Dateline: 11/4/2018: Ciudad de México, México: Maria Fuentes, who was diagnosed with terminal kidney cancer 10 years ago, and given 6 months to live at the time, welcomed family and friends for her 90th birthday yesterday. “I am so happy God gave Merck the ability to help me live with this disease. I love the extra time it has given me with my family. When I first agreed to this experimental drug, I was sure that I would not last this long, but here I am!” Merck contacted Maria right after she was first diagnosed, and she was one of the first patients to be given Pausivase™, a drug which is now commonplace outside of the United States but is still taking the arduous process of approval via the FDA in the US. Pausivase is the touted “miracle drug” which nearly halts the spread of many illnesses, turning terminal patients into chronic patients. As such, many patients can live much longer lives, even in their advanced conditions.
About 6 years ago, I wrote a set of predictive stories about what life would be like 10 years out. Really interesting to go back to that time and see how much of that is on the way to actually happening: some of it – like 3d printers, are definitely moving along at a rapid clip. Others, not so much. I thought that you might find some of these interesting, so I’ll send them out in addition to my regular scheduled programming. Hope you enjoyed, and that it spurs some new thinking!