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18 Sep

Health News Dose: No Easy Answers

bionicWorn Out (Body) Parts? Just Replace Them!

Don’t miss this debate-worthy piece in the L.A. Times today. As the Boomers face retirement, health problems and worn out joints are reaching epidemic levels. Are orthotics and drugs the solution? That’s just the beginning. A replaceable you, as it were, is within the reach of current medical science. From stem cell research to tissue replacement to nanorobotics (in which hordes of tiny nanobots would repair your cells), our approach to longevity and the human body is changing drastically. We advocate prevention through more natural, safe, and affordable means, of course: diet, stress management, physical activity, and prudent supplementation. Check out the graph, then share your thoughts here.

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Even Facing Death, People Refuse to Budge from the Sofa

The BBC reports that even when people are informed that a sedentary lifestyle will significantly reduce their life spans, few people make lifestyle changes. Though one might think death would present a compelling source of motivation for making healthy changes, we know this isn’t true. People smoke and engage in other behaviors that are proven to be threatening. Part of the problem is that the return on the risk isn’t immediate. Though death is scary, if the risk is decades away, the lack of immediacy and tangibility provides an irrational psychological cushion. What will make people change their lifestyle?

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Young Women Ignore Heart Disease Risk Factors

Women and men suffer from heart disease in equal numbers, yet heart disease is still stereotyped as a “man’s disease”. Researchers report that young women are ignoring risks and engaging in behaviors that promote heart disease in greater numbers than young men. The most common risky lifestyle choices young women make in regards to heart health: failing to maintain a healthy weight, smoking, and failing to maintain normal blood pressure levels. Heart disease: it’s not a guy thing. It’s a young woman thing. Why do you think we assume heart attacks only strike men?

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  1. Checked out the 6 million dollar man article. I’m interested in the tooth implant. Because, if they can do that, it’s only a matter of time before the goth kids get vampire teeth implants. Then it’s only a matter of time before we learn how to inject nanorobots into those implanted teeth to convert foreign blood into compatible donor blood, you get where I’m going. But if we engineer vampires, will we need to engineer more Kurt Russells and Kate Beckinsales to fight the vampires?

    McFly wrote on September 18th, 2007
  2. Well in all honesty, it was not a fear of death that got me motivated to lose weight and go healthy. It was my fear of needles. I hate shots. And when it became obvious that if I didn’t change my habits I would have to be sticking myself once a day if not more, those willies keep me going to the gym.

    KLC wrote on September 18th, 2007
  3. Teens don’t care about heart disease or diabetes at their age.
    I can’t remember where I saw this. Using age progression, they showed teen girls what they would look like if they continued to smoke and eat poorly. That got their attention.

    Crystal wrote on September 19th, 2007

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