November 5, 2012
Could colon cancer be a hormone deficiency disease? And could that deficiency also play a role in obesity? Thomas Jefferson University researcher Scott Waldman has been awarded a $1.2 million "provocative questions" grant from the National Cancer Institute to try to find answers. His search is focused on a hormone called guanylyl cyclase that binds to a cell "receptor," called GCC, in the intestines. The hormone activates GCC, which in turn tells intestinal cells to make more hormones.
October 26, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Aspirin, one of the world's oldest and cheapest drugs, has shown remarkable promise in treating colon cancer in people with mutations in a gene that's thought to play a role in the disease. Among patients with the mutations, those who regularly took aspirin lived longer than those who didn't, a major study found. Five years after their cancers were diagnosed, 97 percent of the aspirin users were still alive versus 74 percent of those not taking the drug. Aspirin seemed to make no difference in patients who did not have the mutations.
October 18, 2012
Through Wednesday, Philly.com/health and The Inquirer will mark breast cancer awareness month by publishing a profile a day of transformative moments reported by patients. The series will culminate in a special Philly.com/Inquirer section on Thursday, and can be viewed at www.philly.com/breastcancer . When Valerie Miller turned 25, her mother began nudging her to get a mammogram. Age 25 is extremely young to begin this check for breast cancer, but Valerie's mother had breast cancer, and Valerie's aunt had breast cancer, and both grandmothers had breast cancer.
October 16, 2012
Norodom Sihanouk, 89, the revered and often mercurial former king and independence hero who helped navigate Cambodia through a half-century of war, genocide, and upheaval, died Monday in Beijing. King Sihanouk had been in China since January to receive medical treatment for a variety of illnesses he had suffered in recent years, including colon cancer, diabetes, and hypertension. Prince Sisowath Thomico, a royal family member, said the former king suffered a heart attack at a Beijing hospital and died before dawn Monday.
September 14, 2012
Sister Marie Brendan Linehan, 84, a Franciscan nun who was an assistant cook at Our Lady of Angels Convent in Aston, Delaware County, from 1951 to 1958 and from 1967 to 1968, died Monday, Sept. 10, of colon cancer at Assisi House, her religious community's retirement home in Aston. Born Julia Mary Linehan in County Cork, Ireland, Sister Marie Brendan was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 63 years. Her career was spent in food service, a spokeswoman for her religious order said, mostly at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington from 1965 to 1967 and from 1968 to 2001.
August 28, 2012 |
Question: When are they going to have a better way of preparing for a colonoscopy? My doctor keeps reminding me that I need one, but it seems like such a hassle! - F.P., Tacoma, Wash. Answer: The worst part of a colonoscopy is the bowel prep. A clear, liquid-only diet the day before the procedure is not fun, either. The procedure itself is a breeze. With the superb short-acting intravenous sedation used nowadays, not only will you not feel the scope, but you'll probably never even see the scope either.
August 23, 2012 |
Kenneth Kaiserman, 73, of Philadelphia, a prominent real estate developer known for his passionate support of Israel, Ethiopian Jewry, and the performing arts, died Sunday, Aug. 19, of complications from colon cancer at a New York hospice. As president and chief executive officer of Kaiserman Co., which was founded by his father, Kevy K. Kaiserman, in the 1920s, Mr. Kaiserman amassed and managed a portfolio that spread over four million square feet of commercial property, including such landmarks as the Bourse, Constitution Place, and the 25-story Rittenhouse Claridge apartment building on Rittenhouse Square.
May 4, 2012 |
NICOLA TASOFF and Jamie Adams-Ford are teachers and friends. Despite their hectic schedules, they find time to run. On Sunday, the South Jersey residents will take in the morning sights in the 33rd annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run. Tasoff is the "veteran" Broad Streeter: This will be her second 10-mile jaunt down Broad Street. Adams-Ford is making her Broad Street debut. Tasoff's advice for her friend is "just enjoy it and take it easy. It's a little breathtaking at first to be surrounded by so many people.
April 25, 2012 |
Barbara Erie Deiter Drill, 59, formerly of Richboro, Bucks County, died Thursday, April 19, at Baptist Medical Center/South in Jacksonville, Fla., of colon cancer. A graduate of Abington High School, Mrs. Drill was licensed as a certified public accountant in Florida and Pennsylvania after graduating with a master's degree in business management from Central Michigan University. At the time of her death, she was director of finance for ElderSource and had more than 20 years of experience preparing financial statements and tax returns for clients.
March 15, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Rep. Donald Payne was a modest man who favored quiet persuasion over bombast, qualities that did not detract from his effectiveness as an advocate for the most vulnerable in the United States and abroad, friends and colleagues recalled at his funeral Wednesday. Former President Bill Clinton called Payne, who died last week of colon cancer at age 77, "a dear friend" who "made me a better president" for his humanitarian efforts in Africa and elsewhere. A who's who of current and former politicians attended Payne's funeral at Metropolitan Baptist Church, a place the 12-term congressman returned to often during his years in office.