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The Oldest Old

People in their late 90s or older are often healthier and more robust than those 20 years younger. Traditional views of aging may need rethinking

By Thomas T. Perls

Making Methuselah

Immortality may not be in the Cards, but Worms, Flies and Pigeons may be able to Teach us a Thing or Two About Living Better Longer

By Karen Hopkin

Longevity: The Ultimate Gender Gap

An American man's average life span is more than five years shorter than a woman's. Differing hormone levels and lifestyle choices may help explain the disparity

By Harvey B. Simon

Will Human Aging be Postponed?

In theory, it certainly can be. Yet no single elixir will do the trick. Antiaging therapies of the future will undoubtedly have to counter many destructive biochemical processes at once

By Michael R. Rose

A Radical Proposal

There may be a way to prevent ourselves from rusting from the inside out

By Kathryn Brown

Times of Our Lives

Whether they're counting minutes or years, biological clocks keep our brains and bodies on time, perhaps even on schedule for death

By Karen Wright

Atherosclerosis: The New View

It causes chest pain, heart attack and stroke, leading to more deaths every year than cancer. The long-held conception of how the disease develops turns out to be wrong

By Peter Libby

Restoring Aging Bones

The bone decay of osteoporosis can cripple, but an improved understanding of how the body builds and loses bone is leading to ever better prevention and treatment options

By Clifford J. Rosen

No Truth to the Fountain of Youth

Fifty-one scientists who study aging have issued a warning to the public: no antiaging remedy on the market today has been proved effective. Here's why they are speaking up

By Bruce A. Carnes, Leonard Hayflick and S. Jay Olshansky


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June 2004

Think Outside the Gift Box