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January 16, 2007
Death Rates: 1950 and today
To add a bit more fuel to the fire. Here are age-adjusted death rates in 1950 and 2004, for several important causes of death. Heart disease and strokes are way down, cancer has barely changed, diabetes and lower respiratory diseases are up
The lack of progress in cancer is disturbing. These come from the CDC...I'm going to dig around in these numbers a bit more.
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The lack of longer life that you are talking about is because scientists haven't finished their research on how to set the human biological clock for death. People are only designed to live for so long. so far all most of medicine has focused on the symptoms (heart disease, strokes, cancer,) instead of the cause, (our clock).
What do I mean? Our cells are only designed to divide a set number of times. After that DNA breaks down and people die. There has been some progress on this however. They made fruit flies live much longer than their clock would have them live and I think they repeated this experiment in mice.
I read this in Discover magazine and I just tried to Google it with no luck. All I get are articles talking about long life genes. I'm not talking about long life genes, I'm talking about the design of all our genes. Specifically there is a piece on the end of all your genes that breaks off with each division. When they have all broken off, you die. This means you cells can only divide so many times. Sea turtles have lots of these pieces, in fuit flies there are few, and people are in between.
Posted by: Joe Cushing at January 17, 2007 07:56 AM
That why we need more medicare
but we should observe the new serious illness,
Posted by: CoCo at January 26, 2007 03:52 AM