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Better Than The Borg: The Neurotech Era

Better Than The Borg: The Neurotech Era | Longevity science | Scoop.it

What if you could read my mind? What if I could beam what I’m seeing, hearing, and thinking, straight to you, and vice versa? What if an implant could store your memories, augment them, and make you smarter?

 

Long the stuff of science fiction, technology that can directly tap into, augment, and connect human brains is becoming science fact. And that means big changes for all of us.

 

 

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Sight, hearing, motion, memory-- we have made many advances in human hacking already. What's next?

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Correcting faulty DNA: stronger bodies, smarter minds, longer lives

Correcting faulty DNA: stronger bodies, smarter minds, longer lives | Longevity science | Scoop.it
What if you could improve your memory, become smarter and stronger, and live in an ageless disease-free body – just by taking a pill?

 

Though this may sound like the stuff of science fiction, experts are developing a better understanding of our genetic mysteries, including the powerful influence that DNA wields on our lives. It's becoming clear that cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity; most mental disorders, and many other ailments, could all be the result of a clash between genes we inherited from our past, and today's modern environment.

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Crumpled graphene and rubber combined to form artificial muscle

Crumpled graphene and rubber combined to form artificial muscle | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Engineers at Duke University have now found that by attaching graphene to a stretchy polymer film, they are able to crumple and then unfold the material, resulting in a properties that lend it to a broader range of applications, including artificial muscles.

 

 

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Understanding bat evolution could lead to new treatments for viruses and aging

Understanding bat evolution could lead to new treatments for viruses and aging | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Scientists believe the genes of virus-resistant and long-living wild bats might hold clues to treating cancer and infectious diseases in humans.

 

The theory is that when bats started flying millions of years ago, something changed in their DNA that provides resistance to viruses and helps give them a relatively long life. The researchers hope a better understanding of bat evolution could lead to new treatments for disease and aging in humans.

 

 

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Rice-Cell Cocktail Tough on Cancer Cells, Nice to Normal Cells

Rice-Cell Cocktail Tough on Cancer Cells, Nice to Normal Cells | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Juice from rice cells can knock out two kinds of human cancer cells as well or better than the potent anti-cancer drug Taxol, a Michigan Technological University scientist has discovered in laboratory tests. Plus, it does something Taxol can’t do: it plays nice with normal cells.

 

 

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Yearly payments to Canada's doctors exceeds $20B: report

Yearly payments to Canada's doctors exceeds $20B: report | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Canada's doctors are paid more than $20 billion overall a year, making physicians' services the third largest component of health-care spending after hospitals and drugs, a report released Tuesday says.
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‘Feel-good’ food may be addictive, though direct evidence has not been found

‘Feel-good’ food may be addictive, though direct evidence has not been found | Longevity science | Scoop.it

High levels of sugar, fat and salt, and various flavors and food additives might actually hijack the pathways of the brain in ways that are similar to opiates and other drugs.

The evidence suggests that sugar in particular stimulates a greater release of chemicals in the brain — including dopamine, the “pleasure molecule” — than releases triggered by, say, fruit and vegetables. Over time, the brain’s circuitry might become rewired to produce less dopamine in response to high-calorie, flavor-enhanced foods.

 

 

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Free Video: Be Your Own Health Detective, Larry Smarr

Measure the state of your body and “tune” it. The “patient of the future” measures both external and internal variables. Used to measure weight only, then blood variables, then SNPs (partial genome), then full genome. Critical to track and reduce inflammation.

 

 

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"Dr. Spindler presentation at the European Aging Conference video: Metoprolol identified as a life extending drug"

Metoprolol had already been identified by me as a life extending drug based on two human RCTs which reported mortality reductions in hypertensives that exceeded the standard mortality rate, as well as the control groups. PMID: 3293400, PMID: 1682683. 

 

There is no indication that these hypertensives should have mortality rates better than the general population, therefore the bettering of the standard mortality rates makes these drugs anti-aging.

 

THE BENEFIT IS ABOUT 45% EQUALING BETTER THAN A SIX YEAR LIFE EXTENSION FOR HUMANS

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Viagra could prove useful in the fight against obesity

Viagra could prove useful in the fight against obesity | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Researchers from the University of Bonn have treated mice with Viagra and discovered that the drug converts white fat cells (those unwanted denizens of the belly and similar swollen regions) into beige fat cells. Instead of storing excess energy, these recently discovered beige fat cells burn the energy from ingested food and convert it to heat. Viagra also appears (at least in mice) to decrease the risk of other complications caused by obesity.

 

 

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New device tests multiple chemotherapy drugs in a patient's living tumor

New device tests multiple chemotherapy drugs in a patient's living tumor | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Seattle’s Presage Biosciences has developed a device which introduces small amounts of different chemotherapy drugs into a patient's tumor. The tumor is inspected after removal and the most effective of the drugs are used for post-surgical chemotherapy, resulting in more efficient, personalized cancer treatments. The new device is awaiting FDA approval, but is currently being used to facilitate development of new chemotherapy drugs.

One of the largest challenges faced by oncologists is finding an effective treatment for a particular patient that doesn’t cause the patient undue suffering.

 

 

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Firefly gene makes mice glow to track cancer and aging in real time | KurzweilAI

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have developed a strain of mice that turns on a gene from fireflies to provide a visual indication of aging and tumor growth in mice. The mice light up whenever another mouse gene, p16INK4a (p16) is is activated (in cells undergoing senescence, the p16 gene is switched on).

 

 

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All-metal hip implants can damage soft tissue: FDA

Metal-on-metal hip implants can cause soft-tissue damage and pain, which could lead to further surgery to replace the implant, the U.S. health regulator said, following several recalls of the artificial hip parts.

All-metal hip implants were developed to be more durable than traditional implants but have become a major cause of concern following several safety issues and user discomforts.

 

 

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Big medical data | KurzweilAI

Big medical data | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Recent new research has the potential to reshape medicine and health care through new scientific knowledge, novel treatments and products, better management of medical data, and improvements in health-care delivery.

 

At the end of 2012, the National Public Radio show “Fresh Air” featured a segment in which its linguistics commentator argued that “big data” should be the word of the year.

 

 

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Ray Kurzweil Says We’re Going to Live Forever

Ray Kurzweil Says We’re Going to Live Forever | Longevity science | Scoop.it

As a futurist, you are famous for making predictions of when technological innovations will actually occur. Are you willing to predict the year you will die?


My plan is to stick around. We’ll get to a point about 15 years from now where we’re adding more than a year every year to your life expectancy.

 

 

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Active Desk lets you burn calories while checking your email

Active Desk lets you burn calories while checking your email | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Many of us sit at a desk for extended periods each day – and that has doctors worried. Researchers are beginning to understand the associated health risks triggered by sitting for long durations, and suggest that people need to stand up, walk, and generally be more active throughout their day.

 

One way to get more exercise might be to try out the Active Desk, which combines a recumbent exercise bike with a work desk, allowing you to leisurely pedal off the pounds throughout the day.

 

 

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Patients and handicapped users test new mind-controlled tech | KurzweilAI

Patients and handicapped users test new mind-controlled tech | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Brain-computer interface allows patient to move his paralyzed arm with his mind (credit: ) More than 100 patients or handicapped users have voluntarily
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Caloric restriction has a protective effect on chromosomes

Caloric restriction has a protective effect on chromosomes | Longevity science | Scoop.it

According to a study carried out by a team led by María Blasco, the director of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) and head of the Telomeres and Telomerase Group, a sustained lowering of food intake over time results in an increase of telomere length -- the ends of chromosomes -- in adult mice, which has a protective effect on the DNA and genetic material.

 

 

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Caloric restriction is step 6 of the Transcend program. Moderate CR (10%) is manageable and easier to sustain over the long term.

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How to kill lymphoma cancer cells without chemotherapy | KurzweilAI

How to kill lymphoma cancer cells without chemotherapy | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Northwestern Medicine researchers have developed a nanoparticle that attacks a cancerous lymphoma cell by mimicking HDL.(high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, an essential nutrient for the cell.

 

The nanoparticle tricks the cell by blocking cholesterol from entering the cell. Deprived of an essential nutrient, the cell eventually dies.

 

 

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Nanobubbles used to kill and treat different cells at the same time

Nanobubbles used to kill and treat different cells at the same time | Longevity science | Scoop.it

U.S. scientists are developing a technique that will target and kill cancer cells while simultaneously treating others in the same sample. Centered on fine-tuning the use of cancer destroying nanobubbles, the research holds promise for treating cancer patients in a way that’s far more targeted than chemotherapy.

 

 

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Biomarker Test Next Step for New Mesothelioma Drug

Biomarker Test Next Step for New Mesothelioma Drug | Longevity science | Scoop.it

A company that makes stem cell-focused treatments for cancer has taken an important step closer to testing a promising new mesothelioma drug.

The biopharmaceutical company Verastem, Inc. specializes in agents that destroy cancer by killing cancer stem cells.

 

 

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Qualcomm funds study of bloodstream sensors, app-enabled genetic tests | mobihealthnews

Qualcomm funds study of bloodstream sensors, app-enabled genetic tests | mobihealthnews | Longevity science | Scoop.it

The Qualcomm Foundation announced this week that it had awarded the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) $3.75 million to fund clinical trials focused on wireless biosensor systems, rapid pharmacogenomic diagnostic tests, and apps and embedded sensors for tracking and predicting heart attacks, Type 1 diabetes and some types of cancer. The monies will help fund three years of research focused on wireless health.

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Avoiding Common Vegetarian and Vegan Dietary Deficiencies

Avoiding Common Vegetarian and Vegan Dietary Deficiencies | Longevity science | Scoop.it
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There are many myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings when it comes to the nutritional health of those consuming a vegetarian or vegan diet. In essence, all vitamins and minerals necessary for the human body to be healthy and vibrant can be found from natural, non-animal sources; however certain nutrients are more difficult to source due to the production methods of modern food.

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While there are many myths about the Vegetarian and the Vegan diet, it is possible to get all the necessary nutrients that the body needs. It is possible to gather the nutrients the body needs by combining certain foods together or eating more of one specific food. Vegetarians need to be careful when eating processed foods, because some of the nutrients can get taken out during processing. In being a Vegetarian for almost two years I need to start opening my resources and look for ways to get he nutrients my body needs in order to make sure I stay healthy.

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Framingham data adds to ‘accumulating evidence’ for lycopene’s heart health benefits

Framingham data adds to ‘accumulating evidence’ for lycopene’s heart health benefits | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Increased intakes of lycopene are associated with a reduction in the incidence of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease, says a new study from Tufts and Boston University.
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Sierra Sciences, LLC - Cure Aging or Die Trying

Sierra Sciences, LLC - Cure Aging or Die Trying | Longevity science | Scoop.it

The root cause of aging is very straightforward: we age because our cells age.

In 1961, Leonard Hayflick, a researcher at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, discovered that there was a limit to the number of times a human cell could divide.1 After about 70 divisions, a cell derived from embryonic tissue enters a stage where its ability to divide slows and eventually stops. This stage is called cellular senescence. Hayflick also observed that the number of times a cell could divide was governed by the age of the cells: cells from a twenty-year-old could divide more times than cells from a fifty-year-old, which in turn would divide more times than cells from a ninety-year-old.

 

 

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An interesting discussion on telomerase and aging. We are not yet sure whether attempting to increase telomere length, particularly with current available methods, is the answer to aging. There is some indication that cancer can be triggered by these efforts.

 

The research is promising, but we cannot yet recommend the therapies.

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