Yesterday we told you about geneticist Salome Gluecksohn-Waelsch, who died this month at the age of 100. Did you know that approximately 40,000 Americans are 100 years old or older, according to
the New England Centenarian Study — and that 85 percent of these centenarians are women?

Elena Conis at the L.A. Times has more on this study. While diet and lifestyle are considered factors in longevity, evidence
from homogenous populations suggest that good genes have something to do with it.

Another interesting point:

The researchers have also concluded that some people simply age more slowly than others. One indication: Women who were able to conceive and give birth naturally in their 40s are four times as likely
to reach age 100 than women who last gave birth in their 30s or earlier.

"For people carrying extra pounds, the news last week was good. Obesity doesn’t increase cancer risk, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported," writes Tara Parker-Pope. "But that doesn’t mean it’s time to celebrate a fuller figure. The same issue of JAMA reported that old age is a particularly treacherous time for the obese. Obese
people over age 60 are twice as likely to have some sort of disability as older people of normal weight, the study found."

Plus: A Q&A on whether a tummy tuck or liposuction reduces the risk of heart
disease or diabetes. The short answer? "No." And Washington Post health columnist parses the confusing — and sometimes conflicting — news about weight and nutrition.

The Institute for Energy and Environmental Research and other advocates are attempting to get the EPA to use women and children — who are more vulnerable to radiation’s medical effects — than the government’s decades-old health standard: a male between age 20 and 30 known as "reference man." Read the story at Women’s eNews.

The New York Times looks at why the female condom never caught on in the United States
— or in other countries where public health workers hoped it would
"overthrow the politics of the bedroom, empower women and stop the AIDS
epidemic in its tracks." A new design is in the works. The cost of
obtaining FDA approval, however, could be another barrier.

CVS aims to boost its market share by designing a retail experience that is "very appealing to working women," according to this story in U.S. News & World Report. Women currently make up 80 percent of CVS shoppers.


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