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June 12, 2015
This issue isn’t going to be what I had planned it to be. Our household is in upheaval right now because an older relative just slipped hard down the slope of cognitive decline. My wife has experienced a truly unpleasant role reversal, taking the car keys away from her father following a couple of scary events. Routes that he’s driven for decades now baffle him. He’s been lost several times and recently had an accident.
June 19, 2015
At the end of this issue, I’ll finally get around to answering questions about how much oxaloacetate I take. First, though, I’d like to talk about what may be one of the most important regulatory events of our era.
June 26, 2015
According to Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Katherine Archuleta, no one at her agency is responsible for the massive theft of personal data from Americans who have undergone background checks. Instead, she says, we should blame “the perpetrators.”
July 17, 2015
About once a week, I get a call from someone with a strong East Asian accent named Martha or Ralph or something else traditionally American. They tell me that they are calling from the “Microsoft Service Center” or “your computer service contract provider” because my computer is generating error messages, which they would like to help me fix.
October 2, 2015
You probably didn’t notice when it happened, but smartphone health apps have made their way, for the first time, into the clinic. Over the last six months or so, a mobile Health (mHealth) app has been integrated into the practices of doctors associated with a major medical university. Whether you know it or not, this will change your life.
October 16, 2015
John Mauldin and I spent the day at “the Buck” earlier this week at the invitation of Brian K. Kennedy, PhD, the president and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. The Buck is the world’s first major scientific research institution dedicated to solving the problems of aging. This includes, to make things clear, the development of anti-aging biotechnologies. Founded in 1999, the institute currently employs about 140 PhDs as well as more than 100 technicians and support staff in 22 labs dedicated to different challenges.
December 4, 2015
I really hope you were able to watch the National Geographic documentary, The Age of Aging, as I suggested. I’ve been predicting a fundamental transformation in the way that the public, especially the baby-boom generation, views health care and the regulatory process. This documentary is powerful evidence that this revolutionary change is well underway and accelerating.
May 2, 2016
You’ve probably heard about Elizabeth Parrish, who underwent her own experimental gene therapies designed to reverse cell aging. The biotech startup CEO believes the experiment was successful, and she is now biologically twenty years younger.
October 12, 2016
Policy wonks like Congressional Budget Office economists and former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan are starting to accept an important fact. The main cause of our current fiscal distress is the aging of the population and associated healthcare cost increases.
December 12, 2016
President-elect Trump’s cabinet appointments are generating a great deal of attention and controversy. After eight years of Democrat rule, it would be foolish to expect otherwise.
January 23, 2017
In the last eight years, the US debt has basically doubled to almost $20 trillion. But many still portray the economy as fundamentally healthy. It’s like a family that claims high levels of spending are proof that everything’s great… even while maxing out the credit cards. At some point, it has to end. And high levels of debt will make recovery even more difficult.
February 20, 2017
As Trump shakes up the White House, pharma and biotech are on edge. While the media talks about Obamacare, it turns out that Trump’s new FDA chief could have a bigger impact on health care and associated markets. The story here is that a company in liberal Northern California may have the most to gain from a Trump FDA.
October 9, 2017
Puerto Rico is America’s drug factory. Most major pharmaceutical companies have facilities there. This includes Bristol Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, and Wyeth. Hurricane Maria has nearly shut it down.
February 12, 2018
The Right to Try (RTT) movement may be our best shot at saving the healthcare system. It may also be your best personal chance at living long enough to benefit from next-generation biotechnologies that will extend healthspans far beyond current limitations.
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