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What disease is most important for scientists to try to cure in the coming years?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on September 16, 2012

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“ Alzheimer’s. As the population ages and our life expectancy is increasing, it’s important to have a cure for that.”

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“ I suppose lung cancer is the most salient for me because my grandfather and father both died of lung cancer.”

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“ Type 2 diabetes. It could be prevented easier than many of the other diseases. ”

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“ I would say HIV. That is one of the most widespread. Prevention in Africa would save more lives.”


kernal 5 years, 4 months ago

Ms Wycoff hit the nail on the head. Alzheimers may be the biggest medical cost in the years ahead as the baby boomers begin to age. There is medication available for those in the beginning stages, but most people who aren't yet eligible for Medicare don't want to get tested for fear they won't be able to get insurance if the diagnosis is positive. That is one of the shames of our current health insurance industry as early treatment can help delay the full onset and keep the additional medical costs at bay for a longer period.

As for Type II Diabetes, that can often be avoided by a healthy diet and exercise and controlled by the same method for those who already have it. The health industry needs to hammer that in the public's head via the media, medical professionals and every other way possible. Pepsi is not the breakfast of champions.

costello 5 years, 4 months ago

There're some calling Alzheimers type III diabetes.

gbulldog 5 years, 4 months ago

And its use as an excuse to do bad things. eg riots, killings, raping, pillaging, etc.

beatrice 5 years, 4 months ago

Organized religion. It is a plague on the entire world with a variety of mutations.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 years, 4 months ago

There are so many forms of cancer that are killing people everyday. If they could get a handle on any of them, That would be wonderful.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 years, 4 months ago

I agree Autie. They have a better chance at curing cancer than curing stupid. Changed my post for the reason you stated.

gbulldog 5 years, 4 months ago

Lack of Self Confidence! Can leads to many of our social problems including: school dropouts, addictions, murder, rape, teenage pregnacy, school bullying, runaways, suicide, etc.

Mary Darst 5 years, 4 months ago

I am all over the stupid thing. Two many other diseases to pick from. But I know what will cure the Blue Man disease-by curing racism and ignorance!

Richard Heckler 5 years, 4 months ago

The Rt Wing Libertarian Neocon Fundamentalist Tea Party for Economic Terrorism which poses as republicans. This disease has a history of about 33 years and wrecks havoc on the entire USA as well as the world financial community. It is devastating.

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