- Get Rid of Sunspots With This Laser is a short yet informative piece about a new laser treatment for sunspots called Picosure (from Cynosure). This laser helps rid the skin of sunspots that accumulate from youth and carelessness. The FDA just approved it.
- Generally speaking, aging brings with it more wealth and happiness than youth. These years seems like they would be a wonderful time on which to focus longevity efforts and research, just because of these factors. However, age also shortens the time people have to wait on science to catch up with their dreams. Learn more by reading our second top article of the week: Perverse Incentives in Age and Funding Longevity Research
- People either love or hate Twitter, but there’s no doubting its effect on the world. A Little Bit of Twitter reveals how Dr. Bill Thomas seriously doubted the validity of Twitter, especially in relation to his own anti-aging efforts. But recently, several exchanges (documented in this article) have shown him how important it is to keep up with the changing times when it comes to the anti-aging effort, and how wrong he was about Twitter.
Next up: there’s no denying that talk of stem cells provoke strong reactions. Those reactions occurs in the anti-aging movement as well. Many people—women especially—find that maintaining a youthful, trim body causes their faces to look more aged due to low fat levels that help maintain a youthful appearance. That’s why the stem cell facelift has so many people buzzing about finally being able to look like they’re living in the best of both worlds. But is a stem cell facelift a legitimate new procedure, or just new marketing for the same old procedure? Several doctors weigh in. Read more: The Stem Cell Facelift — The Next Big Thing Or Latest Gimmick?
- And the Top 5 closes with…more seem cells! (They’re all over the news this week.) The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes the promise that stem cells hold, but also holds tight to procedures that reign in the threat of scams and broken promises when it comes to new medical technology, such as procedures involving stem cells. However, the following article says that some in the FDA go beyond the call of duty, halting stem cell progress rather than protecting the public, and that people who travel internationally for stem cell procedures are, “…demonstrating their own risk preferences: balancing the plausible expected benefits based on what is presently known of the science and the outcomes (in the absence of rigorous trials) against the cost and estimated risk.” You decide. Read more: Robust Cancer Therapies Will Mean a Greater Use of Aggressive Stem Cell Therapies