Doctor believes there will be AIDS vaccine

LEWISBURG — AIDS has been researched around the world for years and a doctor believes there will be a cure in our lifetime. Dr. Susan Blumenthal was this year’s presenter at the Charles P. Fasano Memorial Lecture at Bucknell University, hosted by Evangelical Community Hospital.


She said, “I think it is very doable in our lifetime. Ultimately, for a public health doctor, we are looking for a vaccine to prevent the disease in the first place. If you think about the landmark public health accomplishments over the last century, it was because of vaccines. Eradication of small pox and polio are examples.”


Dr. Blumenthal also says chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease and cancer also deserve attention. She said, “We think of the infectious illnesses as being in the underdeveloped world, but the fact is 80 percent of the chronic disease burden is in the developing world. So diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes are on the rise.”


For over 20 years, Dr. Blumenthal served as a top federal government leader for public health and currently is a Senior Health Fellow in health policy. She is a former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and the first Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women’s Health.


This was the 5th Annual Charles P. Fasano Memorial Lecture. Fasano partnered with Domenick Ronco to create the Family Practice Center, which currently has 27 sites in the region. His children and Evangelical Community Hospital physicians and friends formed the Fasano Memorial Lecture Fund following his passing. (Lauren Koch)




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