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Longevity Reporter's Best Articles In 2014
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.

Checkout the infographics and read more

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Google X Project Aims To Describe A Healthy Human, To Make Disease Prevention Easier

Called Baseline Study, the Google project will initially collect anonymous genetic and molecular information from 175 people, and later thousands more to create what the company hopes will be the fullest picture of what a healthy human being should be. The project won't be restricted to specific diseases, and it will collect hundreds of different samples using a wide variety of new diagnostic tools. Then Google will use its massive computing power to find patterns, or "biomarkers," buried in the information. The hope is that these biomarkers can be used to understand the process of aging. Read more

The Causes Of Cancer You Can Control

Can cancer be prevented? Decades of research have shown that a person’s chances of getting cancer depends on a mishmash of their genes and their environment, but also certain aspects of their lives, many of which they can control. 

Calculations based on predicted cases for 2010, show that smoking, diet, alcohol and obesity are behind more than 100,000 cancers. This is equivalent to one third of all cancers diagnosed in the UK each year. And this figure further increases to around 134,000 when taking into account all 14 lifestyle and environmental risk factors analysed in this study.

Read the detailed analysis and download the larger PDF version of the infographic at Cancer Research UK 

$1 Million Prize Offered In Scientific Contest To Find Fountain Of Youth

Joon Yun, a radiologist who heads Palo Alto Investors, has created the Palo Alto Longevity Prize as a way to urge researchers to “hack the aging code.”  He has has enlisted nearly a dozen teams of scientists in a 21st-century hunt for the fountain of youth. And he has set a $1 million cash prize for the winners. Read more
Everyday Drugs Could Give Extra Years Of Life

Millions of people are taking anti-ageing drugs every day – they just don't know it. Drugs to slow ageing sound futuristic but they already exist in the form of relatively cheap medicines that have been used for other purposes for decades. Now that their promise is emerging, some scientists have started using them off-label in the hope of extending lifespan – and healthspan. Read more
"The Future of Medicine" with Richard Barker

Richard Barker is Executive Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Sustainable Medical Innovation (CASMI) -- a partnership between Oxford University and University College London (UCL), created to develop new structures for medical innovation. CASMI aims to address the issues that have led to current failures in the translation of basic bioscience into affordable and widely adopted new treatments. In this podcast Liz Parrish interviews Richard Barker about current book 2030 - The Future of Medicine: Avoiding a Medical Meltdown. They also discuss how his vision in this book translates to CASMI. Listen to the Biotrove podcast
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