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Are we too obsessed with curing cancer?

September 7, 2016

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Craig Venter is a stapled name in the genetics world. His newest company aims to increase healthy ageing. “We have MRI imaging of the brain and body which allows us to detect any tumour larger than two millimetres. We take 4D echocardiograms, to create a movie of your heart and measure every parameter in it. […]

A brief look at the relationship between energy usage and obesity

June 29, 2016

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Using the CDC, we can see the obesity rate for each state in 2014. Using the U.S. Energy Information Administration we can see how much energy each state used for 2013. Using 2010 census data we can see the population of each state. If we divide the energy use per state by the amount of people per state, […]

Some insights on fitness and health trackers- Helping? Hurting???

June 15, 2016

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“An especially useful starting point for an aspiring healthcare company would be to think about ways to deliver a “positive good.”  Most contemporary medicine is generally regarded, economically, as a negative good – something we use or engage in because we have to, not because we especially want to.  While this creates a ready market, […]

How much cheaper would an airplane ticket be if we weren’t overweight?

May 25, 2016

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In America, More than 2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight or obese. More than 1 in 3 adults are considered to be obese. (So we’ll say 1/3 obese, 1/3 overweight.) Body Mass Index is commonly used to assess overweight or obese. 25 to 29 is overweight 30 and up is obese Extreme […]

What the The New York Times misses about The Biggest Loser weight regain

May 16, 2016

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The New York Times published the following article: –After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight For anyone obese, reading this led one either to Ben and Jerry’s or the bar. It is a depressing read. Words like “frightening,” “stunning,” “radically,” “shocked” seem to appear every paragraph. The thesis of the article is research has […]

Exercise and cancer- why it helps and how much is enough? (part 4)

May 11, 2016

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This is a four part series- Why exercise helps A framework for why this matters How much is enough and practical guidelines Putting prevention in a new light – Putting prevention in a new light As the cost of sequencing genomes has come down, we’ve started to face an ethical and personal dilemma. Should we do […]

Exercise and cancer- why it helps and how much is enough? (part 3)

May 9, 2016

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This is a four part series- Why exercise helps A framework for why this matters How much is enough and practical guidelines Putting prevention in a new light – How much is enough? It is *not* all relative Continuing with colorectal cancer, from this study, “Evaluating the combined effect of moderate and vigorous physical activity on the risk […]