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  • Evidence Grows That Cancer Has Its Own Stem Cells

    08/01/2012 1:45:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    US News – HealthDay ^ | August 1, 2012 | Lisa Esposito
    While scientists hotly debate the existence of cancer stem cells, three related new studies, all conducted on mice, provide some supporting evidence. Stem cells are the foundation for healthy cell growth in the body. Some researchers believe that malignant stem cells also exist—so-called cancer stem cells that generate tumors and resist treatment by simply re-growing afterward. "Cancer stem cells are still controversial, but with progress in studies like these, it's less about whether they exist and more about 'what does this mean?'" said Dr. Max Wicha, director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, who is familiar with the...
  • Rep. Camp to undergo treatment for cancer

    07/28/2012 12:08:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 28, 2012 | Vicki Needham
    House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) will undergo treatment for cancer, which was discovered during a recent yearly physical. Camp will receive chemotherapy for non-Hodgkins lymphoma every three weeks over the next several months leading up to the election. The panel chairman said he will continue working. “After a recent routine yearly physical, it was discovered that I have a very early, highly treatable and curable type of non-Hodgkins lymphoma — large B-cell lymphoma," he said in a statement. "In between treatments I will continue my work as a United States Representative for Michigan’s fourth district and as...
  • The Natural Cure For Cancer (1930's by Dr. Gerson)

    07/27/2012 6:03:39 AM PDT · by BCW · 119 replies
    Gerson Institute ^ | 16 SEP 2011 | Gerson
    The Gerson Therapy is a natural treatment that activates the body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself through an organic, vegetarian diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and natural supplements. With its whole-body approach to healing, the Gerson Therapy naturally reactivates your body’s magnificent ability to heal itself – with no damaging side effects. This a powerful, natural treatment boosts the body’s own immune system to heal cancer, arthritis, heart disease, allergies, and many other degenerative diseases. Dr. Max Gerson developed the Gerson Therapy in the 1930s, initially as a treatment for his own debilitating migraines, and eventually as a treatment for...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Sally Ride, first American woman to fly in space, dies from pancreatic cancer

    07/23/2012 4:08:22 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 82 replies
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  • Sally Ride, first American woman in space, dies

    07/23/2012 4:46:19 PM PDT · by brytlea · 26 replies
    CNN.COM ^ | Mon July 23, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, died Monday after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, her company said on its website. She was 61.
  • (VANITY) Please pray for my sister and family - Stage IV cancer, urgent

    07/17/2012 12:55:40 PM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 75 replies
    7/17/12 | me
    My sister Barb has cancer on the brain now. According to her doctors today, she is in dire need of care. Part of the roller coaster of the last few days (especially for me, because I was dead-set against it) is that she has abandoned regular medicine and has gone in for the "naturopath" route of tons of supplements and the like. Now we need to confront her and get her to change her mind. The doctors told her husband it is imperative; time is of the essence. Time is exactly a prime reason I'm against playing around with "alternatives"....
  • Catholic journalist dies after delaying cancer treatments for unborn baby

    07/13/2012 2:34:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 79 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 13, 2012 | JOHN JALSEVAC
    Barbara Castro Garcia July 13, 2012 ( – One day early in 2010, newlyweds Ignacio Cabezas and Barbara Castro Garcia were sitting in a café eating breakfast. The couple both had smiles on their faces that, in the words of Ignacio, were “impossible to erase.” After 11 years of dating, the couple had gotten married several months before, and now they had just found out they were expecting their first child. “We were crazy about getting married and once married, we wanted very much to be parents,” Ignacio remembers. Little did they know that this pregnancy, which had already brought...
  • Major cancer treatment shortage will lead to bladder removals (UK)

    07/11/2012 9:14:44 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7/11/12 | Stephen Adams, Medical Correspondent
    Supplies of a type of BCG used to treat bladder cancer have been completely halted due to a flood at a factory in Canada. The bacterium, which stimulates the immune system to fight cancer, is used on about 6,000 patients a year. In more than half of them it can stop cancer spreading almost indefinitely. But Sanofi Pastuer, which makes the most widely-used product, called Immunocyst, does not expect production to restart before late 2013, according to a letter to doctors from Professor Sir Mike Richards, the NHS cancer ‘csar’. He warned it was now “almost inevitable” that patients would...
  • 'Totally free': Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez says he is clear of cancer

    07/10/2012 12:23:40 PM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 10, 2012 | Phil Vinter
    Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez has declared himself fully recovered from cancer, three months before an election in which he is seeking another six-year term. 'Free, free, totally free,' he told reporters when asked if he had been given the all clear for the disease that was identified a year ago. The 57-year-old socialist leader was first diagnosed with cancer in the pelvic region in mid-2011.
  • Cancer says "Totally Free" of Venezuela's Chavez ... (Spoof)

    Cancer says "Totally Free" of Venezuela's Chavez ... (Spoof) Venezuela's Chavez says "totally free" of cancer, again CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez declared himself fully recovered from cancer on Monday, three months before an election in which he is seeking another six-year term. "Free, free, totally free," he told reporters when asked if he was free of the disease that struck a year ago. The 57-year-old socialist leader was first diagnosed with cancer in the pelvic region in mid-2011. He wrongly declared himself cured at the end of that year before having a recurrence of the disease in...
  • Forbidden Science: Low Level Radiation and Cancer

    07/07/2012 1:07:00 AM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 6, 2012 | Norman Rogers
    Some things are hard to believe. What you've been told about low-level radiation by the people who are supposed to be responsible authorities is very wrong. The evidence that the official story is wrong is overwhelming. They know about the evidence. Yet because they have a vested interest in being wrong, they willfully keep being wrong. There is massive evidence that low levels of radiation rather than causing cancer, actually suppress cancer. The reason is, probably, that radiation in small or moderate quantities stimulates cellular repair mechanisms. This is not to negate the fact that large amounts of radiation can...
  • Forbidden Science: Low Level Radiation and Cancer

    07/06/2012 6:44:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/06/2012 | Norman Rogers
    Some things are hard to believe. What you've been told about low-level radiation by the people who are supposed to be responsible authorities is very wrong. The evidence that the official story is wrong is overwhelming. They know about the evidence. Yet because they have a vested interest in being wrong, they willfully keep being wrong. There is massive evidence that low levels of radiation rather than causing cancer, actually suppress cancer. The reason is, probably, that radiation in small or moderate quantities stimulates cellular repair mechanisms. This is not to negate the fact that large amounts of radiation can...
  • Scots family praying for miracle to allow cancer-stricken Olivia home to die

    06/23/2012 12:36:18 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 15 replies
    Daily Record ^ | 22nd June 2012 | Charlotte Thomson
    'THE family of a cancer-stricken schoolgirl are trying to raise Ł140,000 so she can be brought home to die. Olivia Downie took a turn for the worse after flying to Mexico for treatment. Doctors now say she is too ill to fly home without medical support. And that means her desperate parents face a massive bill to get her back to Scotland.'
  • Wait, Did This 15-Year-Old From Maryland Just Change Cancer Treatment?

    06/21/2012 4:44:45 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 14 replies
    Forbes Magazine ^ | 21st June 2011 | Bruce Upbin
    'If you’re feeling anxious about how U.S. kids lag the world in science and math, or just in a funk about politics or the mess in Europe, take in this story of a high school freshman from Crownsville, Md. who came up with a prize-winning breakthrough that could change how cancer and other fatal diseases are diagnosed and treated.'
  • Molecule Thought Cancer Foe Actually Helps Thyroid Tumors Grow

    06/21/2012 10:16:09 AM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | June 20, 2012 | NA
    A molecule widely believed to fight many forms of cancer actually helps deadly thyroid tumors grow, and cancer therapies now being tested in humans might boost the activity of this newly revealed bad guy, researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida say. Their findings are published online this month in the Journal of Cell Science. The study found that in anaplastic thyroid cancer, the Forkhead transcription factor, FOXO3a, is not the helpful tumor suppressor everyone thought it was, but, instead, is a lethal promoter of tumor growth. When FOXO3a was silenced in laboratory models of human anaplastic thyroid cancer, the cells...
  • The Body’s Protein Cleaning Machine

    06/19/2012 10:51:30 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 18, 2012 | CLAUDIA DREIFUS
    When Dr. Avram Hershko, 74, a biochemist at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and a winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was recently asked to name the most important fact of his life, he answered: “That I love my three grandchildren. For two, three days every week, I take them to dance class, sport and school. I am completely in their lives.” Among top scientists, responses to such a question might well focus on prizes they’ve won or the import of their research. For Dr. Hershko, whose family was separated and sent to forced labor in...
  • Mutant gut bacteria reverse colon cancer in lab models

    06/17/2012 3:08:22 PM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 19 replies ^ | June 13, 2012 | University of Florida/MedicalXpress
    A mutant form of a meek microbe deals a gutsy blow to colon cancer, University of Florida scientists have discovered. The special bacteria halted abnormal inflammation, reduced precancerous growths and reversed progression of severe cancerous lesions in the large intestines of mice. The findings appear June 11 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “We have demonstrated that our bacterial treatment can take on established colon cancer,” said principal investigator Mansour Mohamadzadeh, a professor in the UF College of Veterinary Medicine department of infectious diseases and pathology and a faculty member in the UF College of Medicine division...
  • North Texas woman cancer-free after out-of-the-box therapy (vitamin been mentioned here many times)

    06/10/2012 2:23:00 PM PDT · by Orange1998 · 69 replies
    DALLAS - Walking is just fine with 58-year-old Mary Cecil, who used to be an avid runner. "I was running and I started feeling pain in my left leg, and it was also tender when I slept on that side," she said. Cecil suspected a shin splint or pulled muscle. A bone scan, however, revealed a rare and aggressive tumor called dedifferentiated chondrosarcoma. The bone cancer is virtually unstudied. According to limited information, only one in 10 diagnosed with it survive two years. "Very scary," recalled Cecil of how she felt upon learning of the diagnosis. "The world just turned...
  • Cigarette tax relegated to the ash bin of history?

    06/06/2012 11:41:55 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 3 replies
    We were saddened last night as deadline approached and it seemed as if Proposition 29 was going to pass, adding yet another tax on Californians, even if it would fall directly only on those people who have yet to kick their cigarette habits. But as dutiful journalists on deadline, we were obliged to report the situation as it stood as we sent the paper to the presses. So, the newspaper you received on your porch included our editorial saying that to our dismay, Prop. 29 appeared to be passing. But . . .
  • Study: 'Smart bomb' drug attacks breast cancer ("People don't lose their hair or throw up")

    06/03/2012 2:25:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 06/02/2012 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE
    Doctors have successfully dropped the first "smart bomb" on breast cancer, using a drug to deliver a toxic payload to tumor cells while leaving healthy ones alone. In a key test involving nearly 1,000 women with very advanced disease, the experimental treatment extended by several months the time women lived without their cancer getting worse, doctors planned to report Sunday at a cancer conference in Chicago. More importantly, the treatment seems likely to improve survival; it will take more time to know for sure. After two years, 65 percent of women who received it were still alive versus 47 percent...
  • Prostate cancer drug so effective trial stopped

    06/03/2012 12:12:44 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 25 replies
    sfgate ^ | 6/2/12 | Victoria Colliver
    A new drug for advanced prostate cancer patients has proved so effective that researchers stopped the clinical trial early to give all patients a chance to receive the life-extending medication, according to a UCSF-led study released Saturday. The hormone treatment, Johnson & Johnson's Zytiga, when added to a standard steroid therapy doubled the time it takes for the disease to progress in patients treated with the standard therapy alone, said the lead researcher, Dr. Charles Ryan, associate professor of clinical medicine at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.
  • Conquering Cancer by Thwarting Tumor's Immune Shield

    06/02/2012 6:06:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    SccienceNOW ^ | 2 June 2012 | Jocelyn Kaiser
    Enlarge Image Vulnerable. A new type of drug blocks a tumor cell's shield (left) against T cells (knights) so that they can attack. Credit: Ryan Snook, A type of drug that helps the body's immune system attack tumors is showing promise. In early clinical trials involving several hundred patients with various kinds of advanced cancer, up to one-quarter of those who received the treatment saw their tumors shrink, and some are still alive more than a year later. The results are the latest good news for so-called immunotherapy treatments that work by overcoming a tumor's ability to evade...
  • Psychiatric Drug May Kill Cancer Stem Cells

    05/31/2012 11:44:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 24 May 2012 | Jocelyn Kaiser
    Enlarge Image Root killer. Cancer-like stem cells treated with the antipsychotic drug thioridazine (right) are scarce compared with control cells. Credit: E. Sachlos et al., Cell, 149 (8 June), ©2012 Elsevier Inc. A well-known drug for treating schizophrenia may be a cancer killer, too. In lab studies, the drug wiped out a precursor to leukemia cells without harming normal cells. That means it could give doctors a long-sought way to eliminate every trace of leukemia in patients so that the cancer can never come back. Even though surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation can get rid of a tumor or leukemia...
  • One Drug to Shrink All Tumors

    05/31/2012 1:16:07 AM PDT · by neverdem · 40 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 26 March 2012 | Sarah C. P. Williams
    Enlarge Image Survivor. When mice with human tumors received doses of anti-CD47, which sets the immune system against tumor cells, the cancers shrank and disappeared. Credit: Fotosearch A single drug can shrink or cure human breast, ovary, colon, bladder, brain, liver, and prostate tumors that have been transplanted into mice, researchers have found. The treatment, an antibody that blocks a "do not eat" signal normally displayed on tumor cells, coaxes the immune system to destroy the cancer cells. A decade ago, biologist Irving Weissman of the Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California, discovered that leukemia cells...
  • What Is Rhabdomyosarcoma? (Cuba Commiecare™ fails, Rather: Chavez has two months to live)

    05/30/2012 5:41:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/30/12 | Carol Bengle Gilbert
    What Is Rhabdomyosarcoma?By Carol Bengle Gilbert | Yahoo! Contributor Network – 55 mins ago Journalist Dan Rather says he learned from a single source close to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez that Chavez is suffering from end-stage rhabdomyosarcoma. The unnamed source told Rather Chavez is likely to live a couple of months at most, not long enough to see the results of Venezuela's Oct. 7 presidential election. Chavez is on the ballot along with Henrique Capriles Radonski. Chavez completed a round of radiation in Cuba two weeks ago. In February, the South American leader had a pelvic tumor surgically removed, the...
  • The real cause of disease and all suffering...and why cancer cures are spiritual in nature.

    05/30/2012 9:59:55 AM PDT · by fabian · 141 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5/30/12 | fabian
    This posting is under news because this is news for so many people! And life saving news at that. If you do not wish to watch the short video, let me tell you that those teeny tiny irritations that fuel most of our lives, are the actual source of food for a darkness that creates disease, suffering, and misery. Please, listen to the Be Still exercise that is being used widely now in our military at for the simple and highly effective answer!
  • Key gene found responsible for chronic inflammation, accelerated aging and cancer

    05/28/2012 9:33:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    e! Science News ^ | May 25, 2012 | NA
    Researchers at NYU School of Medicine have, for the first time, identified a single gene that simultaneously controls inflammation, accelerated aging and cancer. "This was certainly an unexpected finding," said principal investigator Robert J. Schneider, PhD, the Albert Sabin Professor of Molecular Pathogenesis, associate director for translational research and co-director of the Breast Cancer Program at NYU Langone Medical Center. "It is rather uncommon for one gene to have two very different and very significant functions that tie together control of aging and inflammation. The two, if not regulated properly, can eventually lead to cancer development. It's an exciting scientific...
  • High School Freshman Confounds Researchers, Invents New Pancreatic Cancer Test

    05/28/2012 6:20:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    DailyTech ^ | May 25, 2012 | Jason Mick
    15-year-old nabs $100,000 top prize in Intel-sponsored competition; his "dipstick" test is 90 percent accurate Jack Andraka. Andraka. "Keep that last name in mind. You're going to read about him a lot in the years to come. What I tell my lab is, 'Think of Thomas Edison and the light bulb.' This kid is the Edison of our times. There are going to be a lot of light bulbs coming from him." Those are bold words, bolder still given that their source is one of the top medical researchers in the nation. But Dr. Anirban Maitra, a pathology professor at...
  • 15 Year Old Creates Test For Pancreatic Cancer (Wins Intel Science fair Grand Prize)

    05/24/2012 6:31:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    TIME ^ | 05/23/2012 | Katherine Cooney
    Pancreatic cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to diagnose, often times not detected until the most advanced stages. However, new advances in medical science have provided a way to find pancreatic cancer before it spreads. New advances made by a 15-year-old Maryland high school student. North County freshman Jack Andraka earned the grand prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for creating a test that can detect early stage pancreatic cancer with 90 percent accuracy and at a cheaper rate than other tests. “It detects an abnormal protein that you find in the blood when you...

    05/23/2012 5:48:20 AM PDT · by shortstop · 29 replies ^ | 05/23/12 | Bob Lonsberry
    I’m not a doctor. But I have a prostate. And my wife has breasts. And we’d like to keep them. And we’d like to stay alive. So I’m suspicious of recent pronouncements by government panels. Pronouncements that have turned everything we’ve been told about cancer upside down. Screening, the government people say, isn’t necessary. At least not as necessary as most people think. Mammograms? Not so much. PSA? Not at all. Some cancers don’t need to be found, the government experts have said, and some cancers don’t need to be treated. Testing and treating, the new story goes, are difficult...
  • High School Freshman Wins Award For Pancreatic Cancer Test

    05/23/2012 5:01:12 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 48 replies
    WBAL News ^ | May 22, 2012 | Robert Lang
    He is only a freshman at North County High School in Anne Arundel County. However, 15-year-old Jack Andraka is being recognized for developing what may become an effective way to detect pancreatic cancer.
  • Sleep apnea can raise risk of cancer, studies indicate

    05/21/2012 6:27:08 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 22 replies
    Fox ^ | May 21, 2012 | NewsCore
    <p>Two new studies indicate that people who suffer sleep apnea have a higher risk of developing cancer.</p> <p>Due to be presented in San Francisco this week at an American Thoracic Society conference, the findings have been touted as "striking" by researchers, the New York Times reported.</p>
  • Bee Gees' singer Robin Gibb has died after battle with cancer

    05/20/2012 3:44:07 PM PDT · by AnAmericanAbroad · 209 replies
    BBC ^ | May 21st, 2012 | Staff
    Bee Gees' singer Robin Gibb has died following a lengthy battle with cancer, his family have said.
  • Donna Summers Dead

    05/17/2012 9:10:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 48 replies ^ | 5/17/12
    Donna Summer, disco singer,.has died.of cancer at the age of 63 in Florida.
  • Java Drinkers Live Longer

    05/17/2012 8:15:16 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2012 | Marilynn Marchione
    MILWAUKEE — One of life’s simple pleasures just got a little sweeter. After years of waffling research on coffee and health, even some fear that java might raise the risk of heart disease, a big study finds the opposite: Coffee drinkers are a little more likely to live longer. Regular or decaf doesn’t matter. The study of 400,000 people is the largest ever done on the issue, and the results should reassure any coffee lovers who think it’s a guilty pleasure that may do harm. Java drinkers may live a little longer, according to a new study that linked longevity...
  • Catholic Mom Refuses Abortion After Cancer Diagnosis (now cancer free)

    05/16/2012 2:09:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    CMR ^ | May 16, 2012 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    Survivors: Daniella Jackson, 21, was diagnosed with a tumour in her lung shortly before discovering she was pregnant with her second child Rennae (pictured) This is the kind of story that's just too amazing to pass up. I know we see stories like this every once in a while but that doesn't make them any less amazing. It's just so...counter cultural. The Daily Mail reports:A pregnant mother diagnosed with lung cancer who refused to abort her baby to save her own life has given birth to a healthy daughter and is now cancer-free. Daniella Jackson, 21, was diagnosed with a...

    05/10/2012 10:33:29 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 117 replies
    Free Republic -- AmericanInTokyo ^ | 11 May 2012 | AmericanInTokyo
    Looks like the end is drawing near, and one can smell sulphur. I will guess first. (Location is optional but I put one down anyway). Please join, too.
  • H&M apologizes for super-tan bikini model ad

    05/10/2012 8:13:55 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 32 replies
    The Local (Sweden) ^ | May 10, 2012
    Swedish cheap-and-chic fashion giant H&M on Thursday apologized over a swimwear campaign featuring a deeply tanned model that sparked outrage among cancer groups.
  • Baking soda and Cancer(The last laugh) !!!!TWO MILLION DOLLAR GRANT!!!!!

    05/09/2012 6:56:32 PM PDT · by djf · 72 replies
    Dr. Sircus' blog ^ | May 02, 2012 | Mark Sircus
    I can't excerpt the page, but go to link above to read article' All the times people have posted here about alternative therapies and been ripped to shreds by the resident experts, now it seems to be that some of the most common, cheapest alternative therapies there are are the most effective!
  • Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch dead at 47

    05/04/2012 11:30:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    CBS ^ | 5/4/12
    Adam Yauch of the hip-hop trio the Beastie Boys has died, according to hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons. He was 47. "Our prayers go out to the family of Adam and the entire Beastie Boys crew," Simmons' site, the Global Grind, wrote. Yauch, who was known as MCA in the group, had been in treatment for cancer. He was diagnosed with cancer in his parotid gland and lymph node in 2009.
  • BEASTIE BOYS' MCA(Adam Yauch) Dead at 47

    05/04/2012 10:10:08 AM PDT · by GQuagmire · 49 replies ^ | 5/4/12 | staff
    So far, it's not clear if the death is related to the rapper's battle with cancer. Russell Simmons' website first reported the death. We have spoken to people independently connected to the rapper who also say he is dead. Yauch co-founded Beastie Boys in 1979 with Mike D, Mix Master Mike, and Ad Roc. The group has won multiple Grammys. Yauch became a vegan at the recommendation of his Tibetan doctors. Yauch is survived by his wife and daughter. He was 47.
  • Spirit Airlines' boss calls complaints 'irrelevant,' says dying veteran should've bought insurance

    05/03/2012 1:42:07 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 56 replies ^ | 5-13-2012 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    The boss of Spirit Airlines isn't about to cave in to a dying former Marine, and he doesn't lose sleep knowing his company leads the industry when it comes to customer complaints, he told “That’s an irrelevant statistic,” Spirit CEO Ben Baldanza said when told his airline generates gripes at two-and-a-half times the rate of the next most complained about carrier. Spirit racked up 8.27 complaints per 100,000 passengers in January, while United finished a distant second-worst, registering 3.5 complaints per 100,000 fliers, according to U.S. Department of Transportation statistics. By comparison, Southwest notched just 0.2 complaints per 100,000...
  • Dying mom gets early release of drug thanks to YouTube

    05/02/2012 9:39:52 PM PDT · by T Minus Four · 4 replies
    KSL ^ | 2 May 2012 | stephanie Grimes
    SALT LAKE CITY — A mom dying of cancer took to YouTube and inspired a pharmaceutical company to release to her a potentially life-saving drug before it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration. A compassionate use clause allows for people with no other treatment options to receive experimental treatments prior to FDA approval, which is what Darlene Gant was hoping for on April 16 when she uploaded a 20-minute video to YouTube, pleading with the FDA approve her use of the drug Pertuzumab before its expected June approval date. Gant, 46, had been told earlier in 2012 that...
  • Heartbreaking story of the terminally ill boy, 12, who became a marine

    05/02/2012 10:42:42 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | May 2, 2012 | Meghan Keneally
    Complete Headline: Heartbreaking story of the terminally ill boy, 12, who became a marine (and had an honour guard at the hospital on the night he died) Cody Green, had leukaemia three times and died due to related infections His battle inspired the local Marine Corps, who said Cody 'fought as hard as any marine' during his cancer battle Cody's mum seriously injured at the fatal Sugarland concert that killed 7 when the stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair last August Throughout his short life, young Cody Green had admired the bravery of the U.S. Marines. But after...
  • Prayer needed for a friend update [See post #23 for update]

    04/29/2012 8:11:41 PM PDT · by Kidlett CLR · 35 replies
    4/29/12 | Kidlett CLR
    Just an update on Snowie. I talked to Snowie today and finally got him to tell me what exactly he has, he has pancreatic cancer. He has not been feeling well for the past few days, he has been sleeping more. Snowie has also slipped into depression and tells me he just wants it to be over, lots of prayers please. thank you all so much, and God bless.
  • Prayers needed for a friend

    04/25/2012 10:21:25 AM PDT · by Kidlett CLR · 42 replies
    04/25/12 | Kidlett CLR
    Hello, my friend has been told he has cancer and may not make it much longer. He is only 19 and does all he can for others. please help me pray for him to get better and make it through this cancer. He goes by Snowie, and is my online friend from Japan. Thank you all and God bless.
  • Naturally occurring radioactivity part of Western Slope life (Colorado)

    04/24/2012 12:38:02 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 16 replies
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | 4/22/2012 | Matthew Berger
    Coloradans are subjected to, on average, four times more naturally occurring radiation than the average American. It is the price of living in a mountainous and geologically rich region, but the full impact of that background radiation on residents’ health is poorly understood. Aside from an increased risk of skin cancer because of higher elevations and a heightened but avoidable lung-cancer risk from radon seeping from uranium-rich soils, it appears the higher-than-average background radiation levels in Colorado, and Mesa County in particular, are still lower than what would be deemed hazardous. Some experts even believe the low levels may have...
  • The Band's Levon Helm Dead at 71 After Cancer Battle

    04/19/2012 1:11:49 PM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 31 replies
    E Online ^ | 04-19-12 | Joal Ryan
    Levon Helm carried "The Weight" for The Band, and for the Woodstock generation. The musician died Thursday, two days after his family announced he was losing a fight to cancer. He was 71. "Levon Helm passed peacefully this afternoon," his family said in a statement. "He was surrounded by family, friends and bandmates and will be remembered by all he touched as a brilliant musician and a beautiful soul." Among those final bedside visitors was longtime Band cohort, and frequent sparring partner, Robbie Robertson. Just last weekend, Robertson wished his ailing mate well at last weekend's 2012 Rock Hall induction...
  • Warren Buffett tells investors he has cancer

    04/17/2012 2:52:03 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 33 replies ^ | April 17, 2012 | Allison Linn
    Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor known as much for his folksy wisdom as his investing prowess, announced Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with cancer. In a letter to shareholders, Buffett, 81, said that he had been diagnosed with stage I prostate cancer. “The good news is that I've been told by my doctors that my condition is not remotely life-threatening or even debilitating in any meaningful way,” Buffett said in the letter. Buffett said that he will begin a two-month treatment of daily radiation in mid-July. He said his travel will be restricted during that time but it will...
  • New treatment for prostate cancer gives 'perfect results' for nine in ten men: research

    04/16/2012 4:49:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | April 16, 2012 | Rebecca Smith
    A new treatment for prostate cancer can rid the disease from nine in ten men without debilitating side effects, a study has found, leading to new hope for tens of thousands of men. It is hoped the new treatment, which involves heating only the tumours with a highly focused ultrasound, will mean men can be treated without an overnight stay in hospital and avoiding the distressing side effects associated with current therapies. A study has found that focal HIFU, high-intensity focused ultrasound, provides the 'perfect' outcome of no major side effects and free of cancer 12 months after treatment, in...