pigeons look at us, and the genes behind how we look at faces. Also: what causes hot flashes, determining your age from your DNA, and the hormone behind stress eating.
June 24, 2011 Secret Ingredient Roundup - A compound found in apple peels could prevent muscle wasting.
May 9, 2011 Sarcasm, Lies & Dementia - A new study links a failing sense of irony to a form of early-onset dementia.
March 18, 2011 Chemistry Roundup - Hair dyes are getting an update from modern chemistry.