The Last Decade Our Health Care Costs Rose ~ AND ~

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The most important Medical Advances of the Last Decade were revealed on the News. 

These are not the only advances or milestones reached in medicine, but they carry the most impact.

DRUGS

The number one drug developed is Lipator / Crestor.
Not only does this drug reduce cholesterol in patients with existing heart conditions, it is a preventative therapy for those at risk of developing heart disease.

PROCEDURES

Stints used to open blocked vessels in the heart.  Since they were first introduced in the early part of the decade they have now been improved. They are coated with a medicine that allows them to function and stay in place longer.

Overall a 40% reduction in heart related deaths have been achieved this decade.

SURGICAL ADVANCES

The most progressive field in surgery has been the laprascopic procedures.  Many surgeries that were once full incision have been reduced to several small slits.  Surgeries are being performed with the aid of scopes and robotics.  Recovery time has been reduced as well as the incidence of post surgical complications. Many procedures are now done as outpatient.


MEDICAL DISCOVERY

The mapping of the Human Genome in 2001 has opened an entire new field of medicine. Targeted therapy.  Diseases can be predicted sometimes 30 years in advance of the manifestation.  Vaccines are being developed to counter the disease before it strikes.


NOTEWORTHY PROGRESS AND DISCOVERIES


  • Vaccine for Shingles
  • Zostavax in vaccine form is now available for patients over 60 who have never developed shingles.


Vaccine Cervical Cancer
A vaccine is available for women to prevent cervical cancer linked to viruses.  The vaccine is effective in most cases.

  • Vaccine Skin Melanoma
  • A vaccine for skin Melanoma is in clinical trials.


Vaccine Oral Melanoma
A vaccine is in use in Veterinarian medicine for oral melanoma which may translate over to human therapy.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has conditionally licensed a vaccine to treat
canine oral melanoma—the first approved therapeutic vaccine for the treatment of
cancer in either animals or humans, according to the company that produces it,
Merial. 

How it works. This is how many of the latest vaccines against cancer are programmed.
The vaccine alerts the immune system to the presence of the melanoma tumor
protein tyrosinase. The vaccine uses a gene for human tyrosinase inserted into a
DNA plasmid. The human tyrosinase produced is different enough from canine
tyrosinase that it stimulates an immune response, yet similar enough to the
canine tyrosinase that the immune response is directed against melanoma cells.

  • Vaccine for breast cancer in clinical trials at Johns Hopkins
  • The cervical cancer vaccine advanced women's medicine and researchers at Johns Hopkins are working toward the same goal with breast cancer.


Breast Cancer theraputic drugs
Tamoxifen and Femara used to block estrogen produced in the body which fuels certain breast cancers.

  • Breast Cancer HER2 Gene
  • Advances in discovering the HER2 gene which results in a more aggressive breast cancer, led to the discovery of Herceptin a drug designed to specifically target this type of cancer.


Vaccine for Prevention of HIV
After clinical tests on a vaccine developed by the US Army a new vaccine has been shown to be 31% effective in preventing HIV/Aids. While this is not yet a cure the most recent attempt at a vaccine shows encouraging progress.

 

  • The medical advances in this decade are many.  Science seems to be progressing in leaps and bounds.  Cures for many of the most dreaded diseases appear to be within reach in the near future.


Many complain about the high cost of medical procedures, medical insurance and drugs.  We are not standing still when it comes to medical progress and advances.  They all cost money to implement and money to make new treatments available.

  • We could just STOP and be satisfied with the status quo.  STOP research and development. 


Just focus on the delivery system and cost effectiveness without any consideration to reaching further for cures and treatments.

  • We have not only the greatest health care system in the world, we are responsible for the majority of the advances the rest of the world follows.  We are the leaders in research and development.  No other country can hold a candle to us. 


Surely this list is far from complete.  Feel free to post medical advances you are aware of where they originated. 

  • Most of us would be interested in seeing the medical advances and cutting edge technology brought to us from countries such as the UK, Canada, Germany and France, where Socialized medicine has replaced the system we currently use.


Let's give a system a fair shake. If other countries have adopted free and low cost government care for their citizens, plus been able to revolutionize medical discoveries at the same time - we should jump on that band wagon.  What country has both? 

  • The choice seems fairly simple.  Improve what you have by making small adjustments to the health care system, or slip back into the dark ages and give up medical advances and technology.


        What would be the best choice for your children and grandchildren?

 

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Rainmaker
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Bonnie - With all these progresses in advanced medicine - where is the crisis? The crisis will really be here when the private sector stops advancing because of the lack of funds to do research!

Jan 04, 2010 02:30 AM #1
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Kevin Robinson
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THEY want FREE healthcare paid for by us. THEY are the LIBS! AR is rife with THEM!

Jan 04, 2010 04:23 AM #2
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Bonnie Vaughan
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Nick, The crisis is people are only looking at themselves and not the big picture.  They want to whine about having to pay for insurance.  They do not consider that innovation and medical advances will cease due to lack of funding.

Jan 04, 2010 06:22 AM #3
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Bonnie Vaughan
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Kevin,  Free loaders. Whine about how much it costs for insurance. Go into an industry where your health care is employer paid.  You made the choice to be an independent contractor.  They also fail to tell you that their health care premiums are tax deductible.  It offsets income.  Medical deductions will be drastically reduced under this bill. 

Jan 04, 2010 06:25 AM #4
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JL Boney, III
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There have certainly been some fantastic advances in medicine throughout the years and some great ones in the past decade. I do worry that the private sector losing ground will cause us to lose some valuable research.

Jan 04, 2010 10:40 AM #5
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Bonnie Vaughan
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JL No one has bothered to enlighten us about the strides made by other countries.  I'm waiting.  Like Glen Beck's red phone. HELLO.  If you know of any - just any at all - brag about it.  Let's compare that to the United States.

Our advances will be halted.  Research will grind to a screeching halt.

 

Jan 04, 2010 11:01 AM #6
Anonymous
Georgia

BRAVO you this article Bonnie!  Very nicely done girlfriend!!   : )

 

At the center of all problems with the left-wing idealogues is their DEMANDS that everyone pay for their CHOICES!!! 

obama, biden and gore are shinning examples of how liberals want to give, give, give...as long as it's YOUR money.

Horrible Dick Cheney...

"In one of the largest sums ever donated to charity by a U.S. public official, Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne gave away nearly $7 million last year to help the poor and to medical research.

The Cheneys gave more than three-quarters of their income - $6,869,655 - to several charities, including George Washington University's Cardiothoracic Institute and a charity for low-income high school students in the Washington, D.C. area, Capital Partners for Education."

What about joe biden?

2005 he earned $321,379 - gave a whopping $380!

Ditto 2006

2007 he earned $319,858 - gave less than a thousand! 

 

al gore, humanitarian extraordinaire, has given far less than he would like people to believe.  Like obama, he talks a good game.

"Charity Donations and Liberal Hypocricy

Many modern liberals like to openly discuss their altruism. Garrison Keillor explains that "I am liberal and liberalism is the politics of kindness." But it rarely seems to turn into acts of kindness, especially when it comes to making charitable donations.

Consider the case of Andrew Cuomo, current New York Attorney General and advocate for the homeless. He has, according to his website, "compassion toward the most vulnerable of us." [...]

But that advocacy should not be confused with actually giving to the less fortunate. Cuomo was a homeless advocate throughout the 1990s, but according to his own tax returns he made no charitable contributions between 1996 and 1999. In 2000 he donated a whopping $2,750. In 2004 and 2005, Cuomo had more than $1.5 million in adjusted gross income but gave a paltry $2,000 to charity.

Cuomo made no charitable contributions in 2003, when his income was a bit less than $300,000.

[...] Barack Obama has a rather poor track record when it comes to charitable contributions. He consistently gave 1 percent of his income to charity. In his most charitable year, 2005, he earned $1.7 million (two and a half times what George W. Bush earned) but gave about the same dollar amount as the President."

 

BO believes in giving when it isn't HIS money!  What a liar he is!

Jan 04, 2010 11:43 PM #7
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