December 27, 2004 |
James Mullin believes he has found an ingenious way to screen people with chronic stomach acid reflux for unnoticed changes in the lining of the esophagus - changes that increase the risk of esophageal cancer. The patient simply drinks a glass of sugar water, and seven hours later takes a urine test. If too much sugar shows up in the urine, the throat should be inspected for precancerous growth. Mullin, 50, a cell physiologist who works at Lankenau Institute for Medical Research in Wynnewood, sort of stumbled onto this low-tech application of his high-tech cancer research.
June 26, 2016
Some like it hot. When it comes to beverages such as like coffee, however, the World Health Organization says too hot may increase the risk for esophageal cancer. The good news: Coffee itself probably is not the problem. Both conclusions, issued earlier this month, followed an exhaustive review of studies on coffee, tea, and cancer by the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer. A working group of 23 scientists declared that drinking beverages hotter than 149 degrees Fahrenheit is "probably carcinogenic to humans" - a category that also includes red meat, the pesticide DDT, and the human papillomavirus.
December 9, 2011
Bill McKinney, 80, a character actor whose most recognizable performance was as a menacing hillbilly in the 1972 film Deliverance, died Dec. 1 of esophageal cancer at a hospital near his home in Van Nuys, Calif. An adaptation of a James Dickey novel, Deliverance tells the harrowing story of a canoe trip by a group of suburbanites in the backwoods of Georgia. Mr. McKinney's character, identified in the script only as "Mountain Man," and a companion capture two of the canoers, played by Jon Voight and Ned Beatty, at gunpoint.
March 27, 2013
Motown songwriter-producer Deke Richards, 68, died Sunday in Bellingham, Wash. Mr. Richards, whose real name was Dennis Lussier, died at the Whatcom Hospice House, Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center spokeswoman Amy Cloud confirmed Monday. Mr. Richards had been battling esophageal cancer, according to a statement from Universal Music. As leader of the Motown songwriting, arranging, and producing team known as the Corporation, Mr. Richards was involved in writing and producing many Jackson 5 hits, the Universal Music release said.
May 1, 2013
Kenneth Appel, 80, a mathematician who was the first to use a computer to prove a century-old major mathematical theorem, has died in Dover, N.H. The Tasker Funeral Home confirms that Mr. Appel, who had esophageal cancer, died April 19. Mr. Appel was a longtime educator who chaired the University of New Hampshire's mathematics department, retiring in 2003. Before that, he was a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana. In 1976, he and Wolfgang Haken used 1,200 hours of calculations from an IBM computer to prove that a flat map can be colored with just four colors so that contiguous countries have different colors.
July 7, 2011 |
Don H. Richards, 76, a coal-company owner and former star college baseball pitcher, died of esophageal cancer Thursday, June 30, at his home in the Wellington at Hershey's Mill in West Chester. Mr. Richards, who graduated from Bucknell University in 1956, set eight pitching records there, many of which still stand. In his first varsity game, he threw a one-hit shutout against Navy. Other highlights of his college career included a 21-strikeout no-hitter against Franklin and Marshall and a 19-strikeout appearance in a 3-1 win over Temple.
June 4, 1994
We were reminded just how perversely trade, health and culture can interact upon reading the news from Shanghai this week that Chinese men and women who regularly drink green tea have far less throat cancer. Up to 60 percent less, in fact. (Talk about low-tech medicine.) The fuller truth, of course, is that the Chinese are not faring as well in terms of certain other cancers. While they drink a lot of green tea, they also smoke like fiends, a habit that is pushed on them by their government, which runs state cigarette enterprises, and increasingly by ours, which has been looking to Asia as a monster tobacco export market.
April 15, 2012 |
Beginning Sunday, The Inquirer and Philly.com will present 21 profiles over the next 21 days of participants in the Broad Street Run. The race, on May 6, is considered the country's most popular 10-mile run, attracting more than 40,000 people . They will race downhill from near Einstein Medical Center to the Navy Yard. Brian McShane felt his relationship with his father-in-law, Jim McDonald, was unlike any one else's. "A friendly basketball game would turn into an all-out do-or-die match," said Brian.
June 17, 2010
Joseph Charles Deissroth, 46, formerly of South Philadelphia, a teacher, sculptor, and Mummer, died of esophageal cancer Friday, June 11, at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh. Mr. Deissroth taught art at Conwell-Egan Catholic High School in Fairless Hills for five years and then taught art at Roman Catholic High School for eight years. In August 2009, he and his wife moved to Pittsburgh, her hometown. He planned to pursue his teaching career there but became ill in September 2009.
March 9, 2012
Anne Burch Hayes, 52, of Wayne, a former personnel manager and volunteer, died Sunday, March 4, of esophageal cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. From 1982 until 1994, Mrs. Hayes was personnel manager at the Eagle's Eye, a women's sportswear company in Conshohocken cofounded by her brothers Robert and Christopher. In 1995, she married Timothy Hayes. They had a daughter, Robin, before divorcing. "For much of her adult life, Anne suffered from fibromyalgia and then cancer.