February 23, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Millions of people have endured a colonoscopy, believing the dreaded exam may help keep them from dying of colon cancer. For the first time, a major study offers clear evidence that it does. Removing precancerous growths spotted during the test can halve the risk of dying from colon cancer in half, the study suggests. Doctors have long assumed a benefit, but research hadn't shown before that removing polyps would improve survival - the key measure of any cancer screening's worth.
February 15, 2012 |
ST. LOUIS - For a lot of people, weathering the winter is no fun. Cold temperatures. Shorter days. More colds and flu. Weathering it all with cancer is worse. Before Jerry Miller was diagnosed with Stage 3B colon cancer last summer, he walked pretty much everywhere, year-round. And he loved it. "My car was stolen 12 years ago, and I never bothered to replace it," said Miller, 44, of St. Louis. Not anymore. In addition to fatigue and weakness, chemotherapy has wreaked havoc on his immune system and caused extreme cold sensitivity in his hands, feet and other parts of his body.
December 10, 2011
UCLA junior outside hitter Rachael Kidder had 15 kills as the Bruins swept four-time and defending national champion Penn State in the NCAA regional semifinals Friday in Lexington, Ky., to end the Nittany Lions' record 26-game postseason winning streak. Aiyana Whitney had 12 kills for the eighth-seeded Nittany Lions in the 25-20, 25-22, 25-21 loss. Kelly Reeves had 11 kills, while senior sweeper Lainey Gera led the ninth-seeded Bruins (27-6) with 15 digs.
November 29, 2011
MADISON, WIS. - Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's daughter, whose 1967 defection to the West during the Cold War embarrassed the ruling communists and made her a best-selling author, has died. She was 85. Lana Peters - who was known internationally by her previous name, Svetlana Alliluyeva - died of colon cancer Nov. 22 in Wisconsin, where she lived off and on' the Richland County Coroner said. The defection came at a high personal cost. She left two children behind in Russia and she was never close to either again.
November 2, 2011
By an accident of timing, Herman Cain appeared on Monday morning at the intersection of 17th and M Streets Northwest - the location of the National Restaurant Association, where he is alleged to have sexually harassed two women when he was the group's chief executive. The allegations, first reported by Politico, could not have come at a worse time for the front-running Republican presidential candidate, being just ahead of a very public day of speeches in Washington. The first was scheduled at the American Enterprise Institute, which happens to be right across the street from the Restaurant Association.
July 11, 2011 |
Question: I would like to know if you recommend breast thermography instead of getting a traditional mammogram. My breasts are sore for days after my mammograms and thermography doesn't hurt. Answer: Mammography, with its squeezing and pressing against the image plate, can be very uncomfortable for women with sensitive breasts. Thermography is a new technique that some tout as a gentler and safer alternative to digital or traditional mammography. There's no radiation because it uses infrared technology to produce an image of the breasts that shows the patterns of heat and blood flow in the tissue.
June 3, 2011 |
V.S. Naipaul , considered by some to be the greatest living craftsman of English prose, is a friend to all women, to womanhood itself. The Nobel-winning author of Half a Life suffered through a firestorm of criticism this week just to protect those fragile creatures from their own vanity and ambition by declaring that women, by their very nature, are inferior writers. "I read a piece of writing and within a paragraph or two I know whether it is by a woman or not," Naipaul, 78, said during a chat at the Royal Geographic Society in London.
April 11, 2011 |
Question: What is your opinion on taking D-Ribose for fibromyalgia? Answer: D-Ribose is one of those supplements that have garnered a lot of attention recently. D-Ribose is a 5-carbon sugar (unlike 6-carbon glucose sugar) directly involved in the production of "ATP," the fuel that every cell in the body uses for its energy production. D-Ribose doesn't raise blood sugar; rather it's directly converted to ATP. It can even lower blood sugar a bit. Supporters of D-Ribose claim it decreases pain, improves mental clarity, increases energy, improves stamina, creates an improved sense of well-being, and strengthens heart performance.
February 21, 2011 |
Four years after surgery, Janice Hayes-Cha was ready for her self-portrait. She asked her daughter, Joanie, to take a picture, and tried to look as serious as possible. Then Hayes-Cha sketched herself as she remembered having been. "It was easy," she says. "I just didn't draw the hair. " Her face was gaunt then, her coloring washed away. That called for a certain hue of greeting card. Hayes-Cha works in highly personal mixed media, expressing what she sees through a collage of cut-up best wishes that people sent her when she was sick.