The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds Neurotechnology Hubs and innovative tools to advance research on Brain & Behavior
  — Cornell University neuroscientist Chris Xu will study how brains produce behavior in species across a range of sizes. NSF issues awards to advance a national research infrastructure for neuroscience (press release by the National Science Foundation): “The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made 17 Next Generation Networks for Neuroscience (NeuroNex) awards to aid the research community as it pursues one of its grandest challenges: understanding the brain. These projects will support the development of innovative, accessible and shared capabilities and resources, as well as theoretical frameworks and computa...
Source: SharpBrains - August 2, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology behavior brain innovative National Science Foundation neural circuits neural-activity NeuroNex neurotechnologies Neurotechnology NSF Source Type: blogs

A Monetary Policy Primer, Part 7: Monetary Control, Then
It ’s high time that I got ‘round to the subject of “monetary control,” meaning the various procedures and devices the Fed and other central banks employ in their attempts to regulate the overall availability of liquid assets, and through it the general course of spending, prices, and employmen t, in the economies they oversee.In addressing this important subject, I ’m especially anxious to disabuse my readers of the popular, but mistaken, belief — and it is popular, not only among non-experts, but also among economists — that monetary control is mainly, if not entirely, a matter of central banks’ “settin...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 20, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: George Selgin Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, August 29th 2016
This study demonstrates that TNTs play a significant part in the intercellular transfer of α-synuclein fibrils and reveals the specific role of lysosomes in this process. This represents a major breakthrough in understanding the mechanisms underlying the progression of synucleinopathies. These compelling findings, together with previous reports from the same team, point to the general role of TNTs in the propagation of prion-like proteins in neurodegenerative diseases and identify TNTs as a new therapeutic target to combat the progression of these incurable diseases. Shorter Period of Rapamycin Treatment in Mice...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 28, 2016 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

Criticizing Programmed Theories of Aging
Today I'll point out an open access critique of programmed aging theories by the originator of the disposable soma theory of aging, one of the modern views of aging as accumulated damage rather than programming. The question of how and why we age is wrapped in a lot of competing theory, but of great practical importance. Our biochemistry is enormously complex and incompletely mapped, and thus the processes of aging, which is to how exactly our biochemistry changes over time, and all of the relationships that drive that change, are also enormously complex and incompletely mapped. Nonetheless, there are shortcuts that can be...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 24, 2016 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

Recent Papers on Energy Metabolism and Longevity
Here I'll point out a couple of papers on the topic of energy, metabolism, and natural variations in longevity. One of the many ways of looking at the operation of metabolism is from the point of view of energy consumption and expenditure: how does energy flow around the system, how do these flows vary in different circumstances and between different species, and what can that tell us about the way in which our biology breaks down over the course of aging, or even why we age at all? It is quite possible to measure a living being in the same way as one can measure an engine as a black box, assessing energy in, energy store...
Source: Fight Aging! - July 2, 2015 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

There are Many Theories of Aging
In aging research, just as in any field of science where much is left to discover and catalog, and where the pace of discovery is slow in comparison to the size of the territory left to map, you will find a promiscuous proliferation of theories and hypotheses. A well constructed theory of aging can last for decades waiting to be disproved, all the while spawning variants and competitors. Hypotheses come and go almost like fashions when the time taken to gather sufficient evidence to swing the pendulum one way or another can extend for a sizable fraction of a researcher's career. This is something to bear in mind when readi...
Source: Fight Aging! - May 8, 2015 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

Treating Aging in Advance of Fully Understanding Aging
Engineering is in essence the business of producing good, workable solutions in absence of complete knowledge. The Romans could construct excellent bridges with a tiny fraction of the knowledge of materials science, mathematics, and modeling possessed by today's architects. Medical technologies today are in much the same position: we might know about as much of the fine details of biology as the Romans did of the deeper sciences underlying architecture. A vast scope of discovery and cataloging is yet to be accomplished in the life sciences. Yet we can still produce good therapies well in advance of a full understanding of ...
Source: Fight Aging! - April 30, 2015 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

The unsinkable rubber duck of a myth that bras cause breast cancer
Besides being a researcher and prolific blogger, I still maintain a practice in breast cancer surgery. It’s one of the more satisfying specialties in oncology because, in the vast majority of cases I treat, I can actually remove the cancer and “cure” the patient. (I use the quotes because we generally don’t like to use… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 10, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Medicine bra breast cancer Soma Grismaijer Sydney Ross Singer Source Type: blogs

Tech Will Transform the Doctor-Patient Relationship
This article was originally published in the Health Service Journal — Jen Hyatt is founder and chief executive of Big White Wall and  a Disruptive Woman to Watch in 2014.  (Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care)
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - July 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DW Staff Tags: Access Advocacy HIT/Health Gaming Innovation Source Type: blogs

Easier Decision-Making: Conduct Experiments
By Leo Babauta A surprising amount of our day is filled with decisions: what to do with an email, what to do with clutter, opening paper mail, grocery shopping, whether to go out with friends or stay home, whether to add someone as a friend, whether to take a job, to move, to take a class, to go on a vacation, and so on. And a good amount of stress can come about from all of those decisions, because many times we don’t have the information we need to make a good decision. How can we make a choice when we don’t know the outcome of each choice? If the choices had clear outcomes, we could just weigh them and d...
Source: Zen Habits - August 14, 2013 Category: Life Coaches Authors: zenhabits Tags: Productivity & Organization Source Type: blogs

Are Plants At All Relevant to Aging Research?
A great deal of research into fundamental mechanisms associated with aging and the way in which metabolism determines variations in natural longevity has been carried out - and is still carried out - using yeast cells. The phenomenon of enhanced health and longevity with calorie restriction exists in yeast, for example, and involves similar mechanisms to those found in mammals. It is not the only common point of reference. Yeasts are not animals, but rather forms of fungus, or at least belong to various branches of that large taxonomy. But what about the kingdom of plants? Plants age, and that fact can be investigated, a...
Source: Fight Aging! - July 18, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

ProPublica Publishes Medicare Part D Prescriber Data
In 2010, the "investigative journalist organization" known as ProPubilca, through donations from the Pew Foundation and several other organizations geared towards attacking industry, began the "Dollars for Docs" campaign. As we have covered extensively since the launch of that campaign, ProPublica aggregated the payment reporting data of approximately 15 manufacturers who were reporting their payments publicly—either as a requirement of a corporate integrity agreement (CIA) with HHS-OIG, or voluntarily—and then created a searchable, aggregated website. Additionally, ProPublica teamed up with national and local med...
Source: Policy and Medicine - June 13, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs

Pass me the Soma
Corporates cashing in on mental-health diagnosisAre you a disruptive person? Are you occasionally reluctant to part with possessions? Is your child defiant, or prone to temper tantrums? Are you grieving from the death of a close friend? Well, don’t worry; you can get drugs for all of this soon.On Friday 17 May, the American Psychiatric Association published the fifth edition of its highly influential Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) – the first major update in 13 years. Although a US manual, DSM has global influence.And that may not be good news. The new DSM has several new add...
Source: PharmaGossip - May 21, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs

"In vitro eugenics" straight from Huxley's Brave New World
I read somewhere that while both George Orwell's 1984 and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World contained dystopian futures, Huxley's world, where humans are made in "hatcheries" and the people were kept compliant, not by the threat of Big Brother, but by the numbing of their senses with the pleasure-inducing drug "soma," was a more plausible scenario.After reading "In vitro eugenics" by Dr. Robert Sparrow in the Journal of Medical Ethics, I have to agree. Dr. Sparrow explores the possibility of creating embryos in the lab, then using the stem cells from those embryos to create egg and sperm cells, ...
Source: Mary Meets Dolly - April 10, 2013 Category: Geneticists and Genetics Commentators Tags: Genetic Engineering Source Type: blogs