Dr. Lyons-Weiler,author, and biomedical research scientist has released his second book, entitled“Cures vs. Profits: Successes in Translational Research”. His first book, “Ebola: An Evolving Story”, provided expert insights and in-depth analyses of the epidemic that affected multiple nations,and also reveals a full picture – both the good and the bad – of our public health agencies’ ability and inability to cope with a public health crisis.
“Cures vs. Profits” provides equally deep consideration of a numerous aspects of everyday biomedical research and practice, across a surprisingly diverse number of areas of medicine. The core topics may appear potentially volatile (Do doctors want cures, or just treatments?), but Lyons-Weiler navigates these questions with hard facts, science and information in a refreshingly humane manner, allowing room for even the most devout cynic to feel that perhaps things can and will be made better.
The questions raised in “Cures” address issues that influence the health of billions of people worldwide. From the problem of interactions between grapefruit and medicines, decreasing rate of breast cancer in the US but increasing rates in Japan, the importance of vaccines in healthcare, serious concerns on the validity of the science upon which vaccine safety is based, and numerous chapters on cancer (robotic prostate cancer surgery, hormone-guided chemotherapy in breast cancer, cancer vaccines, important new drugs to treat and prevent cancer.
This book is packed with facts on topics of pressing interest to healthcare professionals and the public alike. There are new perspectives and key insights in each area. Why, for example, have advances in breast cancer treatment been so successful, while others have lagged behind? Why hasn’t the FDA yet approved of tests that can tell you which chemotherapy will, or will not work, on your tumor? The chapter on a Special Kind of Brain Cancer Surgery is very sweet, as are many of the other chapters of the book, especially the chapter that describes and a future in which Alzheimer’s risk is predicted by just looking at pictures.
Lyons-Weiler is not afraid to tread where dragons lay. He tackles – with an immense chapter – ADHD overdiagnosis. And he presents both sides of the vaccine debate – something rarely, if ever seen. All the topics and facts covered in the book are backed by the full story of where the issues started, and where they are now, with key citations from the biomedical research literature.
The readers will have gain a deeper understanding of the trade-offs that exist on these questions, and how, and when to know when those trade-offs have been address in an appropriate manner. They will gain insights not only into successes in translational biomedical and clinical research, but also into factors that makes them successes (hint: ethical behavior and objectivity play an immense roles). As a professional in the medical research field with an astonishing breadth and depth of knowledge, Dr. Lyons-Weileruses this book to celebrate the newest possibilities in the field that may have positive effects on the health and well-being of humanity positively and lead toward better prospects in healthcare. He also uses it to admonish those who would favor profit and suffering over less profit and health and well-being. He describes that the public can be optimistic about the medicine industry but should also be aware of specific bad actors. He shows the reader how to identify those individuals, whom he offered the title “Shamwizards”.
Most chapters also feature numerous interviews from experts and research professionals which unveil even more information and perspective, which is really nice to see. As a result, the book is a reliable and rich source of information for anyone who is curious to look into the current and future state of biomedical research science.
The book is divided into a total of 15 chapters, each of them covering an important and interesting topic. The first chapter reviews abuses in medicine (malpractice), followed by the second chapter that describes fraud in biomedical research. After that it’s off to the races. Each chapter is a great stand-alone read, a pleasure to read, and one that you will surely discuss with your friends & family.
“Cures” is available for purchase on Amazon.com and at your local bookseller.