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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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Why Pokémon Go Is a Healthcare and Economic Breakthrough

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.

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AI Will Help Us Find the Key to Immortality

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.

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History’s Biggest Breakthrough in Anti-Aging Medicine

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.

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Brexit: A Logical Genetic Outcome

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?

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