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A Major Advance In Lung Cancer Treatment: Does Anyone Know About It?

This may be one of the most important advances in cancer treatment this year, and almost no one in the major media has reported it, as best I can tell:  Osimertinib (trade name Tagrisso™) made a huge difference in outcomes for patients with early stage EGFR-biomarker positive lung cancer when used as adjuvant (preventive) therapy after primary treatment (complete surgical resection in all patients; adjuvant chemotherapy in some). When I say huge, I mean huge: EGFR+ patients with stage IB to IIIC non-small cell lung cancer (the most common type of lung cancer) had a close to 90% survival at… Read More »A Major Advance In Lung Cancer Treatment: Does Anyone Know About It?

Has COVID Fear Gone Too Far When It Comes To Caring For Our Health?

The corona virus pandemic has caused a lot of heartbreak and sorrow, especially as this country has passed two hundred thousand deaths, millions infected, some seriously and others with long lasting side effects from the infection. People are afraid. That is understandable. However, Is all the fear justified?  When it comes to being cautious, the answer is yes. However when it comes to caring for your personal health and well-being, maybe not as much. The pandemic is causing many people to forgo routine health care because of their fears of getting infected if they go the doctor or the hospital.… Read More »Has COVID Fear Gone Too Far When It Comes To Caring For Our Health?

Our Nation’s Health Is Heading In The Wrong Direction

Hang around medical folks and politicians long enough and you will inevitably hear that we have the greatest health care in the world. And while that may be true for some, it is not true for all. Simply stated, when it comes to our health. We aren’t getting the job done. The sad reality is that we now have evidence we are failing in two important measures of health care for our nation: high blood pressure and obesity which together have a huge impact on our health outcomes and deaths over time. Two recent online reports (here and here) and… Read More »Our Nation’s Health Is Heading In The Wrong Direction

Covid Truth

Covid truth.  Who would have thought that about 7 months into this pandemic we would be talking about truth. But we are, and that has made all the difference in the world, literally. When the pandemic started I thought we all would commit to doing what we needed to do to avoid the illness and death predicted to result from this virus. And for a while, it seemed like we did. However then something happened that took us in a different direction. Messages became garbled and conflicting, risk was emphasized by some and minimized by others; some thought this was… Read More »Covid Truth