The world around us is always evolving. If we were to turn the clock back a hundred years we probably wouldn’t even recognize our own town. We certainly wouldn’t know how to live without computers, cell phones or iPods. It seems unthinkable to have to wait thirty days to get a letter to be able to talk to a friend or relative. Nowadays we can log on to our computers and write out an email that takes only seconds to get to the person we are sending it to.

 

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As little as 20 years ago technology was oceans apart of where it is today. The last two decades have given rise to astonishing advancements in the technologies we all know and love today. Not too long ago we had cassette players, now we have CDs which have turned into mp3 players. Televisions that were once considered big screen at 28” and weighed in at 50+ pounds are now pushing 60”, weigh less than 30 pounds and are flat screen HDTV’s to boot. It is not too difficult to look around and see the rampant technological advances everywhere.

We often think of technological advancement in terms of all the electronics that are around us to entertain and educate us. But there have also been huge advancements in medicine in the last couple of decades. Scientists are learning new things about diseases and searching for treatments every day. Scientists with funding from both private and public sources have made tremendous advances in the health care field.

We know far more about infectious diseases such as AIDS and more about diseases of the central nervous system such as ADHD and Alzheimer’s disease. There are still diseases in the world where medical knowledge is severely limited even more where no cure has been found. There are so many different types of diseases, infections and abnormalities affecting people around the world, it is very probable that we will never know all there is to know about what they are and how to treat them. We do know, though, that science is always evolving and someday, medicine will catch up to many of these unknown and/or untreatable afflictions.

For those diagnosed with cancer, AIDS or Alzheimer’s disease it is certainly important that we continue researching and working to improve medicine and searching for cures. Every year millions of Americans die suffering from infections or diseases, many well before they should have. That means that families across the United States suffer the loss of relatives or loved ones because there wasn’t a sufficient cure for their diagnosis.

Of course companies like Apple and Sony are pouring huge sums of money annually into research and development of newer and newer technology so they can claim to be the one with the cutting edge gadgets that everybody must have. Smart phones and HDTV are evolving every single day into faster, easier lean machines. It is a wonderful time we live in when the technology exists enabling us to send emails from our phones and make sure our home security devices are on and the coffee pot is off, all from a single pocket size gizmo. With all this sophisticated wireless stuff, you would think the scientists could come up with a successful treatment for diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Many times big name stores will periodically ask their customers when they check out, if they would like to donate a dollar to cancer research or towards the search for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Frequently customers answer no or not today, but next time we are asked, if we could all donate a dollar, then perhaps we could make as many advances medically as we have with our electronic gadgets and toys.

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