Male baboons with female pals live longer

Having a female bestie gives male baboons a better chance of survival, a new study shows.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
Sept. 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: friends science-and-technology social-lives lifespan baboons

Isolation can cut your life short

Isolation and loneliness can have major physical and mental health consequences. New research shows socializing is critical to survival and longevity.

Jason Clement-McGill • futurity
June 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: isolation loneliness emotions social-lives health-and-medicine lifespan immune-systems

‘Food stamps’ for kids increase earnings and lifespan

A study of 17.5 million Americans born between 1950 and 1980 shows that food assistance pay off in future earnings, education, and even lifespan.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
April 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: food money united-states childrens-health health-and-medicine lifespan public-assistance

Places with lots of fast food have shorter life expectancy

Areas of the US with more fast food, lots of oil and gas extraction jobs, and higher population density have lower life expectancy, new research shows.

Kristen Devlin-Penn State • futurity
March 9, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: food life-expectancy jobs united-states featured social-lives health-and-medicine lifespan

People with mental disorders have higher risk of early death

"Apart from an increased risk of death due to suicide, we confirmed increased risk of death due to...cancer, respiratory diseases, and diabetes."

University of Queensland • futurity
Oct. 29, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: heart-disease cancer depression anxiety health-and-medicine lifespan mental-disorders

Early hardships of baboon moms take a toll on kids

For baboons, the effects of early adversity show up years later in the next generation, even when those offspring had it easier than their mothers did.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
Sept. 26, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: mothers trauma primates science-and-technology lifespan

Optimism could be good for your lifespan

People with greater optimism are more likely to live longer and to achieve "exceptional longevity"—that is, getting to age 85 or older.

Gina DiGravio-Boston • futurity
Aug. 29, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: aging emotions personality featured health-and-medicine beliefs lifespan

Worm gene offers early clues to greater healthspan

Lifespan refers to time, but healthspan indicates quality. New research suggests they have separate molecular switches.

Arvind Suresh-U. Pittsburgh • futurity
July 17, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: genes aging health-and-medicine lifespan

‘Deaths of despair’ lifespan theory may overlook resilience

Has economic stagnation induced less-educated Americans to turn to drugs, alcohol, and suicide? New research complicates this "deaths of despair" theory.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
June 19, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: education suicide resilience opioids united-states race society-and-culture health-and-medicine lifespan

Enzyme in blood of young mice slows aging in older ones

"We were surprised by the dramatic differences between the old mice that received the eNAMPT of young mice and old mice that received saline as a control."

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL • futurity
June 17, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: aging enzymes blood featured health-and-medicine lifespan

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