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How to live longer: Five lifestyle habits proven to reverse your biological age

Too often the ageing process is viewed in fatalistic terms – people simply resign to the poor health outcomes that often come with age. However, you can actually reverse your biological age, according to Peter Ward, CEO and Co-Founder of Humanity, an app launching this summer that aims to help users to optimise and engineer positive health outcomes as they age. “Ageing is the leading cause of disease in the UK (and the whole world), and while chronological ageing (time since birth) is inevitable, biological ageing (your functional age) is not,” he explained.

Secondly, you should consume “age-defying superfoods”, advised Mr Ward.

He explained: “We hear about super-foods all the time, and the overarching health benefits of eating a rainbow diet and reducing your meat intake are well documented, and as a result, they could help extend your healthspan (years of healthy fully functional life) and lifespan.”

Are there specific foods that can support the ageing process?

Mr Ward drew attention to a review published in the journal Elsevier that explored the literature on fermented foods ability delay ageing and increase lifespan.

The review cited a number of studies that highlighted a reported a series of anti-aging related benefits from consuming fermented foods.

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“Not only do they contain anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-carcinogenic and anti-allergenic properties, but they may also have anti-ageing properties which could help protect against age-related disease and even death,” reported Mr Ward.

Forging healthy relationships is also conducive to longevity.

“As humans, we’re innately social beings and relationships – both romantic and non-romantic – give us a purpose and a place to exchange critical interactions that can have a positive impact on our ageing,” explained Mr Ward.

He cited research published in Harvard Health that shows successful relationships with partners, family and the community may have a direct impact on your health and lifespan.

“After more than a year of isolation, it’s really important that we prioritise social interactions and work on re-strengthening our relationships, even when we don’t really feel like it,” Mr Ward added.

Regulated recovery

“The worst thing you can do when trying to improve general health and longevity is neglect recovery, as it can cause excess levels of fatigue or injury,” Mr Ward explained.

As he explained, sleep and mindfulness are both vital ways to recharge and recover.

Mr Ward cited research that demonstrates “a good night of high-quality sleep can improve your body’s immune system and fuel the restoration and repair of cells, tissues and organs – supporting longevity and slowing your biological age”.

Mr Ward added: “Ideally, many people should get seven to eight hours of sleep each night, but it’s not just about the amount of time – quality of sleep plays an equally vital role.”

Finally, hit that sweet spot when it comes to stress.

Mr Ward explained: “Stress has a bad reputation and, in most cases, this is well-deserved. But stress also comes in all forms of shapes and sizes – from exercising your muscles to deadlines at work.”

According to Mr Ward, while prolonged heavy stress can shorten your life and is associated with many health problems, a small amount of “good” stress is actually beneficial, and may even help you live longer.

He pointed to research published in the journal Nature that illustrates the “stress-response pathways” actually ensure the survival of organisms under changing environmental conditions.

“It helps the body and mind harness reactions, but just like anything else, it’s important to understand your own body and reactions to stress.”

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National Perspective: West Virginia hopes to reverse a decade of decline

DRY FORK, W.Va. — There’s nobody here.

Well, almost nobody. This unincorporated community is in a magnificent corner of the world, garlanded by mountains, picturesque farms planted along the road, eight miles from not one but two ski areas and a state park that describes itself as a conference center and resort. Mostly the sounds here are of deep silences.
Some 1,085 people live here today. In 1900 — when loggers toiled amid the densely forested hills, a lumber mill sat on Red Creek, the community had its own railroad, and coal mines operated nearby — Dry Fork had a population of 3,224.

This is a fortunate part of the state, endowed with stunning beauty, a growing tourist industry and many advantages, including a median family income 10% higher than the rest of West Virginia and a rate of higher education double the state figure. And yet the population has fallen by two-thirds since the days when workers — the gandy dancers, as the men who worked the rails were called, or the pick-and-shovel men who dug for coal, or the logging crews from Pennsylvania and Nova Scotia who employed skidding tongs and peaveys to harvest the trees — filled the silences with their grunts. They extracted wood and coal from the area and sent the profits to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Cleveland.

That is the West Virginia story.

That story’s latest chapter is of fresh decline. Newly released Census Bureau data show that West Virginia suffered the largest population decline in the country, a drop of nearly 60,000 people, or 3.2 percent, in the decade between 2010 and 2020. It is one of seven states that will lose a congressional seat in next year’s midterm elections.

There are several explanations, all of them partial, all plausible. Poverty is one (about one in seven West Virginians qualify for the national definition). Job loss is another (especially in coal, which has lost more than half its jobs in the past dozen years). The two, of course are related. So is drug addiction (West Virginia has by far the highest rate of opioid addiction — four times higher than Texas, almost certainly the result of the astonishing fact that seven in 10 West Virginians have been prescribed opioids).

Unemployment is especially severe in the coal-oriented southwestern counties of McDowell, Boone, Wyoming, Mingo and Logan, which have lost at least a quarter of their jobs over half a decade, the result of environmental regulation and the competitive cost of natural gas, a rival fuel source. In those places, as elsewhere, internet connections are pitiable, roads beyond the highways often are tortuous, and the refugees to brighter prospects out of state tend to be younger, better educated and better trained.

“The result is a vicious cycle where the losses make the area less attractive, and that drives away more businesses,” said John Deskins, who heads the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University. “It is very hard to halt that. All the tools government has are better at boosting development of areas that are on the upswing than in helping communities that are in decline. They are better at accelerating growth than reversing momentum.”

West Virginia is experiencing in the third decade of the 21st century what Iowa experienced in the last decade of the 20th century, when small towns shrank, a farm-credit crunch pinched many farmers, and broader economic changes squeezed the state’s economy. In those years, some farmers burned their barns rather than pay taxes on them.

Exactly 30 years ago, I visited Alden, Iowa, just when Linda and Tom Jass decided to abandon the family corn and soybean fields near the Iowa River, leaving Mrs. Jass’ parents, both in their 70s, to tend to the sheep and crops in a town that hadn’t had a grocery store, a doctor or a police officer in a generation. Mr. Jass told me at the time that he had lost “a ton of money” in the richest soil in the world. He had no idea where he was going to go, only that he was determined to leave.

I caught up with him the other day and discovered that the couple left shortly after we talked.

They relocated to South Dakota, where his wife taught sixth grade and he managed absentee-owner farmlands.

“I worry that small towns struggle,” said Mr. Jass. “But I am glad we left when we did.”

Mrs. Jass has no regrets. “We have enjoyed our new home and we love the town, and we love being close to Sioux Falls,” she said. “Our kids all found great spouses, and it has worked out really well. We still have family and friends back in Alden, but we are settled here in South Dakota. We are staying put, right where we are.”

What struck me all those years ago, and what seems especially poignant now, are the remarks of their son Luke. “The chances that I’ll be a farmer in Alden are almost nonexistent,” he said at age 14. “Farmers are always in debt, they don’t have any fun, they work hard and they don’t get anything out of it. I’ll do anything but farm.”

He was true to his word. Though he now works for the agricultural powerhouse Cargill Inc. in Minneapolis, he is in the company’s IT department. “I never liked it there much,” he said of his hometown of Alden. “The opportunities weren’t there.”

West Virginia is determined to avoid the phenomenon that sent the Jass family fleeing north. The state legislature passed a bill to make it easier for remote workers to operate out of the state, canceling sales and income taxes for the first 30 days of telecommuting, and lawmakers next year will consider a proposal to make the state more attractive to migrants by eliminating the income tax completely.

“This has been a big topic in the state and the driving force behind a lot of our politics,” said Sean O’Leary, a senior policy analyst at the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. “We can’t grow economically without people. As our population declines, the older and unhealthy members of our state still have growing needs.”
In the years between 2010 and 2018, 27,000 more people left West Virginia than moved in. It may be almost heaven, but the problem is that it is almost empty.

David M. Shribman is the former executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Follow him on Twitter at ShribmanPG.

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Stress May Turn Hair Gray, but Calm May Reverse It

Gray hair, jokingly referred to as stress highlights, is a visible sign of aging that has long been tied to personal pressure, but the theory is difficult to prove. Now, researchers say they can measure what is happening when hair grays, and provide early evidence that it can sometimes be reversed.

Hair color is lost, and strands turn gray as melanin — a pigment found in the skin, eyes, and hair — declines.

Before hairs emerge from the scalp, they grow under the skin in follicles that receive chemical and electrical signals, including stress hormones, from the body. Once they emerge, hairs harden, and their molecular structure is preserved and reflected in their pigmentation.

Using high-resolution scanners, scientists can now detect small color changes in single strands of human hair.

Researchers measured color loss in single strands of human hair from 14 volunteers who kept diaries to document the weekly levels of stress they experienced. The results were striking: As the volunteers experienced more stress, their hair lost pigment. But as the stress eased, their hair regained color, says Martin Picard, PhD, associate professor of behavioral medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, who led the research.

The method they used to capture images of hair fragments so tiny they represent 1 hour’s growth, which allowed the researchers to assess pigment loss, was developed by Ayelet Rosenberg, a research assistant in Picard’s laboratory, who is first author on the study.

And when hair color changed, the team saw variations in 300 proteins.

They developed a mathematical model to predict what might happen to human hair over time and suggest there is a point in a person’s life when stress can temporarily induce loss of color, but that can be reversed if tensions ease.

These findings add to a growing body of evidence indicating that aging is not a linear, fixed biologic process; it can be halted or even temporarily reversed.

With a better understanding of the biologic basis of pigmentation loss, it’s possible that gray hair could one day be reversed with a visit to the doctor’s office instead of the hair salon.

The research was funded by grants from the Wharton Fund and the National Institutes of Health.


eLife: “Quantitative mapping of human hair greying and reversal in relation to life stress.” 2021;10:e67437.

Martin Picard, PhD, associate professor of behavioral medicine, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City

Ayelet Rosenberg, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City

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How to live longer: Early warning signs of inflammation and foods to reverse it

Are you showcasing signs of excess inflammation? According to Scripps Research – a charity in the field of biomedical science – feeling slightly fatigued could be a vague, but important, indication. As inflammation progresses, health conditions could start to appear such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes.

What is heart disease?

Coronary heart disease “is a major cause of death in the UK”, warned the NHS.

Scripps Research confirmed that people can “control, and even reverse”, inflammation.

This involves an “anti-inflammatory diet”, which includes fresh vegetables and fruits.

It’s also highly recommended to reduce the amount of refined sugar (i.e. added sugar) you consume.

Added/refined sugar may be labelled as:

  • Corn sugar
  • Dextrose
  • Fructose
  • Glucose
  • High-fructose glucose syrup
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Agave syrup
  • Invert sugar
  • Isoglucose
  • Levulose
  • Maltose
  • Molasses
  • Sucrose

It can be found in jams, table sugar, chocolate, sweets, alcoholic drinks, squash cordials, biscuits, cakes, and fruit yoghurt, said the NHS.

The Scripps Research charity advises to eat more food containing omega-3 fatty acids.

“Some of the best sources of omega-3s are cold water fish, such as salmon and tuna, and tofu, walnuts, flax seeds and soybeans.

“Other anti-inflammatory foods include grapes, celery, blueberries, garlic, olive oil, tea and some spices.”

“One easy rule to follow is to avoid white foods, such as white bread, rice and pasta, as well as foods made with white sugar and flour,” said the charity.

Instead, “build meals around lean proteins and whole foods high in fibre”.

Examples include vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, such as whole wheat pasta, rice and bread.

You can also reduce inflammation by doing regular bouts of activity, whether it’s a brisk walk, jog, or swim.

It’s recommended to complete around 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, and up to 25 minutes of weight training, at least four to five times per week.

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Resident Evil ReVerse open beta release date, time, pre-load links for PS4 and Xbox One

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Resident Evil fans are counting down to the start of the Re:Verse open beta on PlayStation and Xbox.

The Resident Evil Village multiplayer spinoff is available to anybody who picks up a copy of the upcoming survival horror sequel.

Described as a “fight to the death that all Resident Evil fans can enjoy”, Re:Verse is an online multiplayer spinoff for 4-6 players.

With the release date creeping ever closer, fans can try the game early by taking part in the limited time open beta.

The Resident Evil Re:Verse open beta has an April 21 release date and a 7am BST launch time for fans living in the UK.

Available on PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, Xbox One X and PC via Steam, the beta ends just 24-hours later.

If you don’t want to miss a second of the action, PS4 fans can download the open beta from the PlayStation Store right now. Xbox fans can also pre-load the beta by visiting the Xbox website.

While the beta is open to all players, even without a pre-order, there are a couple of things worth remembering if you want to take part.

Resident Evil fans will need to have a CAPCOM ID to access the open beta, and will also need to own supported hardware – which goes without saying.

While the full game will require PS Plus and Xbox Live, it looks like the open beta doesn’t have the same restrictions.

In case you’re unfamiliar with Resident Evil Re:Verse, Capcom explains more: “In Resident Evil Re:Verse you can test your skills against other players in four to six-person survival horror revenge matches.

“Play as beloved characters from the Resident Evil series and turn the tides of battle with powerful bioweapons.”

The game’s five minute deathmatches feature a unique twist, as defeated players return as Bioweapons.

“Take part in 5-minute Deathmatches, where the player with the most points wins! Use the weapons and items you find to take down even more powerful enemies!

“When your character is taken out, their body transforms into a powerful bioweapon which can be used against other players.

“Pick up multiple Virus Capsules to transform into even stronger bioweapons. Getting revenge with a bioweapon is also a great chance for more points!”

Suspect in custody after SWAT situation prompts reverse 911 in south Austin neighborhood

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A suspect is in custody after a robbery call led to a SWAT situation at a south Austin house on Saturday night.

Austin Police says officers responded to reports of a robbery in the 7100 block of Whispering Oaks Dr. around 5:30 p.m., which is near William Cannon Drive and West Gate Boulevard.

When officers arrived, they found one victim and learned the suspect was allegedly hiding inside a house nearby and was potentially armed.

SWAT responded to the scene along with hostage negotiators, and after about three hours, police were able to make contact with the suspect and take him into custody.

Police say a reverse 911 call was used to inform neighbors of the situation.

Residents nearby were asked to stay inside and avoid the area while the situation was unfolding.

The suspect will be arrested and charges are pending.

Police say no one was hurt.

KXAN Staff

This article originally appeared on KXAN Austin