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The Longevity Reporter: The Weekly Newsletter About Aging
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Why Everyone Seems to Have Cancer
Short answer: Due to declining lethality from other diseases of aging, such as heart disease. "In 1958 when the diagram begins, the line for heart disease is decisively on top. But it plunges by 68 percent while cancer declines so slowly — by only about 10 percent — that the slope appears far less significant."

Read the detailed analysis at The New York Times

 
Five Quick Reads
Novel Leukemia Therapy Gets Fast-Tracked By US Regulators

US regulators on Monday put an experimental immunotherapy agent on the fast track to market approval, after 89 percent of leukemia patients in early trials saw their cancers disappear. Read more 
 
Humanity Is Now Officially Ready For Suspended Animation

Surgeons from the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are set to begin suspended animation trials by dramatically cooling down trauma victims in an effort to keep them alive during critical operations. Read more 
 
Blood Test For Alzheimer’s 'no better than coin toss'

“Research in more than 1,000 people has identified a set of proteins in the blood which can predict the start of the dementia with 87% accuracy,” BBC News reports.
The test accuracy rate of 87% sounds impressive, but it may be a large overestimate of what would happen in reality. Given real world assumptions on the proportion of people who have mild cognitive impairment that progress to Alzheimer’s disease (10-15%), the predictive ability of the test falls to around 50% – no better than a coin toss. Read more 

 
The Secret History Behind The Science Of Stress

The notion of stress as a danger to health was invented in 1936 by a Canadian scientist with funding from the cigarette industry. Tobacco makers also funded research into the “Type A personality” — the person “so full of stress and pressure” as to be at high risk of a heart attack. The industry’s aim was to advance stress as the cause of cancer and heart attacks, with smoking as the antidote. Read more 
 
The Elixir of Life – In a Poisoned Chalice?
It was once a myth, now it’s dream; soon it will become an expectation. Suddenly the science of life extension is producing some remarkable results. New papers hint at the possibility of treatments that could radically increase human longevity. 
But, George Monbiot highlights his worries about a world in which the population will be divided. Read more 


 
Upcoming Events
September 23-25, 2014 - MipTec 2014: Europe’s leading event for Drug Discovery and Life Sciences Research

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

October 1, 2014Promoting 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, with Mallory E. McLaren and Liz Parrish

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