Immortal Minute

Shorter Men Live Longer

Posted on: Wed, Nov 25, 2015, at 12:00 pm

Short men will live longer than taller men because they are more likely to carry a gene that protects them from the effects of aging. This so called longevity gene, known as FOXO3, has been proven to enhance lifespan in animal tests, but until this study was released, has never before been linked to the human version of the gene. So it turns out if you are vertically challenged, which the study categorized as 5'4" or shorter, odds are you'll be at lower risk for heart disease and have lower insulin levels.

Does Looking Old Mean You’re Getting Old

Posted on: Wed, Nov 18, 2015, at 12:00 pm

Are grey hair, baldness, wrinkles, and aging eyes associated with shortened lifespan. After all, when you see someone with these traits, you're first thought is that they are getting old. In a Copenhagen City study, researchers asked this very same question. Their study showed that none of these traits are associated with any reduction in lifespan except for the aging of the the eyes, which is also known as Arcus senilis. It was found that in women there was a statistically significant correlation between Arcus senilis and reduced lifespan. In men the correlation wasn't statistically significant.

Watch our Malaria!

Posted on: Wed, Nov 11, 2015, at 12:00 pm

Malaria effects millions of people around the world and has developed resistance to normal treatments but all that might be about to change. Recently, a parasitic worm killing drug, which won the Nobel prize for it's researchers, has been found to dramatically cut down on Malaria cases. This drug, called fibromectin, originally developed for roundworms, reduced the cases of childhood malaria by 16%. As it turns out, this medicine, though harmless to humans, is toxic to mosquitoes which spread malaria. There is further research ahead, but this may be the key to reducing or eliminating one of the great scourges of mankind.

More Reasons to Get Resveratrol

Posted on: Wed, Nov 04, 2015, at 12:00 pm

This is a recent study out of Georgetown University Medical Center about our old friend Resveratrol. Resveratrol is the chemical found in the skin of red grapes, red wine, and dark chocolate. In this very rigorous study, patients with Alzheimer's Disease were given pure Resveratrol. They found that those treated with Resveratrol, drug stopped the disease cold. The Resveratrol did not reverse the disease but prevented it from getting worse. This is great news and if the study bears out could provide a way to halt Alzheimers for everyone.

The Effect of Mental Health on Longevity

Posted on: Wed, Oct 28, 2015, at 12:00 pm

In a study analyzing data across multiple states, researchers looked into folks with mental illness. They discovered that, on average, people who suffer from some form of mental illness had lifespans between 49-60 years. This is significantly less that the average lifespans of the U.S. population which is currently 77.9. The three most striking risks were poor health, risky behaviors, and access to mental health care. This is very alarming considering that, due to higher premiums, alot of people can't afford proper mental health care.

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