Medicine: Live Longer, Laugh Louder

During the early years of the Russian Revolution, its leaders were a great deal more preoccupied with shortening human life than lengthening it. But times change. Moscow now has an Institute for the Prolongation of Life, headed by Septuagenarian Biologist Olga Lepeshinskaya.*

Last week Comrade Professor Lepeshinskaya had some eye-opening news to pass along. In a lecture to the Society for the Dissemination of Political and Scientific Knowledge, she reported that previous studies of some 40,000 centenarians in the Ukraine alone had turned up "numerous cases of people 150 years old and more, with their liveliness, memory and working ability still intact."...

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