Tuesday, June 20, 2017

LLAMA podcast #17: James Maskell - creating a community with a life expectancy of 100

James Maskell is a writer, public speaker, entrepreneur and advocate for a new paradigm in healthcare. The author of The Evolution of Medicine, James is the founder of the Functional Forum, an integrative medicine conference that curates discussions with leading medical practitioners around the world. Next week, James will co-host the launch of an ambitious project to make Guernsey the first community in the world to achieve a life expectancy of 100. Named 'Journey to 100,' the goal is to radically improve the health and longevity of people living on the island through a greater emphasis on preventative medicine, purpose in life and a proactive approach to wellbeing.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

LLAMA podcast #16: Sue Albert - defying age and physical challenges to become a competitive weightlifter

On this week's episode of LLAMA podcast we hear about Sue Albert's remarkable journey to health, strength and longevity at Results Fitness. When she retired from a career in nursing she was stressed, physically challenged and hypertensive. Sue (71) had difficulty walking and knew dramatic steps were need if she was enjoy her retirement. Now, she is a competitive weightlifter competing on the world stage.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

LLAMA podcast #15: David Gems

The biological mechanisms at work during the aging process have long since intrigued and baffled scientists. Indeed, the very definition of aging continues to be the subject of much debate. The relationship between growing old and chronic disease is pivotal to the understanding of human longevity and the focus of many clinical studies. 

Dr. David Gems is a professor of biogerontology at the Institute of Healthy Aging, University College London. A leading voice in the quest to unravel the mysteries of aging, he works with tiny worms, called nematodes, to try to shed some light on the process. In this in-depth interview, David reveals why his theories about aging have shifted over the years. He argues that there in no central “underlying aging process” caused by damage or the body wearing out, as scientists once thought. The reality, he says, is “more complex and nuanced”.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

LLAMA podcast #14: James Cole

People with a brain age older than their bodies could be at greater risk of dying early, according to a recent study. Dr. James Cole, a neuroscientist at Imperial College London, led a research project using MRI scans and a computer program to predict a person’s brain age. 

The system, which is still in development, could help spot people whose lifestyles put them at greater risk of poor health and early death. LLAMA host Peter Bowes visited Hammersmith Hospital in London for this in-depth interview with Dr. Cole, who explains how data for the study was collected and how the findings could be used to help people live longer lives. 

He also discusses what some people call “the mosaic of aging”, the idea that different tissues and systems in the body can age at a different pace. 

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

LLAMA podcast #13: Leslie Saxon

Implanted devices that monitor the internal functioning of our bodies, in minute detail, could soon be part of our daily lives. 

Many of us already take for granted the wearable gadgets and apps we use to keep track of exercise and food intake. Technological advances in the field of body computing are moving quickly and are about to revolutionize the way we manage aging and everyday wellbeing. 

Dr. Leslie Saxon is a professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC). She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and the prevention of sudden cardiac death. The founder and executive director of USC’s Center for Body Computing and the newly formed USC Virtual Care Clinic, Dr. Saxon is a global authority on the development of wearable and implanted technology. 

In this in-depth interview, she discusses the potential for body computing to enhance our lives and longevity.

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