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How old are you really? Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on July 7th, 2015.

There is more to human ageing than just the passing of time. A new study, published in PNAS, uses a number of different measures to determine individuals’ ‘biological age’, drawing on the long-running Dunedin Longitudinal Study. Although all the participants were, chronologically speaking, 38 years old at the time of the study, their biological ages […]

Mediterranean diet and telomere length – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on December 3rd, 2014.

According to a new study published in the British Medical Journal eating a Mediterranean diet might help extend your lifespan. The diet, which has been consistently linked with health benefits including reduced mortality and a lower risk of heart disease, appears to be associated with longer telomere length – a marker for slower ageing. The […]

NZ ranks 10th in global ageing report

Laura Goodall posted in on October 1st, 2014.

New Zealand is the 10th best country in the world to grow old in, ranking above both Australia and the UK as part of an international assessment of how the elderly are faring globally. The Global AgeWatch Index 2014, carried out by researchers at HelpAge International and the University of Southampton, ranks 96 countries according to […]

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NZ ranks high in global ageing report – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on October 1st, 2014.

New Zealand is the 10th best country in the world to grow old in, ranking above both Australia and the UK as part of an international assessment of how the elderly are faring globally. The Global AgeWatch Index 2014, carried out by researchers at HelpAge International and the University of Southampton, ranks 96 countries according to […]

Berries may reduce cognitive decline – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on April 27th, 2012.

New research has found that eating antioxidant-rich berries could delay age-related cognitive decline by up to two and half years. Blueberries and strawberries, which are high in flavonoids, appear to reduce cognitive decline in older adults according to a new study published this week in Annals of Neurology. The study results suggest that cognitive aging […]

Patching up memory with nicotine

John Kerr posted in on January 10th, 2012.

Nicotine may help improve mild memory loss in older adults, according to a new study – but experts are stressing that the findings are not a licence to self-medicate with patches or cigarettes. A clinical trial, published today in the journal Neurology, examined the effects of low-dose nicotine in people with mild cognitive impairment, which […]

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Euthanasia in New Zealand – expert views

John Kerr posted in on November 24th, 2011.

Record numbers of suicides among elderly people and controversies such as the sentencing of academic Sean Davison for “counseling and procuring” the suicide of his terminally ill mother, Patricia, have re-ignited the debate over euthanasia. Jump to updated comments from New Zealand experts. Today Davison was sentenced for assisting his mother to commit suicide — […]

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