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Comment: Re:Anti-Aging is a Fraud Magnet (Score 1) 154

by BarbaraHudson (#48620589) Attached to: Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

The problem is that as aging is not a disease anti-aging pills are not medicines and are much easier to put on the market. I'm not sure whether aging should be seen as a disease or not by the legislators, but at least it would put an end to these scams.

First definition of disease:

a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury.

Aging IS a disease, and a fatal one at that.

Comment: Re:Skin deep, but that's where the money is ! (Score 1) 154

by BarbaraHudson (#48620455) Attached to: Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

And yay, it shall come to pass that scientists will no longer interest themselves in saving lives and making the world a better place and shall instead devote their attention to preventing hair loss and prolonging erections... and delaying the effects of aging, "leaving your skin feeling visibly younger."

Doesn't match the facts. They were looking for ways to have less internal scarring on major blood vessels, and now their first product will be to treat lupus.

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.

Lupus can be difficult to diagnose because its signs and symptoms often mimic those of other ailments. The most distinctive sign of lupus — a facial rash that resembles the wings of a butterfly unfolding across both cheeks — occurs in many but not all cases of lupus.

Some people are born with a tendency toward developing lupus, which may be triggered by infections, certain drugs or even sunlight. While there's no cure for lupus, treatments can help control symptoms.

There's more ... lots more.

Comment: Re:Skin deep, but that's where the money is ! (Score 1) 154

by BarbaraHudson (#48620363) Attached to: Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene
Or deploy it at a slightly higher (or even lower) price and eat the competition alive. So, when the patents expire, who's left standing? And that gives you lots of money to spend on further research to improve the product, as well as the biggest marketing budget.

Comment: Re:As with all space missions: (Score 1) 160

by BarbaraHudson (#48620059) Attached to: NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration
If you want to do manned flights, orbital stations have a few problems. There's the lack of air pressure, lack of anything exceeding microgravity, and extremes of heat and cold at the same time. Also, in orbit it's not possible to tap the sulfuric acid clouds to get the essentials - water, oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen. Plus there is reason to believe that microbial life of some sort exists in the clouds.

Comment: Re:As with all space missions: (Score 1) 160

by BarbaraHudson (#48617531) Attached to: NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

Okay, a fundamental question then... What's the mission?

I don't see a mission for humans hovering over Venus. This isn't like a possible geology excavation on Mars where it might actually be easier if humans are on-site to direct or operate machines for specific applications.

I believe that humans should go explore space, but I also believe that with only finite resources and commitment to doing it, the effort should be focused on places where humans can actually be boots-on-the-ground to rove, to explore.

If it's floating above the clouds, it would be the ideal solar observation post. Gravity almost like earth, temperature tolerable.

As to why to do it, think of our increased dependence on communications networks. Would be nice to have a better understanding and earlier predictability of solar events that can take the networks down.

Comment: Re:Why aging and death is good for society (Score 1) 154

by BarbaraHudson (#48617451) Attached to: Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

When you wrote "Most advances in medicine for the elderly don't let them live longer so much as they improve quality of life in their remaining years" you stated something that is easily disproved.

The old are living longer than ever before.

It wasn’t until the 20th century that mortality rates began to decline within the older ages. Research for more recent periods shows a surprising and continuing improvement in life expectancy among those aged 80 or above.

The progressive increase in survival in these oldest age groups was not anticipated by demographers, and it raises questions about how high the average life expectancy can realistically rise and about the potential length of the human lifespan. While some experts assume that life expectancy must be approaching an upper limit, data on life expectancies between 1840 and 2007 show a steady increase averaging about three months of life per year. The country with the highest average life expectancy has varied over time. In 1840 it was Sweden and today it is Japan—but the pattern is strikingly similar. So far there is little evidence that life expectancy has stopped rising even in Japan.

Older people are living longer. It's a trend that has been going on for a century. This has nothing to do with reduced infant mortality, since we're talking specifically about aging within the population that is 80 years old and more.

Comment: But ... (Score 1) 2

by BarbaraHudson (#48617215) Attached to: What I think of Luxleaks

But what will happen when the loopholes are closed? The Caymans, Bermuda, etc., are still going to be open to business as usual.

The real problem is allowing businesses and individuals to claim huge monetary investments in tax havens when they don't actually have a real presence in the country, the sole purpose being to evade taxes. Most of them are just a mail drop that, as W5 discovered, when they went calling on an apartment that also serves as the "headquarters" for more than 20 other shell companies. So you're not even getting the one or two jobs per shell - it's more like 1/10 of that. Others are just a file in a drawer in some lawyer's office. In all those cases, the real decisions are made back at the company trying to avoid paying taxes on the money.

What's ironic is that many of these same companies (I'm looking at you, Bombardier) are dependent on government subsidies and tax breaks at home as well. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.

Comment: Re:Mod points (Score 1) 154

by BarbaraHudson (#48616473) Attached to: Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

I have mod points, but when I read comments there are no drop down lists for me to comment. They only appear after I've commented, on that thread, at which point I'm no longer able to moderate that thread. Very annoying, any way to get the moderation options to always show up?

Just go to another story and spend your mod points there.

Comment: Re:Why aging and death is good for society (Score 1) 154

by BarbaraHudson (#48616463) Attached to: Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

No matter how rich or poor you are it is safe to assume that you will be dead within 100 years of your birth. Now what if there was a way for someone to cheat aging and live indefinitely. Now picture what life in the world would be like if the people who believed in slavery, segregation, and those who opposed suffrage for women were still alive and running the government and industry. A society where the people in power are over 100 years old would cease to socially evolve.

At the beginning of the last century the average age at death was 47. When, 19 1935, FDR signed the law that allowed social security plans to start at 65, they figured almost nobody would be around to collect, so it would be easy to fund.

Now we're living a LOT longer. And we're continuing to increase our average life expectancy. And that's in the face of increases in diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.

Comment: Re:Home made inhibitor? (Score 2) 154

by BarbaraHudson (#48616393) Attached to: Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

Does anyone know how to make an inhibitor for this Granzyme B enzyme?... Before pfizer patents it and charges $10.000 per drop?

This is what they were experimenting with to see if they could protect large arteries from scarring. It's in TFA, which now appears to be slashdotted.

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