The brains of some elderly people with super-sharp memory seem to escape the formation of destructive "tangles" that increase with normal aging and peak in people with Alzheimer’s. A study of the brains of people who stayed mentally sharp into their 80s and beyond challenges the notion that brain changes linked to mental decline and Alzheimer's disease are a normal, inevitable part of aging.
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Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider and Jack Szotack: you may not know
those names because they aren't on American Idol, they just did
something silly like discover the key to immortality and an essential
ingredient in curing cancer. But don't worry, the fact Ellen is
replacing Paula is really important too.
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Just Say NO To Old Age: Professor X isn't
the only one with incredible mental powers: recent research says that
you might be even better at brain-boosting, helping heal yourself with
the power of a positive attitude - while he can't even summon up the
mental energy to stand.
The power of positive thinking might make us sound infinity percent
more likely to wear hemp and say "man" an inappropriate number of times
for science reporters (i.e. ever), but it's real research at Harvard.
Professor Ellen Langer has conducted several studies into "mindfulness
theory", researching just how much your attitude affects your actual
body. The answer: quite a bit.
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In his non-fiction Amazon bestseller, Ending Aging, Aubrey de
Grey, champions recent progress in genetics and calorie-restricted
diets in laboratory animals that hold forth the promise that someday
science will enable us to exert total control over our own biological
aging and substantially slow down the aging process.
Aubrey de Grey is convinced that he has
formulated the theoretical means by which human beings might live
thousands of years -- indefinitely, in fact.
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