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Medical News & Perspectives
May 12, 1999

Futurists See Longer, Better Life in the Third Millennium

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JAMA. 1999;281(18):1685-1686. doi:10.1001/jama.281.18.1685-JMN0512-2-1

Boston—Assuming the Y2K situation doesn't plunge us into another 700-year Dark Age, the near future of humanity and the ability of medicine to improve health look remarkably bright—at least to a select group of visionaries.

At NextMed2, a conference held here last month to envision the future of medicine, scientists and physicians shared findings, theories, and philosophies that hinted at turning cancer into a manageable disease like diabetes, eliminating cardiovascular disease as a leading cause of mortality, expanding the human lifespan to 150 years, and even reversing the aging process.

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