Fifty Years - and ME? In medicine, healthcare, technology and science the last fifty years have seen some dramatic developments that are nowadays taken for granted. Antibiotics dramatically reduced death rates due to infection and today even new classes of antibiotics are being produced – even synthesised versions – to tackle superbugs Organ transplants have become commonplace - with thousands of transplants being performed every year. Artificial organs have been developed. Anti-viral therapy for HIV has transformed the prospects of patients from a fatal to a managed condition. Vaccinations developed against many infectious diseases have changed society. Imaging technology such as CT, MRI, and PET has revolutionised the detection of disease. Anti-TB therapy practically eradicated tuberculosis, until recently. Major advances in knowledge of the genetic code has laid foundations for the -omics branches of science. Kidney dialysis, endoscopy and laparoscopic surgery, inhaled therapy, cataract treatment, statins, beta-blockers...etc. Invest in ME Research (Charity Nr. 1153730) Revolutionary developments now in everyday use, improving lives of patients. Technologies too have changed the world Computing power and development has turned the future into the present with technologies such as artificial intelligence. With the rapid pace of development in science and technology then this overflows into medicine. Unbelievable changes are being developed and tested - such as 3D printed body parts, new complex and even remote surgical procedures , gene therapy , gut bacteria treatments, cancer immunotherapy, synthetic cells, reprogrammed cells , mitochondrial replacement therapy ................it goes on and on. If one can dream one can think the future. It all seems possible. And myalgic encephalomyelitis? Well, all of the above have had great effects on society and even people with ME will have benefited from some of these developments. However, what of ME itself? investinme.org Page 7 of 52

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