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The FDA Questions an Aspirin a Day.   I Question the FDA.

The FDA Questions an Aspirin a Day.   I Question the FDA.

For 25 years, daily aspirin for people over 50 has been standard advice from the medical profession. A few weeks ago, the FDA changed its tune, and now recommends daily aspirin only after your first heart attack. I’m sticking with the classic advice. Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory with benefits that include lower risk of dementia and some cancers. The overall reduction in death and disease ad...

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Love, Death, and Oxytocin

Love, Death, and Oxytocin

Oxytocin, the “love hormone”, is one of those blood factors that we have less of as we age. A recent study connects loss of oxytocin with frailty and loss of muscle mass in old age. Could it be that oxytocin is the biochemical mediator that signals the body to live longer in response to loving connections and caring behaviors?

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V.N. Anisimov: Russian Optimist on Longevity

V.N. Anisimov: Russian Optimist on Longevity

Last March, I wrote a column entitled Reality Check, featuring the work of Stephen Spindler. Spindler is a veteran researcher at UCRiverside, and perhaps the world’s foremost expert in the design and execution of longevity studies in mice. But Steve is a glass-half-empty kind of guy. And ever since I wrote that column, I’ve been thinking that I need to write about Spindler’s opposite number in ...

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Pacemakers Without Batteries — Coming Soon

Pacemakers Without Batteries — Coming Soon

My father-in-law had a cardiac pacemaker implanted when he was in his mid-80s. He had it replaced after about 5 years because the battery failed. This is a common occurrence and even though pacemakers have become smaller, the battery represents the single component in the form factor that restricts them from becoming really tiny while at the same time requires them to be replaced periodically.

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Proposal: Dynamic Brain Switching As a Method to Maintain Consciousness During Mind Uploading

Proposal: Dynamic Brain Switching As a Method to Maintain Consciousness During Mind Uploading

Immortality has been a humanitarian dream since dawn of human history. Among all of the proposed methods for immortality, Biological Approaches to immortality (NBI) are argued to be more fruitful. However, mind uploading as the typical method for NBI has been challenged both from technical and philosophical aspects. This article is an attempt to address some of these challenges by emphasizing the...

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Cholesterol, Part II

Cholesterol, Part II

Mea culpa. Almost three weeks ago I promised to do a little reading and report back on what to believe about cholesterol and heart disease. It was hubris to imagine that I would be able to untangle the thicket of conflicting claims with a short course of study. Today, my goals are far more modest, and I offer my scaled-back conclusions. Here, I offer a tentative analysis, which I hope will pro...

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Rejuvenation Biotechnology Conference 2014 — Santa Clara California August 21-23

Rejuvenation Biotechnology Conference 2014 — Santa Clara California August 21-23

SENS Research Foundation is proud to present the Rejuvenation Biotechnology Conference: Emerging Regenerative Medicine Solutions for the Diseases of Aging. This conference will bring together leaders from the Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular, cancer, and other age-related disease communities to discuss preventative and combinatorial strategies to address the diseases of old age.

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MILE LIfe Extension Video Contest

MILE LIfe Extension Video Contest

Let us imagine that the world becomes convinced that indefinite life extension is desirable and that achieving it is feasible. The people aren’t sure how they can help though. A reporter turns to you and asks you to speak into the camera and tell the people what they can do to help the cause move forward. What do you tell them?

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