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The Truth About The Ice Bucket Challenge
The choices we make about where to donate money for health causes aren't always rational. We are probably more often driven to give by a disease that has touched a loved one than by utilitarian calculations about which illnesses impact the most people or receive the least investment from pharmaceutical companies.

Sometimes our decisions about donating don't even seem to be driven by values or potential impact, but by celebrities and the entertainment value of the fundraising campaigns they endorse. Look no further than the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. 

Learn more about how memes and celebrities drive us to donate, and the best way to donate money to tackle diseases of aging. Also, checkout a revised version of the ‘Where We Donate vs. Diseases That Kill Us’ infographic.
Five Quick Reads
Whole Organ Grown Inside An Animal For The First Time

We've been able to grow organs in labs for some time now. But what if you could grow them directly inside a living body just by injecting a few cells? It looks like now we can, at least in a limited way. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have grown thymus glands directly inside lab mice by "reprogramming" cells.  Read more
Unlocking The Mystery Of Limb Regeneration

For people who've lost a limb, advances in materials and 3D printing have produced a slew of new prosthetics that deliver greater mobility, custom fitting, and sleek designs. Yet the ability to completely regrow a lost limb remains daunting, despite the growing research on limb regeneration in reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Now a team led by researchers at Arizona State University have take a significant step in understanding the process of tail regeneration in lizards. Read more
Soft Immortality: Would You Do It? 

Mortality is humanity's blessing and its curse. Because we are aware of the passage of time, because we know that one day we won't be here — and neither will everyone we love (and everybody else) — we have always searched for an answer to this most painful of mysteries: Why do we die?  Read more
The Man Who Grew Eyes 

Growing nerve tissue and organs is a sci-fi dream — but one that's poised to become a reality. Here's the remarkable story of a pioneering researcher who has actually figured out how to grow eyes and brain cells. Read more
Elder Pharmacology 
What is the greatest menace associated with age-related diseases? Hypertension? Obesity? High cholesterol? No. It’s simply the number of years an individual lives. For example, elevated plasma cholesterol is considered a major risk factor for cardiovascular-disease death. Yet, when compared with aging itself, the risk of high cholesterol alone pales. Similar patterns are observed for cancer, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. 

Studying and treating the chronic diseases associated with aging needs serious revamping. Read more.
Upcoming Events
September 5-7, 2014, Paris, France - Society for Free Radical Research - Europe 2014 - "Free Radicals: insights in signaling and adaptive homeostasis."

September 8-9, 2014, Jena, Germany - Workshop - Systems Biology of Ageing - The workshop will bring together bench scientists and modellers interested in systems biology of ageing.

September 15, 2014, Oxford, UK - Big Data Science in Medicine (BDSM) 2014 - A free conference
 bringing together leading lights from artificial intelligence, biomedical science and regenerative medicine.

September 20-21, 2014, Cambridge, Massachusetts - Healthy Aging Therapeutics Symposium at Harvard Medical School

September 23-25, 2014, Basel, Switzerland - International Symposium on Geroprotectors: Practical applications of Aging Research for Drug Discovery: Europe’s leading event for Drug Discovery and Life Sciences Research

September 29 - October 3, 2014, New York, USA - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory meeting on Aging - "Molecular Genetics of Aging" 

October 1, 2014, Global - Promoting longevity research on the 1st of October, the UN International Day of Older Persons

October 1-3, 2014, Brussels, Belgium - Second Eurosymposium on Healthy Ageing (EHA)
- A biannual conference that highlights the cutting-edge in the field of biogerontology, while facilitating a unique opportunity for researchers and advocates from around the world to meet.
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This newsletter was created and edited by Avi Roy.

With special thanks to Liz Parrish, Mallory McLaren, and Sven Bulterijs

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