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May 9, 2005 | Daniel Costello, Times Staff Writer
Practicing Transcendental Meditation -- a technique involving intense breathing exercises and the repetition of words, or "mantras" -- may have benefits beyond stress reduction. It might actually help you live longer. Researchers at five universities and medical centers including the Medical College of Georgia and the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine tracked 202 patients with high blood pressure for up to 18 years.
December 15, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Jeff Van Gundy was there at the beginning, when Tim Duncan walked off the Madison Square Garden court with mini-camcorder in hand, chronicling his first NBA title as if it might be his last. Four championships and nearly 15 years later, Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs are still around, still relevant, still contenders as they arrive at Staples Center on Monday night to play the Clippers. The NBA's steadiest franchise has sustained its excellence through a few singular characteristics.
January 7, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Estrogen replacement therapy reduces the mortality rate of post-menopausal women by at least 20%, USC researchers reported last week in the Archives of Internal Medicine. In a study conducted at Leisure World in Laguna Hills, the researchers also found that the longer women were on the therapy, the lower their mortality rate from all causes, but particularly from heart disease and stroke.
October 28, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Now that Suzanne Somers has your attention with claims about all the sex she's having, the former "Three's Company" star-turned-longevity-expert has turned her attention to Obamacare. And she doesn't like what she sees. "Boomers are smart," Somers wrote in a Monday opinion piece for the online version of the Wall Street Journal. "They see the train wreck coming… most I speak with think the Affordable Care Act is a greater Ponzi scheme than that pulled off by Bernie Madoff.
January 8, 2007
Re "Can We Live Longer?" [Dec. 25]: Have you considered the ethical issues involved in promoting longevity? Our planet is overpopulated as it is, and by helping people live longer, you simply exacerbate the problem. I'd like to see a report on the ethics of longevity. By the way, I am 72 and in perfect health. GARY BOOTH Newport Beach
June 18, 2001
The taller you are the longer you are likely to live, even if you were born 1,000 years ago, according to British researchers. Scientists know tall people nowadays tend to have a greater life expectancy than their shorter counterparts, but they had not been sure if that was also true for earlier generations. Anthropologist David Gunnell of Bristol University in southwest England and his colleagues studied 490 adult skeletons to determine the historical link between height and longevity.
October 4, 1989 | FRANK SWOBODA, The Washington Post
If a company doesn't plan to hang onto its employees for a long period of time, why should it gear its pay and benefits system to reward long-term employment? He didn't put it quite that way, but that essentially is the question being raised by a top executive at General Electric, which has begun to examine the evaporation of "career loyalty" between companies and their employees.
April 17, 1988 | DAVID LARSEN, Times Staff Writer
They saw you from Dick and Jane through Dickens and James, and now it is they who need the help. For a variety of reasons, an increasing number of Americans are finding themselves in an unexpected and sometimes stressful situation--being a parent to a parent. They are the sandwich generation, squeezed between the needs of their children and the needs of their parents. "The essential problem we face is that we aren't prepared for this new role," Dr. Gary W. Small said.
July 13, 2009 | Marnell Jameson
Live a life without frailty and disease, and enjoy lasting youth, both physical and mental. Purveyors of longevity have been cashing in on that promise for centuries -- never mind that not one of the people prescribing a life-extension plan has ever delivered one that worked.
July 10, 2010
The very, very old are different from you and me, but it has more to do with what's inside them than with the number of wrinkles or the probability of having a Facebook account. A study published last week in the journal Science found that people who live to three-digit ages in relatively good health have at least some of 150 different genetic markers linked to extreme longevity. The Boston University scientists who reported the markers don't know exactly how they work, and their research has since come under attack by geneticists who criticize the methodology.
September 15, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
In her eight decades in show business, June Foray has performed countless voices for film, TV, radio and toys. She's performed such iconic cartoon characters as Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Jokey Smurf and the cackling Witch Hazel for both Disney and Warner Bros., so it's not surprising that the 95-year-old voice actress will be honored with a Governors Award by the Television Academy Arts and Sciences at the Creative Arts Emmys this year. But what is surprising is that Foray won her very first Daytime Emmy just last year for voicing yet another witch on "The Garfield Show," making her not only a legend, but still a very active performer.
June 6, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
When can you make an argument that 2 > 5? You can do it when comparing the careers of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, should James win a second NBA championship with the Miami Heat in the coming weeks. And you can do the funny math while easily keeping a straight face. A second consecutive title for James would leave him three short of the Lakers legend (though only one short at the same point in their careers), and obviously James is lacking in the longevity department, having played seven fewer NBA seasons than his counterpart.
June 6, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Ten seasons in and counting, the sitcom "Two and a Half Men" has proved remarkably popular and durable, even weathering the much-publicized firing of Charlie Sheen two years ago. At a recent Envelope Emmy Roundtable on the subject of TV comedy, even "Two and a Half Men's" own Jon Cryer seemed a bit surprised by the show's enduring appeal. WATCH: The Envelope Emmy Roundtable | Comedy Cryer joked that it might be the show's Everyman story that draws viewers. "We've all been there," he said.
May 18, 2013 | Doyle McManus
What is it about presidents' second terms that makes them seem so scandal-ridden? Simple: The iron law of longevity. All governments make mistakes, and all governments try to hide those mistakes. But the longer an administration is in office, the more errors it makes, and the harder they are to conceal. Just ask Richard M. Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton or George W. Bush, all of whom spent much of their second terms playing defense. The longevity rule caught up with Barack Obama last week as he wrestled clumsily with not one controversy but three: the Internal Revenue Service's treatment of "tea party" groups, the Benghazi killings and the Justice Department's seizure of Associated Press telephone records.
October 16, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
Modern humans have gotten incomparably good at survival, doing more to extend our lives over the last century than our forebears did in the previous 6.6 million years since we parted evolutionary ways with chimpanzees, according to a new study. In fact, humans in societies with plentiful food and advanced medicine have surpassed other species used in life-extending medical research in stretching our longevity and reducing our odds of dying at every point along our ever-lengthening life spans, the study finds.
September 6, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Last week, Adele's “21” album dropped out of the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 ranking of national album sales for the first time since it was released last year and subsequently turned into one of the biggest-selling albums in pop music history. Its exit from the Top 10 after 78 weeks bordered on the unnecessarily cruel: that left it tied with Michael Jackson's “Thriller.” This week, however, “21” has returned to the Top 10 for a 79 th week, edging past Jackson's landmark collection.
January 5, 2004 | Linda Marsa, Special to The Times
Centuries ago, Ponce de Leon sailed across the Atlantic Ocean searching for the fountain of eternal youth. But clues to what the fabled Spanish explorer sought may well have been swimming right under his feet. Some fish simply don't age, scientists have found, and may live up to 200 years with no loss of vitality. Deciphering the mechanisms that enable these fish to stay robust, says Caleb Finch, a gerontologist at USC, "might shed light on ways of extending our productive lifespan."
August 31, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
For 10 years, Joe Cordell has been living a life diametrically opposed to that of most Americans: Instead of eating too much, he's deliberately been eating too little. The 54-year-old St. Louis lawyer was inspired by the science that suggests that calorie restriction of this type could significantly lengthen a creature's life span, as well as ward off diseases of old age. We spoke with Cordell about how he got into calorie restriction, what his daily diet is like -- and what his wife of 21 years and his two teenage daughters feel about it. We asked him what he felt about a new study that didn't prolong the life of calorie-restricted monkeys -- although it did seem to help ward off cancer.
April 19, 2012 | By David Wharton
The man is tired. You can hear it across the long-distance telephone line, the conversation punctuated by frequent yawns. "A lot of sacrifices," he says. "I've been doing this for a long time. " Getting up early each morning to stop by the gym before work. Then hitting the pool each afternoon to practice. At 32, Troy Dumais rarely takes a vacation from diving. "I don't have that luxury," he says. "When I take a break for a week, it takes me three weeks to get back to where I was. " But when you ask him about quitting, about getting on with his life, the pace of the conversation quickens a beat.
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