Monthly Archives: January 2012
Good job Australia! According to The Telegraph:
The group, Friends of Science in Medicine, says universities have been trashing their reputations by teaching “quackery” and pseudoscience. Almost half of Australian universities offer courses in alternative medicine, including Chinese herbal remedies, chiropractics, homoeopathy, naturopathy, reflexology and aromatherapy.
The Australian group has written to university vice-chancellors, saying they should back evidence-based science rather than give “undeserved credibility to what in many cases would be better described as quackery”.
I believe this would be terrific. This is so much attention to these nonsense “disciplines” in the public, but people are fooled by the snake oil sellers, who offer youth, health and what not. There’s a huge cult of “grandma’s potions” in Russia. A lot of people rely on herbs and neglect going to the real doctor and then die, because the herbs don’t work. I believe this situation has to be changed and Australian scientific community sets a decent example for scientific communities all over the world.
Yesterday we attended Daniel Kraft’s lecture “Digital doctor in your pocket”. The lecture was carried out by the cool educational center Digital October here in Moscow in the framework of a non-profit project Knowledge stream. I found the event organized perfectly. This is a very rare occasion in Russia, where something is always not working. Yesterday was an exception, we were watching Daniel Kraft in HD as if he was right here sitting with us and talking about medicine. Great job, Digital October.
Nevertheless, I can’t say I enjoyed the lecture 100%. It’s such a pity, I mean, I am very fond of Daniel and what he’s doing bringing together FutureMed and his work at the Singularity University, however, I found his presentation lacking 2 major things:
2. Overall idea or a goal of future medicine
I love charts, because it’s a great way to explain complex biological processes. This chart shows what happens when our telomeres shorten. And the beauty of this series of charts created by Dr. Alexei Moskalev is that we added the definitions of biological phenomena to make the illustrations easier to understand. You are most welcome to download the pdf of the telomeres and aging chart here.
Aging biomarkers are parameters that always and in all people change during aging
It is possible to evaluate and improve therapies aimed at slowing down aging using the biomarkers of aging
The value and change dynamics of aging markers provides information about the intensity of aging processes in the cells of the patient
Aging biomarkers monitoring allows not only to diagnose various diseases, but also to prevent their development
Aging already can be slowed down at the moment. There are several scientific approaches that could lead to slowing down aging and life extension. Scientists have already been able to significantly extend lifespan of model animals. It is time to apply biogerontology knowledge in clinical practice.
In order to understand if a given therapy is effective or not, first of all we have to da all the conventional clinical tests and create the electronic health passport, and after that perform measurements of the aging biomarkers listed in the table. There indicators will provide the answer if the therapy is working.
Thereafter we can look at dozens of thousands of parameters obtained using genome and transcriptome sequencing, epigenome mapping and analysis of proteome and metabolome. Altogether these data will make anti-aging therapies more precise.
Sometime around Christmas Mikhail Batin, President of the Science for Life Extension Foundation, and I gave talks at the headquarters of one quite famous journal called Science and Life. This journal is sort of like a Russian version of Popular Mechanics or Scientific American. The idea of this “media club” is to enlighten the journalists about emerging technologies like personalized genomics, synthetic biology and possible life extension therapies. This meeting was about regenerative medicine. My talk was a brief overview of the field, what it consists of and when and which organs were engineered in the lab. Here’s the presentation I showed to the audience. You are most welcome to download and use it in the way you like.