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BILLIONAIRE 19 - The Health Issue

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in this issue

1 min
a word from the ceo

A number of years ago I was fortunate to bear witness to the eradication of polio in India. What had been first championed by Rotary India, picked up by the Indian government, supported by international bodies and backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was ultimately made possible by tens of thousands of women across the subcontinent knocking on every door and ensuring every child below the age of five received their drops every few months. It was a monumental task, often carried out on bicycles. We have come a long way in medicine in the last 100 years. A very long way. We are still plagued though by illness whether it be cancer, malaria, Ebola and their ilk. What lies before us in our advancement is exciting. With the…

1 min
editor’s note

The year 2020 has a ring to it; it’s not the sort of year you allow to fall by the wayside. It also happens to be the year that the ‘young-old’ baby-boomer generation turns 65, which means, for the first time, the global population over the age of 30 outnumbers that below it. Yes, we’re all getting older but, fortunately, as we see in our Health Issue, this no longer necessarily signals a spiral into infirmity. Living healthily to 100 is well within our grasp, with a good diet and a handful of specific supplements, as Dr Alberto Villoldo outlines on p28. But health is much more than self-preservation, argues neuroscientist James Doty on p20, who believes living a compassionate life and helping others is more beneficial to one’s longevity than losing weight. This…

3 min
the power of compassion

We are suffering an epidemic of loneliness; 25 percent of people surveyed in the West indicate that they do not have a single person to turn to when they are suffering. As a species we were never meant to live in modern society. In fact, our DNA has not significantly changed in the last 200,000 years. We are the same species that lived on the savanna in Africa and yet look at the demands we face today in modern society: artificial light extending waking hours, overwhelming information and data to process and external demands far beyond what is necessary to simply survive. In the face of every modern convenience many are unhappy and unhealthy. One fundamental aspect that separates our species from others is that our offspring must be nurtured for well…

3 min
what’s new

Bionic arms The Tej Kohli Foundation is spending an initial £100,000 to launch its ‘Future Bionics’ programme, purchasing 10 3D-printed bionic arms for children in the UK with limb differences. The limbs are made by Bristol-based robotics pioneer Open Bionics, a developer of the next generation of low-cost bionic limbs. The first ‘Hero Arm’ recipient is 10-year-old Jacob Pickering from Blackburn, who will receive his new ‘Hero Arm’ just in time for Christmas (pictured). If the programme is successful with the first 10, the plan is to provide limbs for all children in the UK who need help. Read more about Tej Kohli’s work on p56. A carbon-neutral mine De Beers is investing millions into using dug-up kimberlite (the predominant igneous rock that forms diamonds) as a store to lock away carbon. Helmed by…

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Kate Crofton-Atkins Managing a business and three young children, there is no time in my week for hours of yoga or meditation so I try to focus on small, doable things that make an ordinary day feel better. I try to run every morning — nothing too ambitious, 20-30 minutes maximum — but usually without music so I can think about the day ahead or, if possible, I try to think about nothing. I guess it’s my way of meditating on the go. I find if I start the day right, the rest of the day falls into place better; I eat better, drink more water, think more clearly and manage to keep a better balance. I also believe in the power of fragrance to lift your mood, encourage you to relax or…

3 min
the wellcome collection

‘A place for the incurably curious’ is the slogan of the Wellcome Collection, a 12-year-old free public museum and library located in Euston, London. Its aim is to enhance public understanding of medicine and history, bridging a unique space between culture and science. “There’s nowhere quite like Wellcome,” says Kenneth Arnold, creative director at Wellcome. With an endowment of £25.9 billion, the Wellcome Trust is the world’s second-largest health-related charitable foundation, after the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Established in 1936 with legacies from British pharmaceuticals magnate Sir Henry Wellcome, it funds an array of major biomedical research initiatives, from the Ebola Emergency Initiative to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and The Cancer Genome project. It established the Wellcome Collection in 2007 as an interdisciplinary platform exploring the connections between medicine, life and…