Ikaria, the island where people forget to die

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Stamatis Moraitis, a Greek war veteran, came to the United States in 1943 for treatment of a combat-mangled arm.  He’d survived a gunshot wound, escaped to Turkey and eventually talked his way onto the Queen Elizabeth, then serving as a troopship, to cross the Atlantic. Moraitis settled in Port Jefferson, N.Y., an enclave of countrymen from his native island, Ikaria. He quickly landed a job doing manual labor. Later, he moved to Boynton Beach, Fla. Along the way, Moraitis married a Greek-American woman, had three children and bought a three-bedroom house and a 1951 Chevrolet.

 

 

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Elderly heart patients prefer longevity over quality of life

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Survey found three quareters of elderly heart failure patients wouldn’t trade a longer life with symptoms for a shorter life without them.

Many doctors might assume tha when an elderly patient’s chronic disease is impossible to cure they would prefer to improve the quality of their remaining life rather than extend it as it is.  Most of the time those doctors would be mistaken, according to a new study.

 

 

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Study: single people may die younger

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Single men could die about a decade earlier than married men. Single women don’t fare much better.

Being single is great, isn’t it? You get to sleep on either side of the bed; you never have to wait for the bathroom; you’ve got all that “me time.” Except, well, you may be one of the unlucky singles who keel over about one decade earlier than your married friends, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

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Serious People Live Longer Than Happy People: Study

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Serious people live longer.

We’ve been told for years that stress can kill you.  We’ve been told that happy people live longer and that hours in the gym will keep you healthy. Now an eight decade long study has turned this kind of long-cherished conventional wisdom on its head. Now it seems stress can be good for you and serious people may live longer than those with sunny dispositions. Exercise may not hold the key to longevity.

 

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Sex Everyday Keeps Diseases Away!

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There are several other reasons why you need to have sex more often.
If you thought that the only benefit of sex was, well, pleasure, here’s some news for you. Making love is good for adults. And making love regularly is even better. Not only does it help you sleep well, relieve stress and burn calories, there are also several other reasons why you need to have sex more often.

 

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Scientists Discover Aging Gene Linked to Immunity and Disease Resistance

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Aging gene linked to immunity

British scientists studying the genetics of aging said that experiments on laboratory worms showed that a specific gene is strongly linked to lifespan, immunity and disease resistance.  Since the gene, called DAF-16 in worms, is found in many animals and in humans, the finding could open up new ways to affect aging, immunity and resistance in humans, the scientists said.

 

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Smart People Live Longer

Smart People Live Longer

It pays to be smart

It seems there may be some truth in the old adage about being old and wise, for a new study has revealed that brainy people are likely to live 15 years longer than others.

Researchers at Calabria University in Italy have found that longevity is because the brains of intelligent people age more slowly – thanks to the very gene SSADH which makes them clever actually.

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