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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

A Radical Proposal

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

By Kathryn Brown

The Serious Search for an Antiaging Pill

In government laboratories and elsewhere, scientists are seeking a drug able to prolong life and youthful vigor. Studies of caloric restriction are showing the way

By Donald K. Ingram, George S. Roth and Mark A. Lane

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

Spare Parts for Vital Organs

Engineers are creating artificial replacements for failing hearts, kidneys, pancreases and livers

By David Pescovitz


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June 2004