This issue has come up dozens of times on the show; I was going to write an article about it, but honestly I couldn’t have written one better than this one from Snopes.com. Other than the Hep B vaccine (which isn’t marketed as an “anti cancer vaccine” but should reduce HepB associated hepatocellular cancer), this is the first and only anti-cancer vaccine we’ve developed. Have they proved that Gardasil reduces the incidence of cervical, anal, head&neck and penile cancers? No, that will take decades, but it is proven to reduce the prevalence of the strains of HPV …
Today was a day from hell; we lost our dear friend Greg Petraitis, known to radio listeners as GVac. I want everyone to know he died suddenly and did not suffer. His family is in shock, so please be gentle and give them some time to process this tragic information.
Greg was selfless and loveable, he gladly gave of himself and was never without his sense of humor and infectious laugh. What an amazing musician, too…he was driving 90 minutes each way to work out a set with Dr Scott and me for an Alzheimer’s benefit; there was no real …
Much has been touted in the media and social media about the recent proton pump inhibitor (PPI) study in JAMA relating long term use of these drugs to chronic kidney disease. There is so much hype that I thought it important to take a closer look.
The study in JAMA is only available to the public as an abstract, which means the authors condensed an 8 page document into 7 paragraphs (basically a half-page). This is standard…you have to PAY to be able to read the whole article, and the abstract doesn’t tell the whole story. Your old pal, an …
This is the paper Intern Jesse (now Associate Producer Jesse) had to turn in to his university to get credit for his rotation with us. He did a great job, and deserved the solid C+ we gave him for his efforts. 🙂
“It’s Weird Medicine, the first, and still only, uncensored medical show in the history of radio!” In the last few months, I’ve heard those words more times than I can count. That one phrase, along with a hefty majority of the rest of the introduction, is burned into my …
Our friend, Tracy DeMarzo (many of you know her as Rick Shapiro’s wife) is battling breast cancer and has a GoFundMe account for her surgery and reconstruction. To quote Tracy:
For those of you that know me, you know that I have great self-body-image. And yes, many of you have seen my boobs! Which makes me love them more. I have been on stages as a stripper, I have been to Fantasy Fest in Key West, wet t-shirt contests, naked piano dancing.. it was all me. But more importantly, my breasts …
It is with great sadness that I report that our friend of many months, RexDart, AKA Jeff Zurio, succumbed to his metastatic cancer earlier in the month. Fred from Brooklyn and I had kept in touch with him and when I last spoke with him he was in good spirits with good pain control. He had friends in El Paso who were going to actually care for him so he wouldn’t be alone. After that phone call, we lost all contact with Jeff.
One thing Jeff told me (many times, actually) was that the support, both financially and emotionally, from …
Catch a Rising Star
Ocean State Theatre
(comedian Rob Bartlett)
(comedian Tony Powell)
Rob started in stand-up comedy at Richard M. Dixon’s White House Inn, a talent showcase club on New York’s Long Island run by the presidential look-alike. He has headlined at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Atlantic City’s Tropicana and Hilton …
We have a listener who has been battling terminal bladder cancer since 2011. He’s had to try to continue to work just to keep the lights on despite horrific intractable pain, but hasn’t had a full time job since being laid off in 2012. A few months ago he told me “i’m already $100 away from being homeless. At this point I long for the relief that death will bring.”
Recently he was admitted with intractable bleeding from his bladder, causing blood clots that obstructed his urethra, causing horrific pain. A large catheter with three tubes in it did continuous …
[This one is a rare effect, but if they can just figure out how to trigger it consistently (research is ongoing) this would be a kickass weapon in the war against malignant melanoma and some other cancers. A more general article on the abscopal effect can be found on Wikipedia, but here’s a quickie from Oncology Nurse Advisor. –dr steve]
A recent melanoma case featuring the abscopal effect, in which local radiotherapy delivered to a single tumor results in the regression of metastatic cancer at a distance from the irradiated site, may lay the groundwork …
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