September 10, 2014
Tech sites are buzzing right now about the new Apple smartwatch and iPhone. Having been a part of or close to the tech industry for a long time, the excitement that builds over new products doesn’t normally move me much. This time, though, it’s a little different because of reports that the phone and watch will be integrated to support healthcare apps.
March 6, 2015
It’s been an eventful week. On Monday, people started forwarding me the link for the new issue of The Scientist. The reason is that the issue delves into some of the most important breakthroughs in anti-aging science, which I’ve been talking about for the last several years.
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 2, 2015
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote in an article for the TransTech Digest about a potentially transformative meeting that has presumably already taken place. If things went as planned, a group of researchers that included Dr. Nir Barzilai of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AICM) met with the FDA to explore the possibility of moving anti-diabetes drug Metformin into clinical trials for life extension.
July 24, 2015
As a species, we are unprepared for many of the changes technological acceleration has wrought.
August 14, 2015
In the last few weeks, I’ve written about the health benefits of fasting or very-low-calorie diets. For many, one form of calorie restriction known as intermittent fasting (IF) has been a successful strategy for dropping pounds.
August 21, 2015
Freeman Dyson, one of the most eminent physicists and mathematicians of our age, has declared this to be the century of biology. The last century, he says, was the age of physics. That stage of technology was necessary, he posits, for the development of computers and other tools needed to fully understand and exploit biological systems.
September 4, 2015
In my digest piece last week, I included a video presentation by Dr. Eric Topol, the cardiologist, geneticist, researcher, and writer who serves as director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, California. Topol is predicting rapid and radical change in the ways that healthcare is delivered; I’m currently reading his new book, The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine Is in Your Hands.
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.
October 30, 2015
Japan is the future. With the oldest population in the world and births far below replacement rates, the country has been hit by the aging tidal wave first. The “gray tsunami,” as it has been called by demographers, is on its way to US shores as well.
January 8, 2016
Opinion polls show that the American mood right now is historically dismal. By lots of measures, things actually look pretty bleak. Real employment statistics are awful. Investment in new business is catastrophically low, which further hurts job growth prospects.
January 22, 2016
Winter has come to South Florida at last, along with quite a few of our Canadian friends. For the first time this year, I’ve turned on central heating. I’ve even worn pants a few times. Typically, we resist running the heater until we absolutely have to. Part of the reason is that South Floridians tend to view the arrival of cold weather from the north as free air conditioning. Personally, I look forward to colder temperatures because of recent research regarding brown fat and metabolic disorders (basically obesity).
August 15, 2016
Silicon Valley is taking on healthcare. Armed with billions and a drive to innovate, tech giants have the potential to solve the biggest medical challenges and shake up the regulators.
August 29, 2016
In the late 80s, Japan’s economy seemed unstoppable. Japanese investors acquired some of the world’s most famous masterpieces and a string of landmark US properties, including Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. Many science-fiction novels and music videos predicted permanent Japanese economic dominance.
February 19, 2018
I recently wrote about nicotinamide riboside, also known as vitamin NR or Niagen. It’s taken years, but NR is finally gaining acceptance in the scientific and healthcare communities as a nutrient with significant anti-aging benefits.
July 2, 2018
Quite a few readers have sent me emails asking about rapamycin. Specifically, there have been a lot of questions about dosing, so I’m going to address that issue again today.
July 9, 2018
Last week, I put forth the proposition that anti-aging and age-reversal breakthroughs ought to change the way you think about your own healthcare. The simple reason is that there will be a cutoff point in the not-so-distant future.