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October 1, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Andrew von Eschenbach, named last week as interim Food and Drug Administration commissioner to replace Lester Crawford, will take a leave of absence from his job as director of the National Cancer Institute, Sen. Barbara Mikulski said. Von Eschenbach also will "refrain from selected FDA activities that may be seen as a conflict of interest," Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, said in a statement.
December 5, 1985 | Associated Press
News of a promising new cancer treatment at the National Cancer Institute prompted a flood of calls to the federal center today from people desperate for a cure from the disease. The callers want information about a new treatment, called adoptive immunotherapy, that turns ordinary white blood cells into "killer cells" that attack malignant tumors. The treatment was announced Wednesday in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine. (Story, Page 12)
March 18, 1989 | From Associated Press
Former U.S. Rep. Bill Chappell Jr. (D-Fla.), defeated last year after 20 years in Congress, said Friday that he is being treated for bone cancer. Chappell, 67, was admitted to the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., on Feb. 23 by the National Cancer Institute and is in stable condition, a spokeswoman said.
September 24, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
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.
November 4, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
If you're sitting down, you might want to stand up after reading this: Nearly 100,000 cases of cancer could be prevented in the U.S. each year if we all spent less time sitting in our cars, at our desks and on our couches. Even people who exercise daily can increase their risk of cancer by remaining sedentary for extended periods of time, researchers said Thursday at the annual meeting of the American Institute for Cancer Research focused on food, nutrition and physical activity . Using data from the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics , researchers estimated that up to 49,000 cases of breast cancer and 43,000 cases of colon cancer each year are tied to lack of physical activity.
August 6, 2010
The headlines were certainly scary enough to turn readers into vegetarians: "Sausages and Bacon Up Bladder Cancer Risk" "My Bologna Has a First Name, It's C-A-N-C-E-R. " "Cold Cut Sandwiches: A Potentially Deadly Lunch. " Fortunately for meat eaters out there, the study that prompted this week's dire warnings wasn't quite as absolute as it was made to appear. For starters, studies linking red meat consumption to cancer aren't new. But this study, published online Monday by the journal Cancer, zeroed in on a specific culprit -- processed red meat -- and a particular body part -- the bladder.
February 11, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Yearly mammography screenings for women ages 40 to 59 do not reduce breast cancer deaths, even though they make a diagnosis of illness more likely, according to a long-term study of nearly 90,000 Canadian women. The research , published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal, is the latest in a series of studies that question the value of annual breast X-rays for pre-menopausal women and whether too many women are being "overdiagnosed" by the popular test. "We found absolutely no benefit in terms of reduction of deaths from the use of mammography," said study leader Dr. Anthony Miller, an epidemiologist at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
November 5, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Test-tube experiments at a National Institutes of Health laboratory show evidence that a drug called hydroxyurea may block or slow the replication of the AIDS virus, researchers report. In a study published in the journal Science, researchers at the National Cancer Institute report that HIV, which causes AIDS, is unable to reproduce in cells exposed to hydroxyurea, a cancer drug that has been used for 30 years.
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