First-time marathon runners can add years to their lives and reap the health rewards of lower blood pressure and healthier arteries, even if they take on the challenge in mid-to-later life, research showed.

People who get even a small amount of exercise may be less likely to die prematurely than their more sedentary counterparts, a research review suggests.

There has been a heightened interest in longevity research. Some have noted that older billionaires such as Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg, Richard Branson and others have been investing heavily into biopharma companies focused on aging and aging-related diseases.

Two leading longevity biotechnology companies, Elevian and Insilico Medicine, announced a research and development partnership to develop oral medications targeting the GDF11 pathway and associated targets.

In another example of companies focused on aging-related diseases, Elevian launched with $5.5 million in seed funding.

Adults with longer-lived parents have a lower-than-average risk for problems with the body’s circulatory system in middle age, British researchers have found.