More MS news articles for January 1999
Monday, January 18, 1999
In a recent survey of Americans conducted for Shell Oil Co., most expressed
optimism that cures would be found for major diseases such as cancer and
diabetes in the next 30 years.
The Shell Poll of 1,264 randomly selected adults, 18 and older, was
conducted Nov. 5-8 by Peter D. Hart Research Associates.
It found that Americans were "very optimistic" about cures for:
Less than a majority said cures would be found for stroke / heart disease
(45%), obesity (40%) and the common cold (38%). Other findings:
Spinal cord injuries, 67%.
Alzheimer's disease, 51%.
Food-borne diseases, 61%.
Multiple sclerosis, 52%.
Almost half of the women younger than 40 selected effective birth control
over weight-control medication and cosmetic-related advances.
Just 7% of respondents chose advances for hair-loss prevention.
Only 4% chose new drugs to improve sexual potency.
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