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Movie Review: ‘The Old Guard’ | The Harvard Press | Features | Feature Articles – Harvard Press

Directed by: Gina Prince-BythewoodStarring: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Harry MellingAvailable on NetflixRated R, 125 minutes

The war in Afghanistan is already the longest military conflict in American history, but human memories are short, and its hard to comprehend 19 years of continuous war. Halfway through The Old Guard, an action thriller with a supernatural twist, whose two hours are otherwise full of gunfights and fistfights and swordfights and double-crosses and for-the-greater-good clichs, a young woman quietly puts the wars terrible longevity into focus. The young woman, Nile, explains that her father was killed in action when she was 11; she herself is now a U.S. Marine, fighting in the same war.

Charlize Theron and KiKiLayne star in The Old Guard. (Courtesy photo)

However, she wont be killed in action; as she has just discovered, shes immortal. The Old Guard is a literal title, referring to a band of immortal supersoldiers, some of whom are hundreds, if not thousands, of years old. Led by Andy (Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road), the groups existence is a perfect secret, their deeds throughout history, from the Crusades to the Civil War, going without notice. This is by design; in previous eras, members of their ranks have been accused of witchcraft and tortured to insanity, so while their lonely way of life is hard, its better than the alternative.

The biggest threat facing the Old Guard these days comes in the form of Big Pharma, specifically a twitchy young CEO, Steven Merrick (Harry Melling, Harry Potter). Helped by a former CIA agent, Copley (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Children of Men), Merrick sends paramilitary squads to ensnare the immortals, hoping to experiment on their bodies and maybe make a few cool billions by synthesizing their genetic material. Sensing the danger theyre in, Andy urges the group to lie low.

Then Nile (KiKi Layne, If Beale Street Could Talk) comes along. New to immortality and unable to comprehend her situation, Nile has questions, but the answers she needs are answers Andy cant give her. When she asks why this small group has been granted immortality, the others cant say with any certainty. When they plot revenge on Copley, Nile stops to ask why others have to die. The next youngest member of the group is over two hundred years old; with a fresh young face in their ranks, the Old Guard is forced, for the first time in centuries, to reckon with the unique advantage they have over mortals.

These moral and philosophical questions arent uninteresting, but what impact these questions have is flattened and diluted by the scripts constant stream of bland dialogue. Are you praying? God doesnt exist, Andy scoffs at Nile on the same day theyve met; This is about science, not profits, Copley pleads impotently when Merrick reveals his true intentions; We dont have all the answers, but we do have purpose, Andy philosophizes in a rambling monologue. The Old Guard is full of lines like these, lines meant to evoke simultaneously the gravitas of superhero movies and the conviction of a political speech. But with understated performances from nearly every member of the cast, these musings, offered in the movies quieter scenes, are unconvincing.

Luckily, quiet scenes are relatively rare; this is an action movie, after all, and a well-designed one at that. Director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball) crafts blistering fight scenes that show off a wide variety of fighting styles, developing characters through wordless choreography. Action movies with high body counts often make us roll our eyes at the absurd scale of their carnage, but The Old Guard homes in on the act of killing, reminding us that death is deeply personal.

What makes The Old Guard linger, though, is the subtle parallel it draws between history and the zeitgeist of this fraught moment in time. Despite its dull dialogue, the movie still articulates an analogy between the eternal violence that haunts Andy and the violence Nile has known throughout her much shorter life. There are historical patterns, the waves that rise and fall over centuries, and then there are the patterns we observe within the smaller span of our lifetimes. Nile may have only ever known wartime, but she still balks when Andy warns her of everlasting cycles of violence. The Old Guard is a violent movie in the tradition of other violent movies, but it challenges us to imagine what it would take to break out of our old habits.

Danny Eisenberg grew up in Harvard and has been reviewing movies for the Harvard Press since 2010. He lives and works in Denver, Colorado.

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Boost your health with a step counter – Blaine Northern Light

By Beth Sanborn

Its summer in Whatcom County. That generally means pleasant weather, usually not too hot or rainy, and longer daylight hours. Add in the coronavirus pandemic and many people are getting their daily exercise outdoors, often with walking or running. Using a fitness tracker to monitor activity levels is popular, often with a goal of taking 10,000 steps each day.

For some people, that goal of 10,000 steps is motivating and helps them be physically active. But for others, especially if they arent reaching their goal, its discouraging, reduces motivation and may lead to less physical activity.

Have you wondered how scientists came to recommend 10,000 steps per day as a fitness goal? Well, the truth is, the idea has little to no scientific research behind it. In 2019, Harvard Medical School researcher I-Min Lee looked into the history of the 10,000 steps a day goal and discovered that it most likely originated in the 60s when a Japanese company marketed a pedometer called Manpo-kei, which in Japanese means 10,000 steps meter. Most likely the name was chosen because the Japanese character for 10,000 looks a little like a man walking. Ads for the step counter said, Lets all walk 10,000 steps a day. This idea has persisted through the decades.

While theres nothing wrong with that goal, it may not be necessary for achieving health and longevity. Multiple researchers have concluded that while 10,000 steps is a good goal, there is nothing magical about that number and even 7,000-8,000 steps can improve health and longevity. (The average American adult takes about 3,000-5,000 steps a day.) Or, looking at exercise goals another way, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has done, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week (which correlates to 7,000-8,000 steps a day).

The human body was designed for movement and physical activity is important for good health. Physical activity like walking can help control blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It can also stimulate creative thinking and is associated with living longer and healthier.

So if using a step counter or fitness tracker motivates you to exercise and you reach 10,000 steps a day (or more), thats great. But dont be discouraged if you dont reach that number. Make it your goal to be physically active above the level of your normal daily activity and enjoy the beauty of summer in the Pacific Northwest.

Beth Sanborn is a licensed nutritionist who lives in Birch Bay and holds a masters degree in public health nutrition.

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How to live longer: Diet shown to burn fat, improve heart health and to boost longevity – Express

In ones quest to find solutions to help live a long and disease-free life, numerous theories and suggestions have been declared. Intermittent fasting has gained much notoriety over the pastyear,and according to leading healthexperts, this type of eatingcould be the answer to helping you boost your life longevity. How?

A review of past animal and human studies in The New England Journal of Medicine recommend adopting a way of eating known as intermittent fasting which can help reduce blood pressure, aid in weight loss and improve longevity.

Alternating between fasting and eating can help to improve cellular health.

Professor Mark Mattson from John Hopkins University said the way of eating can help to trigger a metabolic switch.

In metabolic switching, cells use up their fuel stores and convert fat to energy this in turns helps fat to switch from fat-storing to fat-saving and has many health benefits.

The way of eating involves daily-time restricted feeding.

This narrows the time of eating to six to eight hours per day which is also known as 5:2 intermittent fasting, in which people limit themselves to one moderate-sized meal two days each week.

Findings on intermittent fasting range in the diets effectiveness, but some studies in animals and humans have linked the practice to longer lives, healthier hearts and improved cognition.

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When finding benefits of the diet, looking at different countries who adopt this way of eating as a norm often helps.

Residents of Okinawa are known for their extreme longevity and low-calorie, nutrient-rich diet.

Their way of eating has been suggested to help contribute to their long-life spans, low number of obesity and reduced risk of diseases.

Professor Mattson says studies have shown that this switch improves blood sugar regulation, increases resistance to stress and suppresses inflammation.

The professor notes that four studies in both animals and people found intermittent fasting also helped to decrease blood pressure, blood lipid levels and resting heart rates.

Preliminary studies suggest that intermittent fasting could benefit brain health too.

A clinical trial at the University of Toronto found that 220 healthy adults who maintained a calorie restricted diet for two years showed signs of improved memory in a battery of cognitive tests.

Professor Mattson added: Patients should be advised that feeling hungry and irritable is common initially and usually passes after two weeks to a month as the body and brain become accustomed to the new habit.

Mattson suggests a gradual acclimation to fasting rather than going cold turkey will help with this.

Mattsonalsohopes this study will give better insight to physicians, who can pass that guidance on to their patients.

For an added benefit, eating a Mediterranean diet during the eating phasecouldnot only boost longevity but improve heart health too.

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NeoGenomics Slumps in Q2 but Readies for Second-Half Rebound – The Motley Fool

The coronavirus pandemic hit the business pretty hard, but NeoGenomics (NASDAQ:NEO) had been preparing investors for months. Properly setting expectations turned out to be a great move.

Shares of NeoGenomics reached all-time highs shortly after the company announced second-quarter 2020 operating results. The financial metrics weren't pretty, and there's lingering uncertainty about the course of the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on the business, but investors are largely confident in the long-term strategy.

Can the growth stock maintain its expensive valuation?

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NeoGenomics is an oncology reference lab operating two business segments: clinical services and pharma services. The former collects patient samples from doctors, performs the test(s) selected by customers from a comprehensive menu, and returns the data. The latter helps biopharmaceutical companies to identify biomarkers for drug development, access oncology-specific datasets from pathologists, and develop and validate companion diagnostics.

When first-quarter 2020 operating results were announced, management prepared investors for a sour showing in the second quarter. The coronavirus pandemic was expected to impact clinical trials, which would hurt both business segments. However, NeoGenomics announced it wouldn't furlough employees and would continue investing in the business.

For the second quarter of 2020, total revenue slipped 14% compared to the year-ago period -- a sharp contrast to the double-digit growth investors have grown accustomed to in recent years. Gross profit sank due to lower revenue per test and higher costs, leaving investors with a relatively weak first-half showing for the business.


First Half 2020

First Half 2019

Change (YoY)

Clinical services

$166.9 million

$175.2 million


Pharma services

$26.1 million

$22.1 million


Total revenue

$193.0 million

$197.3 million


Gross profit

$74.4 million

$96.1 million


Operating income

($24.2 million)

$7.0 million


Net income

($13.8 million)

($0.4 million)


Operating cash flow

($5.0 million)

$1.4 million


Data source: SEC filing. YoY = year over year.

Pharma services revenue was the only bright spot, although the increase was entirely explained by the recent acquisition of assets from Human Longevity.

Despite the tough operating environment, management didn't flinch. On the second-quarter 2020 earnings conference call, CEO Douglas VanOort laid out a six-part business update comprising strategy and investments. Two developments in particular stood out.

NeoGenomics has converted a portion of its lab space to run up to 10,000 SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests per day, which could increase in the future. The business has also made a $25 million investment in a liquid biopsy start-up called Inivata. The equity investment gives the oncology reference lab the exclusive option to acquire Inivata.

More important, the investment provides NeoGenomics the option to commercialize the company's InvisionFirst-Lung liquid biopsy test. The diagnostic tests 37 relevant genes to drive care decisions for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), is covered by Medicare and multiple private insurance payers, and is one of only two next-generation sequencing (NGS) tests with specific Medicare coverage.

NeoGenomics ended June with $331 million in cash, which is more than enough to weather a prolonged downturn. Management acknowledged the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, but has already begun to see signs of a rebound.

In April, test volumes were down 30% compared to the year-ago period. By June, test volumes were back in line with the prior-year period, although they were about 15% below pre-pandemic expectations for 2020. Volumes had not recovered to pre-pandemic expectations through July.

But management remains confident in the long-term plan. NeoGenomics is well-positioned for a strong recovery if and when the market permits. The business doesn't need an exceptional recovery -- a "V-shaped" recovery, if you will -- to climb back to profitability or growth. What's more, it could take advantage of the economic effects of the pandemic to acquire smaller peers that might be struggling.

That said, shares of NeoGenomics are certainly expensive. Is that the price to pay for profitable growth in an uncertain world? Perhaps, but investors might be better off waiting for a pullback, as the current valuation (as with many stocks right now) appears unsustainable in the near-term.

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Six Thoughts to Deal with Your COVID-19 Anxiety – Longevity LIVE

It is a frightening time for everyone. Countries, cities, schools, and businesses are shutting down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of us live in areas that have been greatly affected by this dangerous disease. Others are preparing for the worst. All of us are watching the news so that we can figure out what to do next.

For most people, the uncertainty surrounding this disease is the most difficult thing to handle. We dont know how worse it will get in the future and what that means to our loved ones and careers. This makes us vulnerable to anxiety and depression. As we face this unique crisis, there are certain things you can do to manage your fears and anxiety.

It is important to stay informed of whats happening around. This allows you to follow safety precautions as reported by health experts. However, other people are taking advantage of the opportunity to spread the wrong information. Its important to choose what you watch and listen to carefully.

Remember, your mind will always project what you feed it regularly. Here are a few tips:

At the moment, there are so many things that are not in your control. They include the length of the pandemic, how people behave, and what will happen to our loved ones. Although its difficult to accept, most of us react by searching for answers on the web and thinking of the different scenarios that might play out.

Focusing on things that are not in your control will not get you anywhere. Theyll leave you feeling anxious, drained, and overwhelmed. Whenever you catch yourself getting caught up in fear and anxiety, shift your focus immediately to the things you can control. There are a lot of things you can do to minimize the risk of catching the virus or spreading it to your loved ones. They include:

Apart from these guidelines, you can also:

Research studies have shown that the majority of people with coronavirus, especially young healthy people dont show any symptoms but can spread the virus. Thats why it is important to follow the guidelines by practicing social distancing.

But human beings are social creatures. We all crave to connectwith others. Isolation can make us feel anxious. And this affects our physical health negatively. This is why its important to stay connected with our loved ones as much as possible. You can:

You need to eat healthy foods, meditate, read books, and get plenty of sleep. If you have a backyard, consider getting some sun and exercising regularly.

You need to be kind to yourself. Dont be too hard on yourself. Take some time off from work to relax and communicate or play with your loved ones.

Find new ways of exercising. Staying indoors all day can make you anxious and stressed. Come up with new ways to stay active in and out of the house. You should consider cycling, walking, or hiking. You can also look for exercise classes online if you dont want to go outside.

Avoid self-medicating when you are dealing with anxiety and depression. Now is not the time to abuse drugs.

Right now, its easy to get caught up in our struggles and fears. However, you should keep in mind that other people are facing harder times than you. You can focus on helping and supporting communities in need. Doing kind acts for others will not only help you regain control over your life but also add a sense of meaning and purpose to life.

More than 80 percent of people in the US consider themselves religious or spiritual. Spiritualityhas been linked to happiness and wellbeing because it gives us a sense of meaning and purpose. One of the best ways to protect yourself against anxiety is to have this sense of meaning and purpose.

Whenever you are feeling anxious, say a short prayer or meditate for a few minutes. You can also come up with a list of fun activities that you can do whenever you start feeling anxious.

Fear about the coronavirus disease can take a toll on you, especially if you have underlying mental issues. We shall persevere. You are not alone. By using these tips, youll have the power to smile and help others calm down.

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The latest book in the ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ universe gives us one of its most compelling relationships – Business Insider Australia

Its the summer of Avatar: The Last Airbender. With the beloved series available on Netflix and its sequel series,The Legend of Korra, on its way there in August, the franchise is more readily available to fans than its been in years. Now, the franchises revitalized fandom has a new book, too.

F.C. Yees The Shadow of Kyoshi is the second instalment of a prequel series about one of the most fabled Avatars of all time. Building off of 2019s The Rise of Kyoshi, the series follows Kyoshi, an Avatar known in the main series for her strength, longevity, and uncompromising judgment, during the nascent stages of her Avatarhood. In turn, it serves to humanize one of the Avatar franchises most legendary characters.

Kyoshis beginnings werent particularly auspicious. The Avatar is an individual tasked with mastering all four elements and their bending disciplines, learning how to mainpulate and fight using water, earth, fire, and air. In turn, theyre tasked with bringing balance to the world, mitigating both human and spiritual conflict in the four nations: The Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation, the Water Tribes, and the Air Nomads. Each Avatar faces a unique set of challenges in carrying out this mission.

In The Rise of Kyoshi, everyone (including Kyoshi) believes that another Earth Kingdom boy, Yun, is the next Avatar. Living, working, and training at the estate of Jianzhu, a powerful Earth Kingdom politician, Kyoshi and Yun are friends. A violent encounter reveals their mistaken identities, cementing Kyoshi as the next Avatar and setting her on a path towards revenge.

The Shadow of Kyoshi is haunted by the specter of that encounter, while still maintaining the first novels wry sense of humour and adventure. After accepting a summons from the Fire Lord himself (with, of course, the promise of reuniting with her lover and Firebending master Rangi), Kyoshi finds herself trapped in a foreign political snare while simultaneously grappling with a new threat from the spirit world. Given that shes spent the better part of her Avatarhood hunting down corrupt bandits and detaching herself from the politics of her own nation, the situation leaves Kyoshi out of her depth.

The weighty, political conflict is just as thrilling as the action sequences peppered throughout the novel. Garden parties are just as fraught with tension as intense battles; strained clan relations have the potential to cause more trouble than physical threats. It also leaves ample room for granular worldbuilding, including new details about previous Avatars, like the oft-maligned Kuruk and the venerated Yangchen, as well as tidbits of information about geography, political history, and language that wasnt touched upon in the animated series.

Yees prose is also just as visceral as Avatars renowned animation sequences. Regarding The Rise of Kyoshi, the author told Polygon in 2019 that he looks for moments that were more easy to capture in a novel format, in particular where the action suddenly turns on a dime rather than attempting to capture every beat of a single action scene. Those intense, pivotal moments are what make The Shadow of Kyoshi a harrowing read, bringing an emotional resonance and vibrancy that cuts through the page.

A new cast of auxiliary companions and antagonists keep things lively, each imbued with their own complexities and mystery that prevent them from becoming just side characters to the larger conflict. Kyoshis Airbender companion, Jinpa, and his sky bison Yingyong, are particularly fun additions to the story, in addition to a cast of Fire Nation nobles that drive the political arc of the novel.

Rangi and Kyoshis relationship is the most compelling. With the realisation of feelings and getting together out of the way in the first novel, The Shadow of Kyoshi gives the two women plenty of space to be tender, bicker, fight, and reconcile over the course of the book. Thats part of what makes their relationship feel so different from other romantic entanglements in the Avatar universe: the franchise has never shied away from love stories, but both The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra end with romantic resolution rather than grapple with the relationships after the fact (although their central romances are continued in spin-off comics).

The fact that Kyoshi and Rangi have the most fully fleshed-out queer love story in the Avatar canon shouldnt go unmarked either. A Legend of Korra spin-off comic revealed in 2017 that Kyoshi was bisexual, and its a promise that Yee made good on in The Rise of Kyoshi, telling Polygon at the time that it felt important to not strip away Kyoshis queerness and do her relationships justice. In The Shadow of Kyoshi, Yee explores the complexities of Kyoshi and Rangis relationship and the ways that it affects their judgment, particularly in times of crisis with nuance and empathy. Their relationship is foundational to Kyoshis ascendance, and legacy, as the Avatar. In many ways, Rangi serves as her emotional and moral centre.

The Shadow of Kyoshi is a rewarding read for both dedicated Avatar fans and newcomers alike. Ultimately, it exceeds the task of fleshing out Kyoshis origin story, delivering a compelling character-driven narrative that bears just as much emotional heft as any other entry into the franchise.

The Shadow of Kyoshi is now available for purchase and debuted at number two on the New York Times Young Adult Hardcover Bestseller List.

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Nine Seasons In, Catfish Reflects the Savvy of Its Audience – PRIMETIMER

Nev Schulman and Kamie Crawford host Catfish's ninth season, premiering tonight on MTV. (Photo: MTV)

When it premiered in 2012, Catfish: The Series was one of the more tantalizing premises MTV had ever found for a reality series. By virtue of the fact that he'd been a victim of catfishing himself (per the 2010 documentary on which the show is based), host Nev Schulman could empathize with those who might have fallen for a grift, thus helping to soften the concept's creepier voyeuristic qualities. But he also knew how to lead a team to investigate the authenticity of online love. (Co-host Max Joseph, the other half of Schulman's team, departed the show in 2018; Schulman is now joined by co-host, Kamie Crawford.)

Upon its premiere, it was the perfect combination of morbid fascination, guilty pleasure, and genuine human interest, and what's more, it was instructive for anyone who conducted any part of their social life online (so, basically, everyone). Still, it was a premise that should have lasted one season, maybe two. There are a finite number of outcomes to a typical Catfish scenario, after all: either the purported catfisher is someone the victim knows; they are a complete stranger who catfishes as a hobby; they are exactly who they say they are, full stop; or they are exactly who they say they are, but with a few careful omissions. The "victim" may choose to continue their romance, they may remain friends with their catfish, or they may walk away angry. Every story seems to follow one of these paths.

Complicating matters, once everyone knew the show existed, anyone receiving a call from MTV inviting them to be part of a "documentary series about online relationships" ought to have been able to connect the dots. And even if they weren't appearing on the show itself, once the term "catfish" became part of the vernacular, how were people still falling for these ploys in the first place?

Surprisingly, though, the supply of catfishers and catfishees has seemed to remain bottomless. Each new social networking platform, from Snapchat to Tinder to TikTok, brings a new flourishing ecosystem of fake profiles and budding virtual relationships, ensuring that MTV could continue to find fresh, compelling love stories (and "love stories") featuring relatable, memorable people. Anyone who's seen even a handful of episodes has their favorites: the poor guy who remained convinced he was BFFs with the real Katy Perry, the guy who got catfished by his own cousin, the "medium" who convinced a girl she'd had contact with the girl's deceased father. The show has not only thrived for eight seasons and counting, it's spawned two spinoff series and numerous compilation specials, and today it kicks off its ninth season.

The show's continuing appeal should, by all rights, hinge on preserving the element of surprise, but while Catfish does occasionally throw a curve ball at its viewers, the surprise is only one ingredient in the recipe to its longevity, and it's no longer the most crucial one. Put another way, Catfish no longer cares if you understand how its sausage is made.

Just as a lonely singleton chatting with a too-good-to-be-true online paramour might start spotting inconsistencies, anyone who's watched more than a few episodes of Catfish can't help but spot the cracks in the show's purported "reality." To cite a frivolous example, the uniform sparseness of every subject's "living room" makes it obvious that most episodes are filmed in Airbnbs, to the point where the hosts have mostly stopped maintaining the artifice. More important to the fabric of the show, however, nearly everyone knows by now that the show's production team doesn't begin sourcing its stories by seeking out people who suspect they're being catfished, but by throwing out a net for the catfishers themselves.

The secret to Catfish's success may be that not only doesn't it ignore its audience's powers of perception, it's begun to riff on its format in ways that directly speak to their savvier viewers. In recent years, the show has frequently revisited new exploits by repeat catfishers, and it's even featured Schulman himself as a subject after he was (allegedly) catfished a second time. The message: even if you know where it's going, you'll still enjoy the ride, and you might make a few unexpected stops. It's a message that hews close to that of the original film. Back in 2010, we knew Nev Schulman was being deceived, but following him as he arrived at that conclusion drove the narrative.

While the webs Schulman is now helping untangle are usually nowhere near as complicated as his original one, there's still something about feeling two steps ahead of the people onscreen that's terribly addictive and oddly reassuring. (That best friend taking a keen interest in helping to solve the mystery? That's a big red flag.) Not to mention the fact that whenever the series does produce a total blindside of a reveal these days (as it occasionally does), it lands even harder.

The term "catfish" itself, per the film that spawned the series, comes from a fishing technique whereby a predator fish is stored in a tank with cod to keep them active and fresh. So it's no surprise that occasional format shakeups and a shift in its objective have kept Catfish's viewers from getting complacent, even as the content of the tank stays largely the same. After all, that's the Catfish way.

Catfish returns with new remotely-produced episodes tonight at 8:00 PM ET on MTV.

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JessicaLiese has been writing and podcasting about TV since 2012. Follow her on Twitter at @HaymakerHattie.

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Microbiome Therapeutics Market: What’s the Future Potential? – Bulletin Line

Roots Analysis has announced the addition of Microbiome Therapeutics Market, 2015-2030 report to their offering. The report provides a comprehensive study on the current landscape and the future outlook of the evolving pipeline of products in this area. While the field has garnered the interest of several companies, there are no approved microbiome drugs available in the market yet; Faecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) is the only commercially available procedure till date. However, the development pipeline of microbiome therapeutics has several promising candidates that are likely to result in commercial success stories in the foreseen future.

Ishita Nanda, the principal analyst, said, Among other elements, the report also elaborates on new microbiome based diagnostic solutions being developed and the upcoming opportunities in this market for different stakeholders.One of the key objectives outlined for this report was to understand the future potential of the market. This was done by analyzing:

Nanda added, The study provides a detailed market forecast and opportunity analysis for the short-mid term (2015-2022) and long term (2022-2030). Our opinions and insights, presented in this study, were influenced by several discussions conducted with experts in this area. These included senior representatives at Assembly Biosciences, Da Volterra, Metabiomics, MicroBiome Therapeutics and Rebiotix.

The 218 page report includes detailed profiles and an assessment of the microbiome therapeutics programs of many companies including:

Details of some other firms developing microbiome related diagnostics and companion diagnostics have also been captured. Examples include (in alphabetical order) Admera Health, Biocartis, Enterome Bioscience, Human Longevity, Metabiomics, Microbiome Diagnostics, Viomer, Whole Biome.

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In COVID-19 Crisis, Older Americans Are More Resilient Than Younger Generations, Edward Jones and Age Wave Research Finds – PRNewswire

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Despite COVID-19's severe and disproportionate impact on the health of aging adults, older Americans reported they are coping far better than younger ones, according to the Edward Jones and Age Wave study released today, "The Four Pillars of the New Retirement." The9,000-person, five-generation study in the U.S. and Canada revealed that in the U.S. 37% of Gen Z and 27% of millennials said they have suffered mental health declines since the pandemic began, while only 15% of baby boomers and 8% of silent generation respondents said the same.

"COVID-19's impact forever changed the reality of many Americans, yet we've observed a resilience among U.S. retirees in contrast to younger generations," said Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D., psychologist/gerontologist and founder and CEO of Age Wave. "Older Americans tend to recognize the value of a long-term view, and so as they think about their lives, longevity and legacy, they're able to pull from an array of experiences that help them weather current storms, feel gratitude about many aspects of their lives and still plan for the future."

The landmark Edward Jones and Age Wave research uncovered a new definition for retirement, as far more than simply the end of work. The majority of U.S. retirees (55%) defined retirement as a whole new chapter filled with new choices, freedoms and challenges, and they do so in a more holistic way across four important areas of health, family, purpose and finance.

COVID-19's Impact on Family Closeness and Finances COVID-19's initial dramatic impact on the U.S. economy and personal financial situations may very well leave long-lasting implications. Reflecting a great deal of generational generosity, 24 million Americans* have provided financial support to adult children due to COVID-19, and an overwhelming 71% of retirees said they would offer financial support to their family even if it could jeopardize their own financial future. Despite COVID-19's negative impact on finances, 67% of Americans said the pandemic has brought their families closer together. The research also revealed that 20 million Americans stopped making retirement savings contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic and only a quarter of working Americans were on track with their retirement savings prior to the pandemic.[i]

"We've certainly seen COVID-19's disruptive force on finances, with the pandemic influencing retirement timing and financial confidence," said Ken Cella, Edward Jones Client Services Group Principal. "However, this cloud has brought several silver linings in terms of family closeness and important discussions about planning earlier for retirement, saving more for emergencies and even talking through end-of-life plans and long-term care costs."

Social Relationships as Predictor of Health and Purpose While loneliness is pervasive across all five generations, as people age, physical isolation becomes a greater health risk, as deadly as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day[ii], and it is linked to increased risk for heart disease and dementia.[iii]While most retirees (76%) said they derive the greatest sense of purpose from social relationships, specifically time spent with loved ones, 72% noted that one of their biggest fears is becoming a burden on their families.

"Retirees say they miss people and purpose, not paychecks, when they retire, but 31% of new retirees are struggling to find purpose in this stage of life. They want to feel useful, not just youthful, and keep learning and growing at every age," Dychtwald added.

The study found that 89% of all Americans feel that there should be more ways for retirees to use their talents and knowledge for the benefit of their communities and society at large.

Financial Advisors as Connectors and Confidence Builders As Americans redefine retirement in a broader way across the four pillars, the majority of U.S. respondents felt their ideal financial advisor is a guide who can understand them and help them achieve their goals. In fact, 84% of those working with a financial advisor said that their financial advisor relationship gave them a greater sense of comfort regarding their finances during the pandemic.

Further underscoring the fundamental importance of financial security, retirees are often met by new challenges as they enter retirement. Thirty-six percent of retirees said managing money in retirement is more confusing than saving for retirement, and they want help navigating. Fifty-two percent of retirees cited healthcare costs, including long-term care, as the most common financial worry. This concern was also echoed by pre-retirees as more than two-thirds (68%) of those who plan to retire in the next 10 years said they have no idea what their healthcare and long-term care costs will be in retirement.

"Beyond finances, we can help our clients envision and truly realize a holistic retirement, which, we know includes decisions about their health, family and purpose," said Cella. "Empathy and knowledge allow us to better serve our clients in a human-centered way and work together to achieve what's most important to them and their families."

While the above findings feature a selection of respondents' thoughts regarding the new definition of retirement, further examination of the four pillars of health, family, purpose and finances reveal their highly intertwined nature and influence in shaping retirees' overall quality of life. For more details from The Four Pillars of the New Retirement, please visit

MethodologyThis report is based on a large-scale investigation of what it means to live well in retirement that began in November 2019. The study was conducted by Edward Jones in partnership with Age Wave and The Harris Poll.

As part of the study, The Harris Poll conducted an online, representative survey from May 21 through June 4, 2020among more than 9,000 adults age 18+, in the US and Canada, including n=3,000 among a US general population, n=1,000 among a Canadian general population, and oversamples of approximately 500 in each of the following 10 metropolitan regions: Atlanta, Charlotte, Cleveland, Dallas, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, St. Louis, and Toronto.Results were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population.

*Estimated projections to the US population are calculated based on the 2019 Census Current Population Survey.

About Edward Jones Edward D. Jones & Co., L.P., a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the investments offered to the location of branch offices, caters to individual investors. The firm's 19,000-plus financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients with a total of $1.2 trillion in client assets under care. Visit http://www.edwardjones.comor the recruiting website at Member SIPC.

About Age Wave Under the leadership of Founder and CEO Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D., Age Wave is the nation's foremost thought leader on population aging and its profound business, social, financial, health care, workforce, and cultural implications. Dychtwald's long-awaited new book What Retirees Want: A Holistic View of Life's Third Age was just published (Wiley, July 15,2020). Since its inception in 1986, the firm has advised numerous non-profits and over half the Fortune 500. For more information, please

About The Harris Poll The Harris Poll is one of the longest-running surveys in the U.S.;tracking public opinion, motivations and social sentiment since 1963. The Harris Poll is now part of Harris Insights & Analytics, a global consulting and market research firm that delivers social intelligence for transformational times. The Harris Poll works with clients in three primary areas; building twenty-first-century corporate reputation, crafting brand strategy and performance tracking, and earning organic media through public relations research. Learn more

[i]Federal Reserve, Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2018 - May 2019

[ii]Holt-Lunstad J, Smith TB, Layton JB. Social relationships and mortality risk: a meta-analytic review. PLoS Med., July 2010

[iii]National Institute on Aging, "Social isolation, loneliness in older people pose health risks," April 23, 2019.

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