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One of the main reasons behind the World's massive population spurt of the past century, is our advancements in healthcare. By the standards of only 100 years ago, with the help of medicines and treatments, we are now prolonging life to unimaginable average lengths, and we have now really begun to take control of our body's systems. Lucrative financial investment from the business community - most notably pharmaceutical corporations - has also helped by attracting many great scientific minds to the field of Gerontology (the study of aging). Elderly Woman sitting at Window
Population Growth
Our population is growing at a massive rate, and it looks set to continue, which will bring a whole host of new problems, while making some current issues much harder to deal with. We still do not use our land in the best possible manner to provide food for our growing population, many people still live in terrible conditions, and we still do not know what to do with our waste. Lets hope that the 9.1bn people alive in 2050 can do much better than the 6.9bn of 2010, and considerably better than the 2.5bn of 1950.
Do You Want To Live Forever?
This is film aims to address a critical question which we all tend to dodge throughout our lives; how long should we humans live? It centers around one of the most exciting scientists to emerge in recent years, Aubrey de Grey, a Cambridge-based computer technician turned Gerontologist, meaning someone who studies the social, psychological and biological aspects of aging. Aubrey has attracted much criticism for his unconventional approach and ideas, and he has sparked furious debate in the Scientific community about the idea of humans living until 500 or 1000.
Life In Prison - The Cost Of An Aging Prison Population
This film explores a subject which has not really been touched on by the wider American public; can the nation financially support it's gigantic prison population when they are getting older and sicker? Rising healthcare costs due to health innovations, and more costly care methods, are in line with the rest of society, but can the US people really support this kind of system. KPBS takes a look inside three of California's state prisons, including the California Medical Facility, where many the oldest and sickest long-term inmates go to end their days.
Aubrey de Grey on How To Beat Aging
2nd Aubrey De Grey Speech Here>
There are many presentations available online in which Aubrey de Grey sets out his theory for reversing the human aging process, and this is one of the most recent which has been recorded. Like many of his talks, he also sets out how he feels we can add hundreds of years onto the lives of people who are actually living right now, if only we throw some resources into the correct areas of research, which he feels he has identified in his 'Seven Deadly Sins'. They are the seven types of aging damage which he feels can be reversed, and to this point, he maintains that nobody has been able to add to that list so we must presume that we can now identify all of the side-effects to aging, and with this knowledge, we can now begin to take that process on.
William Li: Can Cancer-Fighting Foods Cut Off Supply Lines & Kill It?
TEDtalk - William Li presents a new way to think about treating cancer and other diseases: anti-angiogenesis, preventing the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor. The crucial first (and best) step: Eating cancer-fighting foods that cut off the supply lines and beat cancer at its own game. William Li heads the Angiogenesis Foundation, a nonprofit that is re-conceptualizing global disease fighting.
Gregory Petsko on The Impending Global Neurological Epidemic
TEDtalk - Biochemist Gregory Petsko makes a convincing argument that, in the next 50 years, we'll see an epidemic of neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer's, as the world population ages. His solution: more research into the brain and its functions. Gregory Petsko is a biochemist who studies the proteins of the body and their biochemical function. Working with Dagmar Ringe, he's doing pioneering work in the way we look at proteins and what they do.
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