7 responses

  1. Truthspew
    March 20, 2011

    Yes, the future for medicine is getting VERY interesting. I really should have gone into the field but felt back then that it was still primitive. But growing organs in situ, and other technologies are going to be a sea change for medicine.

  2. LA
    March 21, 2011

    I am just not sure if these statistics capture how bad the health of today overweight/obese teenagers (and children!) will be when they grow older another decade or two. Of course there are many imminent advances in Medicine (the “Hub” does a great job pointing them out), but my opinion is that the situation will just be almost catastrophic in the near future and will affect the vital statistics. Fortunately, statistics are not personal, so if each one of us exercise and eat healthy, we can all beat the coming grim statistics too.
    Another note: I am just very happy to know that the number of homicide related deaths is decreasing. It is wonderful if we all can build and live in a more peaceful, less violent, society.

  3. WildZBill
    March 21, 2011

    OK, so why is it that we are not granting trillions of dollars into longevity research? I don’t want to die, do you?
    I don’t care how it works, connect me to as many machines as necessary, inject a nanobot virus, hook my brain up directly into the internet and start uploading, whatever.

  4. Arjen Kamphuis
    March 21, 2011

    In light of the vast amounts of cash the US spends on health you should already be pretty much immortal. Many countries (both developed and developing) get higher life expectancy for less than a third of the cost per capita. Fixing the basic faults in your health-care system and modeling it more on countries like France, Germany, Sweden, Norway or even the Netherlands or the UK would improve life expectancy by several years at current cost levels.

  5. Kim
    March 23, 2011

    One thing to note is that life exp in the US has a lot to do with class. Poor and working class people generally have a much worse diet, smoke more, and have less access to health care, and so don’t live as long. Middle and rich class people actually do pretty well. The highest life exp in the world is in Monaco, which shows you how much money can make a difference. Bottom line, eat healthy, exercise, make money, and support life extension research like SENS.

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