FiRe 2019 Speaker Spotlight
Pam Taub, MD, FACC, knows a thing or two about rhythms. Taub is the founder and director of the Step Family Foundation Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Wellness Center at UCSD's Jacobs Medical Center - the first of its kind at a major US hospital with a laser focus on whole-body wellness, including diet, exercise, and preventative care.
While her clinical practice focuses on preventive cardiology and lipidology, her research; which has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and the American Heart Association; focuses on assessing how pharmacologic intervention and lifestyle changes affect cardiometabolic disease.
And since 2018, she's been working with Satchidananda Panda, a professor in the Salk Institute's Regulatory Biology Laboratory, to study the effectiveness of circadian-rhythm-based diet intervention on cardiovascular health, compared with standard nutritional behavioral counseling.
For most of human history, dependence on daylight limited the hours available for finding food. So almost every cell in our body has a biological clock that tells it when
to be active - using the nutrients from food to grow and conduct normal business - and when to rest. Increasingly, evidence shows that disruptions to this natural cycle, caused by artificial light and round-the-clock access to food, can impact our health, resulting in everything from poor-quality sleep to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
We're delighted to be welcoming Taub, Panda, and FiRe alum Larry Smarr - a patient in Taub's study - to the stage at FiRe 2019 to discuss some of their findings and share what you can learn from their research.
Learn more about FiRe 2019 and register here.
Amazon on the Launch Pad: Beyond Antitrust and
by Evan Anderson
Over the past week, a sense of gloom has been building on Wall Street on the subject of big tech companies. The reasoning is simple: the Trump administration seems keen to pursue some sort of antitrust campaign against the biggest US tech companies, perhaps in the vein of the European Union's strategy of frequently fining the largest firms. Why the gloom? When Donald Trump appeared on CNBC's Squawk Box on Monday, he said he believed that Facebook, Amazon, and Google worked against him during the 2016 election. He went on to state that when it comes to European fines for these firms,
... we should be doing what they're doing. They think there's a monopoly, but I'm not sure that they think that - they just figure this is easy money. We'll sue Apple for $7 billion, and we'll make a settlement or win the case. So I think it is a bad situation, but obviously there is something going on in terms of monopoly.
Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Tuesday in its active antitrust investigation into big tech firms, specifically citing Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Apple as companies of interest. The bipartisan comments that emerged would certainly look unsettling if you were reading the news from your desk at one of these firms....