Emergent Futures Tumblelog

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At the turn of the twentieth century, life expectancy for Americans was just over 49 years; by 2010, that number had risen to 78.5 years, mostly on account of improved sanitation and basic medicine. But life extension doesn’t always increase our well-being, especially when all that’s being extended is decrepitude. There’s a reason that Ponce de Leon went searching for the fountain of youth—-if it were the fountain of prolonged dementia and arthritis he may not have bothered.

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says Robert Lanza, a regenerative-medicine specialist at Advanced Cell Technologies, a biotechnology firm headquartered in Santa Monica, California. “These three papers are just the tip of the iceberg. By the time we grow old, doctors are going to look back and say, ‘Can you believe people used to go bald, go blind or even have their leg cut off from vascular disease?’ — and then the doctor will treat the problem with an injection of cells.”

Posted at 12:01pm and tagged with: health, innovation, Biotechnology, longevity,.

Researchers Create a Pituitary Gland from Scratch

The results could be an initial step toward generating viable, transplantable human organs.

Full Story: Technology Review

Posted at 4:13pm and tagged with: tech, technology, biotechnology, augmentation, longevity,.

Researchers Create a Pituitary Gland from Scratch
The results could be an initial step toward generating viable, transplantable human organs.
Full Story: Technology Review

Root molecular cause of declining health in the old found by scientists

Harvard scientists found that the basic cause of age-related health decline is malfunctioning telomeres — the end caps on cells’ chromosomes that protect them against DNA damage

via @futuramb

Full Story: Physorg

Posted at 7:52pm and tagged with: ageing, longevity,.

Root molecular cause of declining health in the old found by scientists
Harvard scientists found that the basic cause of age-related health  decline is malfunctioning telomeres — the end caps on cells’ chromosomes  that protect them against DNA damage
via @futuramb
Full Story: Physorg
“The authors suggest that instead of producing more food to meet the world’s growing population needs, a more effective way to address food security issues and climate change would be to encourage self-sufficiency and waste reduction, in wealthier and poorer nations alike. “If we shift just some of our attention away from production to consumption issues and reducing food waste, we might actually get quite a big bang for our buck, because that ground has been neglected,” said Brian Halweil, co-director of the project. “The majority of incentives that governments give to farmers are still tied to the production mindset. The farmers are rewarded for sheer production quantity, with very little guidance for the quality they produce and the impact of their farming practices on the environment and on human health and nutrition … It is necessary to change these incentives,” he said.”

Nothing that hasn’t been said here or elsewhere before, but it’s a good point to underscore.

World hunger best cured by small-scale agriculture: report | Environment | guardian.co.uk (via teneasysteps)

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Posted at 12:08pm and tagged with: food, agriculture, longevity,.

Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes - The Joy of Stats

Marvellous representation of the changes in wealth and life expectancy in all the countries of the world over the last 200 years - 5 minute video

via @nzchook

Posted at 10:27am and tagged with: data visualisation, wealth, longevity,.

The iconic image of the Baby Boom generation is a 1960s-era snapshot of an exuberant, long-haired, rebellious young adult. That portrait wasn’t entirely accurate even then, but it’s hopelessly out of date now. This famously huge cohort of Americans finds itself in a funk as it approaches old age.

Paul Higgins: I cross the 65 yr old threshold they are using for this study in 16 years and I am hugely optimistic about my life but I do not seem to match the surveyed Americans

Posted at 7:20am and tagged with: trends, longevity, old age, attitude,.

In an analysis that included data from 9 studies, having higher measures of walking speed among older adults was associated with increased length of survival, according to a study in the January 5 issue of JAMA.

Paul Higgins: Of course that does not mean that if you start walking faster you will live longer!!!

Posted at 7:53pm and tagged with: longevity, predictors,.

Cell-Seeded Sutures to Repair the Heart

Polymer threads coated with stem cells might one day heal damaged cardiac muscle.

Posted at 6:57am and tagged with: biotechnology, longevity, stem cells,.

Cell-Seeded Sutures to Repair the Heart

Polymer threads coated with stem cells might one day heal damaged cardiac muscle.