Scientists pinpoint neural activity's role in human longevity

Neural excitation linked to shorter life, while suppression of overactivity appears to extend life span. Protein REST, previously shown to protect aging brains from dementia and other diseases, emerges as a key player in molecular cascade related to aging. 

To die well, we must talk about death

Talking about death and the end of life is still taboo around the world.  A striking 93 % of Canadian participants in a recent poll think it's important to communicate their wishes for future care should they become seriously ill, but only 36 % have actually done so.

Evidence builds that optimism might lengthen your life

A sunny outlook on life may do more than make you smile: New research suggests it could also guard against heart attacks, strokes and early death.

Eating mushrooms may dramatically cut risk of cognitive decline

New research finds that seniors who ate mushrooms twice weekly had 50% reduced odds of having mild cognitive impairment.

The mystery of the super-ager

There are some suggestions that people who are more optimistic age better than people who aren't. We're just starting to look at these personality traits and how they influence aging.