Jerome Horwitz: 5 Surprising Facts About the Inventor of AZT

It wasn’t that long ago – 1987, to be precise – that U.S. Surgeon General Everett Koop predicted the HIV/AIDS epidemic would kill 100 million people by the year 2000. That didn’t happen. Instead, about 34 million people are living with HIV, according to AVERT, an international health organization, and a 2006 study published in the British medical journal QJM found that patients who are diagnosed as HIV-positive before developing full-blown AIDS now have an average life expectancy of 21.5 years. …

The Takeaway: AIDS Memorial Quilt On Display in Washington, D.C.

In 1987, the AIDS Memorial Quilt was started to memorialize Americans who died of AIDS. Portions of the quilt’s now 48,000 panels–hand sewn by family and friends of those lost to the disease-will be displayed throughout Washington, D.C. during the month of July.

AIDS and Alzheimer’s: Two Deadly Diseases, Two Different Stories

In 1986, when I was writing on the sitcom “Designing Women,” the brilliant creator of the show, Linda Bloodworth Thomason, and I found out on the same week that both of our mothers had a fatal disease. Linda’s mother had acquired AIDS from a transfusion; my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Within six months Linda’s mother had passed; my mom died five years later. Years later, in 2002, I had a meeting with then Senator Hillary Clinton. Hillary and Linda …

The Takeaway: New Costly Cancer Drugs; Facebook; AIDS and Aging

Seniors face Medicare cost barrier for cancer. If rising health care costs weren’t enough, Medicare patients like Rita Moore, below, who are fighting cancer are facing a new hurdle: high copays for the newest treatments.

AIDS: 30 Years Later

30 years ago, four letters equaled a death sentence. AIDS was shrouded in mystery. Was it contagious by breathing the same air as an infected person? By touching them? Kissing them? In years since, research of HIV/AIDS has made the disease a more livable condition. This month, AARP Magazine highlights the lives of six 50+ HIV-positive Americans living and thriving. But that doesn’t mean researchers should stop the march to find a true cure. Some of the striking statistics shared …

The Takeaway: Weekend Edition

Updated: Jack Kevorkian, 83, dies. The trumpeter of assisted-suicide died Friday in a Detroit Hospital. What you may have missed this week: Dangers of the cellphone: The World Health Organization announced this week that using cell phones could be linked to cancer. More specifically, talkers may be at risk for two types of rare tumors: glioma, a type of brain cancer, and acoustic neuroma, a noncancerous tumor of the nerve that connects the ear to the brain.