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2009-10-02 12:15:00

More than half of babies born in wealthy countries this century are likely to live to be at least 100 years old, according to new research. Writing in the Lancet medical journal, Kaare Christensen, of the Danish Ageing Research Centre at the University of Southern Denmark, noted that life expectancy in most developed nations has increased by about 30 years during the 20th century. "Very long lives are not the distant privilege of remote future generations -- very long lives are the probable...

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2009-07-19 15:25:00

The number of people aged 100 years or more is expected to increase to record levels by 2050, according to new data estimates from the Census Bureau. More and more people are living to see their 100th birthday and beyond, due in part to better diets as well as more aggressive medical procedures. In the 1950s, the number of centenarians was estimated to be a few thousand worldwide. That figure is now estimated to be at more than 340,000, and rising. The US and Japan have the highest amount of...

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2009-06-29 16:00:00

A new study is challenging some of the stereotypes associated with aging. Ten percent of U.S. centenarians reported sending emails, 12 percent reported sharing photos via the Internet, 4 percent downloaded music from the Web and 3 percent said they used Twitter, the social networking service that allows users to send 140-character "tweets" to keep in touch with friends and family. The survey demonstrates that growing old does not preclude keeping abreast of the latest technology trends....

2009-04-03 16:30:41

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine's (BUSM) New England Centenarian Study have noted specific personality traits associated with healthy aging and longevity amongst the children of centenarians. The work was conducted in collaboration with scientists from the National Institute on Aging. These findings currently appear on-line in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.Previous research on siblings and offspring of centenarians have documented that exceptional...

2009-03-23 13:50:43

The official statistics bureau in the Netherlands says one in every 10,000 Dutch citizens is now age 100 or older. Statistics Netherlands said centenarians in the country numbered only 350 in 1979, but the total reached 1,633 as of Jan. 1 of this year, Expatica reported Monday. The agency said 33 percent of those age 100 or above were men in 1979, but the male share of the population has now dwindled to 12 percent. The oldest person in the Netherlands is a woman said to be 111, the statistics...

2009-03-23 13:50:43

The official statistics bureau in the Netherlands said one in every 10,000 Dutch citizens is now aged 100 or older. Statistics Netherlands said centenarians in the country numbered only 350 in 1979, but the number grew to a total 1,633 as of Jan. 1 of this year, Expatica reported Monday. The agency said 33 percent of those aged 100 or above were men in 1979, but the male share of the population has now dwindled to 12 percent. The current oldest person in the Netherlands is a 111-year-old...

2009-02-05 22:18:30

Scientists in Germany suggest 100-year-olds worldwide carry a special sequence variation of the FOXO3A gene. The study -- published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences -- found the gene variation was more commonly present in those living to 100 and beyond, after looking at DNA samples of 388 German centenarians as well as those of 731 younger people. The researchers are also working with French researchers who report the same trend in French centenarians. Originally, a...

2009-02-03 10:55:00

A variation in the gene FOXO3A has a positive effect on the life expectancy of humans, and is found much more often in people living to 100 and beyond "“ moreover, this appears to be true worldwide. A research group in the Faculty of Medicine at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel (CAU) has now confirmed this assumption by comparing DNA samples taken from 388 German centenarians with those from 731 younger people. The results of the study appear this week in the prestigious...

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2008-11-24 15:24:38

U.S. research found that many adults 65 years and older showed clear signs of depression, as many are faced with health problems, financial issues and the death of a spouse or loved one. Researchers at Temple University in Philadelphia studied 244 people aged 100 or over and found that one in four showed clear signs of depression. "Centenarians are still rare, and depression hasn't been studied thoroughly in this group," said Adam Davey, a developmental psychologist in the College of Health...

2008-09-20 12:15:00

By Jay Alabaster TOKYO - The world's oldest man celebrated his 113th birthday on Thursday in southern Japan, telling reporters he wants to live another five years. Tomoji Tanabe, who was born Sept. 18, 1895, received birthday gifts, flowers and $1,000 cash from the mayor of his hometown of Miyakonojo, on Japan's southern island of Kyushu. Tanabe told reporters he wants to live "another five years or so," according to city spokesman Akihide Yokoyama. That was a slight downgrade from last...


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