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Welcome to Mostly Microbes and Infectious Diseases. David Ojcius posts newspaper and journal articles in the broad field of microbiology.

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New study finds 6 ways to slow memory decline and lower dementia risk

A new study of more than 29,000 older adults has identified six habits — from eating a variety of foods to regularly reading or playing cards — that are linked with a lower risk of dementia and a slower rate of memory decline. #lifestyle #aging #longevity #dementia #diet #nutrition #exercise Eating a balanced diet, exercising the mind and body regularly, having regular contact with others, and not drinking or smoking — these six “healthy lifestyle factors” were associated wit

Regular Exercise May Keep Your Body 30 Years ‘Younger’

The muscles of older men & women who have exercised for decades are indistinguishable in many ways from those of healthy 25-year-olds, according to a new study of active septuagenarians. #exercise #aging #longevity These men and women also had much higher aerobic capacities than most people their age, the study showed, making them biologically about 30 years younger than their chronological ages, the study’s authors concluded. All of us are aging every second, of course, whic

The Best Time of Day to Exercise for Metabolic Health

Late-day #exercise had unique benefits for cholesterol levels and blood sugar control, a study of overweight men eating a high-fat diet found. Evening exercise may be more potent than morning workouts for improving metabolic health, according to a helpful new study of exercise timing. The study, which looked at high-fat diets and overweight men, found that late-day workouts moderated the undesirable health effects of a greasy diet, while morning exercise did not. The study in

What really works to help an aging brain.

What really works to help an aging brain. It’s not going to function like it did in your 20s, but there are things you can do. What works: Exercising, eating well, learning a language, staying mentally & socially engaged. #aging #exercise #diet

Mechanism by which exercise strengthens bones and immunity

Scientists have identified the niche in the bone marrow where new #bone & immune cells are produced. Movement-induced stimulation is required for maintenance of this niche, & the bone & immune-forming cells that it contains. Study shows another way in which #exercise can strengthen bones and the immune system.

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