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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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Another Study Shows Oxaloacetate Helps Fight Alzheimer’s in Animals

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).

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Here’s How Millennials Can Weather the Perfect Storm

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.

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Homegrown Zika Has Arrived in the US

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.

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