* A Doctor Talks to Bob about the #1 Killer of Adults: Heart attacks are the main cause of death of American adults. So Enyart is interested in Novamed, an Israeli life sciences company, which manufactures SensAheart, a home heart attack detection kit. While a false-alarm heart attack resulted in Bob Enyart finding out that he had less-than optimal health insurance, a local cardiologist, Dr. Juan Weksler, has mixed feelings about a home test out of concern that the patient might lose life-saving minutes when he should be on his way to the emergency room. Bob remains encouraged about this technological development and believes that it will become an important tool in public health.
* Mayo Clinic Expert Illustrates Medical Industry Inertia: The Mayo Clinic’s Allan Jaffe, has undoubtedly helped countless people through his career-long investigation into the use of biomarkers to identify acute cardiovascular disease. Dr. Jaffe provided a statement to CardioBrief about the concept of a home diagnostic. His statement, perhaps just given off the cuff, nevertheless seems to illustrate the inertia of the medical industry:
However, we would prefer to have patients with symptoms respond immediately to an emergency room rather than delay for any testing. [For such a home test] ... is likely to cause a large number of unnecessary presentations of individuals who are worried and who have non cardiac problems.
Did you spot the contradiction in Dr. Jaffe's objection to this test? If you have symptoms that make you think you might be having a heart attack, go immediately to the emergency room, because we don't want people taking a home diagnostic test and going to the emergency room unnecessarily. Huh? Our estimation here at Bob Enyart Live and Real Science Radio is that there are no truly valid reasons for opposing this medical innovation. For clarification: Dr. Jaffe's comments were not about Novamed's SensAheart but about a product from a distressed Chinese company that was ostensibly approved by the European Union. Other indicators of the difficulty the medical industry has with dealing with such change is the crudeness of the reporting at CardioBrief, and the peculiar approach of The Happy Hospitalist, who concluded, with the same contradiction as above, "I can't see these kits offering any benefit to patients. For hospitalists, it's job security." Huh?
* Dr. Juan Weksler: Bob Enyart's own cardiologist, Dr. Weksler of Avista Hospital in the north Denver suburb of Louisville, Colorado has treated both Bob and a longtime BEL friend, Leon G., who now is the proud owner of seven stents, including one that is a double, shaped like a Y, called a culotte stent. (BTW, Bob didn't become a patient of Dr. Weksler until 2014.) Bob and the doc also discussed changing life expectancy in America, the risk factors for heart attack, how America is struggling with prosperity, and some interesting heart development and anatomy details, including that your heart, given the opportunity, really wants to do nothing but beat, beat, beat!
* Related Story: After today's program, the BEL office manager Al Sharin noticed that the Avista Adventist Hospital has a very encouraging mission statement. "We extend the healing ministry of Christ by caring for those who are ill and by nurturing the health of the people in our communities."
* Unrelated Story: Keep up to date on the stunning paleontology discoveries listed at our DinosaurSoftTissue.com page where you will find the web's most complete catalog of peer-reviewed dinosaur soft-tissue papers along with links and excerpts. As a preview, here are some photos from a T. rex:
* "65-million" Year Old T. rex Soft Tissue: North Carolina State University discovered original biological tissue from a supposedly 65-million year old Tyrannosaurus Rex thighbone, with transparent and pliable blood vessels containing red blood cells. See these photos at Smithsonian Magazine and at MS-NBC, and then see a 2007 Nat'l Geographic report, a 2009 Nat'l Geo. confirmation, and the Hell Creek Formation excavation site worked by famed paleontologist Jack Horner of Montana State University. In 2011 ten leading universities and institutes including Harvard, the University of Manchester, and the University of Pennsylvania published in PLoS One, a peer-reviewed journal, that they have verified that presumed dinosaur material is indeed original biological tissue from a dinosaur! Combined with the research on Egyptian mummies that established 10,000 years as an upper limit for how long such biological molecules could survive, this is another reason why creationists refer to dinosaurs as missionary lizards. Interestingly, the renowned evolutionist PZ Myers recently mocked our Real Science Radio radio show by repeating the now widely-discredited secular hope that the "soft-tissue" dinosaur finds were "biofilm" contamination from bacteria. But as 60 Minutes shows and Bob Enyart sums it up, "This is dinosaur."
* Coming on Friday: On this week's Real Science Radio program, Bob will interview medical doctor Dr. Carl Werner who graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri with distinction in biology and who produced the beautiful Evolution: Grand Experiment DVD series!
Today's Resource: Have you browsed through our Science Department in the KGOV Store? If you found this special RSR page interesting, then Bob Enyart and Fred Williams recommend for you the fascinating videos by Dr. Carl Werner titled Living Fossils and its prequel Evolution, the Grand Experiment! Just click to order or you can call us at at 1-800-8Enyart.
* Touch Bible Settlement: As a post-show update, a longtime BEL friend has reached an amicable out-of-court resolution with Charles Stanley's In Touch Ministries. See KGOV.com/the-touch-bible.