I Still Want to Drive My Car.


According to a recent article in the NY Post, humans can now live to 135. 
"Humans now have the potential to live 135 years or more, according to an expert on geriatric medicine.
Rudi Westendorp, a professor at the University of Copenhagen, claims it;s not out bodies, but our minds that limit life spans.
He argues that people simply don't believe it's possible and cites the fact that life expectancy has doubled from 40 to 80 in the past century as evidence that expanding the average life span is possible."


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Millenials are moving to the suburbs. Guess how they're going to be getting around?

Photo and car by Lou Carvell

Photo and car by Lou Carvell

The latest info and insight about millenials and automobiles from an article the WSJ by Mark Mills, "We're a Long Way From 'Peak Car.'"

Many environmentalists hope, and oil producers worry, that we’re entering a post-car era spearheaded by tech-savvy, bike-path-loving, urban-dwelling, Uber-using millennials—leaving behind generations of automobile owners whose thirst for gasoline seemed limitless.

“Millennials have been reluctant to buy items such as cars,” a Goldman Sachs analysis concludes, turning to “what’s being called a ‘sharing economy.’ ” David Metz, former chief scientist at England’s Department of Transport, claims that the growth of Uber and its competitors guarantees a decline in automobile and fuel use. Thomas Frey, the DaVinci Institute senior futurist, says that “wealthy economies have already hit peak car.”

The idea may seem plausible given recent history: tepid new-car sales, fewer miles driven per capita and shrinking gasoline use. In reality, it’s poppycock: The car habits of young adults ages 18-33 simply reflected a lack of jobs and money.

Now J.D. Power finds that millennials are the fastest growing class of car buyers. Edmundsreports that millennials lease luxury brands at a higher rate than average. Nielsen reports millennials are 40% more likely than average to buy a vehicle over the coming year. Tesla-inspired hype aside, overall electric-car salesare down 20% this year, with SUV sales up 15%.

Urban dwellers? The latest Census reveals anet migration of millennials from the city to the car-centric suburbs is already under way. And it’s just starting: A survey sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders finds 66% of those born since 1977 say they plan to live in a single-family suburban home.

Peak driving? Federal Highway Administration data show 40 billion more total miles driven in the first half of 2015, compared with the last peak set in the same period in 2007. Gasoline demand in 2015 is rising too, soon to blow past the previous record of 9.2 million barrels a day, also set in 2007. Imagine what happens when robust economic growth resumes.

Consider a related Silicon Valley trope that self-driving vehicles promise fewer cars or less driving. One Rocky Mountain Institute analyst thinks “if implemented correctly” they could be used to increase public transit use. Lawrence Berkeley Lab researchers implausibly posit self-driving cars are “potentially disruptive,” provided they’re used mainly as taxis, and involve fewer solo rides.

But whether a human or an algorithm is driving, it’s still a car. One disruptive change that could arise from self-driving cars is that the growing elderly population, and others infirm or isolated, will be able to continue owning cars and enjoying the freedom and mobility they bring. And cool tech features may, if anything, make cars more attractive, not less, to tech-savvy millennials.

For all their iconoclasm, the baby boomers eventually got married, moved to the suburbs and bought houses, SUVs and minivans for their double-car garages. Generation Y is going down the same road. The forecasts of peak car look to be about as accurate as those of peak oil.

Mr. Mills is a Manhattan Institute senior fellow and a faculty fellow at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering.

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Which Do Men Remember Best: First Car or Last Doctor Checkup?


Which Do Men Remember Best: First Car or Last Doctor Checkup?

“Is this seriously even a question?,” you may be asking. Yes, and the answer is shocking.

Okay men, here’s a quick two-question quiz: 

Without hesitating, can you describe your first car? 

And without hesitating, when was the last time you had a physical with your primary care doctor?

A survey conducted by marketing research firm Harris Interactive asked the same questions to almost 1,000 men around the country. And while more than 80 percent of them recalled the make and model of their first set of wheels, only 54 percent could remember the last time they had a check-up.

“I was actually surprised with the survey results,” Jamin Brahmbhatt, MD, co-director of The Pur Clinic, tells Yahoo Health. “It’s just not something we think about or keep in our appointment books to remember. Over 80 percent of the guys were just like me. It’s amazing — we don’t have good short-term memory, but we have good long-term memory.”

He believes pleasure plays a role in this example of “selective memory.” “I think a lot of it has to do with, what’s more exciting?” he states. “Technology is more exciting. You’ll see people — mostly guys — line up for days before a new Apple launch. So what makes us feel good? Unfortunately, it’s not always thinking about our health. I think it comes down to a mindset—our minds are geared for what’s going to give us immediate reward versus thinking about the future.”

And statistically speaking, male adults should be taking their health more seriously. It’s been reported that women outlive men by five years, on average. And the Center for Disease Control and Prevention discovered that women are entirely more likely to visit their PCP for a physical — 100 percent more likely!

This is why Brahmbhatt and his business partner, Sijo Parekattil, MD, are on a mission to change the way men view their well-being. The two urologists are embarking on a 60+ stop, 6,000 mile car trip over the next two weeks: the Drive for Men’s Health. While the guys in the area can come to check out their all-electric vehicle — the Tesla Model S — the goal is to start the conversation about men’s health, whether on the ground or via their live webcast.

“The car is just there to break down a barrier, as is the Apple watch I’m wearing,” explains Brahmbhatt. “We’ve gathered local community physicians that are advocating for men’s health—dermatologists, orthopedic surgeons, cardiologists — anybody in that area will come and talk to us live. It’s about getting these guys comfortable and within a matter of a minutes, start talking about their health and making it a priority.”

He offers the car analogy he and Parekattil will be using on the road: “Your body is essentially like a car. In your car, if certain warning signs go on or when it’s time for a maintenance check, you get it done. Your body is the same way—if you suddenly see a rash on your skin or have a headache that’s going on for too long, those are warning signs that you should get your body checked. Not only that, but age-based preventative maintenance should be done each year.”

“The only difference between a body and a car is that you can always get a new car—you can even rent a car!” he continues. “But when it comes to your body, you only have one. So it’s even more critical that men do the things that are necessary to help themselves and eventually change the statistics.”

Article via Yahoo!Health by Amy Capetta