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New drug extends lifetime of small animals by 66 per cent

An immune system inhibitor known as rapamycin has been shown to extend the lifetime of small animals by as much as 66 per cent. “We must be very careful" before applying it to humans, warns scientists.

Want to know your risk of dying in the next five years? Take the Ubble age test

OPINION: Scientists create website that allows you to calculate your five-year risk of dying.

DNA copies reveal how healthy you are

The number of DNA copies left in our bodies reveal how our mental and physical heath will decline, study shows.

Age strengthens our social skills

New research shows that some of our skills actually improve as we age.

Low education makes the brain age faster

Mental capacity and IQ deteriorate much faster for people with less education than others, study reveals. The findings provide new insight into the development of dementia.

Ageing: Theory needs to be revised

The existing evolutionary theories of ageing need to be revised, according to a new study, which shows that many of Earth’s plants and animals grow old in surprising ways.

Your cerebral cortex thins with age

As you grow older your cerebral cortex starts to change. It gets thinner. When you hit 60, things really start going downhill.

New record: World’s oldest animal is 507 years old

It’s time to rewrite the record books. New accurate dating shows that the world’s oldest animal was 507 years old when it died in 2006. That’s more than 100 years older than previously thought.

Adult memory a bellwether of the ageing brain

The memory you have as an adult can help predict how well your brain will work 20 years later.

Care but no caring

Nursing care at home can be the best solution for many elderly who manage to live on their own. But a new study reveals how they frequently encounter a lack of respect and empathy from nurses.