May 16 2008 / by futuretalk / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Health & Medicine Year: General Rating: 8 Hot
By Dick Pelletier
A recent government report, 2020: A New Vision – A Future for Regenerative Medicine, predicts a revolution in medical technology is underway that could eliminate most diseases in the future.
Scientists in this revolution are focusing on actually curing health problems, not just treating them. Their goals include developing therapies to completely eradicate diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, osteoporosis, arthritis, and spinal cord injuries. Virtually any disease that results from damaged or failing tissues can be targeted for elimination with regenerative medicine.
Derived from biology, biochemistry, physics, engineering, and other fields, this medical revolution will utilize stem cell therapies, genetic engineering, and nanotech to repair tissues and organs inside the body, and build new body parts in the lab when necessary. Given cohesive government initiative and adequate funding, the report states that progress could be realized in the following timeline:
2010-2015 – Develop multiple applications for skin, cartilage, bone, blood vessel, and some urological products; enable insurance companies to cover these procedures; establish FDA standards for newly-developing technologies; make available cell banks for unlimited tissue storage; and allow researchers access to materials they need to design new therapies and create cost-effective production methods. (cont.)