To help you mind your body after age 45, here is the latest in health news from the past week.
When men walk with their female romantic partners, they slow their speed to match the speed of the woman. Men have faster “optimal walking speeds” than women. “These findings have implications for both mobility and reproductive strategies of groups,” authors of this study said. Whatever the speed, walking benefits the heart health of the walker—so walk on!
Hair—there—and soon, everywhere? Scientists at New York’s Columbia University Medical Center in New and the University of Durham, U.K. grew human hair from dermal papilla cells taken from human hair follicles. The research team hopes clinical trials will begin soon, as do millions of people for whom hair loss or baldness is a reality.
“Reports of shorter sleep duration and poorer sleep quality are associated with greater beta-amyloid plaque burden,” a new study said. The brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease have more of this protein than brains of healthy people. Researchers didn’t jump to conclusions, calling sleep disturbances “a modifiable risk factor.” They want to know more and remind us that sleeping well is important for our overall health.
Ready to work out—your brain, that is? A study reported this week says being “productively engaged” and learning new, unfamiliar and mentally demanding skills can improve brain function. Don’t just listen to classical music or do crossword puzzles—try digital photography or quilting—something you haven’t done before. Work it!
Also, read this week’s Mind Your Body interview with Susan Sarandon, who shares how she has stays healthy and happy.