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Insufficient Physical Activity Accelerates Biological Ageing? (BBC News / American Journal of Epidemiology)

Summary Californian researchers have discovered indications that older women with more sedentary lifestyles may have faster-ageing cells (as measured by shortened telomere length). “ …higher sedentary time may be associated with shorter LTL [leukocyte telomere length] among less physically active … Continue reading

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On “SuperAgers”: People Who Avoid Age-Related Memory Problems (BBC News / Journal of Neuroscience / Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience / JINS)

Summary Researchers have been studying “SuperAgers”, and the associated phenomenon of SuperAging, to discover possible physiological and genetic mechanisms behind the fortuitous preservation of superior memory into old age. Full Text Link Reference ‘Super agers’ offer clue to keeping a … Continue reading

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Primary Age Related Tauopathy (PART): A New Type / Cause of Cognitive Impairment?

Summary The authors of this article propose the introduction of a new term to describe a pathology found to be commonly present in the brains of aged persons; namely “Primary Age-Related Tauopathy (PART). Autopsy studies indicate brains with neurofibrillary tangles … Continue reading

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Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Improves Memory / Ability to Learn? (BBC News / Science)

Summary A small US study indicates that electromagnetic stimulation of specific regions of the brain may improve the ability to remember. Researchers are already speculating whether similar techniques could help people with memory disorders and / or reduce memory loss … Continue reading

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Famous Faces Test for Identification of Early Dementia (BBC News / NHS Choices / Neurology)

Summary A face recognition test could one day be added to mental agility tests when screening for the early signs of dementia. A small study with 30 patients performed at Northwestern University in Chicago, and reported in the Neurology journal,  found that a facial recognition … Continue reading

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