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Good News – Ten Medical Breakthroughs

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2022
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by AMAC, Robert B. Charles
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We are deluged with bad news.  Funny thing is, believe it or not, bad news is outdone by good news – you never hear. “Postman bit by dog” gets reported while 70,499 postmen not bit by dog go unrecognized. See what I mean?  So, here is the good news: Ten major medical breakthroughs.

Despite Biden, the private sector slogs on – in magical, mesmerizing ways.  One is pushing the envelope in science and medicine. Sometimes, it is worth stopping to recognize – for the entertaining political histrionics – serious good is happening.

So, here we go.

Number one. Not surprisingly, in the wake of COVID, we are seeing “next generation” vaccines. This is not about one disease of vaccine, but how vaccines are done. In the past year, we saw pioneering in mRNA vaccines. What that really means is, new options to address certain cancers and viruses like Zika, plus faster response.

Number two.  A new targeted response to prostate cancer. Half of us are likely to get it, and while cures are there, PSMA is a biomarker – and what they just discovered, with FDA approval, is a way to combine existing technologies to better pinpoint location, which allows faster focused treatment of recurrence.

Number three. Very few escape a nodding acquaintance with high cholesterol.  If you have escaped that issue, well done. If not, you are like me and have that to deal with – but there are also new developments every year, and we just got one. In short, the “bad” LDL cholesterol – which contributes to heart disease – is usually easily treated with statins.  But some find statins top out or are not as effective over time. The new discovery that may help those who reach a “maximally tolerated dose,” and need another option.  Looks like that is, to their benefit, on the horizon.

Number four. With an enormous part of the US population affected by diabetes, including type 2, advances are always welcome. Again, the last year produced one. A new potential therapy may be a once-a-week option for controlling blood sugar, now in phase III trials.

Number five.  For women, postpartum depression is a real and often hard-to-manage event, one that can go undiagnosed and affect mental health, and over time family and friends. A novel therapy – a specific injection that treats the depression quickly – appears to modulate brain response to stress. Scientists consider it “ground-breaking.”

Number six. A condition known as “hypertrophic cardiomyopathy” or “HCM” has long evaded an effective response, with many drugs showing “limited effectiveness.”  That said, this condition – which involves reducing “abnormal contractions caused by genetic variants that put the heart into overdrive” – may be near. Three effects are reduced symptoms, better quality of life, and slowing disease progress.

Number seven. Apparently, a “new group of non-hormonal drugs, called NK3R antagonists” may offer a reliable option for those suffering effects of menopause. The duration of this transition can be years, and non-hormonal responses are both promising, and moderate effects. Science is fast advancing.

Number eight.  Not much spoken about is the advent of paralysis. More than five million people have some form of it, and it tends to affect wider health concerns. Apparently, implanted technology is fast offering options “to recover lost motor control” with “digital devices.”  This kind of advance is occurring across medicine but addressing severe paralysis can be lifechanging.

Number nine. Sepsis, an inflammatory response to infection, is global curse and often results in death. Early detection is lifesaving. Since “sepsis shock” is so dangerous, arrival of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to predict and quickly diagnosis is a gamechanger.

Finally, number ten.  The so-called “silent killer” of hypertension or high blood pressure is as serious an issue as ever, and that makes “predictive analysis” doubly important. According to updates, the key is not treatment but timely detection. Again, AI is proving invaluable. And as in so many areas, this advance is likely to have ripple effects.

What else is newLots.  Days could be filed with reading about medical breakthroughs.

Perhaps the biggest point is not the number of medical breakthroughs occurring, accelerating nature of private sector science, synergy with targeted government research, or individual advances, good news for those they help – and their families.  It is this: The modern world delivers a steady diet of discouraging news, triumphant when they bring us low. Do not be brought low. Stay firm in your conviction that good news outpaces bad every day of the week, because it does. This is today’s! 

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Diane
Diane
1 year ago

What??!! How in the world can you trust these people. They are trying to kill all of us. There are plenty of natural substances that can be taken for these health issues.

Barb wilkins
Barb wilkins
1 year ago

Sure, more big pharma, drugs, vaccines, etc.. To get rid of illnesses, you need to get rid of doctors who PRACTICE on you and big pharma who is killing you with their synthetic kill potions and food companies who are poisoning us. God gave us the perfect body and it wasn’t meant to be experimented on. If you detox yourself of parasites, you will rid yourself of most diseases.

Lynn
Lynn
1 year ago

You write for a living? How sad you wrote “postman bit by dog.” S/B bitten.

Diane Ward
Diane Ward
1 year ago

While reading the article by Robert Charles, I noticed that the first 7 of the 10 “good news items” are related to new pharmaceutical drugs. Not a single mention of the need for our society to change our eating habits and exercise. Robert Charles is head of a consulting group, The Charles Group. I have to wonder whether The Charles Group has clients in big pharma. Not a single mention of the experimental nature of mRNA vaccines, or the concerns of adverse reactions that are still being uncovered. Not a mention of the billions of dollars spent on big pharma during the COVID pandemic, with the medical community refusing to allow doctors to try early treatment options
I reviewed Robert Charles bio on the Charles Group website. He doesn’t have a medical background and am concerned that AMAC would allow him to “speak for them” on this subject.
Have we not learned that popping a pill is not the answer to many of our health problems in the US. Healthy diets with more “fresh from the farm” ingredients and less processed food would be a better answer.
I agree with his statement that there is plenty of “good news” out there that should be recognized and less focus on the bad, but I’m don’t agree with his ten “advancements”. I reviewed Robert Charles bio on the Charles Group website. He doesn’t have a medical background and am surprised that AMAC would have him “speak on their behalf” on this subject.

Debra Reynolds
Debra Reynolds
1 year ago

Forgive me for being skeptical about new “drug and vaccine” advances. But then, how many of my family and friends have been killed or permanently damaged by these things? Many. And we’re no exception. I’ve lost 3 to the covid vax alone.

Lawrence Beach
Lawrence Beach
1 year ago

Bravo, AMAC! We need to hear more news like this.

Bones
Bones
1 year ago

What could go wrong. A lot

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