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NPR.org - Leroy Sievers Battle Inspired Courage

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This is a cancer survivor's story whose life ended in August 2008, but I thought you would be interested in this story: Leroy Sievers Battle Inspired Courage
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Chasing Medical Miracles

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FIFTY million people around the world are guinea pigs in clinical trials testing experimental drugs right now.

In a review found @ http://ukskeptics.twi.bz/a:  "Apart from potentially risking their lives, participants must pass a gruelling battery of tests just to be allowed into some trials. Acceptance only means more tests, side effects and considerable disruption to their daily lives. So what's in it for them?

"As journalist Alex O'Meara explains in Chasing Medical Miracles, some take part out of genuine altruism, while some are looking for cures for their own illnesses. O'Meara, a lifelong diabetic himself, volunteered for a risky transplant of insulin-producing cells from the liver, and his story permeates the book.

"More often than not, O'Meara finds, people choose to participate thanks to life's great motivator: money. Clinical trials are big business, raking in $24 billion a year, and the cash they offer as compensation has become a sought-af…

@ltaSCRIBE: Ben Sherwood

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In tough times, who bounces back and who doesn’t? After losing a job, who finds a new one and who gives up? After a devastating medical diagnosis, who beats the odds and who doesn’t? And perhaps most important: What do survivors and thrivers know that we don’t? | Regarding this work, Sangeeth Varghese, a columnist for Forbes.com: In his new book, The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science That Could Save Your Life(Grand Central. 400 pp., $25.99), Sherwood looks for the qualities that have helped ordinary people survive and thrive under extraordinary duress. He closely analyzes the experiences of a few survivors who have been tested to the extreme, "people who have been beaten down, sometimes literally flattened, and how they managed to pick themselves up, again and again, in the face of the unthinkable." By dissecting these survivor's mindsets and habits, he unlocks secrets that can help us improve our own chances of survival, both in our personal and professional worl…

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