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[Perspectives] Health of the UK population in 2040

Looking into the future often creates a mixture of uncertainty and anticipation. Science fiction is filled with stories of doom and excitement about discoveries yet to be made. The UK Academy of Medical Sciences is exploring what the main health challenges for the UK population will be in 2040, and identifying opportunities to address them. To coincide with the launch of this project in November, 2014, The Lancet asked readers “What do you think will be the three biggest issues for the health of the UK population in 2040?” We received a host of responses from doctors, medical students, professors, and policy makers with ideas that ranged from the expected to pure science fiction.