2005 Promises Extended Lifespans, Better Health, and More Biotechnology as Thousands of Physicians Join the Anti-Aging Medical Movement

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2004 was a banner year for the anti-aging medical movement. "Anti-aging" has become the hottest buzz-phrase in health and beauty, with sales in the anti-aging marketplace predicted to approach $41.94 billion by 2006, expanding at an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 8%. There are many reasons to look forward to 2005, and the prospects for greater numbers of people to enjoy healthier, happier, more youthful lives certainly tops the list.

2004 was a banner year for the anti-aging medical movement, which had its modest beginnings in 1992, when pioneering physicians and surgeons Dr. Ronald Klatz and Dr. Robert Goldman first used the term "anti-aging." Since then, "anti-aging" has become the hottest buzz-phrase in health and beauty, with sales in the anti-aging marketplace predicted to approach $41.94 billion by 2006, expanding at an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 8% [source: Business Communications Company].

Anti-aging medicine is a medical specialty founded on the application of advanced scientific and medical technologies for the early detection, prevention, treatment, and reversal of age-related dysfunction, disorders, and diseases. It is a healthcare model promoting innovative science and research to prolong the healthy lifespan in humans. As such, anti-aging medicine is based on principles of sound and responsible medical care that are consistent with those applied in other preventive health specialties. The goal of anti-aging medicine is not to merely prolong the total years of an individual's life, but to ensure that those years are enjoyed in a productive and vital fashion. Anti-aging medicine focuses on the application of high-tech diagnostic and treatment biomedical technologies for the very earliest detection and most aggressive care of disease.

Presiding as guardian of the anti-aging medical movement is the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M; http://www.worldhealth.net), the world's leading nonprofit professional medical organization dedicated to advancing research and clinical pursuits that enhance the quality, and extend the quantity, of the human lifespan. The 14,000 physicians, scientists, and health practitioners from 75 nations who are members of the A4M are forging an innovative model of healthcare that alleviates the mounting social, economic, and medical woes otherwise anticipated to arrive with the rapidly growing volume of an aging population.

A4M, led by Dr. Ronald Klatz, President, and Dr. Robert Goldman, Chairman, enjoyed a banner year of exciting accomplishments. In 2004, A4M sponsored and produced the largest-ever anti-aging scientific medical conference. Combined, the two sessions of the A4M's 12th Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging Medicine drew unprecedented attendance. A total of over 6,500 physicians, health practitioners, and industry leaders convened at the Summer 2004 session, held in Chicago in August 2004, and the Winter 2004 session, which took place in Las Vegas in December. Co-located Anti-Aging Expositions at these two venues generated heavy traffic for the more than 500 exhibitors displaying the most advanced technologies and innovative products pertaining to life enhancement and life extension. In 2004, the A4M's World Congress on Anti-Aging Medicine reinforced its position as the world's premier meeting place for the anti-aging medical specialty. In 2005, A4M continues its co-supporting role for regional anti-aging scientific conferences taking place around the world, at venues including Monaco, London, Munich, Seoul, Zurich, Bali (Indonesia), and Florence (Italy). 2005 also promises to be a record-setting year for A4M's USA conferences, with attendance projected to reach 10,000 for the two sessions of the 13th Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging Medicine. The Summer Session takes place August 19-21, 2005 in Chicago and the Winter Session will be held December 1-4, 2005 in Las Vegas. Program details, including registration information and the exhibitor prospectus, are available online at: http://www.worldhealth.net/event.

In 2004, the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine (ABAAM), a certification program created and managed by the A4M, submitted application to the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) for consideration for approval as a new specialty board. ABAAM was founded in 1997 as the world's first professional certification and review program for physicians in the specialty of anti-aging medicine. ABAAM has an international presence, with 50 countries represented by those certified by, or in-process of, the ABAAM program. ABAAM has administered over 600 written examinations, has certified 500 physicians as Diplomates, and 300 physicians as Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine. With the steady growth of the anti-aging medical movement in the coming decade, A4M estimates that ABAAM certifications will total in excess of 3,000 by the year 2010, as increasing numbers of the world's aging population demand high-quality, specialized care to prolong the healthy human lifespan. ABAAM-certified physicians represent the elite core of the anti-aging medical specialty, and Board Certification by ABAAM is recognized as a significant professional achievement. Information on the ABAAM program, and the ABAAHP program certifying health practitioners in the anti-aging medical specialty, is online at: http://www.worldhealth.net (go to "Certification").

In 2004, and continuing into 2005, A4M continues its commitment to excellence in medical publishing. A4M, regarded as a leading publisher in the anti-aging medical trade, released Anti-Aging Therapeutics volume VI and Anti-Aging Clinical Protocols in 2004, which became two of the year's most popular titles among anti-aging medical professionals. In November 2004, Infection Protection: How to Fight the Germs That Make You Sick, authored by Drs. Klatz and Goldman, achieved a position as the 8th most popular non-fiction eBook and the only health/medical title to make the list of Top 10 Non-Fiction eBooks for the month. In April 2005, A4M will release the annual Anti-Aging Directory and Resource Guide. This annual Yearbook is the official handbook for medical professionals who influence, recommend or prescribe products and services for life enhancement and life extension. The Directory of Companies that offer anti-aging products and services features major nutraceutical manufacturers and distributors, skincare/beauty/spa companies, compounding pharmacies, testing laboratories, and diagnostic service vendors. The Yearbook's Directory of Physicians, Clinics, Hospitals and Healthcare professionals functions as a handy reference for obtaining referrals to anti-aging specialists. If you manufacture or market a preventive health product or service, it is to your advantage to be included in the A4M's Yearbook 2005. To list your company, please contact the A4M Marketing Department at tel: (561) 392-7791 or send email to: doreen@worldhealth.net. The Yearbook 2005 closes for entries on 20 February 2005, so don't delay!

Thanks to the A4M's world-renown training, education, and advocacy initiatives, leading-edge preventive healthcare has become more available and accessible worldwide. There are many reasons to look forward to 2005, and the prospects for greater numbers of people to enjoy healthier, happier, more youthful lives certainly tops the list.

The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Inc. ("A4M") is a non-profit medical organization dedicated to the advancement of technology to detect, prevent, and treat aging related disease and to promote research into methods to retard and optimize the human aging process. A4M is also dedicated to educating physicians, scientists, and members of the public on anti-aging issues. A4M believes that the disabilities associated with normal aging are caused by physiological dysfunction which in many cases are ameliorable to medical treatment, such that the human lifespan can be increased, and the quality of one's life improved as one grows chronologically older. A4M seeks to disseminate information concerning innovative science and research as well as treatment modalities designed to prolong the human lifespan. Anti-Aging Medicine is based on the scientific principles of responsible medical care consistent with those of other healthcare specialties. Although A4M seeks to disseminate information on many types of medical treatments, it does not promote or endorse any specific treatment nor does it sell or endorse any commercial product.

SOURCE: The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), Chicago, IL

CONTACT: Catherine Cebula

PHONE: (877) 572-0608

FAX: (978) 742-9719

WEBSITE: http://www.worldhealth.net


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