Revolutionising healthcare with plastics

By 2030, advances in medical science will mean a move from curing disease to preventing disease and extending life-spans. Children born then could have life expectancies stretching to 130 years.

Futurologists predict a revolution in healthcare in the next 25 years that will dramatically extend human life spans. A combination of gene-based therapies, stem cell medicine and molecular-nanotechnology will introduce a new model of medical science which will prevent disease from occurring and will offer significant life extension and even physical and mental rejuvenation.

Plastics will play an important role in this revolution. We already rely heavily on plastics to protect drugs from contamination and deterioration, use them in radiation, heat-sterilisable syringes, blood and nutritional bags as well as tubing systems. Modern lightweight plastic ECG equipment can be worn for extended periods to provide more accurate information on the patient’s condition. Plastic robots are being used increasingly to perform safer surgery, plastic receptacles deliver drugs to sites deep within the body and maintain anti-cancer drugs in blood plasma for longer periods than standard formulations. Plastics are also key components of modern prosthetic devices, providing comfort, flexibility mobility and a life-like appearance.

For more information on this subject visit www.plasticseurope.org/theworldin2030
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