Category: health

Hear and now. Better, less costly treatments for hearing loss coming soon

For Yotopoulos, director of the Mind Division of the Stanford Center on Longevity, this new normal was unacceptable. How could a man whose daughter was an expert on healthy aging be unable to address his hearing loss? Yotopoulos was well aware how common it is for aging adults to be afflicted with hearing loss; how rarely they get adequate treatment; and how vast the impact of untreated hearing loss can be on their health, mobility, finances and relationships.

With access to the Stanford Medicine physician-scientists who are making advances in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss, Yotopoulos also knew that new solutions were within reach — not just for her dad, but for the millions of people who have hearing loss today or are projected to have it in the future.

hear! hear!

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A Harvard scientist who’s studied coffee for 20 years explains why the drink is amazing.

For the coffee lovers (jarDaughter)

Coffee is certainly a very complex beverage,” Hu told INSIDER. Besides caffeine, it contains hundreds, perhaps thousands, of bioactive compounds. So it’s very difficult, perhaps impossible, to tease out the effects of individual compounds or chemicals

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Infrastructure, Health Care, Education Lead Iowa to No. 1 Best States Ranking

Add to things we should already know.

Iowa may be better known for its corn, caucuses and creative writing programs, but the Hawkeye Cyclone state also leads the nation in efforts to bring ultra-fast internet access to every city block and every rural acre.

Iowa’s No. 1 rankings in the infrastructure category and the broadband access metric within that came as a “pleasant surprise” to David Daack, a broadband consultant for Connected Nation, which does business in the state as Connect Iowa. Previous data reports have shown Iowa more in the middle of the pack.

“When people think of Iowa, they usually think of agricultural places that won’t necessarily need to be connected,” Daack says. “But given the big data needs of agriculture today and in the future, those areas are going to need to be every bit as connected as the urban areas. … You could almost argue that maybe we should go (to the farms) first and work our way back into the cities.

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Exercise Is The Best Anti-Aging Therapy

Cycling is fine, but you need to obey the traffic laws.

A new study in England on older cyclists found that a lifetime of regular exercise gave them the physique of much younger people, providing evidence that physical activity can beat a medicine cabinet full of anti-aging products.

The multi-billion dollar anti-aging industry provides a cornucopia of products that promise to fight off the ravages of time with special food supplements, diets, creams, oxygenated water and a host of gadgets that supposedly remove toxins from the body. It makes it sound like all we need to do is pop a pill and our lives will be extended.

And when our bodies do begin to slow down and diseases creep in, another huge industry of pharmaceuticals and therapies take over to fight it off. Our aging society is spending a lot of money trying to fight off old age. But the cheapest and oldest therapy for an aging body is good old exercise. Sadly it’s the one prescription many people are not taking

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Is This the Anti-Aging Pill We’ve All Been Waiting For?

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I fear I may have been born 40 years too soon.

What’s even more interesting about rapamycin, however, is its reputation as the most consistent way to postpone death, at least in laboratory species. It lengthens the lives of flies, worms, and rodents, too. Feed the compound to mice and they live 25 percent longer, on average.

“It doesn’t make them immortal, but it’s pretty good,” …

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Study Finds Yoga Can Help Back Pain

The findings, published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, are in line with new guidelines for treating back pain from the American College of Physicians. The group recommends that people with back pain should avoid pain medicines if possible, and instead opt for alternatives such as tai chi, yoga and massage …

The jarWife and I try to do yoga at home, but the jarDog likes to get on the floor with us and usually just licks our faces.

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