A Woman in Her 70s May Be the Oldest New Mum Ever After Giving Birth to Twins

An Indian woman named Erramatti Mangayamma has seemingly made history by becoming the oldest new mother ever documented. Her doctors reported that Mangayamma, said to be either 73- or 74-years-old, delivered a set of healthy twin girls via cesarean section Thursday. The feat was made possible through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). Read More >>

The Best Way to Apply Suncream on Your Face, Revealed by a UV Camera

I am a bit of a suncream fanatic. My morning and midday suncream applications are ritualistic in nature, and I love trying out new products that claim to shield my precious skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. Luckily for me (and unluckily for my wallet), there are a menagerie of sunscreen products on the market these days: sticks, sprays, lotions, powders, and more. Read More >>

Two Cancer Drugs Found to Boost Ageing Immune Systems 

Drugs that can lengthen life have long been a hallmark of speculative science fiction – many hope for an invention that could extend average lifespans well into the triple digits in the distant future. But the timeline of these drugs could be shorter than we think. A new clinical trial published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine has found evidence that low doses of two existing drugs can boost the immune system of an elderly person, helping it fight common deadly infections, including the flu, with seemingly little to no side effects. Read More >>

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Why Is My Face Changing Shape as I Get Older?

Two decades of healthy growth, followed by four to eight decades of slow-motion physical and mental collapse—that’s life, for most of us, despite the efforts of various deluded cranks and tech billionaires. Time spares nothing, and seems particularly to have it out for our faces, paying just as much attention to skin-level deformations (worry-lines, wrinkles, tumorous outgrowths) as it does to the large-scale hollowings and saggings which, over time, change the actual shape of our faces. Read More >>

A Lifetime of Cycling Keeps the Immune System Young, Study Finds

Immortality may be a gift reserved only for the mole rats of the world. But staying highly active into your golden years might just offer the next best thing: a robust immune system that looks decades younger than expected. That’s the finding of a new study published Thursday in the journal Ageing Cell. Read More >>

Signs of Alzheimer’s Detected in Brains of Chimps For First Time

Humans are the only animals known to develop Alzheimer’s disease, an age-related brain disorder that causes impaired cognitive functioning and other behavioural problems. Or at least, that’s what we thought. For the first time ever, researchers are claiming to have found signs of the disease in the brains of elderly chimps—a discovery that could yield new insights into the dreaded disorder. Read More >>

Scientists Push Back Against Controversial Paper Claiming a Limit To Human Lifespans

Humans don’t like dying, they don’t like the idea of dying, and most have made not dying an important part of their life. Lots of folks are interested in making us not die for longer, so it was a real bummer last year when a team of researchers said that the maximum human lifespan has plateaued at around 115 years of age. Some folks might live to be older, but those oldies are outliers. Read More >>

The Crazy Plan to Restore a Woman’s Fertility – and Defy the Limits of Nature

Over the course of seven years, Sezenia Tzeni endured seven rounds of in vitro fertilisation (IVF). Typically, women undergo only three or four such treatments before either getting pregnant or giving up. But for Tzeni and her husband, conceiving a child was more important than almost anything else. Read More >>

Young Blood May Not Reverse Ageing After All

Speculation has emerged in recent years that young blood can reverse the ageing process, raising the prospect of an exciting new rejuvenation technique. A new study contradicts this claim, pointing to other factors that may be responsible for the perceived anti-ageing effects of young blood. Read More >>

A 400 Year-Old Shark May Hold the Cure to Ageing

If you’re counting on technology to radically extend your lifespan, you’ll want to pay close attention to what’s happening with the Greenland shark. According to a new scientific paper, this mysterious deep-sea dweller can live up to 400 years, making it the longest-lived vertebrate on Earth. Read More >>

Promising New Therapy Extends Lifespans of Mice by 35 Per Cent

By flushing out cells worn-out with age, researchers from the Mayo Clinic have extended the lifespans of mice by as much as 35 per cent. It’s an encouraging finding that could eventually lead to similar therapies in humans. Read More >>

Living in Space is Like Being Old and Having Type-2 Diabetes

We've known since the initial Apollo missions that travelling through space does strange things to the human body, but the initial results from a study of Commander Hadfield during his time aboard the ISS suggest these detrimental effects might be much worse than we had thought. Read More >>

Why Our Bodies Actually Age

Gray hair, memory loss, wrinkles and brittle bones, sooner or later, each of us gets old (if we're lucky). Yet scientists tell us that there is no evolutionary reason for us to age. So why do we? Read More >>

Perfectly Age Your Face Through 80 Years Based on a Single Photograph

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a new technique for simulating the ageing of faces over nearly eight decades—and it's incredible. Read More >>