October 20, 2013 |
HALEAKALA, Hawaii - It's not getting any closer, I thought to myself, gazing at the 30-mile-wide mound of ancient lava in the distance. Nearly an hour into my ride I was pounding the pedals heading up the north slope of Maui's Haleakala, one of the world's largest dormant volcanoes. For the record, geologists say the crater is actually an "erosional depression" caused by two valleys merging together. No matter, this was no molehill, and my destination was as elusive as ever. Two miles high, with a cavity big enough to accommodate Manhattan , Haleakala is so vast it's easy to lose perspective.
October 17, 2013 |
It's official: Breathing dirty air causes lung cancer. The World Health Organization on Thursday declared air pollution a human carcinogen like tobacco smoke, asbestos and arsenic, calling it a leading cause of cancer deaths globally. Health experts have known for years that air pollution increases the risk of a wide range of ailments, including respiratory problems and heart disease. Some compounds in the air we breathe, such as diesel exhaust, have already been deemed cancer-causing.
October 16, 2013 |
Welcome to October, the official Breast Cancer Awareness Month - and the unofficial breast cancer marketing month. Pink is the new green, and we've seen what happens to that. Green-brag has found its way everywhere. The name for a secondary color has become a primary marketing tool - a badge that purportedly shows that some product or service is tender-minded when it comes to the environment, and therefore the compassionate customer who buys it is helping to save the Earth. “Green” isn't always what it seems, of course, and “greenwashing” is the neologism to bust bogus environmental-friendliness just as “AstroTurf roots” is for politics, describing a fake grass-roots movement.
October 14, 2013 |
Camille Grammer of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" is recovering from surgery she had last Thursday related to an endometrial cancer diagnosis. "The surgery went well and she is expected to make a complete recovery following a significant recuperation period," the reality-TV stars's rep told E! News. Endometrial cancer, or uterine cancer, begins in the layer of cells that makes up the lining of the uterus, which is called the endometrium. Treatment often involves a hysterectomy, which requires that the uterus be removed, according to the Mayo Clinic.
October 9, 2013 |
After a cancer diagnosis forced Sharon Jones to postpone an album and tour earlier this yea r, the vocalist of the Dap-Kings soul ensemble is prepping her return to music. The group's sixth album, “Give the People What They Want,” will arrive Jan. 14 via Daptone Records, according to a release issued on the band's website Wednesday. Originally set for release Aug. 6, the album was postponed after Jones was diagnosed with Stage 1 bile duct cancer in June. After being forced to shutter a string of dates and festival appearances due to her illness, Jones and the Dap-Kings also announced plans for their first show in nearly a year, with a gig at New York's Beacon Theater on Feb. 6. RELATED: Best albums of 2013 so far | Randall Roberts Because of early diagnosis, her illness hadn't spread, but it did require surgery.
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October 4, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - A 69-year-old Oceanside man accused of killing his wife and then cooking her body parts has died of cancer before trial. Frederick Joseph Hengl, who had pleaded not guilty, died in the jail infirmary, the district attorney's office said Friday. Hengl was arrested Nov. 16, 2012, after neighbors complained of a foul odor coming from his home and the sound of a power saw. Police found Hengl's wife's head in a freezer and hunks of meat cooking on a stove. Hengl's wife, Anna Faris, 73, was reportedly suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
October 2, 2013 |
UCLA will hold its sixth Dribble for the Cure event on Oct. 20 to raise funds and awareness to fight pediatric cancer. Participants, either as individuals or in teams of at least 10, will collect pledges and dribble a 1.2-mile course through the UCLA campus. The UCLA men's and women's basketball teams will participate. There is a registration fee of $25 for adults and team captains and $10 for children under 13 and UCLA students. Participants will receive a T-shirt and goody bag, and will have an opportunity to get autographs and photos with UCLA men's and women's basketball players.
September 26, 2013 |
Examining the molecular profiles of tumors from 12 different types of cancers, scientists working with the National Institutes of Health-backed Cancer Genome Atlas said Thursday they had found striking similarities between tumors originating in different organs. Their discoveries, made possible by improvements in sequencing technologies and computing methods, could herald a day when cancers are treated based on their genetic profiles, rather than on their tissue of origin, said UC Santa Cruz biomolecular engineer Josh Stuart , a participant in the project and coauthor of a commentary discussing its findings released Thursday by the journal Nature Genetics . Eventually, such a shift in thinking could lead researchers to new treatments for hard-to-treat cancers, Stuart said, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
September 24, 2013 |
Married people who are diagnosed with the most common types of cancer are 20% less likely to die than patients who are single - and depending on the type of cancer they have, their odds of dying may be reduced by as much as 33%, new research shows. That finding raises an intriguing question: Is it possible to identify the specific benefits of marriage and put them into a hypothetical “pill” that could give the same benefits to patients who are single? It may sound far-fetched, but that's at least part of the motivation behind the new study , published online this week by the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
September 23, 2013 |
Women with a higher-than-usual risk for developing breast cancer should consider taking one of two medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration to reduce that risk, a federal panel has concluded. But the medications, which can raise a woman's risk of developing blood clots, are not for everyone and should not be taken for breast cancer reduction by most women, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said. Taken daily by women who are more likely than most to develop breast cancer, the chemotherapy drug tamoxifen or the osteoporosis drug raloxifene have been shown to drive down that risk.