Want to live forever? Join the club!
Join the growing number of people who are committed to living forever. Now that healthcare has merged with IT the exponential growth in medical technology means immortality may be closer than you think. From drug research and diagnostics to exoskeletons and nanobots – rapid advances are increasing our life expectancy every day.
Radical life extension is a growing industry – and more and more people are putting (a lot!) of money where their mouths are:
- 5 billionaires who want to live forever – Fortune Magazine
- Understanding Calico: Larry Page, Google Ventures, and the quest for immortality – The Verge
- Oracle founder Larry Ellison has proclaimed his wish to live forever and donated more than $430 million to anti-aging research. – Washington Post
Graphene sheets allow for very-low-cost diagnostic devices – Kurzweil AI – 20-Mar-2017
Could make it possible to capture and analyze individual cells from a small sample of blood.
Specially treated sheets of graphene oxide produced using low-temperature annealing.
Can attach chemicals to the surface to select and bond with specific molecules of interest or even whole cells.
Next step is to try to make a working detector for a specific disease model.
‘Healthiest hearts in the world’ found – BBC – 18-Mar-2017
Tsimane people in the forests of Bolivia rarely signs of clogged up arteries – compared to 25% of 45 year old Americans.
16,000 Tsimane hunt, fish and farm on the Maniqui River in the Amazon rainforest.
They get 72% of their energy from carbohydrates.
Tsimane are far more physically active averaging over 16,000 steps a day.
Having children could increase your lifespan – Independent – 17-Mar-2017
Once you reach the age of 60, men and women live longer if they have at least one child.
Based on Swedish census data from over 1.4 million people born between the years of 1911 and 1925.
Men with children live 1.8 years longer, and 1.5 years for women.
Latest study concluded that the sex of the children makes no difference.
First nanoengineered retinal implant could regain functional vision – Kurzweil AI – 16-Mar-2017
The nanowires provide higher resolution than anything achieved by other devices.
Closer to the dense spacing of photoreceptors in the human retina.
Arrays of nanowires simultaneously sense light and electrically stimulate the retina.
Could help people with neurodegenerative diseases including macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, and loss of vision due to diabetes.
Whole-body vibration may be as effective as regular exercise – Kurzweil AI – 16-Mar-2017
WBV can mimic the muscle and bone health benefits of regular exercise — at least in mice.
When the machine vibrates, it transmits energy to your body, and your muscles contract and relax multiple times during each second.
Exercise and WBV enhanced muscle mass and insulin sensitivity in the genetically obese mice.
Molecular-Level Nanobots Programmed With DNA Created – Inverse – 10-Mar-2017
Could be used as artificial white blood cells defending your body from disease.
Uses different proteins and molecular signaling to change its shape on command and shuffle around.
Empty sac in nanobots would allow them to carry medication or nano-cameras.
New protein discovered in aging and cancer – Medical Xpress – 7-Mar-2017
Study describes a new way that senescent cells communicate via the expression of integrin membrane proteins.
Findings could one day lead to new treatments for ageing and early cancer.
A drug against integrin beta 3, called ‘cilengitide’, already exists that averts inflammation.
Gene therapy cures boy of sickle cell disease – New Scientist – 1-Mar-2017
People with sickle cell disease make abnormal versions of haemoglobin – distorting red blood cells into a sickle-shape that can get stuck in blood vessels.
Bone marrow stem cells removed, treated, and replaced in boy’s body.
Medication and symptom free two years later.
Team has treated seven other patients, who are showing “promising” progress.
Treatment could work for everyone with the disorder.
Why do taller humans die younger? – Phys.org – 1-Mar-2017
Of the 10 tallest people ever recorded, the oldest died at 56.
In people, height is negatively correlated with longevity.
Shortness may be partly due to reduced calorie intake – a known lifespan enhancer.
Life expectancy of people under 158 cm (5′ 2″) a year longer than those over 165 cm (5′ 5″) tall
Wide range of cancers now linked to being overweight – NHS Choices – 1-Mar-2017
Strong evidence people who are overweight have an increased risk of developing 11 different cancers.
Most of them either digestive (such as bowel cancer) or hormonal (such as breast cancer).
For example, for increase of 5 BMI score, there was a 9% increased risk of developing colorectal cancer in men.
Adults can have excess fat without being considered overweight.
It’s possible excess fat is linked to other cancers, but the evidence was not quite as strong.
Fir extract could have anti-cancer and anti-aging properties – Medical Xpress – 28-Feb-17
Effects of Siberian fir terpenoids on senescent and human cancer cell lines studied at the genetic level.
Trademarked as Abisil, the drug based on Siberian fir terpenoids is now used externally for its anti-inflammatory, wound-healing, and anti-bacterial medicinal properties
Terpenoids are a class of hydrocarbons that are the principal component of gums, balsams, and essential oils.
Betulinic acid has demonstrated anti-bacterial, antimalarial, and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as cytotoxicity toward cancer cells.
WHO lists deadly bacteria in bid to push antibiotics R&D – LSIPR – 28-Feb-2017
12 families of bacteria which it claims pose the greatest threat to human health.
Antibiotic resistance is growing, and we are fast running out of treatment options
Sleep trackers can prompt sleep problems – Medical Xpress – 28-Feb-2017
15 percent of U.S. adults own a wearable fitness/sleep-tracking device, such as Fitbit or Apple Watch.
Some people do take [quantified self] too far, and that can be stressful.
The claims of these devices really outweigh validation of what they have shown to be doing.
They are not able to differentiate between light and deep sleep.