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Prostate Cancer Prospects

December 3rd, 2018
In October, we got a glimpse of what was happening in research on breast cancer. This week, I thought I’d give you an update on what’s being studied in prostate cancer. Prostate cancer, as we learned recently, is the second most common cancer in men behind skin cancer and the second leading cancer killer in men, behind lung cancer. Studies are ongoing as researchers look for the causes and new treatments for prostate cancer, as well as for more effective…

COPD Uncovered

November 20th, 2018
Someone I know and love was a smoker for most of her life. A few years ago, after a very difficult struggle, she finally quit. Unfortunately, the years of smoking had already done some damage to her lungs, and now she’s suffering from COPD. The weirdest part is she doesn’t seem to understand how she got the disorder. She doesn’t get the connection. She should have. In the United States, the single biggest cause of COPD is cigarette smoking. In…

Humbled by HPV

July 10th, 2017
Human papilloma virus, or HPV, is a bad dude, and actually quite common. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are about 79 million Americans currently infected with HPV. That adds up to about four in ten American adults currently infected, and about 14 million new infections occurring each year. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) explains that HPV is actually a family of more than 200 related viruses. More than 40 types of HPV can be…

Keeping Up Appearances

June 26th, 2017
As a nation, we’re almost obsessed with our looks. We’re always trying to improve our appearance, and many of us are dishing out some serious cash to do it. Here’s proof: According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Americans spent $16 billion on surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic plastic surgery procedures in 2016. What did all that money buy? With 290,467 procedures performed, breast augmentation was the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure last year. ASPS describes breast augmentation…

Time for Some Real Changes

August 24th, 2012
There’s not a day that goes by that there’s not some news story about Obamacare or Medicare or the costly health care system. I’ve decided to throw my two cents in and talk only about Medicare and how to help save the very beneficial program for seniors. Most people don’t pay a Part A premium because they paid a rather small Medicare tax (1.45%) while working, and this same amount is paid by the employer. The first part of my…