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The Aging World: The World’s Oldest Populations, Mapped
According to the United Nations, the elderly population of the world is growing at its fastest rate ever. By 2050, there will be more than 2 billion people aged 60 or over. The age of a country's population can reveal insights about that country's history, and can provide a glimpse towards the economic and healthcare trends that will challenge their societies in the future. 

Explore the visualization and imagine a better future where investments in regenerative medicine yield breakthroughs that helps everyone lead healthier longer lives.
Five Quick Reads
George Church: Gene Sequencing To Fight Disease and The Future Without Limits

George Church, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Personal Genome Project: Harvard, believes that in the future almost everything will be better because of genetics. If you have a medical problem, your doctor will be able to customize a treatment based on your specific DNA pattern.

In this podcast, Liz Parrish of BioTrove Investments will talk to Prof. Church about genetic variances and their potential problems or advantages including: at what age should we start to manipulate the human genome?  Where will we draw the line between preventive medicine and human enhancement? As well as discussion of many other related topics. Listen to the full interview 
IBM Watson now answers your questions before you ask, especially medical ones

IBM has announced IBM Watson Discovery Advisor, an integrated package of artificial intelligence technologies that can be used by anyone over the internet. In the fight against cancer, IBM's Watson helped identify new target proteins in a matter of weeks, not years, to accelerate the discovery of new treatments. In other industries as well—finance, retail, government, manufacturing, energy, education—Watson is forging new partnerships between humans and computers to enhance, scale and accelerate human expertise. Read more
The seven deadly sins of health and science reporting

Benjamin Franklin said two things are certain in life: death and taxes. Another one we could add to this list is that on any given news website and in almost all print media there will be articles about health and nutrition that are complete garbage.

Some articles that run under the health and nutrition “news” heading are thought provoking, well researched and unbiased, but unfortunately not all. And to help you traverse this maze  we will look at seven clichés of improper or misguided reporting. Read more
The transformation: Is it possible to control cancer without killing it?

There are many kinds of cancer, but treatments have typically combated them in one way only: by attempting to destroy the cancerous cells. A more recent approach, immunotherapy, co-opts the body’s immune system into attacking and eradicating the tumor. An experimental new drug based on this idea can make some cancerous cells mature into healthier ones. Read more
The Era of Artificial Hearts Has Begun

Artificial Knees. Total hip replacements. Cataract surgery. Hearing aids. Dentures. We are a society bent on improving human health through substitution and augmentation of our body parts. But one of the most important goals of next-generation medicine—possessing a perfectly healthy heart—has so far remained elusive. Last week, we came a step closer when for the second time ever, a French company implanted a permanent artificial heart in a patient. Read more
Upcoming Events
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 and Didier Coeurnelle

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