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How we Die: Then and Now - Comparing the Causes of Death in 1900 vs. 2010

In the 1900s coroners did not report any deaths from diabetes related complications and Alzheimer’s was not classified as a disease.  While in 2010, 8% of the population succumbed to Diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

Read more about the 'The Burden of Disease and the Changing Task of Medicine' at The New England Journal of Medicine

Researchers Now Able To 3D Print Working Blood Vessels

One of the biggest problems with printing human tissue is the creation of blood vessels and ventricles. Researchers at the University of Sydney, Harvard, Stanford and MIT, have solved some of these problems by creating a skeleton of vessels and then growing human cells around them. Once the vessels are stable, they are able to dissolve the 3D printed material.  Read more 

Scientists Have Developed A New Technique To Regrow Human Corneas

Using key tracer molecules, researchers have been able to hunt down elusive cells in the eye capable of regeneration and repair. They transplanted these regenerative stem cells into mice - creating fully functioning corneas.  Read more 

The Curse of Centenarians Epitomise Our Fears About Growing Old

Centenarians are not the key to unlocking the mysteries of health and longevity – on the contrary, they epitomise our fears of growing old. Centenarians are the living embodiment of Tithonus' curse. Contrary to what the media would like to portray (and some studies), many centenarians suffer ill health and frailty associated with old age, which can also affect research. Read more 

Can We Mine Life-Saving Health Data Without Sacrificing Privacy?

Healthcare data could probably save 100,000 lives next year—if we weren't so damn fussy about our privacy. That’s the essential gist of a comment Google’s Larry Page made in an interview with Farhad Manjoo at the New York Times. Page is probably right that data mining could save some lives. After Page’s TED talk a few months ago, TechCrunch’s Gregory Ferenstein pointed to an FDA researcher who claimed that tens of thousands of deaths from the side effects of arthritis drug Vioxx could have prevented if hundreds of millions of health records had been available.  Read more 

Google’s Ray Kurzweil: The Business Of Extending Human Life Is Going Into “High Gear”s

The futurist says that we're getting closer and closer to "reprogramming" the human body. Over the last many centuries, human life expectancy has very gradually lengthened with improved health and medical technologies and research. In the next 20 years, we can expect our expected life spans to be extended at a far more rapid pace than in the past. That’s the prediction of Ray Kurzweil, the futurist thinker and AI expert who was brought on as a director of engineering at Google  Read more 

Complex Associations Between Sleep and Cognitive Decline

Researchers have identified correlations between duration of sleep and cognitive decline with aging. There is at this point very little that can be said about mechanisms and the direction of causation, even speculatively, though the authors of this paper make an attempt.  In younger individuals, there was no significant association between cognition and sleep quality, indicating that until we reach the age of around 65 years, there may be no association between sleep quality and cognitive function  Read more 

Upcoming Events...

August 21-23, 2014 - SENS Research Foundation is proud to present the Rejuvenation Biotechnology Conference: Emerging Regenerative Medicine Solutions for the Diseases of Aging

October 1, 2014 - Promoting longevity research on the 1st of October, the UN International Day of Older Persons
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This newsletter was edited by Avi Roy and Mallory E. McLaren

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