To boost the economy, treat the cause of aging

By slowing down aging, we could reap trillions of dollars in economic benefits.

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  • People want to live longer, but only if those years are healthy.
  • A new study argues that targeting the underlying cause of aging could yield trillions of dollars of economic benefits.
  • This could be, by far, the best way to "stimulate" the economy in the long-term.
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Study finds exactly how long people want to live: it isn’t forever

Biomedical science assumes that people want to live as long as possible. They don't.

  • A new study reports that aging Norwegians would like to live 91 years.
  • Most people prefer a shorter life if they have dementia, chronic pain, or are a burden to their families.
  • There is more to life than just making sure it doesn't end.
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iAge: predicting health with your “inflammatory age”

Age ain't nothing but a number, but "inflammatory age" may be real.

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  • Stanford scientists have found a more accurate way to measure a person's biological age based on a blood protein marker.
  • The marker indicates a person's level of inflammation, which is the driver of many age-related conditions.
  • A person's "iAge" more accurately predicts their health than their chronological age.
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Is 150 years really as long as we can ever live?

The oldest person in history lived to 122

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While most of us can expect to live to around 80, some people defy expectations and live to be over 100. In places such as Okinawa, Japan and Sardinia, Italy, there are many centenarians.
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Algorithm is 88% accurate at spotting dementia in how a person drives

New machine-learning algorithms from Columbia University detect cognitive impairment in older drivers.

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  • Driving a car is a complex activity that involves perceptual and motor skills.
  • Newly developed algorithms can identify cognitive problems in older drivers based on their driving habits with 88% accuracy.
  • The machine learning algorithms incorporate both driving behaviors and demographic information.
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