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Current Healthcare System: The Cost Problem
Total healthcare spending in the United States is expected to reach $4.8 trillion in 2021, up from $2.6 trillion in 2010 and $75 billion in 1970. To put it in context, this means that health care spending will account for nearly twenty percent of gross domestic product (GDP), or one-fifth of the U.S. economy, by 2021.

Rising healthcare costs are a global issue, and we may be able to avert this disaster by investing in medicine that prevents the damages of aging. View the infographic, and read about the healthcare crisis in America at Forbes

Five Quick Reads
Ageing Isn’t Fixed – We Can Manipulate It To Live Longer

Ageing is a decrease in viability and an increase in vulnerability. It means your capacity to respond to external stresses, and to function, decreases, making you more vulnerable to diseases. The thing with ageing, of course, is that it entails different levels – molecular, cellular, hormonal and physiological -- different organs and different systems in the body, which makes it very complex and relatively difficult to study.  In this excellent essay, Dr. Magalhaes describes our success in manipulating ageing in various animals, and how this could foretell longer and healthier lives for us. Read more
Everyday Drugs Could Give Extra Years Of Life

Millions of people are taking anti-ageing drugs every day – they just don't know it. Drugs to slow ageing sound futuristic but they already exist in the form of relatively cheap medicines that have been used for other purposes for decades. Now that their promise is emerging, some scientists have started using them off-label in the hope of extending lifespan – and healthspan. Read more
Paralyzed Rats Walk Again, Now Farther Than Ever

Like a severed telephone line, a spinal cord injury can cut off communication between the brain and the rest of the body -- leaving a victim unable to move some or all of his or her limbs. But over the past few years, scientists have begun to overcome some kinds of paralysis using epidural electrical stimulation, which helps paralyzed rats and people walk again. Read more
Find Cause Before Cure For Age-Related Disorders

A year after Google formed Calico in South San Francisco, Dr. Hal Barron, the company’s president of research and development and a former high-ranking executive at Roche and Genentech, said that scientists must identify and understand the underlying biology of age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s before finding a cure. He also mentioned that researchers must focus on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of a disease before developing possible treatments.
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The Downside of Antibiotics?

In addition to the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant bugs, there may be another reason doctors should refrain from freely prescribing antibiotics. According to a paper published online July 3, 2013 in Science Translational Medicine, certain antibiotics cause mammalian mitochondria to fail, which in turn leads to tissue damage. Read more
Upcoming Events
October 7-8, 2014, La Jolla, California - Stem Cell Meeting on the Mesa: 4th Annual Regenerative Medicine Partnering Forum

October 9, 2014, La Jolla, California - Stem Cell Meeting on the Mesa9th Annual Scientific Symposium

October 16-18, 2014, Seville, Spain9th European Congress on Biogerontology: International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics

October 16-19, 2014, San Antonio, Texas - 2014 San Antonio Nathan Shock Center Conference on Aging: “The Microbiome in Aging and Age-related Disease

November 5-9, 2014, Washington DC - Gerontological Society of America (GSA): 67th Annual Scientific Meeting
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This newsletter was created and edited by Avi Roy.

With help from Liz Parrish, Mallory E. McLaren and Sven Bulterijs

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