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Longer Lives Make Suicide a More Popular Option

I was presenting some of the forecasts from our recently released HC2020 map last week when I saw a detail in one the map that I had never seen before. Check out this image from the map--something we call an artifact from the future--that highlights our forecast for neurointerventions:


Emotional Networking for Caring and Well-being

I just got a note in my email.  My aunt is busy with her own appointment, and nobody had yet volunteered to pick my uncle up from the VA hospital tomorrow, after he recovers from surgery.  Hey, it's a Friday.  I can take off a little early to pick him up, and get him to my cousin's place over the hill.  I respond to the email, volunteering. 

Why replacing hormones seems different from replacing ankles

Readers of the New York Times received an odd juxtaposition over the last couple days that can be roughly summed up as: A small but growing number of older Americans will be headed to hospitals for ankle replacement surgery, and that's totally acceptable; at the same time, a small but growing number of middle-aged Americans is looking to ward off some of the effects of aging by

The Senior Sandwich and the Filial Fraction

I recently attended a friend's 70th birthday party.  Also in attending the party was my friend's 93-year old mother.  Though she is now in her 8th decade, the main focus of my friend's life these days is looking after her mother -- who still is living alone.

Are Diseases the Symptoms?

We don't typically think of diseases as symptoms, and while Chris Patil didn't quite come out and call diseases symptoms of aging, that was the implication of his talk at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology conference. Patil, a biogerontologist--meaning someone who studies the underlying biological processes of aging--gave an overview of the field and argued that we have far more to gain by addressing the biology of aging, rather than focusing on individual diseases.

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