weekly blog--one for the ages
Let's turn back the clock to simpler times when a Thanksgiving dinner occurred over candlelight, the ovens were wood fired, and probably everyone at the table had not bathed. Consider "The New British Jewel or Complete Housewife’s Best Companion,” a slender volume from 1785 now archived at Yale University's Rare Books and Manuscripts Library.
The book includes a turkey recipe that involves stuffing the bird with shredded sweetbreads (aka: pancreas) of veal and boiling it in milk and water. It also offers tasty dishes such as pickled eels, a “ragoo of oysters” topped with a relish of breadcrumbs, parsley, chives, and oyster liquor, and a "walnut catchup" sauce to put on the turkey made with a complex recipe that begins with mashing green walnuts into a paste and mixing them with vinegar at a ratio of two quarts per every 100 nuts. Learn more. Bon Appetit.
Researchers at the University of Washington, Texas A&M University and other institutions are looking for 10,000 dogs to take part in a 10-year effort aimed at tracking their health, identifying factors that can lengthen their lifespan, and serve as a model for human health studies. The Dog Aging Project received $15 million in funding from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health.
Half of older Americans living alone and nearly one-quarter of older couples struggle to afford basic necessities, according to a report released by the Gerontology Institute at UMass-Boston. Massachusetts topped all states in the share of single people over 65 whose income doesn’t cover living expenses such as food, housing, health care, and transportation. More than six in 10 here fell short. In the study, Massachusetts ranked third after Vermont and New York.
In neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s disease, a specific group of neurons start to die one by one, causing movement problems and other symptoms. Now it turns out they might not even be dead. Researchers at The Rockefeller University found that affected neurons in Parkinson’s disease can shut down without fully dying.
These undead neurons, the team found, release chemicals that shut down their otherwise healthy neighbors as well, leading to the stuttering and halting effects seen in Parkinson’s patients. The findings suggest that future drugs aimed at halting this cell-inactivation process may help prevent the disease or slow its progression.
Pay $500, spit in a vial, send the sample back to Elysium Health, wait 4 to 6 weeks for processing, and then receive a report indicating whether your biological age is younger, older or the same as your chronological age.
Inflammation is the process your body uses to provide the healing chemicals and nutrients needed to help repair the damage. Once the danger goes away, so does the inflammation. Inflammation comes to two varieties, acute and chronic. A low-grade fever or swelling from a sprained ankle are examples of the acute type. Chronic inflammation is a slow, creeping condition caused by a misfiring of the immune system that keeps your body in a constant, long-term state of high alert.
Over time, inflammation damages healthy cells. It can be complicated to figure out if inflammation is a friend or foe. Regardless, getting older makes it more difficult for our bodies to properly manage our immune systems, extract nutrients from food and to shed extra pounds.
Chinese regulators have granted conditional approval to an Alzheimer’s drug that is derived from seaweed. It has been almost two decades since any Alzheimer’s drug was approved. The company said its drug, Oligomannate, improved cognitive function in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s compared to placebo in a Phase 3 trial, with benefits seen in patients as early as week four and persisting throughout the 36 weeks of the trial.
Instead of being designed to sweep away protein buildup in the brain, as has been the case with dozens of other experimental Alzheimer’s treatments, Oligomannate was developed to modulate the connection between the brain and the bacterial communities in the gut known as the microbiome. The connection between the microbiome and overall health is the subject of a relatively new and evolving field of research, with some scientists seeking to understand how bacteria can influence the emergence of disease, including Alzheimer’s.
Twelve bottles of Bordeaux wine were rocketed to the International Space Station to see how the extreme conditions affect aging.
A retired couple sold their home and now travel with a camper on a truck bed. As of writing, they were in South America, and prioritize their spending based on the experiences they want to have most, and buy very little in order to keep expenses low. The couple is doing something called “Overlanding,” self-reliant adventure travel to remote destinations where the journey is the primary goal.
Typically, but not exclusively, accommodated by mechanized off-highway capable transport (from bicycles to trucks) where the principal form of lodging is camping; often lasting for extended lengths of time (months to years) and often spanning international boundaries. While expedition is defined as a journey with a purpose, overlanding sees the journey as the purpose.