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 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 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 1, 2016
As I predicted, the Zika virus has almost certainly entered mosquito populations in the US. Persuasive evidence indicates that mosquitos in Florida have infected at least 14 people, and the FDA has shut down blood donations in two counties. Confirmed cases have been found in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, but I have little doubt that it will eventually reach the Gulf Coast where I’m located. One storm could spread Zika-carrying mosquitos into Louisiana and Texas.
July 25, 2016
Last week, I wrote about the health benefits of Pokémon Go and video games overall. The most important thing about Pokémon Go, however, isn’t that players exercise while playing. Rather, it’s that the game is the first widespread consumer adoption of augmented reality (AR).
July 18, 2016
Before Pokémon Go burst onto the scene, I’d already planned to write about the cognitive and health benefits of video games. What prompted me was an article on a feminist website that I took issue with. It discussed the problem of adult men who “still” play video games.
July 11, 2016
The field of anti-aging medicine has finally entered the mainstream. It’s no longer controversial for scientists to talk about extending health spans by delaying the systems failures that spawn age-related disease. In fact, we’ve made great strides in identifying methods that will allow people to live closer to their approximately 120-year maximum life spans.
July 5, 2016
Michael West, known as the father of regenerative medicine, gave a talk last week that historians will remember as the world’s first look at the biotechnology that changed everything forever. At the annual meeting of Mensa, he reported on the progress of regenerative medicine—from the stem cell breakthroughs that he pioneered to his current research.
June 27, 2016
I’m an economist. Wait! Don’t leave! Did you know that the British vote to leave the EU was foretold in the early 20th century by an economist born in Habsburg Moravia?
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%.)