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Israel, Where the Baby Boom Lives On

November 6, 2017

There are many factors that contribute to the West's general economic malaise. The biggest and most intractable though is aging demographics. The cost of care for the elderly (especially health care) takes up an increasingly larger percentage of resources as the population ages.

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A Matter of Life and Debt

October 23, 2017

Sit down. It’s time we had a serious talk. I hate to tell you this. But we’re broke.

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What the Collapse of Hollywood Credibility Has To Do with Biotech

October 16, 2017

Where’s my flying car? The question has become a meme of disappointment regarding unfulfilled predictions of scientific and technological progress. At least as far back as the 1870s, futurists have been dreaming of vehicles that could be driven and flown.

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DARPA, Hurricanes, and the Zika Virus

September 25, 2017

Zika eradication programs seemed to be working. That was before Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria wrecked infrastructures in Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico. Now, all three regions are water-logged mosquito nurseries, and Puerto Rico may not have basic services for months. That means that mosquito control efforts will suffer.

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The Two-Fold Importance of the Super-Food Coffee

September 18, 2017

As hurricanes go, Irma wasn’t that bad. Though the eye of storm passed close to my home in Naples, Florida, I was never very worried. Flooding is the killer, not wind, and I’m not on the beach. What worried me was that I might run out of coffee in the aftermath.

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Japan’s Economic Sun May Rise Again Thanks to Anti-Aging Medicine

September 11, 2017

The Japanese people are well-educated and industrious. In the 1960s, Japan’s economic growth rate was often over 10%, rising to an astounding 13%. By the 1980s, pundits and economists were telling us that the US should be copying Japanese economic policies. I knew people who studied Japanese because they were convinced that it would be the international language of business.

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Caution: Caution Can Kill You

August 28, 2017

One of the most encouraging trends in health care is the emergence of the “Right to Try” movement. This is an effort to change FDA policies that keep dying patients from getting access to investigational drugs. These are drugs that have gone through initial safety studies but not the entire series of clinical trials.

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