Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

The Conquest of Disease: It's Almost within Sight

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

The Conquest of Disease: It's Almost within Sight

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The following was abstracted from an article in The Futurist, January 1999 (Vol. 33, .Vo.1) authored by William B. Schwartz.

"Exactly where we will stand in the long war against disease by the year 2050 is impossible to say. But if developments in research maintain their current pace, it seems likely that a combination of improved attention to dietary and environmental factors, along with advances in gene therapy and protein-targeted drugs, will have virtually eliminated most major classes of disease." (page 51)

What are the implications of realizing such developments? Lower health care costs will certainly be realized if we become a more disease-free society. Life expectancy should increase. If the quality of life is good because of excellent health care and support, then many may even desire to live longer. In fact, if there are a growing number of people living longer because of medical advances and there is great potential for a good quality of life as aging occurs, the threat of a population explosion of long-living elderly may become a social problem. …

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