What People Who Live Long — and Through Pandemics, War, and More — Have in Common

It may be a combination of genetics, lifestyle, attitude, and a yearning to keep on going

Markham Heid
Elemental

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Illustration: Felicity Marshall

During the Second World War, an American woman named Shelley Smith Mydans reported on the conflict for Life magazine. Along with her husband, the photographer Carl Mydans, Shelley…

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Markham Heid
Elemental

I’m a frequent contributor at TIME, the New York Times, and other media orgs. I write mostly about health and science. I like long walks and the Grateful Dead.