In The Future, Death Will Be Different

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In the future, humans will likely die of a very different suite of causes than we do now, thanks to advances in healthcare, an aging population, and changes in the environment.

To learn more about this topic, start your googling with these keywords:
– Global Burden of Disease Study: A comprehensive look at morbidity and mortality that measures lost human potential due to ill health caused by disease.
– Aging-associated Diseases: Diseases that increase in frequency with senescence, including atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis, cataracts, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and Alzheimer’s disease.
– Global Catastrophic Risk: A risk that could inflict serious damage to human well-being on a global scale.
– Doomsday Clock: A metaphor that represents how close humanity is to self-destruction.
– Antiretroviral Therapy: A combination of drugs that suppresses HIV replication in infected individuals.
– PrEP: Pre-exposure prophylactic medications that work to prevent at-risk individuals from contracting HIV.

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