Ageing rates vary widely, says study

A study of people born within a year of each other has uncovered a huge gulf in the speed at which their bodies age. The report, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, tracked traits such as weight, kidney function and gum health. Some of the 38-year-olds were ageing so badly that their “biological […]

The Philosopher’s Guide to Growing Up

Ageism is deeply ingrained in our culture. How often do we assume the older person in our office is incapable of using email—and probably inferior? That baby boomers have a certain value system? Susan Neiman fights the notion that growing older is a decline in Why Grow Up?: Subversive Thoughts for an Infantile Age. She […]

National Health Costs vs. Your Health Costs

Health care spending growth has plummeted to the lowest levels ever recorded. But many Americans insist that they are paying more and more. It is jarring, but both of those things are true, as a report from the Health Care Cost Institute helps to show. Out-of-pocket spending on things like deductibles and co-payments has shot […]

50 Years Into the War on Poverty, Hardship Hits Back

When people visit with friends and neighbors in southern West Virginia, where paved roads give way to dirt before winding steeply up wooded hollows, the talk is often of lives that never got off the ground. “How’s John boy?” Sabrina Shrader, 30, a former neighbor, asked Marie Bolden one cold winter day at what Ms. […]