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Meditation may slow age-related loss of gray matter in the brain

A new study by UCLA researchers found that meditation appeared to help preserve the brain’s gray matter, the tissue that contains neurons.
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Traffic jams can hurt the heart

Clogged interstates aggravate clogged arteries, according to research by a UC Irvine graduate student.
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Sugary soda linked to cell aging

Scientists find shorter telomeres — the protective units of DNA that cap the ends of chromosomes — in immune cells of soda drinkers.

Biologists delay the aging process by ‘remote control’

Researchers have identified a gene that can slow the aging process throughout the entire body when switched on in key organ systems.
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Virtual reality guides those whose memory is failing

Navigation system helps diagnose, monitor and train patients with cognitive decline.

Healthy lifestyle may buffer against stress-related cell aging

A new study is the first to show that while the impact of life’s stressors accumulate over time and accelerate cellular aging, these negative effects may be reduced by maintaining a healthy diet, exercising and sleeping well.

Aging brain influenced by experiences throughout life

Cognitive impairment may have more to do with such factors as socioeconomic status and less to do with race or ethnicity.

‘Trust hormone’ helps old muscle work like new

Researchers find that oxytocin — a hormone associated with maternal nurturing, social attachments, childbirth and sex — is indispensable for healthy muscle maintenance and repair.

How to erase a memory – and restore it

Researchers have erased and reactivated memories in rats, profoundly altering the animals’ reaction to past events; development may bolster Alzheimer's research.

Smarts and long life, thanks to this gene

A common form of a gene already associated with longevity also improves learning and memory.