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Life extension: the five most promising methods – so far

Most people want to live a long and happy life—or at least avoid a short and miserable one. If you're in that majority, then you're in luck. Over the last decade, a quiet research revolution has occurred in our understanding ...

Pediatrics

Mononucleosis as child, teen may up later multiple sclerosis risk

(HealthDay)—Infectious mononucleosis (IM) during childhood, particularly during adolescence, appears to be a risk factor for subsequent diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS), independent of shared familial factors, according ...

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Happiness in early adulthood may protect against dementia

While research has shown that poor cardiovascular health can damage blood flow to the brain increasing the risk for dementia, a new study led by UC San Francisco indicates that poor mental health may also take its toll on ...

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What do you know about rheumatic diseases?

September is Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn about four common rheumatic diseases: Ankylosing spondylitis, gout, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and lupus.

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Adult

The term adult has at least three distinct meanings. It can indicate a biologically grown or mature person. It may also mean a plant, animal, or person who has reached full growth or alternatively is capable of reproduction, or the classification legal adult, generally determined as a person who has attained the legally fixed age of majority; as opposed to a minor.

Adulthood can be defined in biology, psychological adult development, law, personal character, or social status. These different aspects of adulthood are often inconsistent and contradictory. A person may be biologically an adult, and have adult behavior but still be treated as a child if they are under the legal age of majority. Conversely one may legally be an adult but possess none of the maturity and responsibility that define adult character.

Coming of age is an event; passing a series of tests to demonstrate the child is prepared for adulthood; or reaching a specified age, sometimes in conjunction with demonstrating preparation. Most modern societies determine legal adulthood based on reaching a legally-specified age without requiring a demonstration of physical maturity or preparation for adulthood.

Some propose that moving into adulthood involves an emotional structuring of denial, suggesting this process becomes necessary to cope with one's own behavior, especially in uncomfortable situations, and also the behavior of others.

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