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Longevity: Research on how diet and exercise can help – The Washington Post

By Matt Fuchs, October 11, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. EDT

Valter Longo, a biochemist at the University of Southern California, received lessons in longevity from a trio of 100-year-olds in Villagrande Strisaili in Sardinia, Italy. (Gianni Pes)

Death comes for us all. But recent research points to interventions in diet, exercise and mental outlook that could slow down aging and age-related diseases — without risky biohacks such as unproven gene therapies.

A multidisciplinary approach involving these evidence-based strategies “could get it all right,” said Valter Longo, a biochemist who runs the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.

Source: Longevity: Research on how diet and exercise can help – The Washington Post

The 13 U.S. service members killed in the Kabul airport attack – The Washington Post

By Shawn BoburgMeagan FlynnAlex HortonEllen McCarthyDalvin BrownMaría Luisa PaúlRebecca Tan and Jose A. Del Real, Today at 1:27 p.m. EDT

A flag flies at half-staff at Miramar National Cemetery on Friday in San Diego after more than 170 people and 13 U.S. service members were killed in a terrorist attack outside of the airport in Kabul. (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

The U.S. toll from Thursday’s terrorist attack in Afghanistan has come into sharper focus with the Department of Defense confirming on Saturday the identities of all 13 U.S. service members who were killed.

A suicide bomber detonated explosives at a Kabul airport gate where U.S. troops were searching evacuees rushing to depart the country.

At least 18 other troops were wounded in the bombing that killed at least 170 people and the 13 U.S. service members. The attack was the single deadliest enemy strike against U.S. forces in Afghanistan since August 2011, when militants shot down a Chinook helicopter, killing 30 U. S. troops on board.

…Names below…

  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, 20, Jackson, Wyo.
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, 20, of Wentzville, Mo.
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Tex.
  • Navy Hospital Corpsman Max Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio
  • Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, Calif.
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, 20, of Norco, Calif.
  • Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, 31, of Utah
  • Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, 23, of Omaha
  • Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23, of Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario, 25, Lawrence, Mass.
  • Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, 22, Logansport, Ind.
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole Gee, 23, of Roseville, Calif.
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

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William Shatner, at 90, keeps seeking that next personal frontier – The Washington Post

By Michael Cavna, August 20, 2021 at 5:00 a.m. EDT

William Shatner, who turned 90 in March, keeps his eyes on the horizon for each adventurous next project. (Jason Shook)

One of the hardest-working men in Hollywood hasn’t been slowed so much by the pandemic.

He has two television shows going. He released a movie several months back and will release an album next month.

Lately he has traveled by land with his horses and by sea swimming with sharks, and he casts a hopeful eye on heading to space — but not before recording an A.I.-driven version of himself for future generations to hear. Did we mention he also eased up long enough in March to celebrate turning 90?

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How to cool your home without air conditioning during heat waves – The Washington Post

In a summer of deadly heat, passive cooling can keep people safe and curb carbon emissions. Here are the simple steps you can take.

By Sarah Kaplan, July 23, 2021 at 10:05 a.m. EDT

(Washington Post illustration; iStock)

As the mercury ticked upward in Portland, Ore., last month, I braced for my apartment to become unbearable.

Normally, my un-air-conditioned basement unit would be fine for the Pacific Northwest’s temperate summers. But these are not normal times.

Climate change has lengthened and intensified heat waves, pushing temperatures to unheard-of extremes. In Portland, a new all-time high was set three days in a row: First, 108 degrees Fahrenheit. Then 113 degrees. Then 116.

To my astonishment, the apartment stayed tolerable all weekend. The tile floors seemed to emanate coolness. The greenery surrounding my windows blocked direct sunlight and helped bring down the temperature of the outside air. I didn’t have a thermometer, but my guess is that the temperature inside never got above 80 degrees.

Source: How to cool your home without air conditioning during heat waves – The Washington Post

Creativity may be key to healthy aging. Here’s how to stay inspired. – The Washington Post

By Matt Fuchs, July 12, 2021 | Updated yesterday at 2:29 p.m. EDT

Singer Andy Steinfeldt explains his handstand push-up technique to a group of fifth-graders at Groveland Elementary School in Minnetonka, Minn. Steinfeldt keeps his creativity flowing through travel, exercise and motivational speaking about his resilience after prostate cancer. (Grace Mevissen)

If you’re interested in staying healthy as you age — and living longer — you might want to add a different set of muscles to your workout routine: your creative ones.

Ongoing research suggests that creativity may be key to healthy aging.

Studies show that participating in activities such as singing, theater performance and visual artistry could support the well-being of older adults, and that creativity, which is related to the personality trait of openness, can lead to greater longevity. When researchers talk about creativity, they aren’t limiting it to the arts.

Author and Georgetown University psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal defines being creative as “having the ability to make unexpected connections, either to see commonplace things in new ways — or unusual things that escape the attention of others — and realize their importance.”

Source: Creativity may be key to healthy aging. Here’s how to stay inspired. – The Washington Post

In Jill Biden’s Vogue cover, there’s optimism and rebuke – The Washington Post

By Robin Givhan, Senior critic-at-large June 29, 2021 at 2:07 p.m. PDT

First lady Jill Biden appears on the cover of Vogue’s August 2021 issue photographed by Annie Leibovitz. (Annie Leibovitz/Vogue)

The August Vogue cover with first lady Jill Biden is a classic.

In these partisan times, that is a statement of both optimism and rebuke.

The story, written by Jonathan Van Meter, is a fashion love song and a political treatise.

In every turn of phrase, every admiring riff, there’s a subtle excoriation of the previous administration and an unsubtle mash note to the current one.

Vogue has a crush on Biden, but her predecessor was never photographed for the magazine during her tenure in the White House.

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