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Bill Gates's Better Toilet: His Foundation Seeks To Reinvent The Latrine

Bill Gates's Better Toilet: His Foundation Seeks To Reinvent The Latrine | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

You might not want to pack a picnic lunch for this summer event.

Researchers from China, Switzerland, Britain, the Netherlands, Canada and California have flocked to Seattle this week for the "Reinvent the Toilet Fair," a two-day showcase hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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The Role of Social Media in Clinical Trial Recruitment

Presentation at National Lipid Association Scientific Sessions, Philadelphia, May 2017

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How Social Media Can Boost Your Medical Site

How Social Media Can Boost Your Medical Site | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

In today’s world, more and more medical business owners are realizing that they can use social media platforms to share their brand with their target audiences. If this is your objective, now is the time to learn how you can use social media to boost performance and effectiveness of your medical site. Use the information found in this quick reference guide to get started:

 
Social Media Optimization (SMO) 101

Social media optimization (SMO) is a form of digital marketing that involves interfacing with prospective clients on key channels like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Yelp. One of the big benefits of this form of marketing is that it constitutes a more casual, relaxed way of communicating with members of your target audience. Learn more about some strategies you can deploy to reach your audience by reviewing the following information:

Facebook

Facebook is a huge social media platform where individuals can share basic information about themselves and connect with friends, family members, co-workers, and prospective customers. Many corporate leaders now maintain business pages that provide online audiences with key information about the value and purpose of their brand. Facebook contests are also effective methods of pushing your brand into the public eye. Participants share your posts with their friends and family in order to enter the contest, putting your practice or service at the forefront of their minds. By updating your page regularly and providing interesting, relevant content, you can keep participants up to date on your company through a fun, accessible format.

Twitter

Twitter is a social network that allows users to broadcast short, 140-character “tweets” to other members of their networks. These tweets can be about anything under the sun, and they can include videos and pictures in addition to text. Medical practitioners can send tweets with links to their service pages for the purpose of enhancing the brand recognition process while also improving their conversion rates. Meanwhile, the service provides a simple, casual platform for users to reach out to practices when they have a simple question. Just remember to respect patient privacy before speaking about potentially sensitive information.

Instagram

Instagram is a fun social media platform through which individuals can share pictures with friends, family, and business associates. Medical sites can use this platform to share photos of anything that can build your brand, including new company logos, pictures of outreach events, and acknowledgments of special occasions. Instagram can be used to help your audience experience your brand in a series of beautiful, exciting moments depicting the progress and evolution of your medical company.

Yelp

Yelp is an online site that consumers use to find local businesses by reading customer reviews. These reviews enable online audiences to discover what other people think about the quality of services and/or products provided by a specific business. One great way to make use of this platform is by encouraging satisfied patients to leave positive online reviews about your medical site. As noted in Search Engine Land, 88% of consumers now consider these online reviews to be just as credible as a personal recommendation from someone they know.

Evaluating Outcomes And Optimizing Your SMO Campaign

To help you determine what types of results your social media optimization campaign is yielding, consider using an executive dashboard solution. These dashboards provide business owners with accessible, easy-to-read visual representations of key business measurables that will empower managers to make prudent decisions regarding how to market their products and services. One of the great benefits of a dashboard is its ability to pull data from several sources into a single panel that you can analyze to better determine where to focus your social media efforts. Through the use of an executive dashboard, medical practice owners will be able to make revenue predictions and identify key regions for optimization.

If you’re serious about making your medical company as successful as possible, the consistent, customized use of social media optimization strategies can help you realize that goal. Perform the proper research and monitor your company’s results to see how your social media efforts are affecting your business. As you do so, you’ll be better prepared to target your social media marketing to better hit your target demographics and boost just how effective your medical site can be.


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Free Lecture: How to Eat Better and Live Longer~ by @lifeextension via @facebook

Be Our Guest!

Chef Shashank Agtey (the Sidewalk Chef) will be presenting on "How to Eat Better and Live Longer" as part of Life Extension's free monthly lecture series. He will share his passion for healthy eating and fitness, addressing what clean eating means, how you can easily prepare healthy meals, and proper nutrition for an active lifestyle. 

Indian-born Chef Agtey is a culinary expert and extraordinary athlete. An avid runner, Agtey has spent the last 45 years training and competing while honing his culinary skills as an executive chef at numerous establishments throughout South Florida. He is dedicated to leading, and helping others lead, a healthy and active lifestyle through better nutrition and mindful cooking. 

Chef Agtey recently developed an all-natural, clean energy bar system, Hop Step Jump Energy Bars. The bars are made using five “superfood” ingredients including bee pollen, maca powder, chia seeds, cardamom and beet powder. Chef Agtey is also in the process of developing a healthy meal prep service throughout South Florida.

Learn more about Chef Agtey at www.sidewalkchef.com and Hop Step Jump Energy Bars at www.hopstepjumpenergybars.com.

 

**** UPDATE: Chef Shashank will be offering food samples from his new, healthy meal prep service: Eat Clean Club! In addition, samples of his all-natural energy bars, Hop Step Jump Energy Bars, will be available to taste. Bring your appetite! ****

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Washington College Launches Cannabis Classes

Washington College Launches Cannabis Classes | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
Cannabis and Your Health is a five week course, covering topics such as the medical and health benefits of cannabis, current industry research, & more
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Testing For C-reactive Protein May Save Your Life - Life Extension

Testing For C-reactive Protein May Save Your Life - Life Extension | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

Have you had your CRP levels tested? You should—because this simple blood test might just save your life.

C-reactive protein, or CRP, has long been used as a marker of inflammation in the body.1 High CRP levels are found in practically every known inflammatory state. Even if you have no symptoms of disease, elevated CRP levels may signal an increased risk for practically all degenerative disorders, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and more.2-6

Now, it turns out that CRP is more than just a marker of inflammation—it is also a cause of inflammation.7

Knowing your CRP status puts you in an enviable position. If it is elevated, you can take proactive steps to lower it, thereby slashing your risk of a long list of disorders related to chronic inflammation.

What Is CRP?

C-reactive protein (CRP) is manufactured throughout the body, especially by immune cells, the liver, and by adipocytes (fat cells).8 During the early phase of an inflammatory stimulus (such as infection or tissue injury) CRP levels rise dramatically.

CRP is an incredibly sensitive and robust “marker” of general inflammation.10 It’s used to track the progress of chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, or inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease.11-13 In those cases, increased symptoms accompanied by a rise in CRP signals a “flare” of the disease, and indicates the need to provide anti-inflammatory therapy.

More recently, however, CRP has been recognized as an active cause of inflammation in addition to simply being a marker of inflammation. 7 This important discovery opened the door for additional ways to fight chronic inflammation.

When CRP binds to specific molecules in the body, it participates in rapidly raising the production of inflammatory signaling molecules called cytokines and other inflammatory mediators.14 This is a healthy function of acute inflammation because it helps speed up the race to the scene of any damage, and quickly destroys invading organisms.15

However, when CRP rises unchecked, it can contribute to destructive chronic inflammation.

It is easy to see why Big Pharma is now hotly pursuing CRP-inhibiting drugs.16 Fortunately, there are a number of methods that lower CRP by changing the underlying conditions that cause it to rise.

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Topical Protection Against Skin Aging and Cancer - Life Extension

Topical Protection Against Skin Aging and Cancer - Life Extension | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
Commercial sunscreens are loaded with chemicals that may increase skin cancer rates! Safer sunscreens are now available to block the full spectrum of harmful solar radiation and provide botanical extracts to impede ultraviolet skin aging.
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Testing For C-reactive Protein May Save Your Life - Life Extension

Testing For C-reactive Protein May Save Your Life - Life Extension | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
Once considered only a marker for inflammation, C-reactive Protein (CRP) now turns out to be a cause of inflammation and associated diseases. A simple CRP blood test can help lower one’s risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
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Hollywood Mystic Fair Saturday, April 9 from 11-4pm at Perpetual Life, Hollywood.

Hollywood Mystic Fair Saturday, April 9 from 11-4pm at Perpetual Life, Hollywood. | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

Join us for the 1st Annual Hollywood Mystic Fair! Get inspire with Visionairy Consultant, Rajiv Sankarlall! Listen to Faerie Elaine Silver brings magic, light and love to this festival as she continues her reign as 'Folk Music Queen of New Jersey! Live painting by world renowned artist, Anibal Fernandez! and lots more!!!
FREE event for attendees. Door prizes!
Exhibitors: $50 per table or in kind donation. Please contact Tonya Scholz socialchats@gmail.com

 
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RAAD Fest 2016 Started a Revolution

RAAD Fest 2016 was the largest ever gathering of radical life extension enthusiasts. The biggest initiative of the Coalition for Radical Life Extension
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Could young blood revive memory in the aging brain?

Could young blood revive memory in the aging brain? | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

A new study hints that young blood may harbor clues to a “fountain of youth” for older brains.

Researchers say blood from human umbilical cords appears to have helped reverse memory loss in aging mice.

The findings suggest that something in young blood is important in maintaining mental acuity.

 

No one, however, is saying that cord blood could be a magic bullet against Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

For one, any effects seen in elderly rodents may fail to translate to humans.

Instead, the findings might set the stage for new drugs that target the dementia process, said study lead author Joseph Castellano. He’s an instructor in neurology at Stanford University School of Medicine.

“Part of what makes this exciting is that it suggests there’s more communication between the blood and brain than we’ve thought,” Castellano said.

The study builds on earlier work by the same Stanford team. There, the researchers found that old lab mice benefited from infusions of plasma (the liquid portion of blood) from young mice.

Specifically, the old mice showed improvements in learning and memory. This was measured by the ability to accomplish tasks like navigating a maze or building a nest.

The aim of the new study, Castellano said, was to see whether injections of human plasma given to mice could have similar effects.

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Bill Faloon speaking on Age Reversal and RAAD Fest 2016 videos

Bill Faloon speaking on Age Reversal and RAAD Fest 2016 videos | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

You are invited to meet Mr. Bill Faloon, a local celebrity and a global guru of anti aging, health & wellness and age reversal. He will give a presentation on the highlights of the the RAAD Festival in San Diego last year (at which nearly 1000 people attended which is considered the largest age reversal event of it's kind the world has ever seen) and...briefly talk about the RAAD Fest 2017.

Come early (doors open at 6 pm) and enjoy snacks and conversation. Afterwards you may speak with Bill personally, and enjoy conversations with many other people with interests in health and Unlimited Life Spans. There will be no charge to attend.

If you intend to come, please RSVP so that we may be prepared for you. You may RSVP to Neal@ChurchOfPerpetualLife.org

This event is FREE, but we do need to know how many people to expect, in order to be prepared for your arrival.

Please note that the services are usually available on YouTube immediately afterwards.

We are located in Hollywood Fl:

The I-95 exits are Sheridan or Hollywood Blvd.
We are 1 block west of US-1 at 19th street and McKinley.

To watch the Live Streaming or see videos of past presentations, visit our YouTube channel, easily accessible through the website,www.Perpetual.Life and you will find the links in the upper left corner.

Perpetual Life is a science-based church that is open to people of all faiths & belief systems. We are non-denominational and non-judgmental and we are a central gathering place for Transhumanists. What brings us together is our common belief and desire for Unlimited Life Spans.

We hold faith in the technologies and discoveries of humanity to END AGING and defeat involuntary death within our lifetime.
Directions: We are between Taft Street & Johnson Street at
1855 McKinley Street Hollywood From Ft. Lauderdale, take I-95 to Sheridan Street (exit 21), drive East to US-1, Federal Highway, then drive South to McKinley St., then go West one block to the Church which is located on the corner of McKinley & 19th Ave. From Miami, take I-95 to Hollywood Blvd, east to US-1, north to McKinley and west one block to the church on the right.
Free Off Street Parking.

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When Caring for a Person Who Has Dementia, Viciously Affects You

When Caring for a Person Who Has Dementia, Viciously Affects You | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
When someone you know suffers from dementia and you currently feel sad, alone, despaired, or even angry, guilty, and hopeless, you should know that in the face
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April 22nd, 2017: Heal the Planet Day - Heal The Planet

April 22nd, 2017: Heal the Planet Day - Heal The Planet | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
Heal the Planet Day celebrates  Earth Day by bringing together the South Florida community for a day of excitement and fun, family friendly activities. There is a focus on learning how to work together to make a difference locally to  build a healthy, sustainable planet! Admission is FREE for the General Public.    Activities include: “The Farmer …
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The Weird Business Behind a Trendy "Anti-Aging" Pill

The Weird Business Behind a Trendy "Anti-Aging" Pill | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

A RENOWNED MIT aging scientist as cofounder. Not one, not two, but *six *Nobel prize laureates as scientific advisors. Oh, and a product that could just maybe help you stay feeling young. It’s no wonder the dietary supplement company Elysium has attracted attention in an industry not exactly known for scientific rigor. And while Elysium is careful to tout “cellular health” rather than explicit claims about anti-aging—the company’s image is all about scientific rigor—headlines have been quicker to make the leap.

One of the main ingredients in Elysium’s supplement, Basis, is a chemical called nicotinamide riboside. It has, in fact, shown promise making mice healthier. No research has shown it to be effective in humans—a fact that Elysium’s cofounders will readily admit. But they’re also out to prove that NR isn’t just snake oil. “We’ve stressed with this company that it is going to be science-based,” says Leonard Guarente, the MIT researcher who cofounded Elysium with former tech investors Eric Marcotulli and Dan Alminana.

And so Elysium is currently running a human trial to suss out the effect of NR in older adults. Not that the company is waiting for those results. It’s already touting NR’s benefits for DNA repair and energy, which is perfectly legal under the Food and Drug Administration’s (loose, sketchy) rules about dietary supplements. You can say almost anything you want as long as the claims aren’t about specific diseases.

As others have pointed out, Elysium’s supplements business is a savvy way of sidestepping the FDA’s more onerous regulations around drugs. The agency doesn’t even consider aging a disease. Why make a costly, time-consuming bet on FDA approval when you can start selling supplements for $50 a month right away?

But another company, ChromaDex, actually is interested in getting FDA approval for NR right now. It wouldn’t be an anti-aging drug—again, aging isn’t a disease—but would instead get approved to treat a rare, genetic disease in kids called Cockayne syndrome … which, yes, has symptoms that look a lot like premature aging. The disease is rare enough that ChromaDex is hoping for an orphan drug designation, a fast track to approval for medicines aimed at diseases that affect very few people.

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Magnesium Deficiency Increases Insulin Resistance - Life Extension

Magnesium Deficiency Increases Insulin Resistance - Life Extension | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

Magnesium is a mineral involved in over 300 metabolic processes in the body.

Most Americans do not obtain enough magnesium from dietary sources,1 which may contribute to a variety of chronic diseases.2-4

There is a lack of involvement from the medical community in recommending magnesium. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA) concluded that:

“…results of this study indicate that a significant number of patients with serum magnesium abnormalities are clinically unrecognized and demonstrate the efficacy of routine serum magnesium measurements.”5

A deficit of magnesium can lead to migraines,6-8 bone loss,9 stroke,10-12 heart disease,13,14 and many other illnesses.

What has excited researchers is the role that magnesium can play to decrease the risk factors for type II diabetes.

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Joel K. Kahn, MD, FACC Professor of Medicine, Wayne State University, and author of The Whole Heart Solution 

Joel K. Kahn, MD, FACC Professor of Medicine, Wayne State University, and author of The Whole Heart Solution  | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

Every year or so, it seems like medicine opens a new front in the battle against heart disease, one that will supposedly turn the tide against the leading cause of mortality among American adults. It might be a new device, new and better pharmaceuticals, more advanced diagnostics, or a new surgical approach.

Yet no matter how much hope greets these new developments, cardiovascular disease continues its deadly rampage through the American population, killing more than 600,000 people every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why?

Cardiologist Joel K. Kahn, MD, FACC, thinks he has the answer.

“We have stalled in the fight against heart disease,” he says. “We aren’t addressing many of the underlying causes of heart disease. The current model is not addressing nutrition, supplements, or lifestyle.”

Instead of waiting for mainstream cardiology to catch up to the available research, Dr. Kahn has forged ahead, building a thriving medical practice and web of supportive programs that he says can help patients reverse heart disease and reduce arterial age.

His book, The Whole Heart Solution, lays out more than 70 heart-healthy steps everyone can take to reduce their risk of cardiac disease. This program was adapted into a 2016 PBS special that aired across the country on Thanksgiving weekend.

“My program is built around the idea that cardiovascular disease progresses silently and can be reversed,” he said. “It’s been very well received.”

Dr. Kahn’s transformation into “America’s Heart Healthy Doc” was no accident—it began a decade ago, when he “got fidgety” in his practice.

“I was doing the same five things over and over,” he says. “I knew there was more.”

Before long, he had subscribed to Life Extension Magazine® and launched himself down the road to becoming one of America’s leading integrative cardiologists. Along the way, he became one of the first cardiologists in the country to complete coursework on integrative cardiovascular medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M).

Today, he is continuing his push to prevent one million heart attacks by spreading the word that blood vessel disease is not an “inevitable” part of aging and that it can be reversed.

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Do You Suffer From Suboptimal Thyroid Function? via Life Extension

Do You Suffer From Suboptimal Thyroid Function? via Life Extension | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
Do you regularly experience unexplained fatigue, depression or anxiety, dry skin, feeling cold, or brain fog? These symptoms may be the warning signs of suboptimal thyroid function.
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A little cannabis every day might keep brain ageing at bay

A little cannabis every day might keep brain ageing at bay | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
A mouse study suggests marijuana may have the opposite effect on older people than it has on the young, boosting learning and memory instead of impairing it
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Counter the Adverse Health Effects of Pollution - Life Extension

Counter the Adverse Health Effects of Pollution - Life Extension | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
According to MIT researchers, air pollution is responsible for as many as 200,000 premature deaths a year. Scientists have identified specific nutrients that can inhibit the harmful effects of pollutants and help remove them from the body.
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Innovative Genetic Testing to Avoid Dangerous Risk Factors - Life Extension

Innovative Genetic Testing to Avoid Dangerous Risk Factors - Life Extension | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

LE: Last month you discussed the innovative neurotransmitter testing Life Extension® just introduced to customers. Are there other new tests?

Dr Fogle: Yes. Recently we partnered with a new company that provides access to cancer genetic testing. This test, called the DNA Genetic Cancer Risk Profile enables you to obtain information that creates an analysis of your predisposition or risk factors for cancer. Significant advances in technology have recently dropped the price of genetic testing, making it much more affordable for cancer screening of mutations related to cancer risk.

LE: What sort of information does this new panel tell us?

Dr Fogle: It analyzes an astonishing 98 genes from your DNA across 25 known hereditary cancer markers. The test uses next generation sequencing for precision and requires only a saliva sample. For example, if you inherited a mutation from one of your parents, you might have a greater risk of getting cancer, getting it earlier in life, and that cancer may be more aggressive. Genetic testing helps a person understand their individual risk and allows for creation of a more targeted health plan to reduce that risk. It can also help focus the frequency of your cancer screening. Those with increased colorectal cancer risk would likely want to increase the frequency of colonoscopies, do more frequent fecal occult blood tests, eliminate grilled and high temperature cooked meats, take targeted supplements to support colon health, increase exercise and so on. Again, I want to stress that having a mutation does not mean you will get that cancer, it just increases the probability of you getting that cancer. The good news is there are many interventions that can help reduce that increased probability.

LE: Does this new cancer test include looking for mutations in breast cancer risk like the BRAC1 and BRAC2?

Dr Fogle: Yes it does! Those are critical cancer genes related to breast cancer, but also ovarian, pancreatic and prostate cancer, and they are included in our new DNA Cancer Risk Test.

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Vietnam third most expensive country to buy Starbucks: survey

Vietnam third most expensive country to buy Starbucks: survey | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

Vietnam is among the top three most expensive countries to sip a Starbucks, compared to the U.S. coffeehouse chain’s home country, a survey finds.

Financial research group ValuePenguin studied the price of a small, or ‘tall’ as Starbucks names it, cup of latte in 39 countries to pinpoint where the drink is the biggest extravagance.

To evaluate the information, data gathered in the local currency was converted to a dollar value reflective of the purchasing power within each of the countries covered, according to the company.

The study eventually found that Vietnam is among four Southeast Asian countries where a Starbucks latte costs three times more than in the U.S.

“Southeast Asia is the standout region - where buying a small latte would be akin to paying $4.70-$8.20 in the U.S, reflecting how Starbucks lattes are marketed as a luxurious indulgence here,” the U.S. research firm said in an email on Friday.

The average cost of a tall latte in the U.S is $2.75, which ValuePenguin says is “pricier than a regular cup of coffee… but less costly than a meal or an alcoholic drink when ordered out.”

In all 39 countries analyzed by ValuePenguin, the relative cost of a tall latte is higher than in the U.S., and the variation among the markets is significant.

In some countries, a latte hits the wallet only a little harder than in the U.S., particularly in the froth-friendly nations of Australia, the U.K., New Zealand, and Canada, where Starbucks represents something less than a big indulgence, the company said in a report.

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Aging may be slowed with the natural compound rapamycin | EmaxHealth

Aging may be slowed with the natural compound rapamycin | EmaxHealth | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

Researchers at Oregon State University say the natural compound rapamycin may help slow down aging.

Since the beginning of civilization it appears people have been searching for ways to slow down or even stop the process of aging. It appears a natural compound called rapamycin may slow down the aging process.

 

Rapamycin has unusual properties which may help with neurologic damage

Oregon State University reported the natural compound rapamycin may help slow down aging. According to researchers at Oregon State University rapamycin has unusual properties which may help with neurologic damage such as seen with Alzheimer’s disease.

Viviana Perez, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics in OSU’s College of Science, says this could offer a new therapeutic approach to dealing with neurologic disease. Perez has an expertise in the biological processes of aging and she is an investigator in the Linus Pauling Institute.

 

The value of rapamycin is associated with what happens with cellular senescence

Perez says the value of rapamycin is associated with what happens with cellular senescence. This is a stage which cells reach as they age and they no longer proliferate. At this stage cells start to secrete damaging substances which cause inflammation. It appears that rapamycin helps to stop this process.

A toxic environment is created by the secretion of damaging compounds during senescence. It seems that the cellular microenvironment is disrupted by this and the ability of adjacent cells to function normally is changed therefore undermining their structure and function. This is the overall process which is associated with aging.

Due to the cellular senescence which is associated with aging the stage is set for an increased risk of a large variety of degenerative diseases. These diseases include heart disease, cancer, diabetes and neurologic disease, including dementia or Alzheimer’s. In lab animals when senescent cells are cleared out they live longer and suffer from fewer diseases. Rapamycin has been observed to have similar effects.

Rapamycin is a natural compound which was first found in the soils of Easter Island in the South Pacific Ocean. In laboratory mice which have been given rapamycin greater fitness, not as much decrease in activity with age, better cognition and cardiovascular health, not as much cancer, and a longer life have been observed.

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Giving young blood to older animals raises tantalizing possibilities for people

Giving young blood to older animals raises tantalizing possibilities for people | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

Dracula may have been on to something. It wasn’t just blood, but the blood of youth that was the secret to staying alive for centuries.

The rejuvenating effect of young blood has been demonstrated in strange, draculoid experiments first done 150 years ago. Two genetically compatible animals, one young and one old, are sewn together. With their circulatory systems connected, the old animal gains access not only to the younger animal’s blood but also to the detoxifying and metabolizing function of its organs. The state is known as heterochronic parabiosis.

In a paper published in 2014, researchers at Harvard University’s Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology described the results of connecting two-month-old mice to 15-month-old mice. (The average life span of the animals is 27 months.)

After attachment, the number of neural stem cells and the number of new olfactory cells in the smell center of the old animals’ brains increased. Those animals were also able to detect odors at lower concentration — evidence that the changes had a practical effect.

Interestingly, the younger animals were largely unchanged by the procedure unless they were attached to very old (21-month-old) animals. In that case, neurogenesis — the growth of new neurons — in the young animals’ brains declined, suggesting there was a toxic effect from the old blood.

 

Neurogenesis, however, wasn’t the only thing happening in the old animals’ brains. Heterochronic parabiosis also caused new blood vessels to sprout, restoring a more youthful blood flow to the brain. (The researchers gave the mice MRI scans to show that.)

The Harvard researchers showed that many of the effects they saw were attributable to a growth factor called GDF11, which is in higher concentration in young blood than in old blood. Solitary old mice given daily shots of GDF11 experienced growth of brain cells and improvement in circulation (although not to the degree of the surgically attached animals).

That wasn’t all that GDF11 did. It also enhanced the ability of damaged muscle to repair itself, improved exercise capacity in old mice and reversed the stiffening of the heart that comes with age. The research team wrote, with notable understatement, that its findings “should encourage further investigation of its therapeutic potential for a variety of age-related diseases.”

So why aren’t people lining up to get infusions of young blood?

Actually, they are. Sort of. Since September, a company named Ambrosia has been enrolling people age 35 and older to receive two liters of plasma from young people. To date, 61 people have signed up and paid $8,000 for the service. Most are in their 60s; the oldest is 92. The average age of the plasma donors is 19.

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Hungry stomach hormone promotes growth of new brain cells

Hungry stomach hormone promotes growth of new brain cells | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
Some people say that fasting makes them feel mentally sharper. The hunger hormone ghrelin may be why – and it may protect against Parkinson’s disease
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Ken Fisher - Heal The Planet

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Ken Fisher - Founder

Kenneth Fisher began his entrepreneurial career with an ice cream business at the early age of 17. His business interests have spanned multiple industries including retail, telecommunications, and real estate and his drive and passion have led to numerous successes, including founding the tenth largest paging carrier in the United States. Ken is currently an investor in a number of different businesses and real estate ventures around the country. He has owned and managed both residential and commercial properties for over 35 years in New York, California and Florida, purchasing his first 4 properties at the age of 19.

Ken has been a philanthropist for most of his adult life and has used his business acumen to assist with fundraising efforts on behalf of many charities including City of Hope, Joint Distribution Committee, Kids in Distress, JAFCO, and Jewish Family Services. This past year Ken realized his dream of over 25 years and launched Heal The Planet, an online community and educational fund dedicated to improving life on the planet through educating, inspiring and empowering our children. 

Similar to Aristotle and many other philosophers, Ken believes in the concept of entelechy, the idea that everything in the universe has an innate ‘possibility’ held within, just like a seed, and that potential needs only a supportive environment to be fully expressed. Through Heal the Planet’s SEED Project, Ken’s goal is to nurture the possibilities within the next generation of humans bringing long lasting and positive change to how humans operate in their daily lives as well as to the health of the planet and all it’s inhabitants as a whole. He believes that when we act consciously and creatively and think outside the box  we can educate, inspire, and empower the world’s population to make a difference in the most profound ways. He believes there is true abundance on this planet and more than enough to go around.

Ken is acutely aware of the power of commerce. He believes we vote on how we want life to go by making conscious choices in how we spend our money. How and what products get made affect not only the people that are purchasing these products but every other living creature on this planet. Ultimately, what we choose to do or buy today has a direct impact on the planet’s sustainability and what we leave behind for future generations. Healing can occur when individuals take responsibility for their everyday choices. Ken lives this vision through his relentless personal growth, eco-conscious lifestyle, and philanthropic community involvement.  

 

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