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Jan 10, 2019

Old people can produce as many new brain cells as teenagers

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By Helen Thomson

Old age may have its downsides, but losing the ability to grow new brain cells isn’t one: healthy people in their seventies seem to produce just as many new neurons as teenagers.

The discovery overturns a decades-old theory about how our brains age and could provide clues as to how we can keep our minds sharper for longer.

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  • David M. Brown on January 11, 2019 4:10 pm

    You can also teach an old dog new tricks.

  • Kathy L. on January 12, 2019 8:28 am

    Well no kidding. Any older person who has refused to accept the shameful cultural narrative regarding aging knows this to be true.

    I know of a man who served as an attorney into his 90s. That might be a clue to what we need to do to thrive until we go — stand tall, do what you need to do, and refuse to accept others’ opinions about what you are capable of.

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