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The Health Hazards Of Sitting 
We know sitting too much is bad, and most of us intuitively feel a little guilty after a long TV binge. But what exactly goes wrong in our bodies when we park ourselves for nearly eight hours per day, the average for a U.S. adult? Many things, say four experts, who detailed a chain of long term consequences including higher rates of chronic diseases, including heart disease and diabetes, to immediate effects such as strained and sore muscles.

Check out the detailed infographic by Washington Post
Five Quick Reads
Until: Who Wants To Live For Ever?

Do you want to live to 100? 1,000? What about for ever? The Wellcome Trust, one of the world's largest providers of funding for health and biomedical research, has made a new short documentary film about ‘how long would you like to live?’ The video includes  interviews with leading ageing scientists, transhumanists, elderly people and the young children and asks them when they think would be an appropriate time to die, if they had the choice. It also explores the possibilities and realities of extended lifespans in the future. Watch the video
Against The Biological Clock — A Gameplan To End Age-Related Diseases

To Aubrey de Grey, the body is a machine. Just as a restored classic car can celebrate its hundredth birthday in peak condition, in the future, we'll maintain our bodies’ cellular components to stave off the diseases of old age and live longer, healthier lives. Dr. de Grey is cofounder and Chief Science Officer of the SENS Research Foundation and faculty at Singularity University’s November Exponential Medicine conference—an event exploring the healthcare impact of technologies like low-cost genomic sequencing, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, gene therapy, and more. Read more
Age-defying Bats Could Help Us Live Longer

Researchers are studying the DNA of bats in order to shed light on why they age so slowly -- something which could help uncover ways to reverse the ageing process. Bats are the longest-lived mammals relative to their body size, using more energy and living for longer than other mammals of a similar size. By studying bats, the European Research Council-funded AGELESS project aims to understand more about the mechanisms that lead to ageing, and potentially uncover the cellular processes that can be modified to halt, lessen and even reverse the process in humans. Read more
Cold Reality Versus The Wishful Thinking Of Cryonics

The Cryonics Institute currently freezes their clients in tanks, known as cryostats, after they have been declared dead. People choose to have had their bodies frozen in perpetuity in the belief that future science may be able to thaw them, cure their ills, and, just maybe, return them to youthful vigor. They've made a bet: that in a time yet to come, they'll rise again, with “death” only a temporary and reversible embarrassment easily remedied by medical know-how.  

Unfortunately, in this critical essay Dr. David H. Gorski, surgical oncologist at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, highlights that Cryonics is not, as its advocates say, an “ongoing medical trial.” Rather, those who choose to freeze themselves are more akin to the ancient Pharaohs, who spent enormous resources constructing elaborate tombs, so that they will one day rise from the grave and live again. Read more
3D Printing Is Comfortably Correcting How We Heal

On a scale from 1-10, the hype about the potential of 3D printing has reached a fevered mark. But where the excitement may be deserved and development may prove revolutionary is within the field of prosthetic devices and orthopedic healing aids.

An orthosis is a medical apparatus applied externally to the human body to modify the structural and functional characteristics of the neuromuscular and skeletal system. You might have worn one after breaking an arm or leg, injuring a hand or neck, and if so, likely remember how restrictively cumbersome they felt. Cue in 3D printed devices designed to “assist, restrict, control or limit movement for specific body segments” in ways previously unavailable using traditional post-surgical devices. 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. 

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

September 29 - October 3, 2014 - Molecular Genetics of Aging
: Held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, this meeting will explore the regulation and function of genes and processes that are now known or suspected to control cellular and/or organismic aging.

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

October 1-3, 2014
Eurosymposium on Healthy Ageing - 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 edited by Avi Roy.

Proofread by Liz Parrish and Mallory E. McLaren

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