A public health perspective on longevity

Wing Fu Lai, Chung Yee Zenobia Chan

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Aging is a progressive and cumulative deterioration of the physiological functioning of life. Over the last several decades, an increasing understanding of the causes of aging has been shedding light on prospects for lifespan extension. In addition, development of biotechnological techniques has made intervention in cells at the molecular level feasible. In spite of this, until recently, little discussion has been made to consider the potential challenges of the prevention and intervention of aging with the public health perspective. To fill such a gap, this chapter will first offer a historical overview of longevity search, followed by a detailed discussion of the limitations on longevity enhancement at present. It is hoped that, via thorough discussion on longevity in practice, human lifespan could be extended, with both the quality and productivity of the life of the elderly being increased.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Issues in Chinese Contexts
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781536112238
ISBN (Print)9781608767236
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Medicine


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