Aging: Disease or Business Opportunity?

The market for drugs to control and treat diseases of aging and for appearance-related products and services is expected to reach $71 billion a year by 2009.

And for four days last December, America’s pleasure dome in the desert, Las Vegas, played host to a convention dedicated to the proposition that growing old is “a treatable medical condition.”

This spring, though, the anti-aging industry has come under a harsher light.

The authorities have indicted 20 people, including four doctors, in three states as part of an investigation into what federal and state prosecutors describe as a booming and illegal trade: Internet trafficking in human growth hormone and anabolic steroids.

More info:  New York Times

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