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From the chic wearable technology that promises to unlock the secrets of our sleep to the burgeoning field of personalized medicine tailored to our unique biological signature, and the audacious endeavors in genetics that aim to turn back the clock of life, this newsletter encapsulates the vibrancy and vigor of modern health-tech innovations. Each narrative we present delves deep into the aspirations, challenges, and wonders of advancements that are reshaping our approach to health and longevity.
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Longevity in the Digital Age: How Modern Tech Drives Extended Lifespan.

Good Morning,

Welcome to this week’s journey through longevity tech and health, where we uncover how today’s digital age shapes our well-being and daily lives.

From the chic wearable technology that promises to unlock the secrets of our sleep to the burgeoning field of personalized medicine tailored to our unique biological signature, and the audacious endeavors in genetics that aim to turn back the clock of life, this newsletter encapsulates the vibrancy and vigor of modern health-tech innovations. Each narrative we present delves deep into the aspirations, challenges, and wonders of advancements that are reshaping our approach to health and longevity.

Dive in and discover …


Is the Oura Ring Worth $300? (New York Times)

The Oura Ring, a sleek and discreet wearable, is gaining traction among those keen on detailed health and sleep metrics. Since its 2015 introduction, it has offered insights into heart-rate variability, blood oxygen levels, body temperature, and more, presenting users with daily scores on sleep, activity, and “readiness”.

After wearing the device for six months, the reviewer appreciates its comfort and data abundance but points out its hefty $300 price tag, along with an annual $72 subscription for comprehensive app access. Moreover, while the ring has made advancements in sleep tracking accuracy, its fitness data remains less reliable. Potential buyers might also find its high cost concerning, especially if it’s misplaced, given the device’s small size.

Truly Personalized Healthcare, for cheap? (Spannr)

The shift from traditional family doctors to personalized health coaching is becoming increasingly prominent, propelled by the rise of diagnostic tools like continuous glucose monitors and detailed blood panels. While these tools offer invaluable health insights, they can often produce overwhelming amounts of data for the average individual to decipher. With healthcare’s value for money waning since the 1970s, a niche for high-end, personalized health services emerged, often with a hefty annual price tag of around $50,000.


Companies have recognized the chasm between these elite services and standard insurance-covered healthcare, aiming to provide comprehensive, data-backed health plans. A significant challenge is the cost of these personalized services. The future, however, might lie in leveraging AI to deliver individualized health insights at a more accessible price, heralding a transformative shift in how we approach and manage our health.

Scientists Extend Mice Lifespan (Futurism)

A biotech startup, Rejuvenate Bio, asserts that they’ve extended the life of mice through genetic reprogramming, hinting at potential age-reversal treatments for humans. The San Diego-based company, which published their findings on BioRxiv (still awaiting peer review), used gene therapy to introduce three reprogramming genes into elderly mice.

Post-treatment, these mice lived approximately 7% longer. Although the results offer a glimpse into age reversal in animals, there’s caution from experts about its application in humans due to associated risks, including the possibility of cancer. Meanwhile, other companies, attracted by the potential of rejuvenation, are directing massive funds towards similar research.


As we culminate this week’s journey through the intricate landscape of health and technology, a few reflections emerge. We’ve analyzed the value of cutting-edge health trackers like the Oura Ring, contemplated the vast and somewhat fragmented realm of personalized medicine, and marveled at the audacious innovations reshaping the lifespans of our very own genetic cousins.

In the harmonious dance between health and tech, may we continue to seek balance, deep understanding, and the betterment of all. Here’s to forging pathways into a future brimming with promise.

Until next time,

The Longr Reads Team


“Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.”

Theodore Roosevelt, President


Longr Reads’ of the Week

  • The quest to live to 140 (Financial Times)
  • A global roadmap to seize the opportunities of longevity (Nature)
  • Why do women live longer than men? (Time)
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