April 13, 2013
Taliban storms Afghan outpost KABUL, Afghanistan - Taliban militants stormed an Afghan army outpost on Friday, killing more than a dozen soldiers in an area that is a major infiltration route for insurgents crossing the mountainous border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Taliban fighters are stepping up their attacks this spring, analysts say, as they try to position themselves for power ahead of national elections and the planned withdrawal of most U.S. and other foreign combat troops by the end of 2014.
April 4, 2013 |
ALLENTOWN - The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are truly No. 1 when it comes to the adventurous new world of urinal gaming. The IronPigs have created a video game that has what they call the "only truly hands-free urinal game controller. " It doesn't take much to be a whiz at this game, which is featured in the men's restrooms at Coca-Cola Park. The new game likely won't hurt the sales of beverages, since the extra fluids will give the participants staying power. "These games are sure to make a huge splash," quipped IronPigs general manager Kurt Landes, who has labeled them "The X-Stream Games.
April 2, 2013 |
As if it weren't bad enough to lose your hair, a University of Pennsylvania researcher has added a medical reason to worry about what seems to be a cosmetic problem. She found a connection between baldness and prostate cancer in African American men. Other studies have examined whether bald men - mostly white bald men - are at higher risk. Some studies suggested a relationship, but the results are not clear-cut. Charnita Zeigler-Johnson, a Penn epidemiologist, decided to focus on African American men because they have a 50 to 60 percent higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer than white men and are twice as likely to die of it. The study compared 318 African American men with prostate cancer to 219 healthy African American controls.
March 29, 2013 |
NEW YORK - A huge international effort involving more than 100 institutions and genetic tests on 200,000 people has uncovered dozens of signposts in DNA that can help reveal further a person's risk for breast, ovarian, or prostate cancer, scientists reported Wednesday. It is the latest mega-collaboration to learn more about the intricate mechanisms that lead to cancer. And while the headway seems significant in many ways, the potential payoff for ordinary people is mostly this: Someday there may be genetic tests that help identify women with the most to gain from mammograms, and men who could benefit most from PSA tests and prostate biopsies.
March 16, 2013 |
Mitchell Wesley Melton, 69, a former Pennsylvania legislator and cofounder of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, died Monday, March 11, of prostate cancer at Nazareth Hospital. Mr. Melton lived in Chestnut Hill. Known to friends as "Mitch," Mr. Melton was born and raised in Philadelphia. He graduated from the Philadelphia public schools, and earned a bachelor's and a master's degree in education by 1978 from Antioch University. Mr. Melton started out as an insurance agent, writ server, and Democratic committeeman, but he made his name when he was elected in 1968 to the state House of Representatives.
February 28, 2013
Q: Kimberly, who are the healthiest and longest-living people? - Inquiring Mind Wants to Know A: Well, according to the experts, we may live in the wealthiest nation in the world, but the healthiest and longest-living people are in Japan-Okinawa, to be exact. Okinawans have significantly lower incidence rates of heart disease, as well as breast, ovarian and prostate cancer when compared to Americans. They live healthily into their late 80s and 90s. Some experts link Okinawans' long life spans with their diets, rich in grains, fruits and fish.
February 26, 2013
Otis "Damon" Harris, 62, a former member of the Temptations, has died of prostate cancer. Chuck Woodson, a cousin serving as family spokesman, confirmed that Mr. Harris died at a Baltimore hospice last week. Mr. Harris performed with the Motown act from 1971 to 1975 and sang on hits including "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" and "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are). " Woodson said joining the Temptations was "the realization of a dream" for Mr. Harris, who formed his own group after leaving and later released solo recordings.
February 1, 2013 |
Only 10 percent of men treated for early prostate cancer could sustain an erection sufficient for sex 15 years later, according to a study that found impotence rates were the same whether treatment was surgery or radiation. The findings were produced by the longest and broadest look at quality-of-life outcomes in two common therapies for prostate cancer. Researchers repeatedly surveyed 1,655 men diagnosed with localized disease and given surgery or external beam radiation. While surgery patients had higher impotence rates two years after treatment, by 15 years erection failure "was nearly universal" with both treatments, according to the study published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
December 31, 2012 |
SILVER SPRING, MD. - Mike Auldridge, a bluegrass musician whose broad knowledge of many musical forms helped redefine and modernize the steel guitar known as the Dobro, died Saturday, a day before his 74th birthday. He had prostate cancer, said a daughter, Michele Auldridge. Auldridge was a founding member of the Washington-based bluegrass group the Seldom Scene and, in a career spanning six decades, he recorded with Linda Ronstadt, Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris, among others. He was renowned for his mastery of the Dobro, a guitar with a metal resonator instead of a sound hole.
December 22, 2012
Elwood Jensen, 92, an award-winning professor nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for work that opened the door to advances in fighting cancer, died Sunday of pneumonia, the University of Cincinnati said. He was nominated multiple times for the Nobel Prize for his discovery of hormone receptors while at the University of Chicago in the 1950s and 1960s. The discovery has helped doctors treat breast, thyroid, and prostate cancer. Dr. Jensen won dozens of other awards for his work, including a Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research, a prize that is considered America's Nobel.