Greater Lifetime Pesticide Use Causes Telomere Shortening

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Researchers from Northwestern University’s School of Medicine have determined that the use of certain pesticides over a lifetime produces a shortening of chromosome telomeres. Continue reading

How Switching on a Certain Enzyme Can Help You Live Longer and Healthier Well into the Age of 100 and Beyond

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Centenarians used to be a novelty: Reaching the 100-year mark was a feat not many accomplished. Nowadays, centarians are celebrated, but certainly no longer a rarity. The UN estimates that by 2013, 3,000,000 people will be enjoying their second century! The record is set at 122 years old…

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Mind Body Therapies Being Prescribed More Frequently by Doctors

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Instead of pills or surgery, Loren Fishman, MD often prescribes yoga maneuvers for patients with back pain, shoulder injuries, and other orthopedic disorders. Twice a week, he dons gym shorts and personally teaches therapeutic poses to his patients. “Frequently, yoga can help patients reduce or stop medications,” says Dr. Fishman, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist who teaches at Columbia Medical School in New York City. Recently, this therapy helped one of his patients, a 40-year-old photographer with a painful rotator cuff tear, avoid a $12,000 surgery.

38 percent of US adults use some form of complementary or alternative medicine—and the number is climbing, largely due to a boom in such mind-body therapies (MBT)  Continue reading