Kids are living longer

Kids are living longer

01.20.12 | By Preet Bilinski

A child born today can expect to live 30 years longer than a child born a century ago; that difference represents practically my entire life. Children may not realize the incredible progress that has been made, but their parents will. We all laugh at the, 'when I was your age, I had to walk 3 miles up hill in the snow with no shoes' comparisons, but things have changed. It's evident in technology and the way we communicate via email and text messages, but it has also happened when it comes to medicines for children.

Infant mortality has sunk to record lows. New vaccines protect children against previously life-threatening diseases, and new treatments help battle the ones that we aren't able to prevent - all thanks in part to R&D. America's biopharmaceutical companies are working to continue that progress with nearly 300 medicines in development to meet the unique needs of children. This includes 54 for cancer which, despite significant progress, is still the leading cause of death by disease among American children.

These medicines offer hope that kids today will go on to tell their kids about how life was when they were young.

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