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2008-07-30 09:01:27

Eons.com, the largest social network for boomers, today announced the results of its second annual State of Longevity Report revealing which states rank in the top 10 for boomer life expectancy. Hawaii and Colorado top the list this year with the highest average calculated age of 92.15. The results are based on data collected from more than 650,000 Eons.com members from May 2007 to May 2008 who completed its proprietary Longevity Calculator at www.eons.com/calculator. The Eons.com Longevity...

2008-06-23 00:00:25

By MARY NEVANS-PEDERSON AARP's 'recipe for living a long healthy life' 3 Don't smoke: your chances of getting some cancers will decrease and your blood circulation level will increase. 3 Limit alcohol intake to one drink daily for women and two for men. 3 Eat well, concentrating on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats. 3 Be active, aiming for at least 30 minutes of daily moderate activity such as brisk walking. 3 Get enough sleep, about seven to eight hours nightly on a...

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2008-04-05 09:05:00

In the battle of the centenarians, it is an unequal contest. France and Britain have near identical populations, yet today 20,000 French citizens are aged 100-plus against 11,000 people in Britain. The increase in the very old is happening across the Western world but the number in France has soared, according to the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies in Paris, which published the figures. They show French centenarians have risen from 3,760 in 1990 to 20,115 in 2008, a...

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2008-03-04 12:07:57

Mutations in genes governing an important cell-signaling pathway influence human longevity, scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have found. Their research is described in the March 4 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The report is the latest finding in the Einstein researchers' ongoing search for genetic clues to longevity through their study that by now has recruited more than 450 Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jews between...

2006-08-10 07:29:11

BOSTON (Reuters) - Faith and spirituality were cited most often by people over the age of 100 as the source of their longevity, according to a survey sponsored by a unit of UnitedHealth Group. In a survey of 100 people between the ages of 100 and 104, 23 percent said faith rather than genes and good medical care were responsible for their long life. Other factors given included hard work, a healthy diet and "living a good, clean life." Sixty-one percent of those surveyed said there...

2006-08-10 00:10:12

BOSTON (Reuters) - Faith and spirituality were cited most often by people over the age of 100 as the source of their longevity, according to a survey sponsored by a unit of UnitedHealth Group. In a survey of 100 people between the ages of 100 and 104, 23 percent said faith rather than genes and good medical care were responsible for their long life. Other factors given included hard work, a healthy diet and "living a good, clean life." Sixty-one percent of those surveyed said there...

2006-06-23 16:39:15

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People are more likely to see their 100th birthday, research hints, if they were born to young mothers. The age at which a mother gives birth has a major impact on how long her child will live, two researchers from the University of Chicago's Center on Aging told the Chicago Actuarial Association meeting this spring. The chances of living to the ripe old age of 100 -- and beyond -- nearly double for a child born to a woman before her 25th birthday, Drs....

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2006-04-18 12:45:00

Children of women under 25 twice as likely to live to 100, study finds Society's oldest members are most likely to be born to its youngest mothers, new research suggests. The odds of living to 100 and beyond double when a person is born to a woman under 25 years of age, compared to those people born to older mothers, according to one of the most rigorous studies on the subject yet conducted. The finding may also help clear up a statistical mystery -- three years ago, the same husband-and-wife...

2005-09-13 03:13:23

TOKYO (Reuters) - More than 25,000 Japanese will be aged over 100 by the end of the month, compared with just 153 four decades ago, the government said on Tuesday, in a striking illustration of the speed at which the country is aging. The statistics, released by the Health Ministry ahead of the Respect for the Aged national holiday on Monday, throw a spotlight on the pressure Japan faces to fund pensions and health care, with a shrinking work force supporting the growing number of...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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