Topic of Cancer.
"One fine June day, the author is launching his best-selling memoir, Hitch-22
. The next, he’s throwing up backstage at The Daily Show
, in a brief bout of denial, before entering the unfamiliar country—with its egalitarian spirit, martial metaphors, and hard bargains of people who have cancer." Christopher Hitchens writes about his cancer. [Via]
I find your lack of faith disturbing (previously)
is billed as 'another screenwriting blog,' which author Josh Friedman admits
we need 'like the world needs another Michael Bay.'
Nevertheless, Josh has been blogging off and on for five years now, on topics ranging from his cancer surgery
to the ups and downs of free lunches in Hollywood
. This week Josh relays a story of finding out a stranger has been using your office for meeting prostitutes.
Having a barbecue this summer?
There are any number of safety initiatives to alert you to the dangers inherent in lighting one, but a lot less gets said about how to avoid exposing yourself to carcinogenic compounds. Help is at hand from the American Cancer Society
, Younger Clearer Skin
, David A. Fein MD
from the Princeton Longevity Center
and Boris Johnson
Gravelly-voiced character actor
James Gammon has passed away
of cancer at the age of 70.
spanned more than 50 years in television, (with roles from "Gunsmoke" to "Grays Anatomy",) film and theater, but most will probably remember him as either the cantankerous manager of the Cleveland Indians
in the 1989 comedy "Major League" or as Don Johnson's crotchety, retired longshoreman father on the television show Nash Bridges
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In 1984 Philip Morris
created the Marlboro Adventure team
to promote their flagship cigarette. DOC (Doctors Ought to Car)
, an international organization of health professionals, was founded to counteract the promotion of tobacco advertising. In 1993 as an effort to undermine the Marlboro Adventure Team US debut
the DOC repainted a VW van as the Barfmobile
, hired a handsome comedian [pdf]
as Barf Man
, printed thousands of Barfboro Barf Bags (imprinted with the words "DOES CIGARETTE ADVERTISING MAKE YOU SICK? US TOO!
"), and created the Barfboro Barfing Team
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After the actress Lynn Redgrave learned she had breast cancer in December 2002, she chose to undergo surgery, followed by a half-year regimen of chemotherapy and radiation. She also asked her daughter Annabel Clark, then a photography student at Parsons School of Design, if she would photograph the course of treatment and recovery. [One photo maybe NSFW]
Sadly, after battling the disease for more than seven years, the Oscar and Tony-nominated actress passed away yesterday
at the age of 67
. Her official site
. Some Slideshow Galleries
. BBC Report
. [more inside]
Followup to this post:
A US District Court has ruled
that Myriad Genetic's patents on breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2, which allow them to hold exclusive rights
to a widely used genetic test for inherited breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility, are invalid
. Genomics Law Report analyzes the ruling
in two posts
. The decision is likely to be challenged in a legal appeal — but if upheld, it could have huge implications for the biotechnology industry. [more inside]
Is your breakfast giving you cancer?
"Chances are, you started your day with a generous helping of folic acid. For more than a decade, the government has required enriched grains — most notably white flour and white rice — to be fortified with folic acid
, the synthetic form of the B vitamin folate. Many food manufacturers
take it further, giving breakfast cereals, nutrition bars, and beverages a folic acid boost, too. Yet, historic reviews
have linked too much folic acid to an increased cancer rate. [more inside]
Are we looking at end of Cancer?
Human trials of nanobot treatment for cancer have proven the concept: [more inside]
recently decided, after 10 years, to alleviate the pain of his sinus cancer with medical marijuana--which is legal with a doctor's recommendation in Michigan
. A commended Wal-Mart
employee for five years, Casias was promptly fired by the company after failing a drug test
. Now, Wal-Mart is working to deny Casias unemployment benefits
, NFL legend
and TV star
(Little House on the Prairie; Father Murphy), has passed away at 69 from mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer. As I knew him more from TV than from football, to me he will always be the gentle giant
. [more inside]
When writer Robin Romm's mother was dying of cancer, she started keeping a journal--writing from the trenches. At the time she had no idea it would become a book. The Mercy Papers (excerpt)
is a gut-wrenching, painfully honest, and deeply moving account of her mother's last three weeks. [more inside]
, his writing
, and his battle with cancer
are hardly foreign topics here, but this in-depth interview/profile from Esquire
about Ebert's illness, loss of speech, and late career burst of creativity is worth a read.
Deep Grief: Creating Meaning From Mourning (Article from NPR.)
How some parents have channeled their grief over the loss of their children into memorial efforts that provide for others. [more inside]
Nil by Mouth
is Roger Ebert's article about what life is like now that he doesn't eat or drink anymore, but is nourished by tube. And interesting reflection on what life can be like after thyroid cancer, and not as sad as you might think.
- The Thing from the point of view of the thing, by Peter Watts (previously, previously, previously)
Cracking the Cancer Code:
We already know that all cancers are caused by DNA mutations acquired during a person's lifetime. But what mutations actually cause cancer? We may be one step closer to finding out. International research teams led by the Cancer Genome Project at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have now mapped
the entire genetic code
of two of the most common human cancers: lung and skin (malignant melanoma).
Their findings have the potential
to revolutionize preventative and treatment therapies as well as pave the way for new early detection tests. More
. [more inside]
Yesterday, the little-noticed U.S. Preventive Services Task Force caused a stir by releasing new guidelines
discouraging routine mammography for women under age 50 and breast self-examinations at any age. (Comparison chart of new and old guidelines here
.) The American Cancer Society immediately registered its strong disagreement
; meanwhile, the National Breast Cancer Coalition came out in strong support
of the new guidelines, saying:
The over-emphasis on the importance of screening, despite a lack of strong evidence, has been elevated to such a degree that some even equate screening with prevention of breast cancer. The National Breast Cancer Coalition hopes that today’s release of the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) revised recommendations will put the brakes on this run-away train and will put screening and its limitations into proper perspective. [more inside]
Stem Cell Awareness and The Black Community
"Due to genetic variance, 1 in 500 Europeans need to be on the registry, but 1 in 10 Africans should be on the registry worldwide..." 5 Fast Facts on Bone Marrow Registration and Donation
. If you want to find out more about whether you can save a life, visit Be The Match
(Canada), or the Anthony Nolan Trust
Never Mind the Pity: How Killian Mansfield's Dying Dream Turned into the Making of a Miraculous Album.
While still hospitalized, Killian puts together a dream list of musicians he’d like to work with, focusing on those who spend time in the Catskills. E-mails are sent, calls made, favors asked. He wants to make the record a love letter to the idyllic, eclectic swath of America where he’s lived the past few years. As the responses come in, however, the project shapes up to be far more ambitious than anyone first imagined. Among those who sign on are Dr. John, the legendary New Orleans songwriter; Levon Helm, the drummer for the Band; Kate Pierson of the B-52s; the Lovin’ Spoonful’s John Sebastian; and Todd Rundgren. Ralph agrees to put off all other work in the studio. Killian, meanwhile, compiles a list of songs that, in some way or another, are connected in his mind to integrative therapy. He sees “Scratch My Back,” by renowned bluesman Slim Harpo, as a reference to massage; “Express Yourself,” the funk classic, is chosen to give props to the Cancer Dancers, a group that reaches out to sick children through dance. “Kiss” he deems “one of the greatest love songs ever written,” love being perhaps the best integrative therapy around. Topping his “dream list” of collaborators is David Bowie, with whom Killian imagines recording a uke version of “Starman.” [more inside]
, an evolutionary biologist at University of Louisville in Kentucky states his conviction, in one interview with Discover Magazine that
, that by 2050 the human species will have found that between 80% and as high as 95% of cancers are caused by viruses. [more inside]
(trained to kill cancer cells) [more inside]
Kill or cure:
making sense of the Daily Mail’s
ongoing effort to classify every inanimate object into those that cause cancer
and those that prevent it
. Paul Battley uses automation and crowd-sourcing
in the war against bad science reporting
Edward M. Kennedy, Senator from Massachusetts
, has died at age 77
. After a rocky youth (including scandals of cheating
and reckless driving
), Kennedy followed his brothers into politics, making health care
his cause, and eventually went on to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Anticipating his own death, he had been trying to create a quick transition for his replacement
as a vote on health care reform rapidly approached.
In 1999, Dr. Jerri Nielsen was the only doctor in the winterover crew at the South Pole Station in Antarctica. While there, she discovered and treated her own breast cancer until she could be airlifted out. She died yesterday of breast cancer at age 57
. [more inside]
is a red dye that has been used for decades to identify eye and liver damage. A company
, Provectus Pharmaceuticals, has developed a drug based on this compound, which clinical trials
show may be able to destroy advanced melanoma
with minimal risks. Melanoma is an extremely dangerous form of skin cancer. The company hopes to extend
this drug to other cancers as well as to other skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, for which poor treatment solutions exist. Claims such as these inspire skepticism, but the melanoma trials have been conducted by some of the most eminent names in the melanoma community.
Does this drug hold potential
, or is the whole thing snake oil
The idea of Hypnosis and Pain Management
has been around a bit
Now British surgeons are being advised to hypnotise patients
for some operations.
The Mayo Clinic
: Another Way to manage Pain; and as explained by the American Pain Foundation
; also Hypnotic Approaches in the Cancer Patient
. If this were a drug, everyone
would be using it.
(previously 1, 2 (links dead, discusssion only)
This is Bridget . Three things happened to Bridget in February :
1. She got an agent for her young adult novel.
2. She got married.
3. She found out she has Stage Four colon cancer. [more inside]
is critical for tumors to grow beyond a few millimeters, and for cancer to metastasize to other parts of the body. Cancer cells use the blood vessels as conduits to other areas of the body, where a single cell can set up camp and begin forming a new tumor. Stop angiogenesis, and you stop cancer.
) [more inside]
"We're a demonstration project, if you would, of all the things that can go wrong at once." "You know Yolanda, I think most people watching this interview think to themselves that if they get cancer and they don't have health insurance that somebody’s going to take care of them," Pelley remarked.
"No, no, there's nobody to take care of you," she said. [more inside]
I don't know if you like reading stories about construction workers bringing smiles to the faces of kids with cancer. If you like that kind of stuff, here's a story
like that. You might tear up.
Two high school basketball teams unite in grieving a player's recent loss.
Johntel Franklin, senior basketball captain for Milwaukee Madison, lost his mother to cervical cancer on the day of a game with friendly rivals from DeKalb. In a beautiful act of sportsmanship, both teams decide to forgo points in order to help Johntel deal with his grief.
In the background behind attention-grabbing headlines
) cancer patients, a quiet revolution may be on the brink of changing oncology. [more inside]
"For the first time on record, the rate of new cancer cases and the cancer death rate are both falling in America
. There appear to be several reasons why this is happening, but perhaps the most important is also the simplest: Over the past several decades
, men started smoking less." But is obesity the tobacco
of the 21st century? Well, Hollywood has tobacco's back
. How to lower smoking rates? Taxing cigarettes is the single-most effective way to lower smoking rates
, particularly among youth. Check out the correlation on this map
Smoke if you got 'em.
Today is the Great American Smokeout
, a time to reflect on how great people look
when smoking, and the terrible things
(NSFW) the additives
do to you.
"...But once we saw Dr. Kukin's office, complete with a photo of the winning touchdown at the Super Bowl, a photo of Babe Ruth, and various signed balls, we were put at ease. The message? Heart failure is like bank failure: Bailout is possible. Life goes on. Plus, he had a plastic heart that comes apart; I just love playing with those things."
's co-founder Andrew Baron found out last week that his father had Multiple Myeloma
, and likely less than 48 hours to live. Then a miracle occured. A drug that could save his father's life existed. However the drug was not approved by the FDA to be used this way. They sought and quickly got approval from the FDA. But now, the drug's manufacturer Biogen won't approve usage despite pleas to Biogen's president from Lance Burton, President Clinton, and others. Read this open letter and request for help
from Andrew to learn what you can do to save his father's life.
Journalist Leroy Sievers
has lost his fight with cancer. He passed away Friday night. He was 53. His blog, My Cancer,
and his commentaries on NPR
, documented the progression of his disease while creating a community of those touched by cancer themselves.
All cancers are parasitical, but most cancers aren't contagious. But some evolve to be.
Most viruses parasite cells, but some then make their own "cells", and othr viruses evolve to parasite those.
Evolution is stupidly clevererer
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