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.
January 29, 2011
Adele Ratner Pickus, 78, of Mount Laurel, a retired synagogue secretary, died of colon cancer Thursday, Jan. 27, at her home. From 1975 until she retired in 2000, Mrs. Pickus was secretary to the rabbi of the Reform congregation Adath Emanu-El in Mount Laurel. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mrs. Pickus graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School there in 1950. From 2006 to 2008, son Russell said, she was cochair of the local chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, for which she was membership chairman in the 2000s.
November 11, 2010
Margaret Boyle Carr, 72, of Upper Darby, a former pizza shop owner and psychologist, died of colon cancer Saturday, Nov. 6, at home. A son, Conal Carr, said that from 1970 to 1987, Mrs. Carr owned and operated Old English Style Pizza in Woodlyn, Delaware County. "Many of her children have stated that they developed their strong work ethic from working within the family business and observing their mother," according to her son. While running the business, Mrs. Carr took classes and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1988 from St. Joseph's University.
October 29, 2010 |
The Holy Grail of colorectal cancer prevention - a reliable screening test that users don't dread and avoid - appears to be getting close. A novel test that detects telltale DNA markers in stool samples correctly identified 85 percent of colon cancers, 64 percent of significant precancerous polyps, and 90 percent of healthy samples, researchers announced Thursday in Philadelphia at a conference held by the American Association for Cancer Research....
September 1, 2010 |
Joseph A. Frick, president and chief executive of Independence Blue Cross, will retire Dec. 15, the company told employees in an e-mail Tuesday afternoon. And it's not because his colon cancer has come back, the 58-year-old Frick said in an upbeat interview Tuesday, turning serious as he otherwise joked about his trademark preference for pin-striped suits, his lack of vacations over the years, and his need to chitchat with nearly everyone he meets. "I think the first thing many people think is: 'Is he sick?
August 14, 2010 |
Vincent M. Raimondo, 57, a radio advertising sales executive and musician, died of colon cancer Friday, Aug. 13, at his home. Since 2006, Mr. Raimondo was vice president of marketing for Radio Direct Response and RDR Promotions in Media. Previously, he sold advertising for several radio stations including WMGK-FM, WPEN-FM, WYSP-FM, and WNTP-AM. As director of sports marketing at WYSP in the 1990s, he headed sales for radio on-air advertising for Eagles football games and was a committed fan. Mark Lipsky, president of Radio Direct Response and a friend since the 1980s, said Mr. Raimondo understood the market and was an excellent sales manager.