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How We Die: Which Cancers Kill The Most?

Cancer is the second most common cause of death in developed countries; the first being heart disease. In 2007, cancer accounted for 24% of deaths in England: 110,400 deaths out of the total 470,700. 

Check Out this infographic where we highlight the cancers that kill the most number of people, and learn about the more than 100 different types of cancers.

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Stem Cells Allow Nearly Blind Patients To See

In a report published in the journal Lancet, scientists provide the first evidence that stem cells from human embryos can be a safe and effective source of therapies for two types of eye diseases—age-related macular degeneration, the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 60, and Stargardt’s macular dystrophy. In this study, human stem cells were transplanted into the eyes of people with visual impairment. This led to a significant improvement in their vision. Read more

Artificial Spleen ‘Cleans’ Blood Of Pathogens

Scientists from Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering in Boston have developed an artificial spleen that has been shown to rapidly remove bacteria and viruses from blood. The technology could be useful in many scenarios, including protecting people who suffer from immunodeficiencies and those infected with difficult to treat pathogens like Ebola virus. Read more

Breakthrough Replicates Human Brain Cells For Use In Alzheimer’s Research

For the first time researchers have created what they call Alzheimer’s in a Dish — a petri dish with human brain cells that develop the telltale structures of Alzheimer’s disease. In doing so, they resolved a longstanding problem of how to study Alzheimer’s and search for drugs to treat it. Read more
The Immortality Financiers: The Billionaires Who Want To Live Forever 

We all want to live forever, but some of us have the means to actually do something about it. Adam Gollner, author of The Book of Immortality, profiles five billionaires pouring money into longevity research. Read more
Google Is Testing Free Doctor-Patient Video Chats, When You Search For Symptoms

Google is testing a new search feature that allows users to video call a doctor directly from search results for illnesses or symptoms. The search results prompt users to “talk with a doctor now”, which will initiate a free video call similar to Google’s Helpouts support service but with a doctor to talk through symptoms for a remote diagnosis or advice. Read more
Upcoming Events
October 16-19, 2014, San Antonio, Texas - 2014 San Antonio Nathan Shock Center Conference on Aging: “The Microbiome in Aging and Age-related Disease

October 27, 2014, San Francisco, California - Aging, Stress, and the Mitochondria with Professor Eric Verdin, from The Gladstone Institute UCSF

November 1-2, 2014, Beijing, China - 2014 International Conference on Aging and Disease (ICAD 2014)

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.

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