MIT researchers create a "second skin" that could make you look younger

October 23, 2016 by  
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As we age , our skin loses elasticity and moisture. It’s a natural process that happens to everyone, but ten years ago a team of researchers decided to see if they could change that. They set out to design a coating that could revitalize skin, making it healthier . Now they are announcing successful experiments of this ” second skin ” that appears to give wearers a youthful appearance. Led by biomedical engineer Robert Langer of MIT , the team included researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital , beauty company Living Proof , and Olivo Labs . Their second skin, made of ” a silicone-based polymer ,” creates a breathable layer on skin, keeping in moisture and appearing to smooth and tighten skin. The team tested their coating on areas of the body such as under eye bags, legs, and forearms . The invisible, wearable coating can last for around 24 hours , and will stand up to water and sweat . Related: Is this protein the key to an anti-aging pill? When they experimented with skin water loss, the researchers found that the second skin performed better than moisturizers on the market, keeping in more moisture. They performed multiple studies and none of the experiment participants reacted negatively to the coating. The BBC spoke with Dr. Tamara Griffiths of the British Association of Dermatologists who seemed optimistic about the research . She said , “The results [with the polymer film] appear to be comparable to surgery, without the associated risks. Further research is needed, but this is a novel and very promising approach to a common problem. I will follow its development with interest.” The researchers noted that the second skin may have applications beyond beauty . With more research, the coating could be adapted to transmit medicine or protect wearers from harmful sun rays, or treat conditions such as eczema. What do you think? Is this second skin a medical breakthrough or simply an appeal to our vanity? Via the BBC Images via Melanie Gonick/MIT and Olivo Labs

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Why 1 in 10 people reach the age of 100 in this small Italian village

September 8, 2016 by  
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Back in the 1950’s, American scientist Ancel Keys began to research the Mediterranean diet in Italy ‘s Cilento peninsula. He eventually moved to the peninsula and lived to only two months shy of his 101st birthday. Now researchers from Rome’s La Sapienza University and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) teamed up to zero in on Acciaroli, a town in the Cilento peninsula where one in 10 residents reach the age of 100, and better understand the secrets of a longer life. Not only do people live to 100 and beyond, but many are still independent and active. Antonio Vassalo, 100, and Aminda Fedollo, 93, said they eat healthy food like fish, chicken, rabbit, olive oil, and vegetables and fruit they grow. Fedollo told the AFP, “We consume what we produce.” Residents garden, walk, or go fishing to exercise . Related: Harvard Researchers Successfully Reverse Aging in Mice The two universities launched a six-month study in which they took blood samples from 80 residents. They discovered surprisingly low levels of adrenomedullin, a hormone. High levels of adrenomedullin hinder circulation, while low levels promote circulation. Generally as people age, adrenomedullin builds up in the body, but the levels seen in the Acciaroli elderly are similar to what researchers would expect to see in the blood of a person in their twenties or thirties. The researchers don’t yet know why the residents possess such low levels, but could think it could be a combination of the healthy local diet, genetics, and exercise. Rosemary could be another key component to longevity: widely used by residents, rosemary is said to boost brain function, according to researchers. From UCSD, Alan Maisel said the elderly of Acciaroli don’t suffer from maladies commonly faced by the elderly, like Alzheimer’s, cataracts, or heart disease. He warned there’s no “magic bullet” to prevent such diseases, but that people worldwide could learn from the way people in Acciaroli live. The researchers plan to continue studying the Cilento peninsula. Out of 60,000 people, 2,000 in the region are 100 or older, and the researchers would like to focus on those centenarians. Professor Salvatore di Somma of La Sapienza University said they hope to create a ” tool ” based on the lifestyles of these healthy old people to offer those interested suggestions on how to age well. Via The Telegraph and AFP news agency Images via screenshot

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INFOGRAPHIC: Are you living in an age-friendly city?

March 26, 2015 by  
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By 2020, the number of people worldwide who are  aged 65 or older will outnumber children under the age of 5. Elderly citizens  have a very different set of needs than younger generations, and city planners are realizing that actions will need to be taken to meet those needs. Senior -friendly architecture, access to specialized health care , volunteer opportunities, safe transportation, and supportive communities will be huge priorities for an aged-majority population, and many cities around the world are taking note and putting plans into action. Check out the full infographic after the jump to learn more about age-friendly cities. How would your own city measure up? Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Are you living in an age-friendly city? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Age-friendly city , aged population , aging , aging population , city living for elderly , city living for seniors , Elderly , elderly citizens , elderly friendly city , elderly population , elders , infographic , infographics , safe transportation , senior citizens , senior population , senior residents , seniors , volunteer opportunities

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Toyota’s three-wheeled i-ROAD is the perfect solution for crowded city driving

March 26, 2015 by  
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In the not-too-distant future, personal transportation will take on a completely different shape than today. As more individuals move to city centers , public transportation will become even more important, but how will the car be able to fit in? Toyota is currently testing its i-ROAD electric vehicle in Grenoble, France, to see how it can integrate with public transportation to decrease the amount of traffic gridlock. Read the rest of Toyota’s three-wheeled i-ROAD is the perfect solution for crowded city driving Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: car transportation , city center , electric car , france , green car , green transportation , Grenoble , ha:mo , public transportation , Toyota , Toyota i-Road , urban planning

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Clear Your Laptop’s Data Before You Donate It, for Free

April 15, 2013 by  
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Ready to retire your aging laptop? InterConnection, a Seattle-based nonprofit, is offering free laptop donation kits to anyone in the U.S. The kits include a CD with data destruction software and a free donation mailing label. InterConnection hopes…

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