An excellent article in today’s edition of the Chicago Sun-Times on the strides we are making towards making acute diseases chronic conditions. Here’s a sample:
In the last 25 years, the death rate from heart disease has been cut in half. On another front, the number of cancer deaths recently dropped for the first time in more than 70 years. Yet heart disease and cancer together still kill more Americans than all other causes of deaths combined. Researchers are developing high-tech new treatments such as targeted cancer drugs and stem cell heart therapies.
But the best way to fight the Big Killers is to not get sick in the first place. If we all simply took better care of ourselves, experts say, we could cut the death toll from cancer and heart disease by at least 50 percent.
It’s worth a read. Here’s the link: http://www.suntimes.com/output/health/cst-nws-kill261.htm