Will medical miracles never cease? In early results from a clinical trial, genetically engineered T cells (a type of white blood cell) killed off leukemia cells. Two out of three patients who received this treatment have been cancer-free for over a year. T cells could be engineered to kill a range of cancers, including cancers of the breast and colon. And approximately 60 million people across the globe have chronic kidney disease, and many will need dialysis or a transplant. Breakthrough research shows that a patient’s OWN kidney cells can be gathered and reprogrammed.
Despite so many medical breakthroughs, increased life expectancy in the United States has NOT been accompanied by more years of perfect health. A 20-year-old today can expect to live one less healthy year over his or her lifespan than a 20-year-old a decade ago, even though life expectancy has grown. (Maybe we need more hands-on healing! NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to these interviews).
Whether or not we agree with the current health care legislation, all of us want our government to spend its money on healing, not hurting. But it turns out that secret US government experiments have hurt PLENTY of people, including children. The government once performed medical experiments on disabled people and prison inmates, in the same way that the Nazis experimented on Jews, intentionally exposing them to diseases.
There’s the kind of breathalyzer test we all dread, when we’re stopped by traffic cops for erratic driving. But now there’s ANOTHER kind of breathalyzer, that diagnoses diseases we may not realize we have.
Our breath can tell doctors things they want to know. BBC News quotes researcher Masood Yousef as saying, “For example, the odor of ‘pear drops’ and acetone in relation to diabetes, ammonia in relation to hepatitis, and dimethyl sulphide to cirrhosis. There are also certain compounds that seem to mark out particular types of cancer?Breath samples are much easier to collect than blood and urine, for the patient as much as for the person collecting the sample.”
For those of us who hate needles, this is good news.
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