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Author Richard Richmond shares his and others’ experiences to help us see that while we can’t escape life’s essential problems, we can change our understanding about them and enjoy the process

By targeting each patient’s unique tumor, precision medicine is defeating once untreatable cancers. Precision medicine is very successful with some types of cancer, however, only about one in ten patients is currently eligible for these treatments. Researchers are trying to expand the number of patients they can treat with targeted therapies. Using artificial intelligence they are hunting fort hundreds of potential genetic targets.

AARP’s Bulletin explores the latest studies and speaks with experts on the influence of inflammation on many diseases of aging.

Researchers have linked inflammation to nearly every critical disease of aging, among them; Dementia, Depression, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Cardiovascular Disease, COPD, Type 2 Diabetes, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus.

The case for longer and better sleep. Research confirms that lack of sleep adds to the risk of obesity, certain cancers, high blood pressure, weakened immune system, diabetes, stroke, dementia and depression. A look at the habits that keep us from getting a good nights sleep.

The case for longer and better sleep. Research confirms that lack of sleep adds to the risk of obesity, certain cancers, high blood pressure, weakened immune system, diabetes, stroke, dementia and depression. A look at the habits that keep us from getting a good nights sleep.

Articles from AARP and Senior Living focus on effects of childhood trauma later in life and the occurrence of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD and its causes, symptoms and treatments, among aging adults.

AARP Magazine special health section on medical issues applicable to people of retirement age, including cardiovascular heath, brain health and cancer risk.


Next Avenue’s topics include death with dignity, lifving fully to the end, when plans don’t go as hoped and dying at home.

A number of articles that highlight the promise of, and concern about immunotherapy for desperate cancer patients. While immunotherapy holds out hope for cures, it is also priced beyond the reach of most people and can have horrible side effects. Also, a lifesaving medical pump for cancer patients is being taken off the market. And, what does the diagnosis “pre-cancerous” mean. 

Articles from the New York Times, Washington Post and Baltimore Sun explore the issue of underrepresentation of elders  in medical clinical trials and how to remedy the situation.

A focus on articles about good sexual health. Topics covered include pain during sex, male contraceptives, endometriosis, and sex after a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Sound Body #1750: Risky Business, 12/08/17

Dec 4, 2017
Things I Tell My Mom

Health statistics are usually reported by the media using relative risk figures instead of absolute risk. These statistics play a role in helping people make lifestyle and health decisions. For example, it is important for health consumers to know that an increase in absolute risk from 0.77 per cent to 1.29 per cent is also a 70% increase in relative risk. Three articles provide many different examples to help clarify the difference between relative and absolute risk.


The disappointing results from new cancer drugs. A personal story of navigating the health insurance system after a cancer diagnosis. The biggest cancer breakthroughs of 2016.

After decades of work, determined researchers are close to marketing a treatment that turbocharges the immune system to fight cancer.

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine is awarded a grant to subsidize cancer treatment for pets, the latest in tech gadgets for pets, and how to get a cat out of a tree.

Steven Kelman writes a personal essay in The Atlantic magazine about navigating the ups and downs of a life-changing central nervous system lymphoma diagnosis.

Elephants and other large mammals rarely get cancer, while humans and dogs get it all the time.  Researchers are looking to elephants to discover why they are immune, and what this can tell us about a cure for cancer.

Dr. Atul Gawande writes for New Yorker magazine about the waste and danger of unnecessary medical care.  Conclusion to the article "Overkill".

Dr. Atul Gawande writes for New Yorker magazine about the waste and danger of unnecessary medical care