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Friday, May 14, 2010

Cancer Panel Focuses on the "Grievous Harm" from Environmental Toxins

Thought:  The recent report from the President’s Cancer Panel, entitled “Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk,” took the bold step of focusing on environmental toxins and their role in causing cancer. In it, the authors charge that “the grievous harm from this group of carcinogens has not been addressed adequately by the National Cancer Program” and they urge the President “to use the power of your office to remove the carcinogens and ...” || ||

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Here are some ways you can use age to your advantage

From an unexpected source, a blog that promotes radiation therapy careers, comes this wisdom:

There are many exciting careers in the growing medical field. One of these is the field of radiation therapy. Individuals who enjoy helping patients, working with technology, and working on the front lines of the medical battlefield to eradicate cancer should consider entering a career in radiation therapy.

What is Radiation Therapy?
Radiation therapy is primarily used in treatment plans for cancer patients. Radiation therapists operate machines known as linear accelerators to target cancerous cells and shrink or eliminate them. Linear accelerators use high energy x-rays to kill off the cancerous cells.

25 Ways to use Aging to your Advantage

Don’t let anyone fool you – aging is an inevitable part of life. Botox couldn’t save the trickling Colorado River from becoming the Grand Canyon. The best Beverly Hills boob surgeon couldn’t keep Yosemite National Park from forging its magnificent crevices and cliffs.

Why then, are we humans so dead set against the natural process of aging? The human body, mind and soul undergo a fascinating and complex set of changes as they all grow older together. Rather than being salmon, swimming upstream, here are 25 ways to use some of those changes to your advantage and most importantly to enjoy the process.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

President’s cancer panel reveals activist media are the real cancer

BLOGGER Jeff Stier is the Associate Director of the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH). He is responsible for external affairs, including media and government relations, policy, legal affairs and development. ACSH is a not-for-profit, public health, consumer advocacy organization dedicated to promoting sound science in public health.

If you’ve looked at online, print or broadcast news in the past 48 hours, you’ve probably seen coverage of the President’s Cancer Panel report that hypes potential environmental causes of cancer. To not notice alarming headlines like, “Cancers from Environment ‘Grossly Underestimated,’” “Americans Bombarded with Cancer Causes,” and “‘Grievous Harm’ Posed by Unchecked Chemicals,” it would take a stock market crash, an attempted terrorist attack in Times Square, and a huge oil spill, all in the same week.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Weighing 'external' causes of cancer versus 'internal'

Thought:  Cancer experts say for the most part that we already know what causes most cases of cancer and it's not pollution or chemicals lurking in our water bottles.
Should we be focusing more on risk factors the average person can control, such as tobacco use and obesity, or should we be paying more attention to possible environmental factors? What do you think? | ||

Monday, May 10, 2010

For this former USC basketball star, NHL (not hockey) became a life mission

LA TIMES writer Jerry Crowe captured this poignant story about a former basketball star for the University of Southern California. His NBA playing career was cut short by Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma, but he has reached the ripe age of 69 despite the trials and travails of managing the disease for virtually his entire adult lifetime.
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Former USC basketball star John Rudometkin continues to fight on — for his life

John Rudometkin, Carolyn

John Rudometkin, a two-time All-American who led USC to its last outright conference title in men's basketball, walks alongside his wife, Carolyn, at his home in Newcastle, Calif.
(Robert Durell / For The Times / May 6, 2010)

A two-time All-American for the Trojans in the early 1960s, Rudometkin survived a bout with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that derailed his NBA career. Now, at 69, the long-term aftereffects of the treatments that saved him are threatening his life.

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Where would we all be today without them?

A mother’s love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking. ~ Helen Rice
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A Mother's Love

Inline Image There are mothers who will spend today missing sons and daughters fighting overseas. There are women who have lost children in those wars, for whom Mother's Day will never be the same. And then there is Eva Briseno. Joesph Briseno Jr., Eva's 27-year-old son, is one of the most severely wounded soldiers ever to survive. A bullet to the back of his head in Baghdad marketplace in 2003 left him paralyzed, brain-damaged and blind, but awake and aware of his condition. Instead of putting Jay in a nursing home, Eva, a small, doe-eyed woman of 100 pounds, spends her days brushing his teeth, suctioning fluid from his lungs, and turning him every other hour to prevent bedsores. What keeps her going? Love and hope for a cure. "I do believe in miracles," Eva says. And Jay's father has a plan: forming his own home health care agency to supply nurses for Jay and other wounded veterans. Read More >>

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