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Facial ageing . . . and other stories

BMJ 2023; 381 doi: (Published 01 June 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;381:p1184

Looking young for your age

Facial ageing reflects ageing in other parts of the body. When high quality photographs of the faces of 2700 middle aged and older participants in a longitudinal study were assessed by a panel without knowledge of their chronological age and medical history, people whose perceived age was lower than their chronological age were less likely to have osteoporosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hearing loss, or cataracts. What’s more, their cognitive function was better (Br J Dermatol doi:10.1093/bjd/ljac100).

Energy expenditure and incident type 2 diabetes

Data from 90 000 participants in the UK Biobank study who wore an accelerometer for seven days reveal a linear relation between the amount of energy expended during physical activity …

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