All indications are that average human lifespans in developed countries will continue to lengthen, in large part because of advances in medicine and healthcare. Here’s an example of why this is so, as written up by AARP.org:

The MasSpec Pen, being developed by a team of scientists and engineers at the University of Texas at Austin and the Baylor College of Medicine, could change for the much better how doctors test for cancer. Used during surgery, the digital imaging mass spectrometry pen can determine if tissue surrounding a surgical site contains cancer cells – in seconds. If this technology proves out and if it is used widely, patients will be able to return home from cancer surgery with great confidence that the surgeon “got it all.”

Healthcare technology in the digital age already is extending lives. In the near future, it will do even more.


Further reading:
Cancer Pen May Speed Diagnosis: Highly accurate new tool helps surgeons test suspicious tissue
AARP.org
September 13, 2017


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