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New Hope For Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer afflicting human beings.  85% of patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will live less than five years following their diagnosis.  Looking at it another way, although only 3% of all … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Doctors, health, Lung Cancer, Medical Costs, medical research, science news |

Bacterial Infection: A Relentless Killer.

They are all around us.  The bacteria that cause infections are all around us.  They live on our skin, in our guts, on the food we eat, on the surfaces we touch, and in our mouths.  They float on the … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, General Health, health, healthy living, Infection, Medical Devices, science news, Sepsis, Type 1 Diabetes |

Another Volley In The Alcohol Is Good/Bad For You War.

There is an old adage, often attributed to Benjamin Franklin, that beer is proof God loves us and want us to be happy.  To the extent that old Ben offered an opinion on this issue, he was probably talking about … Read More

Posted in Birth Injuries, Cancer, General Health, healthy living, science news, Stroke, Type 2 Diabetes |

Lots of Developments in Treatment of Breast Cancer

There is never a good time to develop breast cancer but for women who have had the misfortune of being diagnosed with breast cancer, the treatment options have never been better than they are today.  The statistics remain daunting, however,  … Read More

Posted in Breast Cancer, Doctors, General Health, health, Lawsuits, Mammogram, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice Case Value, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, science news |

When Immune Systems Go Haywire

I recently lost one of my sisters to sepsis.  She got an infection that lingered until her immune system couldn’t deal with it any longer and it sent her body into septic shock, which killed her.  Over a quarter of … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, Doctors, health, Hospitals, Infection, Misdiagnosis, science news, Sepsis |

“Get That Money.”

That was the message to employees of a dermatology practice in the Midwest that had been purchased by a hedge fund.  The bosses at the hedge fund were encouraging the employees of the dermatology practice to get more patients scheduled … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Doctors, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Melanoma, science news |

Are We Headed Back to the Bad Old Days?

My granddaughter and I were looking at songs in a folk singing book the other day and one of them was “Sweet Molly Malone.”  If you know the song, you know Molly was a fishmonger in old Dublin, who died … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, General Health, health, healthy living, Infection, medical research, science news |

Want To Live A Long And Healthy Life? Be Born Rich.

I don’t suppose it has ever been different over the course of human history, but our society is unequal.  More and more research studies are “finding” that inequality makes a big difference in how healthy you are and how long … Read More

Posted in General Health, health, healthy living, Obesity, obesity epidemic, science news |

Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment of Melanoma

A diagnosis of melanoma was often a death sentence.  It was and remains today one of the most dangerous of the skin cancers.  However, as science has marched on, there have been a number of developments in prevention, diagnosis and … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Doctors, genetic testing, health, healthy living, Melanoma, science news |

The Good Bacteria

Last week I wrote about some of the dangers of overuse and misuse of antibiotics: they create resistance among the disease causing bacteria and make antibiotics less effective in saving lives.  There is an equally important second reason, however.  The … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, health, Health Insurers, healthy living, Obesity, obesity epidemic, science news, Type 1 Diabetes |