August 7, 2013 Even though most people don't want to live radically longer lives, they figure their neighbors do. A majority say they aren't interested in medical treatments that would let them live to see 120. But more than two-thirds of people polled by the Pew Research Center say others probably would.
August 3, 2013 Researchers are getting clues about the human life cycle from studying the death of tiny worms, which internally release a blue fluorescent dye in the waning hours of their lives. The glowing chemical travels from one end of the creature to the other. One researcher calls it "reminiscent of the soul departing the worm."
August 2, 2013 There's little research objectively measuring the aesthetic benefits of cosmetic surgery. In one study, people were considered by outside observers to be no more attractive after having face-lifts and other procedures, though they were judged to look a bit younger.
July 31, 2013 A Philadelphia woman who allegedly gave her 93-year-old father a vial of morphine is facing prosecution in Pennsylvania. Most state laws prohibit assisted suicide, but prosecutions are becoming increasingly rare.
July 31, 2013 The National Senior Games taking place in Cleveland have some sports in common with the Summer Olympics, like track and field, basketball and swimming. There's also shuffleboard and horseshoes. And this year, there's a new sport, pickleball — a tennis/pingpong/whiffle ball hybrid — that's growing fast.
July 30, 2013 The Weekend Edition host used Twitter to share his observations and feelings in the final, tender moments of his mother's life. In a conversation with NPR's Audie Cornish, Simon remembers his late mom and explains how the social media community bolstered his spirits in a time of grieving.
July 30, 2013 Some ibuprofen and maybe some physical therapy are all it takes to make most back pain go away. But a study finds that doctors and patients are increasingly turning to fancy scans and opioid painkillers. They typically don't help, and increase the risk of addiction and overdose.
July 26, 2013 Swimmer Graham Johnston, who's in his 80s now, is competing in the Senior Olympics in Cleveland. He's been swimming all his life, including competing at the 1952 Olympics for his home country of South Africa. Even at his age, he still trains five to six times a week.
July 24, 2013 One thing most people dread as they age is ending up in a nursing home, where they imagine they'll have to deal with sharing a room, rigid schedules and bad smells. But the Green House Project, an alternative to traditional nursing homes, is trying to change that. Its founder says he wants to "abolish" the old, often lonely model.
July 18, 2013 Healthy life expectancy is lowest for people in the South, a study finds. People living in the West, Northeast and Great Plains tend to be doing better. But staying healthy is about more than just geography. Healthy habits and access to good health care count, too.
July 15, 2013 The anterior approach for total hip replacement involves going in through the front of the hip, rather than the back. Proponents say it speeds up recovery time. But recovery time has improved a lot with the traditional techniques, too, and there's not yet enough evidence to say this is better.
July 9, 2013 Pediatricians have long asked parents if they have guns in the home, in an effort to reduce accidents and suicides in children and teens. That could help protect older patients too, a study says. But the notion of doctors asking about gun ownership is controversial.