The secrets to the strength of Elsie Tu

Elsie Tu puts her longevity down to exercise. Photo: May Tse

Working out regularly from a young age is the secret of longevity for former urban councillor Elsie Tu, who is allowed to take it rather more easily now as she approaches her 100th birthday.

Monday, 22 April, 2013, 4:52am 1 comment

Oldest person in world turns 116 in Japan

Jiroemon Kimura celebrates his 116th birthday. Photo: EPA

The world's oldest person turned 116 yesterday - as health chiefs in Japan launched a study to find out why he and many of those around him have lived so long. Jiroemon Kimura, who was born in 1897, was expected to celebrate his astonishing milestone with friends and family.

20 Apr 2013 - 3:50am

Talking points

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun gives his views on relations between China and the Vatican under Pope Francis at a forum at Baptist University.

19 Apr 2013 - 2:48am

Why women live longer than men

Why women live longer than men

If there's one area that women clearly have the upper hand over men, it's longevity. Globally, females live about six years longer than males - roughly 73 years versus 67 - and women outlive men in all but a few countries.

25 Mar 2013 - 10:40am

Health bites

Health bites

Tall and thin may be desirable for a supermodel, but a new study shows that women with this type of physique are more likely to be infected by a type of bacteria that can cause fatal lung infections. 

29 Jan 2013 - 4:43pm

To be taken in moderation

The secrets of longevity are as diverse as the people who live long enough to be invited to reveal them. The science of life expectancy, however, includes a universal premise. All things being equal, shedding excess weight reduces the risk of premature death from related illnesses such as heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.

7 Jan 2013 - 2:36am

Japanese man Jiroemon Kimura becomes the oldest ever known

Jiroemon Kimura, the world's oldest man yet, laughs as he looks back on his long life in his home city of Kyotango. Photo: Bloomberg

Jiroemon Kimura, a 115-year-old Japanese man born when Queen Victoria reigned over the British Empire, yesterday became the oldest man in recorded history, Guinness World Records said.

29 Dec 2012 - 5:26am

University of Hong Kong scientists may have found key to longevity

If you hope to live a longer, healthier life, scientists at the University of Hong Kong may have unlocked clues to help you do just that.

21 Dec 2012 - 3:55am 1 comment