Tuesday, March 21, 2017
A 20% REDUCTION IN THE INCIDENCE OF HEART ATTACK AND STROKE IS SUBSTANTIAL. A pricey new drug designed to slash harmful cholesterol levels in heart patients has been shown to reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke by 20 percent. It’s an important breakthrough, but a big question remains: Is the benefit big enough to warrant the drug’s $14,000 price tag? The results of a two-year study of the drug, called Repatha (evolocumab), were announced at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study, which involved more than 27,000 men and women, cost about $1 billion and was paid for by Amgen, the maker of the drug, the New York Times reported.
Friday, January 27, 2017
Sunday, January 22, 2017
I've written about malignant melanoma before in my novel, A Simple Cure. Melanoma is the scariest skin tumor and this slide show from WebMd is excellent about malignant melanoma and other skin cancers. It's worth a few minutes of your time. Larry SKIN CANCER SLIDE SHOW
If you have an interest in end of life issues, this link will be of interest, especially the letter to the editor. For both sides, read the editorial and response. Although the issues are complex, I'm in agreement with the editorial while the response suggests a level of certitude that we can palliate most difficulties in the dying process. I don't think we can. You read...you choose. Larry DYING AIN'T EASY ANYMORE
Friday, January 13, 2017
Vector Red, the latest in the Brier Hospital Series was published in mid December and has earned only five star reviews.
One reviewer used language that I never would have thought applied to my work, but who's to argue?
Here's the review: Genetics and ethics of scientists January 6, 2017 Who determines if weapons of mass destruction are for offensive or defensive purposes? Are we prepared or will others obtain them? Medical and safety issues are discussed. Decisions in research are highlighted but delayed by government and military. There is humor and romantic flirting. There is a fascinating review of wound healing. Characters are vividly portrayed reflecting humane interactions. Biological warfare and moral, physical and emotional components are included in the amazing plot. It is clear we must be prepared and the author has done a masterpiece. It is likely his best novel yet. I can't wait for more of them.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
THIS ARTICLE IS A SIGNIFICANT ADDITION TO THE CONTROVERSY ABOUT PSA SCREENING FOR CARCINOMA OF THE PROSTATE. IF THERE WERE NO DOWNSIDES FOR SCREENING, NO CONTROVERSY WOULD EXIST. IT'S UP TO THE PATIENT AND HIS PHYSICIAN ABOUT WHEN AND IF PSA TESTING SHOULD BE DONE AND WHAT SHOULD FOLLOW. PSA CONTROVERSY
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Writers know that publishing a novel, is to a large extent, is a crapshoot. Writing a quality novel isn't easy, but hopefully with great reviews the novel has a chance. Despite excellent reviews, sales of Out of Darkness have been slow. Perhaps it's the subject material or perhaps I haven't promoted it effectively. Although topical, sexual trafficking may not be a subject with which readers choose to spend time, yet, the story is compelling and ultimately inspirational. Here's a five star review: 5.0 out of 5 starsA MUST READ BOOK By P. Blevins on January 29, 2016 Format: Kindle Edition Out of Darkness is a medical novel by Lawrence W Gold. MD. It is as wonderful as his other books. This book is very realistic and the characters are well-developed. The plot is well-developed and is constantly changing. I could not put this novel down. Dr. Cynthia is a conscientious and graceful doctor. She works for Brier Hospital and is content with her job. A small group of physicians want her to run for president of the medical staff; but she has no desire to do so. One of the other doctors on staff, Bernie Engel , does not want her to be president so will grab any reason to keep her off. However, he doesn’t need to do much because her past is coming to light. Cynthia was sold as a small child into sex-slavery. When she was thirteen, she was taken out of that situation by Federal Agent Owen Cash and Lydia Davis. She was placed in the foster care of Owen’s brother and his wife, Richard and Karen Cash. They encouraged her and saw her through high school and into college. She was extremely intelligent and motivated. She had an edetic memory and remembered everything she read. She became a doctor and worked at Brier Hospital and had her own private practice. When her past comes out, she began to have patients no longer see her as well as obtained new patients. Is there anything she can do to stop this vicious cycle? Here's the link: take a look and give it a read. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AXG6MZC?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660 Larry