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The Longevity Reporter: The Weekly Newsletter About Aging (subscribe to the newsletter)
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U.S. has the Most Expensive, Least Effective Health Care System

A recent report highlights that the United States ranks dead last in the quality of its health-care system when compared with ten other western, industrialized nations -- the same spot it occupied in four previous studies by the same organization. Not only did the U.S. fail to move up between 2004 and 2014, as other nations did with concerted effort and significant reforms, but it maintained this dubious distinction while spending far more per capita ($8,508 USD) on healthcare than Norway ($5,669 USD), which has the second most expensive system.

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Five Quick Reads

The Need to Promote Research of Aging and Aging-related Diseases as a Way to Improve Health of the Global Elderly Population

Degenerative aging processes and associated diseases are the gravest challenge to global public health. Aging-related degenerative processes do not necessarily cause a particular disease but instead combine to produce a large set of non-communicable chronic diseases.  Accordingly, degenerative aging processes are the major underlying cause of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cancer, ischemic heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, etc. Read more to find out how we can tackle this problem.

Enjoy Those Games, But DIY Brain Training Won’t Make Your Brain Feel Young Again

Publishing a large review of 52 brain training studies in Plos Medicine, University of Sydney researchers found a lack of support existed for the idea that playing brain training games alone on your computer could sharpen your noggin. But it wasn't all bad news: the researchers also discovered that brain training in groups — like at a "brain gym" with a trained supervisor — showed encouraging results. Read more

Biotechnology - A Fanciful Approach at Curing Aging

Admittedly, technologies based on stem cells, genetic engineering or tissue engineering may eventually have considerable impact in alleviating certain diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, or dementia. However, biogerontologist Dr. Marios Kyriazis suggests that these rejuvenation biotechnologies cannot yet be used by the general public at large in order to meaningfully negate the ageing process itself. Read more 
Nano-daisies Can Kill Cancer

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a potential new weapon in the fight against cancer: a daisy-shaped drug carrier that’s many thousands of times smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.  Once injected into the bloodstream, millions of these nano-daisies sneak inside cancer cells and release a cocktail of drugs to destroy them from within. The approach is more precise than conventional methods, and it may also prove more effective. Read more
The Silver Economy: Silicon Valley Joins Quest to ‘Cure’ Aging

From earliest recorded history, a procession of emperors, alchemists and charlatans have searched in vain for the mythical elixir of life. So perhaps it should be no surprise that the hunt for a cure for aging is the latest investment fad among the “gods” of our time: US technology entrepreneurs.

Some have mocked such ventures as Silicon Valley hubris. But others believe these West Coast visionaries have accurately anticipated the next big breakthrough in medical science: a significant extension in healthy human lifespan. Read more
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This newsletter was created and edited by Avi Roy.

Edited by Mallory E. McLaren

Special thanks to Liz Parrish, Didier Coeurnelle, and Sven Bulterijs

 

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