September 24, 2014
Last week, an FDA committee voted 20 to 1 to make it more difficult for doctors to prescribe testosterone products. The committee also recommended that pharmaceutical companies selling testosterone products be forced to perform additional safety tests, based mostly on a few studies indicating that patients with heart problems are more likely to experience cardiac events when they start using testosterone.
January 30, 2015
As I mentioned last week, I’m multitasking while I finish a book on tech advances and their investing implications. Last Friday, you saw an excerpt of my book manuscript called “What’s Next, Part 1: The Rise of Biocomputing.” This week, we look deeper into the so-called tech singularity and investigate life-extension therapies.
April 24, 2015
Organizations such as the Institute for Aging Research (IAR), a multidisciplinary project of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, have extensively studied people who have exceptionally long and healthy lifespans. Obviously, if we could find some common factor in diet or exercise habits—something that everybody could do to increase their health spans—it would be important information.
May 29, 2015
In the 1970s, when I was in college, some department of the United Nations was making the rounds at universities giving presentations about the overpopulation problem. I was puzzled because I was familiar with the work of Warren Thompson, the demographer who predicted the depopulation trend that today is already full-blown in the West and quickly catching up elsewhere.
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 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.
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.
January 15, 2016
In the president’s State of the Union speech, he vowed to cure cancer, likening the effort to a new moonshot. I have no doubt he’s sincere, just as he was sincere when he promised that the Affordable Care Act would reduce healthcare costs without the need to give up our doctors or insurance plans. I assume he was sincere the last time he launched a new effort to cure cancer as well. That was in 2009. By doing so, he joined with Presidents Nixon and Clinton who also launched wars on cancer.
February 12, 2016
A colleague sent me the link for a Washington Post article titled, “Risk of dementia is declining, but scientists don’t know why.” It is inspired by another article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, “Is Dementia in Decline? Historical Trends and Future Trajectories.”
March 28, 2016
I hope you’ll forgive me for being brief this week. Despite the help of an incredibly talented team, I’m a little overwhelmed by the many last minute tasks associated with finishing my book, The Methuselah Effect.
June 13, 2016
The 2008 financial crisis delivered a TKO to the global economy. Since then, the media has been reassuring us that the US economy is recovering.
June 20, 2016
A study just published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that 40% of American women are now obese: the highest percentage in history. (Men have a slightly lower rate of obesity at 35%.)
August 8, 2016
Millennials are struggling. We see it in the media every day. About 45% of Millennial college grads are working low-wage, dead-end jobs and have record levels of student debt. The number of young people making less than $25,000 per year is higher now than at any time in the last 25 years.
August 22, 2016
Here’s one of my favorite jokes. An older fish meets a group of young fish and asks, “How’s the water?” To which, the young fish respond, “What the heck is water?” While it may not make you laugh, the point is important. We tend to tune out things that are right in front of us. This phenomenon is aptly called a blind spot. Most people are unaware of their own punctum caecum (the large physiological blind spot in our field of vision).
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.
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