Patrick Cox's Tech Digest

Biotech Has a Solution for the Clean Water Crisis

October 31, 2016

About a billion people lack the water needed to meet basic health and agricultural needs. Water-borne diseases cause nearly half of hospitalizations globally and kill millions each year. And aquifers around the world are being depleted. The lack of clean water fuels regional conflicts and threatens economic growth from California to the Middle East.

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Infectious Disease: Medicine’s Last Frontier

October 24, 2016

The CDC has expanded its count of Miami neighborhoods with verified local transmission of the Zika virus. As a result, pregnant women are taking precautions. Some have left the area. Others are donning hazmat suits.

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Video Game Science Opens a Door to Life Extension

October 17, 2016

The iPad and other tablets make up more than half of all personal computer sales, and their share of the market continues to grow. Consumer demand for new diversions drives innovation. This is especially true for video games. In fact, gaming is bigger than the movie and music business combined.

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Drug Pricing in the Age of Changing Demographics

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.

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It’s Not Just Obamacare—Healthcare Systems Are Failing Everywhere

September 26, 2016

This time of year, the weather is hot and often wet in South Florida where I live. I’ve acclimated, so I rarely notice the temperature or the humidity… except when tourists point it out. Right now, it’s the slow season: roads and store aisles are uncongested, and reservations are rarely needed at my favorite restaurants. That will change soon with the annual influx of Canadians.

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Historic Spinal Cord Stem Cell Treatment Is a Game Changer for Biotech

September 19, 2016

The Keck Medical Center of USC recently released news about a patient who participated in a clinical trial of stem cells for treatment of complete cervical spinal cord injury. Included was video of Kris Boesen, a former quadriplegic, lifting a barbell above his head.

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The Two-Edged Sword of Life-Extending Biotechnologies

September 6, 2016

If you needed proof that the educated, wealthy, and powerful are just as susceptible to myths parading as science as anyone else—the over-population hysteria is a perfect example. It’s not the only discredited social cause, but the focus on total population numbers distracts us from very real demographic problems. This puts the world on a path to economic disaster.

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We’re Turning Japanese, I Really Think So

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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