• Hot flashes? Thank evolution
    A study of mortality and fertility patterns among seven species of wild apes and monkeys and their relatives, compared with similar data from hunter-gatherer humans, shows that menopause sets humans apart from other primates.
  • Premature aging of immune cells in joints of kids with chronic arthritis
    The joints of children with the most common form of chronic inflammatory arthritis contain immune cells that resemble those of 90-year-olds, according to a new study. The findings suggest that innovative treatment approaches could aim to prevent premature aging of immune cells.
  • Living longer, living healthier: People are remaining healthier later in life
    Based on data collected between 1991 and 2009 from almost 90,000 individuals who responded to the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, scientists say that, even as life expectancy has increased over the past two decades, people have become increasingly healthier later in life.
  • Possible blood test for Alzheimer's disease?
    A new blood test can be used to discriminate between people with Alzheimer’s disease and healthy controls. It’s hoped the test could one day be used to help diagnose the disease and other degenerative disorders. Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, can only be diagnosed with certainty at autopsy, so the hunt is on to find reliable, non-invasive biomarkers for diagnosis in the living.