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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

As Longevity Becomes Big Business... -- Bio, Long, Soc

The following news release excerpt on the 13th Annual International Congress on Anti-Aging Medicine is interesting for a number of reasons, but in particular because it strongly hints at the enormous business potential that companies are waking up to in the anti-aging crusade. Services and products as diverse as psycholological counselling, stem cell research, hormone treatments, cosmetics, plastic surgery and so forth are all seeing what a stake they have in this field... and are apparently starting to work together to promote their diverse and promising new industry.

Because so many of these services and products are not in direct conflict with one another, their providers have every reason to collaborate in promoting the idea of healthy longevity, and in staving off special interests with reasons to frustrate their aims.

All of which suggests we'll soon be looking at powerful industry juggernaut promoting longevity and this form of human enhancement technology. And so the world changes again.

Largest Medical Conference Highlighting 2005 Advancements in Human
Longevity Attracts Record-Setting Attendance

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release as an Adobe PDF document.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) December 26, 2005 -- A record-setting 5,000+ delegates and corporate leaders participated in the world's premier scientific conference on topics relating to medical interventions to prevent and treat the diseases and disabilities associated with the biological process of aging. These cutting-edge innovative physicians and health practitioners who are involved in improving and extending the human lifespan hailed from more than 50 nations around the world.

Over the four-day scientific program that took place 9-12 December 2005, more than 70 of the world's leading experts on human aging, life enhancement, and life extension presented the latest breakthroughs in their areas of expertise:

~ In Saturday's Keynote Lecture, "How the Longevity Revolution Will Transform Our Lives," psychologist, gerontologist, and author Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D., captivated the audience to think anew about "old age"
~ Best-selling author John Gray, Ph.D., presenting Sunday's Keynote Lecture, "Stress and Poor Diet Affect Relationships," received a standing ovation from the audience
~ Professor Aw Tar Choon, M.D., Ph.D. from the National University of Singapore Medical School presented the latest breakthroughs on stem cell therapeutics in his lecture on "Stem Cell Research and Clinical Applications"
~ Eugene Shippen, M.D., best-selling author of The Testosterone Syndrome, spoke on the subject of "Hormone Relationships to Diseases of Aging"; in the post-lecture Q&A area, delegates were eager to learn more

The XIII Annual International Congress on Anti-Aging Medicine's Winter 2005 Session was co-sponsored by The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M; www.worldhealth.net), the academic leader in a worldwide movement in life enhancement and life extention that impacts more than 50,000 physicians in 80 countries. The A4M is a non-profit medical society dedicated to the advancement of technology to detect, prevent, and treat aging related disease and to promote research into methods to retard and optimize the human aging process. A4M is also dedicated to educating physicians, scientists, and members of the public on biomedical sciences, breaking technologies, and anti-aging issues. A4M seeks to disseminate information concerning innovative science and research as well as treatment modalities designed to prolong the human lifespan.

The XIII Annual International Congress on Anti-Aging Medicine Winter 2005 Session offered up to 51 hours of Category 1 AMA/PRA Credits focusing on scientific educational programming in some of the most promising arenas of preventive medicine, including:
~ Stem cell therapeutics and regenerative medicine
~ Laser surgery, skin resurfacing, fillers, and other facets of aesthetic medicine
~ Biomarkers of aging
~ Obesity and medical weight management
~ Cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment
~ Hormone replacement therapy
~ Vitamin therapies
~ Cognitive testing and maintenance of mental performance

Comments Dr. Ronald Klatz, A4M founder and President: "Annually, the Winter Session of the A4M's Anti-Aging Scientific Program consistently and regularly draws not only world-renowned faculty, but high-caliber delegates as well, making for a unique combination of excellence among all attendees that optimizes this forum for educational exchange." Adds Dr. Robert Goldman, A4M Chairman: "This is the largest event of its kind. As a group, these 5,000 participants represent the most innovative pioneers in advancements in life enhancement and life extension medicine around the world."

Awards were presented to two distinguished recipients in recognition of their outstanding contributions in their fields of expertise:
~ Presentation of the Infinity Award, the A4M's highest honor, to Dr. Ken Dychtwald, whose achievement, devotion, and foresight have helped to advance a new perspective on the notion of "aging," by Dr. Ronald Klatz, A4M President and Dr. Robert Goldman, A4M Chairman
~ Presentation of the Lifetime Health and Fitness Award to Mr. Augie Nieto by Dr. Robert Goldman, A4M Chairman

Today's mature adults control more than $7 trillion in wealth in the United States[Harvard Business Review, March 2004], or 70% of all US wealth. Further, they bring in $2 trillion in annual income and account for 50% of all discretionary spending." [Associated Press, March 7, 2004]. At the co-located Las Vegas Anti-Aging Exposition, more than 400 corporate booths displayed the latest technologies from the medical and biotech market aimed at improving and/or extending the human lifespan. The United States market for anti-aging products and services exceeds $45.5 billion (2004). Growing at an average annual growth rate of 9.5%, this market will reach nearly $72 billion by 2009. [Business Communications Company, Inc., February 2005. Companies with products and services in the $7.7 billion appearance products and services market also were represented.

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