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  • How a Heart Attack Saved my Life

    08/07/2014 1:12:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Express ^ | Tue, July 29, 2014 | By: Jenny Hudson
    SYLVIA GREEN's health scare turned out to be a blessing in disguise when it revealed she had lung cancer that would have otherwise remained hiddenWhen Sylvia Green was rushed into hospital with severe chest pains she could not have imagined what lay ahead. The 75-year-old had suffered a heart attack and had to spend her wedding anniversary and Christmas in hospital. However the heart attack and subsequent tests would turn out to be a blessing in disguise, revealing Sylvia had cancer which would otherwise have remained hidden. “I had a chest X-ray and the doctor said, ‘We have found a...
  • Lung cancer screening could cost Medicare billions

    05/14/2014 5:33:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 14, 2014 5:21 PM EDT
    Every person covered by Medicare would shell out an additional $3 a month if the government agreed to pay to screen certain current and former smokers for lung cancer, a new study estimates. It would cost Medicare $2 billion a year to follow recent advice to offer these lung scans—and fuel angst about rising health costs that are borne by everyone, not just smokers, the study found. […] Lung cancer is the world’s top cancer killer, mainly because it’s usually found too late for treatment to do much good. Most deaths involve Medicare-age people, and most are due to smoking....
  • New clinical trials underway for advanced lung cancer patients

    04/19/2014 6:22:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies
    PBS NEWSHOUR ^ | April 19, 2014 | Interrogatory
    HARI SREENIVASAN: Another medical story that caught our attention this week. Word of what’s described as a pioneering clinical trial for patients with advanced lung cancer. What’s novel is not necessarily the drugs being used, but how many and how they’re being targeted. Dr. Mark Kris, an oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, joins us. So what are they doing in the U.K. with this clinical trial? What’s so interesting about it? DR. MARK KRIS: They are taking a discovery that was made here almost ten years ago now where specific genes are damaged in lung tumors. And the...
  • Cancer’s Ray of Hope

    01/25/2014 11:58:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 25, 2014 | Noel Sheppard
    By now you might have heard I was diagnosed with cancer a few days ago. Our dear friends at Twitchy, my buddy Andrew Klavan, and the Daily Caller’s Betsy Rothstein have the blow-by-blow of my first trip to the hospital, my eventual admittance, and the astonishing number of prayers that have come in for me from around the country and the world. To say the attention was unimaginable is an understatement of epic proportions. So let me just begin with: THANK YOU! People should next know that this disease came completely out of the blue. I had no symptoms other...
  • Lung cancer scans urged for some smokers, not all (qualify)

    12/31/2013 8:21:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | December 31, 2013 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    WASHINGTON -- Certain current or former heavy smokers should start getting yearly scans for lung cancer to cut their risk of death from the nation's top cancer killer, government advisers said Monday — even as they stressed that the tests aren't for everyone. The long-anticipated decision by the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says these CT scans of the lungs should be offered only to people at especially high risk: those who smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or an equivalent amount, such as two packs a day for 15 years — and who are...
  • [Rep. Carolyn] McCarthy diagnosed with lung cancer

    06/03/2013 6:06:09 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 3, 2013
    Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) said Monday that she had been diagnosed with a treatable form of lung cancer, and would soon begin treatment for the disease.
  • FDA approves genetic test for lung cancer drug

    05/14/2013 1:33:18 PM PDT · by oxcart · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | None Cited
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration says it approved a genetic test from Roche to help doctors identify patients who can benefit from a lung cancer drug made by Genentech. The diagnostic test is the first approved to detect genetic mutations found in roughly 10 percent of patients with the most prevalent form of lung cancer, known as non-small cell lung cancer. Patients who test positive for the mutation are more likely to respond to Genentech's drug Tarceva as a first-choice treatment, and the FDA expanded the drug's approval for that use in an announcement Tuesday. The drug...
  • IBM Watson providing superior cancer treatment plans

    02/09/2013 5:13:56 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 27 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | Feb 8, 2013 | Brian Wang
    The IBM Watson system gained fame by beating human contestants on the television quiz show Jeopardy! almost two years ago. Since that time, Watson has evolved from a first-of-a-kind status, to a commercial cognitive computing system gaining a 240 percent improvement in system performance, and a reduction in the system’s physical requirements by 75 percent and can now be run on a single Power 750 server. IBM Watson trained in medicine to leverage 1.5 million patient records and 2 million pages of cancer research IBM Watson has ingested more than 600,000 pieces of medical evidence, two million pages of text...
  • Oregon Offers to Pay to Kill, but Not to Treat Cancer Patient

    08/28/2012 11:47:34 AM PDT · by Coleus · 29 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 06.04.08 | Tim Waggoner
    Lung cancer patient, Barbara Wagner, was recently notified that her oncologist-prescribed medication that would slow the growth of cancer would not be covered by the Oregon Health Plan; the plan, however, she was informed, would cover doctor-assisted suicide should she wish to kill herself. "Treatment of advanced cancer that is meant to prolong life, or change the course of this disease, is not a covered benefit of the Oregon Health Plan," read the letter notifying Wagner of the health plan’s decision. Wagner says she was shocked by the decision. "To say to someone, we’ll pay for you to die, but...
  • Gallup: Smoking rate in U.S. falls, ties all-time low

    08/22/2012 7:54:22 PM PDT · by Drango · 49 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 8/22/12 | Rachel Lowry
    PRINCETON, N.J. — The number of Americans who smoke has fallen to 20 percent, tying the all-time low first recorded in 2009, according to a new poll by Gallup. The decline is sharpest among young adults, a signal the overall rate may continue to fall after years of plateauing. "This is all very good news," said Randall Burt, professor of medicine at the University of Utah and senior director of prevention and outreach and clinical services at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. "Ultimately, less smoking will result in fewer cancer deaths, as well as a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and...
  • life expectency

    09/29/2011 6:18:53 PM PDT · by se_ohio_young_conservative · 46 replies
    As many of you know, my mom passed away recently. She died of lung cancer. It really frustrates me when I see tv hosts and all of the public service messages about breast cancer and prostate cancer, but never lung cancer. I think it has to do with a stigma against smokers. yea my mom smoked, but some didn't and still got sick. A nurse told me that some people just don't live as long as others and its not as uncommon as some people think. It seemed so wrong because she was in her 40s. I really wonder if...
  • Milk thistle stops lung cancer in mice

    11/15/2011 1:03:55 PM PST · by decimon · 22 replies
    Colorado Cancer Blogs ^ | November 15, 2011 | Garth Sundem
    Tissue with wound-like conditions allows tumors to grow and spread. In mouse lung cancer cells, treatment with silibinin, a major component of milk thistle, removed the molecular billboards that signal these wound-like conditions and so stopped the spread of these lung cancers, according to a recent study published in the journal Molecular Carcinogenesis. Though the natural extract has been used for more than 2,000 years, mostly to treat disorders of the liver and gallbladder, this is one of the first carefully controlled and reported studies to find benefit. Here is how it works:Basically, in a cell there can be a...
  • Unmuffled Genes Slow Down Lung Cancer

    11/13/2011 10:49:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 9 November 2011 | Jocelyn Kaiser
    Enlarge Image Responder. Tumors in a patient's lung (top), lymph nodes, and liver shrank over 8 months after he received an epigenetic drug combination. He is alive 2 years later. Credit: Adapted from R. A. Juergens et al., Cancer Discovery (December 2011), © American Association for Cancer Research A novel approach to treating lung cancer that aims to switch on dormant tumor-blocking genes has shown promise in a small clinical trial. The 45 patients on average lived a couple months longer than they would have with no treatment, and two patients' tumors almost or completely disappeared. The results suggest that...
  • Pfizer Wins Approval For Xalkori, Lung Cancer Drug

    08/29/2011 5:05:04 PM PDT · by khnyny · 37 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 29, 2011
    Pfizer announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved Xalkori, generically known as crizotinib, a new medicine that can have a dramatic impact in a small minority of lung cancer patients. The drug will come with a high financial cost to society. Pfizer says it will cost $9,600 a month, or $115,000 for patients who take it for a year. In clinical trials, the average duration of treatment was between 22 and 32 weeks, but because the drug appears to extend patients lives, many may be on it for far longer than that. One study, presented at this year’s...
  • Study links vitamin D to lung cancer survival

    03/01/2011 8:30:49 AM PST · by decimon · 15 replies
    University of Michigan Health System ^ | March 1, 2011 | Unknown
    U-M researchers find high levels of enzyme that blocks vitamin D can predict lung cancer survivalANN ARBOR, Mich. — Recent research suggests vitamin D may be able to stop or prevent cancer. Now, a new study finds an enzyme that plays a role in metabolizing vitamin D can predict lung cancer survival. The study, from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, suggests that this enzyme stops the anti-cancer effects of vitamin D. Levels of the enzyme, called CYP24A1, were elevated as much as 50 times in lung adenocarcinoma compared with normal lung tissue. The higher the level...
  • Breast Cancer Seen as Riskier With Hormone

    10/22/2010 7:44:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 19, 2010 | DENISE GRADY
    Hormone treatment after menopause, already known to increase the risk of breast cancer, also makes it more likely that the cancer will be advanced and deadly, a study finds. Women who took hormones and developed breast cancer were more likely to have cancerous lymph nodes, a sign of more advanced disease, and were more likely to die from the disease than were breast cancer patients who had never taken hormones. The increased risks were relatively small and are not fully understood. But previous research has found that hormone treatment can cause delays in diagnosis by increasing breast density, making tumors...
  • Please Pray for Linda - stage 4 cancer diagnosed today!

    08/23/2010 4:36:12 PM PDT · by firerosemom · 62 replies
    me | August 23, 2010 | me
    My good friend Linda, who is in her late 50's, hadn't been feeling well since April. Checkup, scan, biopsy, results today. She's too young for this! Locally, we're praying through the intercession of St. Peregrine, I sent her a Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha medal, and others are praying through the intercession of the founder of the Sisters of the Precious Blood (don't know her name, sorry) PLEASE pray for her - thank you SO MUCH! Anne
  • UT MD Anderson study ties abnormal cells in blood to lung cancer

    07/23/2010 1:31:21 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 3 replies
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 07/23/2010 | Staff
    Circulating aberrant cells increase as non-small cell lung cancer progresses. HOUSTON — A novel approach detects genetically abnormal cells in the blood of non-small cell lung cancer patients that match abnormalities found in tumor cells and increase in number with the severity of the disease, a research team led by scientists at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center report in the journal Clinical Cancer Research. Lung cancer patients in the study also had many times the number of these circulating abnormal cells than study volunteers in a closely matched control group. “We suspect additional research will show that...
  • Higher levels of vitamin B6, common amino acid associated with lower risk of lung cancer

    06/21/2010 3:38:57 PM PDT · by decimon · 5 replies
    JAMA and Archives Journals ^ | June 15, 2010 | Unknown
    An analysis that included nearly 400,000 participants finds that those with higher blood levels of vitamin B6 and the essential amino acid methionine (found in most protein) had an associated lower risk of lung cancer, including participants who were current or former smokers, according to a study in the June 16 issue of JAMA. Previous research has suggested that defi­ciencies in B vitamins may increase the probability of DNA damage and subse­quent gene mutations. "Given their involvement in maintaining DNA integrity and gene ex­pression, these nutrients have a potentially important role in inhibiting cancer devel­opment, and offer the possibility of...
  • Drug used to treat high blood pressure in lungs improves lung damage in former smokers

    05/19/2010 10:29:36 AM PDT · by GILTN1stborn · 12 replies · 498+ views
    Iloprost, a drug used regularly to treat high blood pressure in the lungs, significantly improves lung damage in former smokers. The researchers examined lung biopsies of 152 people who had smoked at least 20 pack-years—equivalent to 1-pack a day for 20 years—before & after 6 months of treatment w/either oral iloprost or placebo. None of the 82 current smokers in trial saw significant improvement in the signs of lung disease, but FORMER SMOKERS treated with iloprost showed SIGNIFCANT improvement. “These results are exciting because they show we can actually keep former smokers from developing lung cancer with a drug used...
  • Simple Test May Spot Early Lung Cancer

    04/09/2010 3:08:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 36 replies · 1,205+ views
    HealthDay News ^ | April 7, 2010 | Amanda Gardner
    Researchers may have found an easy way to detect lung cancer in its early or even pre-cancerous stages, as well as a way to reverse the start of the deadly disease with a readily available, over-the-counter drug. "It's incredibly, incredibly exciting," said Dr. Patrick Nana-Sinkam, a lung cancer expert with the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, who was not involved with the new study. "This definitely has potential." The minimally invasive procedure involves using a small brush to collect a smattering of cells from the windpipe (a bronchoscopy), explained study co-author Andrea Bild, an assistant professor of pharmacology and...
  • Prayer Request for Petruchio (Update #824, 861, 1016, 1042, 1084, 1134,1156)

    04/30/2009 9:38:46 AM PDT · by Petruchio · 1,187 replies · 13,571+ views
    4/30/09 | Petruchio
    Time to call out the Big Guns. Some of you have heard thru FReepmail that a week and a half ago a mass was found during a routine chest X-Ray. 2 days later they did a CT Scan. Yesterday I had a Biopsy done. I just got off the phone with my Doctor. I have cancer. Specifically, Adenocarcinoma. More tests need to be done to determine the stage and if it is just the one tumor or if it has spread. Please include me in your Prayers that this can be treated.The most powerful weapon I can employ in this...
  • Smoking Does Not Cause Lung Cancer (According to WHO/CDC Data)*

    01/05/2010 3:28:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 84 replies · 3,200+ views
    Journal of Theoretics ^ | Oct/Nov 1999 | James P. Siepmann, MD
    Journal of Theoretics Vol.1-4Oct/Nov 1999 Editorial Smoking Does NotCause Lung Cancer(According to WHO/CDC Data)* By:  James P. Siepmann, MDYes, it is true, smoking does not cause lung cancer.  It is only one of many risk factors for lung cancer. I initially was going to write an article on how the professional literature and publications misuse the language by saying "smoking causes lung cancer"1,2, but the more that I looked into how biased the literature, professional organizations, and the media are, I modified this article to one on trying to put the relationship between smoking and cancer into perspective. (No,...
  • Two different life stories, one common disease

    12/20/2009 2:26:40 AM PST · by malkee · 3 replies · 554+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11 18 09 | Amanda Marrazzo
    nd anti-nausea medicines, steroids and chemotherapy pills, choked down some rank iodine and drove to the hospital for CT scans checking the progression of his terminal lung cancer. It's been that way every morning for the 47-year-old Northbrook resident since his diagnosis in the spring of 2007. "The only kind of care they can give me now is palliative care. It's not curable," said Zisook, a lifelong smoker. "If they can't cure it, they have to make you comfortable and keep it from taking over your body for as long as possible." Jessica Neal typically begins her day darting off...
  • BYRANT [sic] GUMBEL'S LUNG CANCER IS FALSE: News anchor’s friend disputes reports

    12/11/2009 5:13:22 PM PST · by BykrBayb · 35 replies · 1,458+ views
    EURweb ^ | December 10, 2009 | Chris Richburg
    BYRANT GUMBEL'S LUNG CANCER IS FALSE: News anchor’s friend disputes reports Sean Cassidy says condition would be 'much more aggressive' than what Gumbel had By Chris Richburg (December 10, 2009) *News of Bryant Gumbel’s battle with lung cancer may have been premature, according to a friend of the television personality who says Gumbel donesn't have the condition. Despite Gumbel’s admission to going under the knife, Sean Cassidy revealed the former “Today Show” host’s situation would have been more serious had he actually been a lung cancer victim. "A tumor was removed from his chest cavity. It was malignant. It was...
  • Bryant Gumbel Has Lung Cancer

    12/08/2009 10:09:27 AM PST · by Justaham · 13 replies · 677+ views
    People Magazine ^ | 12-8-09 | Kate Coyne and Michael Y. Park
    Bryant Gumbel is being treated for lung cancer, the former Former Today show anchor revealed on Live! With Regis & Kelly Tuesday morning. The sportscaster and TV host, 61, said that he had surgery last month to remove a malignant tumor in his chest, a revelation prompted when Kelly Ripa asked Gumbel, subbing for Regis Philbin, to dance – and he begged off. According to Gumbel, part of his lung was removed, and he will be seeing his surgeon next week. "We had told a few people, we told my family, obviously. I even kept it from my staff at...
  • Deadliest lung cancer breakthrough

    11/11/2009 4:51:29 AM PST · by Schnucki · 17 replies · 1,348+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | November 11, 2009 | Richard Alleyne
    A new pill that could cure one of the most lethal forms of cancer is being developed by scientists. British researchers have found that a drug destroys tumours in a form of inoperable lung cancer that kills more than nine out of 10 sufferers. The treatment works by blocking the growth of the cancer cells and eventually causing them to self destruct. In more than 50 per cent of the trials, the treatment, which appears to have no side affects, killed all traces of the disease. "We are very excited about it," said Professor Michael Seckl, the molecular oncologist who...
  • Obama Lung Cancer Shocker! (Globe tabloid website down)

    11/13/2009 1:00:52 PM PST · by SolidWood · 141 replies · 8,356+ views
    GLOBE ^ | November 9, 2009 | Vanity
    Today the Globe tabloid rag had "Obama lung cancer" on it's cover.For some reason the Globe's website is down. Surprise?www.globemagazine.com Here the cache:Cache of Globe site Obama Lung Cancer Shocker! Chain-smoking President Barack Obama has lung cancer, White House sources fear as the Commander-in-Chief suffers chest pains, dizzy spells and has lost 25 pounds! This week's GLOBE bares the stunning inside story. You can't afford to miss it! November 9, 2009I don't give a bit of credibility to the GLOBE...but it's curious that their site would be "unavailable" now.
  • ‘3,000 die’ in cancer shambles (thanks to socialized medicine)

    11/02/2009 4:31:24 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies · 593+ views
    The Sun ^ | Nov. 2, 2009 | EMMA MORTON
    THREE thousand Britons a year die because of a lack of lung cancer treatment, it emerged yesterday. Vital areas of care are "woefully inadequate" and there are shortages of key surgical staff, according to new research. A review has revealed a shambolic postcode lottery where treatment varies from one part of Britain to another. In some areas, fewer than one in TEN patients get any kind of treatment at all and there are "huge variations and vast inequalities" in others, the UK Lung Cancer Coalition reported after a review of services. There are only 44 thoracic surgeons - specialists in...
  • Lung Cancer: Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) of Lung Tumors

    10/19/2009 10:54:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 973+ views
    cancernews.com ^ | Baskaran Sundaram
    Introduction: Surgery is the established treatment for early stage primary lung cancers (cancer that started in lung) or limited secondary cancers (cancer that started outside and spread to lung, also known as metastases or metastatic cancer). External beam radiation is an alternative local therapy to surgery, particularly for patients who are not candidates for surgery due to other medical conditions. Thermal ablation, using either heat or cold, is a newer treatment to destroy cells in lung tumors. Heat is most commonly used, and is referred to as Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA). RFA of tumors has gained significant interest and acceptance in...
  • The Butt Stops Here

    10/05/2009 6:12:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 962+ views
    New West ^ | October 5, 2009 | Amy Linn
    As Montana bars dealt with their first smoke-free weekend since the state’s indoor smoking ban went into effect, ingenuity ruled. In Missoula, according to a great piece by Michael Moore in the Missoulian, the Rhino Bar gave smokers their very own place to light up: a Butt Hutt, created by Dave Golden of Well Done Welding and Jim Bell, a general contractor. Moore describes the hut as a 4-by-8-foot “metal smoking dugout” in the alley behind the Rhino in Missoula. The no-smoking laws spark the type of debate that never seems to get extinguished. Pro-smokers argue that the bans hurt...
  • Breath test to detect lung cancer

    08/31/2009 10:10:29 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 54 replies · 1,173+ views
    UK Press via Google News ^ | August 30, 2009
    Patients with suspected lung cancer could in future be breathalysed to check if they have the disease. Scientists have developed a sensor that can quickly detect lung cancer molecules on the breath. They believe the technology could lead to cheap, portable breath-test devices with the potential to save large numbers of lives by spotting cancer early. The lung cancer biomarkers were found by comparing breath samples from 40 diagnosed patients and 56 healthy individuals. From the results, the researchers identified 42 "volatile organic compounds" (VOCs) present in the breath of 83% of cancer patients but fewer than 83% of healthy...
  • Iraqi Shi'ite Leader al-Hakim Dies (of Lung Cancer in Iran)

    08/26/2009 10:52:47 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 20 replies · 2,042+ views
    Voice of America ^ | August 26, 2009 | VOA News
    Sources close to Iraqi Shi'ite leader Abdul Aziz al-Hakim say the cleric has died. Hakim was being treated for lung cancer at a hospital in Iran, and those close to the man said his health was deteriorating. A family member and an aide to Hakim, speaking on the condition of anonymity, separately told reporters Wednesday that he had suffered a setback. Hakim was known for his close links with Iran, and he led the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, one of Iraq's most powerful Shi'ite groups. In June, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani visited Hakim in Tehran, where the ailing cleric was...
  • Health Care Here And Over There

    08/12/2009 5:37:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 788+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 12, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Reform: If the world's most famous physicist, Stephen Hawking, is a shining example of British health care, how is it that others in the U.K. are repeatedly denied critical care and medicine?In commenting on efforts to overhaul American's health care system, we have tried to pull back the curtain and pay attention to those trying to clone the systems of Canada and Britain. But supporters of government-run health care frequently ignore some of the less-pleasant facts. Much has been made of this statement in one of our Aug. 3 editorials: "People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance...
  • American Cancer Care Beats The Rest (especially Britain and Canada)

    08/12/2009 9:26:10 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 10 replies · 729+ views
    Manhattan Institute ^ | June 22, 2008 | David Gratzer
    Why do the British lag behind American survival rates? Screening standards are different. In the United States, internists recommend that men 50 and older get screened for colon cancer; in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, screening begins at 75. And British patients wait much longer to see specialists. A Clinical Oncology study of British lung cancer treatment found in 2000 that 20% "of potentially curable patients became incurable on the waiting list." Novel drugs offered here often aren't available there; for instance, Avastin, a drug for advanced colon cancer, is prescribed more often in the U.S. than...
  • Hormone pills may make lung cancer more deadly

    05/30/2009 12:50:06 PM PDT · by greatdefender · 15 replies · 826+ views
    ORLANDO, Fla. – There's more troubling news about hormone therapy for menopause symptoms: Lung cancer seems more likely to prove fatal in women who are taking estrogen-progestin pills, a study suggests. Hormone users who developed lung cancer were 60 percent more likely to die from the disease as women who weren't taking hormones, according to results reported Saturday. The new findings mean that smokers should stop taking hormones, and those who have not yet started hormones should give it careful thought, said Dr. Rowan Chlebowski of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. He led the analysis and presented results at...
  • Study links cigarette changes to rising lung risk

    05/18/2009 6:59:39 AM PDT · by Reaganesque1 · 15 replies · 940+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/18/09 | Yahoo
    WASHINGTON – It may be riskier on the lungs to smoke cigarettes today than it was a few decades ago — at least in the U.S., says new research that blames changes in cigarette design for fueling a certain type of lung cancer.
  • Food additive may up lung cancer risk, study says

    12/30/2008 11:13:28 AM PST · by Red Badger · 69 replies · 1,468+ views
    www.sciam.com ^ | 12-30-2008 | Staff
    Foods containing a widely used additive may increase the growth of lung cancers or cause new tumors to develop, new research suggests. Tumors were more plentiful in mice with lung cancer fed a diet containing 0.5 to 1 percent inorganic phosphates (equivalent to the 40 mg. that humans on average consume daily) for a month according to a study in next month's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The tumors' mass increased by 14 percent in the mice fed the most phosphates. Inorganic phosphates are chemicals added to a variety of processed foods including cheese, meat, beverages and...
  • A Look at Nonsmokers Who Get Lung Cancer

    09/14/2008 12:42:35 AM PDT · by neverdem · 42 replies · 377+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 9, 2008 | DENISE GRADY
    An unsettling fact about lung cancer is that not even clean living can guarantee a free pass. A significant proportion of cases — 10 to 15 percent — occur in people who never smoked, and just in the United States, 16,000 to 24,000 a year die. What causes the disease in nonsmokers is not known, though researchers suspect genetic susceptibility combined with exposure to cancer-causing substances like asbestos, radon, certain solvents and other people’s tobacco smoke. A huge new study conducted in Europe, North America and Asia, based on 2.4 million nonsmokers who had lung cancer, provides new information about...
  • Genetic link for lung cancer identified

    04/03/2008 12:36:30 AM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 484+ views
    Nature News ^ | 2 April 2008 | Michael Hopkin
    Studies suggests that cancer risk is not just down to lifestyle. Amongst smokers, genetics may raise the risk of lung cancer by 80%.PunchstockThree independent genetic studies have found some of the strongest evidence yet that your genes influence your risk of developing lung cancer. Lung cancer, the most common killer cancer in the world, is largely caused by smoking. Tobacco is thought to be responsible for about 5 million premature deaths every year and smoking is still clearly the largest risk factor. But the new results suggest that, amongst smokers, some people may be as much as 80% more at...
  • Officials eye ban on smoky dwellings [your home is next]

    09/28/2007 1:18:09 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 32 replies · 57+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | September 28, 2007 | Stephen Smith
    There are smoke-free offices, smoke-free bars, smoke-free malls. Could smoke-free apartment houses and condo towers be next? Scattered apartment units across the state already ban smoking. But early next year, the Department of Public Health plans to survey landlords, condominium associations, and tenants about the feasibility of making smoke-free residential zones the norm, rather than the exception. There could even be a state-run registry to connect tenants with landlords and condo boards that offer developments entirely devoid of smoke. The state review emerges as an influential coalition of health and housing officials is issuing a sweeping call to make smoke-free...
  • Inhaling From Just One Cigarette Can Lead To Nicotine Addiction: Kids Show Signs Of Addiction...

    07/08/2007 1:06:41 AM PDT · by neverdem · 60 replies · 1,228+ views
    Kids Show Signs Of Addiction Almost Immediately A new study published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine shows that 10 percent of youth who become hooked on cigarettes are addicted within two days of first inhaling from a cigarette, and 25 percent are addicted within a month. The study found that adolescents who smoke even just a few cigarettes per month suffer withdrawal symptoms when deprived of nicotine, a startling finding that is contrary to long-held beliefs that only people with established smoking habits of at least five cigarettes per day experience such symptoms. The study monitored 1,246...
  • Fat Kills Cancer: Turning Stem Cells Taken From Fat Tissue Into Personalized, Cancer-targeted...

    07/07/2007 1:13:04 AM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies · 856+ views
    Turning Stem Cells Taken From Fat Tissue Into Personalized, Cancer-targeted Therapeutics Researchers in Slovakia have been able to derive mesenchymal stem cells from human adipose, or fat, tissue and engineer them into "suicide genes" that seek out and destroy tumors like tiny homing missiles. This gene therapy approach is a novel way to attack small tumor metastases that evade current detection techniques and treatments, the researchers conclude in the July 1 issue of Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. "These fat-derived stem cells could be exploited for personalized cell-based therapeutics," said the study's lead investigator,...
  • Marijuana Cuts Lung Cancer Tumor Growth In Half, Study Shows

    04/18/2007 1:20:10 PM PDT · by Teflonic · 183 replies · 2,820+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4/17/07 | American Association for Cancer Research
    The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies. They say this is the first set of experiments to show that the compound, Delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), inhibits EGF-induced growth and migration in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expressing non-small cell lung cancer cell lines. Lung cancers that over-express EGFR are usually highly aggressive and resistant to chemotherapy. THC that targets cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 is similar in function to endocannabinoids,...
  • Breath test detects lung cancer

    02/26/2007 4:45:03 AM PST · by Dysart · 13 replies · 1,095+ views
    Scientists in the United States have come up with a breath test which can detect lung cancer in patients even when it is in the early stages of the disease. By means of a simple colour test which shows up unique chemical changes in the breath of people with lung cancer, the disease was accurately detected in just under three out of four people with the disease.By using a sensor just slightly bigger than a coin, which is relatively cheap and easy to use, unique chemical changes in the breath of people with lung cancer could be seen with...
  • Republican U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood Has Died

    02/13/2007 11:05:48 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 100 replies · 6,280+ views
    CNN ^ | February 13, 2007
    Republican U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood of Georgia has died after a long battle with cancer, his office announced today. He was 65.
  • Anatomy of a Hoax

    02/09/2007 6:33:28 AM PST · by rellimpank · 129 replies · 2,699+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 9 Feb 07 | Lawrence Henry
    Some years ago, when I was freelancing at a mutual fund company, I took a break to go downstairs and smoke my pipe. On my way back upstairs, I found myself sharing the elevator with one of my co-workers in the corporate communications department. "Ewww, smoke!" she exclaimed. "Let me out of here! I don't want you to give me cancer!" Let's absorb this slowly. My fellow worker thought that: 1) Cancer was contagious. 2) She could "catch" cancer from the smell of tobacco smoke clinging to my clothes -- not from the smoke itself, which was long gone outdoors,...
  • The Case Against Smoking Bans

    02/06/2007 4:41:36 PM PST · by Eric Blair 2084 · 104 replies · 1,505+ views
    The Cato Institute ^ | Thomas A. Lambert
    In recent years, legal scholars have produced a voluminous literature on the rule of law in indirectly controlling social norms and individual preferences. Smoking bans provide on of the favorite "success stories" of those who laud the use of legal rules to change norms and preferences. According to these scholars, smoking bans affect behavior, even if under-enforced, because they change the social norm regarding smoking in public. With the advent of smoking bans, non-smokers who previously felt embarassed about publicly expressing their distaste for ETS are speaking up. By providing a de facto community statement that public smoking is unacceptable,...
  • About that level playing field (ANTI-SMOKING JIHADISTS RUN WILD AS VICTORY NEARS)

    02/04/2007 9:26:55 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 64 replies · 1,089+ views
    Star Newspapers ^ | February 4, 2007 | Tom Houlihan
    Way back when, the closest thing to a "smoking ban" had to do with the age at which you could legally buy cigarettes. I think it was 12 or 13. After that, about half the teenage population seemed to be lighting up at least once an hour. At Morgan Park High School, where I spent four years in the 1960s, there was a white line on the sidewalk a block away from the school building. That marked the point where the high school determined kids could smoke. It didn't stop the hard-core smokers who really needed to feed their habit...
  • Elderly smoker dies while having cigarette

    01/27/2007 10:30:59 AM PST · by starzed_ · 25 replies · 1,643+ views
    Sudbury star ^ | January 25, 2007 | Laura Stradiotto
    OPP probes nursing home death; Resident, 65, was left outside Gore Bay facility when he went for a smoke -ON Sudbury Star- January 25, 2007 by Laura Stradiotto Local News - Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a nursing home resident who was found outdoors in a courtyard Jan.16. Detectives from the Ontario Provincial Police's crime unit in Orillia were at the Manitoulin Lodge in Gore Bay on Wednesday. Nursing home resident Murray Myles Patterson, 65, was transported to the Mindemoya Hospital on Jan. 16 and died a day later. In a statement released Wednesday by the...