Roughly 1.5 million people are afflicted with Parkinson's disease in the United States. Along with a few hundred monkeys. One of those monkeys, perhaps even the tawny-furred rhesus macaque I'm now observing, may hold the key to eradicating this chronic, degenerative, incurable brain disorder. I learn this as I stand before a live video feed in a small laboratory on the second floor of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, a facility tucked away in a leafy corner of Emory University's vast Atlanta campus. Displayed on the monitor is the subject of an experiment—Monkey Number 12, a 12-pound adult female. She slouches in a corner of a large cage in the adjoining room and appears to be in a state of catatonia. Had her dewy, expressionless eyes not been open and blinking, I would have assumed she was paralyzed. I'm reminded of the stricken Robert De Niro character in the movie Awakenings. Monkey Number 12 does not technically have Parkinson's disease. But for the past several … [Read more...] about The Cure for Parkinson’s Disease?
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STEVEN G. ISN'T YOUR TYPICAL TECH-OBSESSED guy, but he'll readily admit he can't live without his iPhone. As often as five times a day, the 46-year-old hedge fund manager connects his phone to a docking station and uses the attached arm cuff to check his blood pressure. After each reading, an ingenious app called iHealth tracks, analyzes, and shares Steven's numbers with his doctor by e-mail."If I had an alarming day, I'd probably just call him myself," says Steven. "But this helps me verify that my readings have been in the target range."Steven wasn't always this obsessive. If anything, he was blase about his BP, rarely cuffing himself despite his history of moderately high blood pressure. Why bother? After all, he was exercising more and eating less, which helped him drop about 15 pounds in 2011, bringing his weight to under 215 pounds on a 6'1" frame. There was no way he would have a stroke.And he didn't. He had a heart attack. He survived; his complacency didn't. Today he … [Read more...] about How Mobile Apps will Revolutionize Health Care
Mad Max never tried this. He stuck to open roads with his coupe, chasing gangs of cackling psychopaths across desolate highways. Leather pants and all that. Max never raced the Targa.But Eric Bana and his painstakingly restored 1974 Ford Falcon XB Coupe -- his Beast, he calls it -- are on day 4 of the Targa Tasmania, a 6-day rally that spans the island. It ain't Max's Interceptor, exactly, but the two coupes do have a thing or two in common. Like horses. Six hundred of them.Bana's gloved hands grip the wheel. He looks out the bug-spattered windshield with eyes as black and burnished as his helmet. His navigator and best mate, Tony Ramunno, sits shotgun, studying notes and hollering over the car's growl. On this stage of the Targa, the two-lane road is carved into a mountainside, through dense trees bleached by the afternoon haze. Bana rockets toward a blind approach. It's a hard right, and the Beast comes in too fast. Loose gravel on the entry offers no grip, and she rockets into the … [Read more...] about Find Your Drive
From Barack Obama and Lance Armstrong to Tiger Woods and Ashley Judd, they are working to make the world healthier, through their actions and their inspiring stories. But they're not all big names: Included in this list are doctors operating on kids in Afghanistan, Boy Scouts handling an emergency with poise and selflessness, and an Ironman competitor who was told he'd never walk again.Read their stories and use their advice to improve your life—and, hopefully, improve the life of those around you, or even in another country.Barack ObamaThe PresidentOccupation: The 44th president of the United StatesHow he makes a difference: Showing how health and fitness can drive your success"Okay, what have you got?"Barack Obama is leaning across the table in O-Force One—his campaign plane—and fixing me with a gaze that says game on."Are you too skinny to be president?" I ask him.It's August 4, the candidate's 47th birthday, but nobody's breaking out party hats. Maybe because … [Read more...] about Heroes of Health and Fitness
Eric Bana has a lot to recommend him. He's a fierce actor, a skilled athlete, and the only man with the stones to pull off what one may call the Paul Newman—an equal commitment to film and motor racing, earning the respect of peers in both. The pursuits enrich each other: Both build focus and instinctive reactions. Bana has kept the same car, the same friends, the same hometown, the same wife. He's been known to bring his family to long shoots. What can you call that, but loyalty? A loyalty that has paid dividends, that's allowed him to flourish creatively and personally. He's used his success not to reach for more, but to ground himself in his great, nurturing loves: family, friends, racing.Be like Bana and find your own drive.April 21, 2007, Tasmania; A mountain roadBut Bana and his painstakingly restored 1974 Ford Falcon XB Coupe—his Beast, he calls it—are on day 4 of the Targa Tasmania, a 6-day rally that spans the island. It ain't Max's Interceptor, exactly, … [Read more...] about Eric Bana on How to Find Your Drive