Monday, January 26, 2009
Fountain of youth in a pill
I was watching "60 Minutes" last night and listened to a story about a chemical found in red wine that researchers believe may well prevent or even cure some medical conditions found most prevalent in the 50 to 70 yr. old range among humans. They talked of 90 yr. olds feeling well enough to play tennis and be active and healthy. The chemical known as Resveratrol has been found to have remarkable health benefits among mice and monkeys. Clinical trials among humans are to be started soon and the developers have high hopes that the drug may be approved within 5 yrs by the FDA for use in humans. Just think....soon we may be able to cure diseases or at the very least feel better and actually want to live to be 100 because we feel well enough to enjoy what has always been called the "golden years" but few people have felt very golden while living them. All of this, just by popping a pill. I wonder what they'll charge for this fountain of youth pill? The developers just became rich when their small pharmaceutical company called Sirtris was purchased by GlaxoSmithKline for the tidy sum of $720 million USD. Hmmmmmm....wish I had some spare cash laying around. I could buy some stock in Resveratrol and actually live long enough to see our economy turn around and make me a millionaire......by that time an OLD rich healthy millionaire :) Have a good one!