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  1. #1 What promises to be the most effective area in medical research to stop aging and diseases? 
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    I have to choose which area in medical research that will be the most effective way to give us the option as to how and when we die. In other words, I want to know which areas have the most promise and that tackle multiple diseases as well as aging.

    These three seem to have much room for advancement; genetic engineering, stem cell research and possibly mind up-loading. Are there any others that if mastered well enough will provide the ultimate medicines?


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    My own thoughts on this are that the biggest area emerging in disease prevention and amelioration is inflammation.

    There are several promising research avenues looking at the links between heart disease, Alzheimer's disease and various cancers and underlying, chronic inflammation.

    And seeing as inflammation of various kinds is also linked to autoimmune diseases, there's a lot of scope for making life easier and healthier for people up until the point where something "gives" and the person succumbs to a brief period of incapacity or illness before their inevitable death.

    The Nun Study shows that people can have a substantial burden of degeneration in their brains and function perfectly well without exhibiting any overt signs of dementia before dying of something else entirely. Nun Brains Show Language Skills Predict Future Alzheimer's Risk - Wired Science

    As it happens, in that particular case, the improved function is related to education and/ or language functioning in early life, but there's no reason not to think that other combinations of disease and functioning can be entirely physical and similarly delay onset of life-limiting overt illness. Prostate cancer's a good example. Many more old men die with prostate cancer than die from prostate cancer. It's one thing to look at the tumours themselves to distinguish these groups from each other. It might be worth more, a lot more, investigation to look at other features of these men's health indicators or earlier lives to see if, how, when, things other than the cancer itself might promote the chronic rather than an acute form of the disease.


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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    My own thoughts on this are that the biggest area emerging in disease prevention and amelioration is inflammation.

    There are several promising research avenues looking at the links between heart disease, Alzheimer's disease and various cancers and underlying, chronic inflammation.

    And seeing as inflammation of various kinds is also linked to autoimmune diseases, there's a lot of scope for making life easier and healthier for people up until the point where something "gives" and the person succumbs to a brief period of incapacity or illness before their inevitable death.

    The Nun Study shows that people can have a substantial burden of degeneration in their brains and function perfectly well without exhibiting any overt signs of dementia before dying of something else entirely. Nun Brains Show Language Skills Predict Future Alzheimer's Risk - Wired Science

    As it happens, in that particular case, the improved function is related to education and/ or language functioning in early life, but there's no reason not to think that other combinations of disease and functioning can be entirely physical and similarly delay onset of life-limiting overt illness. Prostate cancer's a good example. Many more old men die with prostate cancer than die from prostate cancer. It's one thing to look at the tumours themselves to distinguish these groups from each other. It might be worth more, a lot more, investigation to look at other features of these men's health indicators or earlier lives to see if, how, when, things other than the cancer itself might promote the chronic rather than an acute form of the disease.
    Wow, that is interesting - thank-you.
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