Tag Archive: Cancer


A Look At The Most Common Causes Of Death By State

 

 

   Cancer and heart disease are the leading causes of death in all states as the author shows in another table , but he also provides numerous other maps showing deaths from other causes relating to each state . Interesting reading and certainly worth a bit of  your time 

 

 

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” Two months ago, I wrote about the fun and the pitfalls of viral maps, a feature that included 88 simple maps of my own creation. Since then I’ve written up a bunch of short items on some of those maps, walking through how they can both illustrate great information and hide important details. At one point, I said I was done with these. Well, I wasn’t. Here’s another, on death. Enjoy!

  The data used to create the table below are from a 2008 CDC report that’s based on numbers from 2005. Ideally, we’d have more up-to-date information, but their page on mortality tables indicates that there’s nothing more recent on state-by-state causes of death.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Study: Nagging By A Spouse Could Shorten Your Life

 

 

 

” It is a part of marriage that everyone loathes – the occasional or, in some cases, constant nagging between spouses. 

  And as CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport reported Friday, word has now come that nagging is not only annoying, but can even be life-threatening.

  Ask any married guy on the planet and he’ll tell you, as one man told CBS 2, nagging is “not pleasant.”
But now a new study suggests husbands of nagging wives can actually be nagged to death.

  Danish researchers from the University of Copenhagen said having a nagging partner can significantly shorten one’s life, and could result in three extra deaths per 100 people per year.”

 

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Daily Video 4.13.14

Cannibalism, Zombies & Suicidal Cells: The Latest In Cancer Research

 

 

Published on Apr 12, 2014

” Hank shares some developments in cancer research, from new insights into the behavior of zombie cancer cells, to a new method that uses nanotechnology to kill cancer from within.
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Gone In 2013: A Tribute To 10 Remarkable Women In Science

 

Yvonne Brill

 

” Pioneering scientists and engineers are often overlooked in popular retrospectives commemorating the year’s departed. In particular, women in such fields tend to be given short shrift. To counter this regrettable circumstance, I present here a selection of 10 notable women in science who left us in 2013. Each of these individuals contributed greatly to her field and should be remembered for her exceptional accomplishments. This, of course, is not a comprehensive list; I’d welcome your thoughts, in the comments below, on any others who may also be deserving of recognition.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cancer Patient Who Spoke Out Against ObamaCare Now Being Audited

 

 

 

” Bill Elliot was a cancer patient who lost his insurance due to ObamaCare and couldn’t pay the expensive new premiums. He was talking about paying the ObamaCare fine, going without health insurance and “letting nature take its course.”

  He went on FOX News where his story was picked up by C. Steven Tucker, a health insurance broker who helped him keep his insurance.

  Now suddenly Bill Elliot is being audited for 2009 with an interview only scheduled in April 2014. Assuming he lives that long. That might be a coincidence, but Tucker is being audited back to 2003.

  That’s a rather strange coincidence.”

 

He promised as much …

 

Obama Audits Enemies

 

 

This is despotism … pure and simple 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Video 11.20.13

Cancer Patient Chooses Death Over Obamacare

 

 

Published on Nov 7, 2013

” After Bill Elliott’s $150/mo plan was canceled as a result of the ACA, he found himself unable to burden his family with his new $1500.00/mo premium costs. He is choosing to pay the fine and “let nature take it’s course”. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patient With Five Brain Tumors Loses Health Insurance Thanks To Obamacare

 

 

 

 

 

“A woman in a life and death battle with cancer was dealt another devastating blow,” says the Florida anchor.

“This letter makes more problems for us,” says the cancer victim. “That we don’t need at this moment.”  

The anchor continues, “She just found out she’s being dropped by her insurance company because of a loophole in Obamacare. Incredible story. Gloria Cantor has been fighting this illness for months with her husband … at her side.”

 

Then there are these people one of which we have posted on previously .

 

” Previously, Edie Littlefield Sundby, who has stage 4 gallbladder cancer, wrote of her situation since losing her Cadillac insurance plan because of Obamacare.

And then there’s Michael Cerpok, a leukemia survivor in Fountain Hills, Arizona, whose future is not looking too rosy.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 Wily Whiskers

 

 

#7 Handlebar Mustache

 

” The handlebar mustache, often just called a handlebar, is marked by its long curved ends. Its resemblance to a bicycle handlebar gives it its name. Famous wearers include surrealist artist Salvador Dali and everyone’s favorite fictional Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot.”

 

   For the uninitiated Movember , formerly known as November , is a month long charitable event where men are encouraged to grow a moustache to raise funds for men’s health issues , in particular prostate and testicular cancers .

 

 

 

 

Wikipedia offers this description along with a history of the movement :

 

” Movember (a portmanteau word from moustache and “November“) is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of Men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and other male cancers; and associated charities. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event, housed at Movember.com. The goal of Movember is to “change the face of men’s health.”

By encouraging men (which the charity refers to as “Mo Bros”) to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides getting an annual check-up, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of any family history of cancer, and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Since 2004, the Movember Foundation charity has run Movember events to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and depression, in Australia and New Zealand. In 2007, events were launched in Ireland, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan, and the United States.

It has spread from Australia to South Africa, Europe, and North America. As of 2011, Canadians were the largest contributors to the Movember charities of any nation. In 2010, Movember merged with the testicular cancer event Tacheback.

In 2012, the Global Journal listed Movember as one of the top 100 NGOs (non-government organization) in the world.”

 

 

 

 

Here is Movember’s Twitter page and the US Facebook page

 

 

 

 

 

iKnife helps surgeons find cancer

” An intelligent surgical knife is helping surgeons identify cancer instantly. It is hoped that the knife will reduce the necessity for multiple cancer surgeries by diagnosing unhealthy tissue the first time around.

Typically in cancers involving solid tumors, surgeons remove a margin of healthy tissue along with the tumor. It has been difficult to determine whether the healthy tissue is cancerous without testing and, in some cases, secondary surgery. It is estimated that one in five breast cancer surgeries require a second surgery to remove all of the cancer, reports the Imperial College London.

Takats based his iKnife on present-day electrosurgery, which uses knives that heat tissue with an electrical current. The iKnife analyzes the smoke from the cauterizing tissue and then provides a reading to the surgical team.

During the research phase, the iKnife diagnosed tissue samples from 91 patients with 100 percent accuracy. Diagnostic information that typically takes 30 minutes to receive from the laboratory was available instantly. “

‘Sharpshooter’ Cancer Drug Ready For Human Trials, Stops Cancer

 

 

 

 

” Cancer researchers from Toronto and Los Angeles combined research efforts and the result is a drug they call a “sharpshooter” for its ability to pinpoint enzymes and stop cancer, without harming healthy tissue. The drug is ready for human testing.

The Toronto group was lead by Dr. Tak Mak and the L.A group by Dr. Dennis Slamon and both researchers, and others from their teams, were on hand to announce the drug at a press conference in Toronto Tuesday.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Scientists Discover That Healthy Cells Follow Diseased Ones Around The Body, Paving The Way For A Cure

 

 

” Scientists believe they may have finally discovered why cancer spreads – a finding which could be vital in developing a cure.

In a major breakthrough which could save millions of lives, a study has identified a mechanism known as the ‘chase and run’ effect, where diseased and healthy cells follow each other around the body.

The discovery, by researchers at University College London, may lead to a revolutionary therapy that blocks the action and keeps tumours in one place.

The researchers claim it will be ‘relatively easy’ to stop the ‘chase and run’ effect.

Cancer claims more than 150,000 lives each year in the UK, but study spokesman Professor Roberto Mayor said: ‘Most deaths are not due to the formation of the primary tumour.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal Government Reports Marijuana Effective in Combatting Certain Cancers

 

 

 

 

” In addition to anti-cancer properties, separate research reported marijuana appears to have “profound nerve-protective and brain-enhancing properties that could potentially treat many neurodegenerative disorders.” In its report, the National Cancer Institute stated cannabis effectively treats insomnia and referenced a placebo-controlled study in cancer patients showing increased quality of sleep and relaxation in those treated with tetrahydrocannabinol, an active component in marijuana.

Responding to a White House statement that only a small percentage of patients prescribed medical cannabis under state laws use it to treat cancer, Pappas said “marijuana isn’t just for cancer or AIDS patients – it can also treat, for example, sleeplessness.” Although generally not a life threatening condition, Pappas referred to insomnia as a health issue regularly treated with prescription drugs zolpidem (brand name Ambien) and eszopiclone (brand name Lunesta). According to their manufacturers’ websites, zolpidem and eszopiclone have been shown to cause severe side effects including aggressiveness, hallucinations, confusion, or suicidal thoughts. Pappas noted that, unlike those drugs, studies on insomnia similar to those reported by the National Cancer Institute show medical marijuana effectively treats insomnia at a far lower cost and with fewer side effects. Marijuana has also been prescribed for glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, and a variety of other physical and mental conditions.”

 

 

 

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NEW DRUG COULD HELP HUMANS LIVE TO BE 150

 

 

 

” Drugs that could combat ageing and help people to live to 150-years-old may be available within five years, following landmark research.

The new drugs are synthetic versions of resveratrol which is found in red wine and is believed to have an anti-ageing effect as it boosts activity of a protein called SIRT1.

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has been testing the medications on patients suffering with medical conditions including cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

The work proves that a single anti-ageing enzyme in the body can be targeted, with the potential to prevent age-related diseases and extend lifespans.

As each of the 117 drugs tested work on the single enzyme through a common mechanism is means that a whole new class of anti-ageing drugs is now viable, which could ultimately prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes.

Genetics professor David Sinclair, based at Harvard University, said: ‘Ultimately, these drugs would treat one disease, but unlike drugs of today, they would prevent 20 others.

‘In effect, they would slow ageing.’ “

 

 

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez Dies From Cancer

 

 

 

” Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died after a two-year battle with cancer, ending the socialist leader’s 14-year rule of the South American country, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised speech on Tuesday.

The flamboyant 58-year-old leader had undergone four operations in Cuba for a cancer that was first detected in his pelvic region in mid-2011. His last surgery was on December 11 and he had not been seen in public since.

“It’s a moment of deep pain,” Maduro, accompanied by senior ministers, said, his voice choking.

Chavez easily won a new six-year term at an election in October and his death will devastate millions of supporters who adored his charismatic style, anti-U.S. rhetoric and oil-financed policies that brought subsidized food and free health clinics to long-neglected slums.”

Hugo Chavez ‘Battles For Life’ With Chemotherapy

 

 

 

 

” President Hugo Chavez has been receiving chemotherapy since recovering from a severe respiratory infection in mid-January and “continues his battle for life”, his vice president said.

Nicolas Maduro disclosed for the first time that Mr Chavez began chemotherapy following his fourth round of cancer surgery in Cuba in December.

“He has strength that is superior to the treatments that he is receiving and he is in good spirits, battling, receiving his treatments,” he said after a Mass for Mr Chavez, who is being treated at a Caracas military hospital.”

 

 

 

 

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RIP John Wilkinson

 

Elvis guitarist dies after cancer battle: John Wilkinson dead at 67 (Photos)

 

Elvis Presley and John Wilkinson phtos

 

 

” Sadly, an Elvis guitarist died Friday at 67. John Wilkinson, who played 1,200 shows with Elvis Presley, passed away in Springfield, Mo. Family members say his cause of death was related to a battle with cancer. His wife said he spent is last hours listening to music by The King.

According to a report on Jan. 11 from News-Leader, Wilkinson’s wife, Terry, was by his side when Elvis’ upstart guitarist died yesterday.

View slideshow: John Wilkinson dies at 67

Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley reached out to Wilkinson’s family with their deepest condolences. A statement read: “John and the beautiful music he made with Elvis will live forever in our hearts.” “

Technology Lets Researchers See Cancer Tumors Die In Real Time

 

 

 

 

” If you’re a patient with cancer, the thought of chemotherapy is frightening. Will it work? Researchers at Johns Hopkins and Dutch radiologists have teamed up to develop a new technology that allows them to see liver cancer tumors die in real time.

The scientists used two successive pairs of specialized CT scans that can provide an answer to the success or failure of chemotherapy drugs within minutes.

Senior study investigator and interventional radiologist Jean-Francois Geschwind, M.D. said in a press release, “Patients should not have to endure the uncertainty of waiting weeks or more to find out if their chemoembolization was successful in fighting their liver cancer.” “


Venezuela VP: Chavez Suffers ‘New Complications’

 

 

 

” CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is confronting “new complications” due to a respiratory infection nearly three weeks after undergoing cancer surgery, his vice president said in Cuba as he visited the ailing leader for the first time since his operation.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro looked weary and spoke with a solemn expression in a televised address Sunday from Havana. He did not give details about the complications but described Chavez’s condition as delicate.

“Several minutes ago, we were with President Chavez. We greeted each other, and he himself referred to these complications,” Maduro said, reading from a prepared statement. “

Obama’s Campaign of Lies Reaches
Despicable Low

” Unable to run on his record, President Hope-and-Change has built a campaign based entirely on scurrilous lies about Mitt Romney.
But the latest reaches a historic, despicable low. That ad features a man claiming that after Bain
Capital closed his steel plant, he lost his job and his insurance, and shortly thereafter his wife died of cancer. “


   “No, I had never understood President Obama’s economic policies. Until now. At the Netroots Conference in Rhode Island this past weekend, a gathering of President Obama’s most fervent core supporters discussed the concept of economic growth. One such Obama supporter, featured panelist Colin Mulcher, shed light on the subject: “I think currently the goal seems to be, like, the unstated assumption is that the goal is growth, for the sake of growth. It’s like, we have to grow, and grow, and grow, and grow, and grow. Why? I don’t know, we just have to grow. The only thing that I know about [where] the definition is out-of-control growth, is cancer. Like, literally … the definition of out-of-control growth is cancer.” ” 

 

He certainly is doing his best to stamp it out …. growth , that is , not cancer .

 

  So there you have it. While President Obama is fighting the moral equivalent of cancer, Mitt Romney is pursuing his nefarious scheme to grow the economy. It’s not too late to stop Romney before he drowns us in a sea of jobs and economic growth. It’s not too late to help President Obama move us “forward” with a recession that’s “built to last.” Yes, we can!

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