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  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg undergoes surgery to address artery blockage

    11/26/2014 5:30:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/26/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to hospital on Wednesday where she underwent heart surgery to address a blockage in her right coronary artery. “The coronary blockage was discovered after Justice Ginsburg experienced discomfort during routine exercise last night and was taken to the hospital,” read a statement on her condition. “She is resting comfortably and is expected to be discharged in the next 48 hours.”Now, health scares like these are nothing to joke about, and all our readers surely wish “The Notorious R.B.G.” well. That having been said, it would be dishonest to not note the...
  • Mayo Clinic's home test for colon cancer: Clean, easy, and it's not a colonoscopy

    10/27/2014 2:22:29 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 60 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 10-26-14 | Marilynn Marchione
    Starting Monday, millions of people who have avoided colon cancer screening can get a new home test that's noninvasive and doesn't require the icky preparation most other methods do. The test is the first to look for cancer-related DNA in stool. But deciding whether to get it is a more complex choice than ads for "the breakthrough test ... that's as easy as going to the bathroom" make it seem. On one hand, the test could greatly boost screening for a deadly disease that too few people get checked for now. On the other hand, it could lure people away...
  • Rob Ford has tumour in abdomen; Doctors say more tests needed for prognosis

    09/10/2014 6:34:13 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 35 replies
    CP24 ^ | 9/10/14 | Sandie Benitah
    Mayor Ford has a tumour in his abdomen, doctors say, but it will be a few days before we know the true scope of his diagnosis. Dr. Rueben Devlin, president and CEO of Humber River Hospital, made the announcement Wednesday night with the mayor’s brother Coun. Doug Ford by his side. Doug Ford was visibly upset as he spoke to media asking for privacy for himself and his family. He would not answer any questions about what the mayor’s health setback would mean for the mayoral campaign. “It saddens me that I have to be here today,” Ford said. “Rob...
  • FDA approves first DNA-based test for colon cancer

    08/11/2014 11:26:22 PM PDT · by Innovative · 8 replies
    The Tribune -- San Louis Obispo ^ | Aug 11, 2014 | MATTHEW PERRONE
    The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first screening test for colon cancer that uses patients' DNA to help spot potentially deadly tumors and growths. The Cologuard test from Exact Sciences detects irregular mutations in stool samples that can be an early warning sign of cancer. Patients who test positive for the mutations should undergo a colonoscopy to confirm the results. Doctors have long used stool tests to look for hidden blood that can be a warning sign of tumors and precancerous polyps. But company studies of Cologuard showed that it was more accurate at detecting cancerous tumors...
  • Chili peppers can decrease colorectal cancer risk, claims new research

    08/02/2014 6:16:12 AM PDT · by Innovative · 50 replies
    Tech Times ^ | Aug 2, 2014 | Judy Mottl
    If you don't eat chili peppers or hot curry much you may want to reassess that given new research that claims the peppers and curry can play a role in reducing the risk of colorectal and bowel tumors, as well as extend a person's lifespan by 30 percent. The study claims the active ingredient in chili peppers, called dietary capsaicin, decreases the cancer risk as it triggers chronic activation of an ion channel called TRPV1, which is a sensory neuron that protects the intestine against acidity and spicy chemicals. In essence adding chili peppers and hot curries to the diet...
  • Bacteria in mouth may trigger colorectal cancer

    08/14/2013 9:15:28 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 46 replies
    Xinhua News Agency ^ | 08/15/2013 | Yang Yi
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- U.S. researchers said Wednesday they have discovered how a common oral bacterium can trigger a cascade of changes leading to colorectal cancer. The microorganism called fusobacteria, which are found in the mouth, may stimulate bad immune responses and turn on cancer growth genes to generate colorectal tumors, two studies published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe revealed. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. Recent studies have shown that fusobacteria from the mouth are also abundant in tissues from colorectal cancer patients but it was not known...
  • Protesters across globe rally against Monsanto - GMO

    05/26/2013 8:26:53 AM PDT · by opentalk · 144 replies
    Associates Press ^ | May 25, 2013
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Protesters rallied in dozens of cities Saturday as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces, organizers said. Organizers said "March Against Monsanto" protests were held in 52 countries and 436 cities, including Los Angeles where demonstrators waved signs that read "Real Food 4 Real People" and "Label GMOs, It's Our Right to Know."… The U.S. Senate this week overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would allow states to require labeling of genetically modified foods.
  • Study: Mistletoe Effective Against Colon Cancer (Fraxini extract combats colon cancer cells)

    12/23/2012 10:26:50 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    CBS DC ^ | 12/23/12 | CBS Local Media
    SOUTH AUSTRALIA, Australia (CBSDC) – Researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia have found another purpose for mistletoe – apart from helping potential suitors steal kisses around the holidays. Mistletoe could also be used to help the effectiveness of chemotherapy, or could even act as an alternative to chemotherapy for treatment of colon cancer, according to Newswise. The American Institute for Cancer Research in Washington, D.C. noted on its official website that colorectal cancers are preventable – as many as 45 percent of occurrences could be curbed with dietary and habit modifications. Despite that fact, the news of a...
  • Mutant gut bacteria reverse colon cancer in lab models

    06/17/2012 3:08:22 PM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 19 replies
    MedicalXpress.com ^ | 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...
  • Colonscopy Saves Lives: Study

    02/23/2012 8:25:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 | Diana Gonzalez
    A local colon cancer survivor says she's living proof Dental assistant Tonya Brinson is a colon cancer survivor. Brinson was diagnosed in 2007 when she was only 41 and when her son was a young boy. She called a specialist when she started bleeding. “Within a week of that time, he set me up with a colonoscopy, and thank God he did that," Brinson said. "He saved my life.” A study in The New England Journal of Medicine presented hard evidence that colonoscopies prevent death. The test gives a doctor the ability to see the colon and remove any suspicious...
  • Report: Fruits and Vegetables Intake May Protect from Colon Cancer

    10/10/2011 10:09:45 AM PDT · by truthnomatterwhat · 6 replies
    Health Alkaline ^ | October 9, 2011
    In the October, 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Australian researchers report the outcome of a study which suggests site-specific protective effects of various fruits and vegetables against the risk of colorectal cancer. The finding may help explain inconsistent results from other studies which sought to examine the effects of plant foods against the cancer disease. Lin Fritschi, PhD and colleagues at the University of Western Australia compared 918 colorectal cancer patients to 1,021 controls who had no history of the disease. Questionnaires completed by the participants were analyzed for the frequency of consumption of 38...
  • Gays aren't "born that way" -- a lesbian says so

    09/14/2011 1:00:46 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 103 replies
    RenewAmerica.com ^ | Sept. 14, 2011 | Bryan Fischer
    In an astonishing column published in the winger-left publication, "The Atlantic," openly "queer woman" (her words) Lindsay Miller says flatly, "In direct opposition to both the mainstream gay movement and Lady Gaga, I would like to state for the record that I was not born this way." Tellingly, she argues that saying people are "born this way" is a form of condescension, and she resents it mightily. "I get frustrated with the veiled condescension of straight people who believe that queers 'can't help it,' and thus should be treated with tolerance and pity." I've got news for Ms. Miller —...
  • Chavez retains secrecy over cancer therapy in Cuba

    07/17/2011 2:40:21 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sunday, July 17, 2011 5:01 PM EDT | IAN JAMES
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — In his monthlong fight against cancer, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has placed utmost importance on secrecy, carefully offering only scraps of information about his condition. Now, as he begins planned chemotherapy in Cuba, Chavez appears to have found the perfect place where he can tightly guard details of his illness and keep the prying eyes of the news media far away. The Venezuelan leader first underwent surgery in the island nation on June 20 to remove a cancerous tumor from his pelvic region. He returned Saturday night, saying he would be starting a "second phase of...
  • Fighting Cancer at Your Local Indian Restaurant (curcumin)

    03/02/2011 12:58:30 PM PST · by decimon · 27 replies
    TAU says turmeric might be "the right spice" to fight colon cancerTurmeric, a bright yellow spice from south Asia belonging to the ginger family, is the main ingredient in curries — and ancient wisdom suggests that it's also good for your health. Taking this wisdom to the laboratory, Tel Aviv University researchers have discovered that turmeric's active ingredient called curcumin amplifies the therapeutic activity of highly toxic anti-inflammatory drugs used to fight colon cancer when used at high doses. Dr. Shahar Lev-Ari of Tel Aviv University's School of Public Health at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine and his colleagues have...
  • Death Panels Begin As Reform Takes Shape

    08/18/2010 4:52:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 18, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Medicine: After the recess appointment of a Medicare and Medicaid head, an FDA panel drops its endorsement of a widely used cancer drug. Another FDA-approved cancer therapy may not be paid for. It begins. It didn't take long for the health care philosophy of Dr. Donald Berwick, President Obama's choice to head the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, and an appointee we have labeled a "one-man death panel," to have an effect. Berwick is an admirer of Britain's National Health Service and its National Institute for Clinical Excellence, with the Orwellian-acronym NICE. "NICE," Berwick has said, "is extremely effective...
  • The End of My Cancer

    08/16/2010 10:46:29 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 145 replies
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 16 August 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    On 23 April I had a routine colonoscopy, and found out that I had cancer. I knew then I’d have to write this column once I knew the outcome. I had 25 days of chemotherapy, simultaneous with radiation therapy, followed by surgery on 11 August. The pathology reports came back yesterday. They were, as my surgeon said, ‘the best possible, given the circumstances.” They were clean margins and clean lymph nodes. The margins are the areas all around the site of the surgery. The lymph nodes are where cancer usually spreads first, from its original site. In laymen’s terms, I...
  • Routine Blood Tests Could Replace Colonoscopy

    08/03/2010 7:02:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies · 278+ views
    inn ^ | 8/3/10 | Hillel Fendel
    Tel Aviv University (TAU) researchers have discovered that routine blood tests can provide an early warning for colorectal cancer. Anemia, a common blood disorder characterized by low hemoglobin levels, has long been associated with those suffering from colorectal cancer. It doesn't happen suddenly, however - and Tel Aviv University researchers say they have found that gradually decreasing hemoglobin levels can actually indicate a potential for colon cancer years in advance. Graduate student Inbal Goldshtein, who works with Dr. Gabriel Chodick and Dr. Varda Shalev of TAU's School of Public Health and Maccabi Healthcare Services' Department of Medical Informatics, says that...
  • 5-Minute Colon Cancer Test Could Save Thousands

    04/28/2010 6:56:22 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 40 replies · 1,082+ views
    AP via FoxNews ^ | April 28, 2010
    A five-minute colon cancer test could reduce the number of deaths from the disease by about 40 percent, a new study says. British researchers followed more than 170,000 people for about 11 years. Of those, more than 40,000 had a "flexi-scope" test, an exam that removes polyps, small growths that could become cancerous. The test involves having a pen-sized tube inserted into the colon so doctors can identify and remove small polyps. Researchers used the test on people in their 50s. In the U.K., government-funded colon cancer screening doesn't start until age 60. Researchers compared those results to more than...
  • Please pray for my son-in-law [Update @ #184]

    03/10/2010 8:24:31 AM PST · by Judith Anne · 278 replies · 2,802+ views
    Free Republic | March 10, 2010 | Judith Anne
    My son in law, Sam, went into the ER with severe abdominal pain the night before last; a CT scan showed a bowel obstruction, tumor, on the right side. He had surgery last night, and 5-6 inches of bowel were removed due to cancer. The doctors said there was no way to foresee this, as he is fairly young. He and my daughter have insurance to take care of the medical expenses, but they have three children under 15. After the surgery, the doctor said he was "cautiously optimistic" but the pathology reports are not due until Thursday, and at...
  • High vitamin D levels, lower colon cancer risk?

    01/27/2010 1:17:32 PM PST · by decimon · 17 replies · 661+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 27, 2010 | Megan Brooks
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Higher levels of vitamin D in the blood may help protect both men and women from cancers of the colon and rectum, confirm results of the largest study ever conducted on the topic. Among more than 1200 people who developed colorectal cancer and an equal number who did not, researchers found that those with the highest levels of vitamin D in their blood had a nearly 40 percent reduced risk of developing colorectal cancer compared to those with the lowest levels. The findings from the EPIC study - short for European Prospective Investigation into Cancer...
  • Mango effective in preventing, stopping certain colon, breast cancer cells

    01/11/2010 11:19:10 AM PST · by decimon · 30 replies · 821+ views
    Texas A&M AgriLife Communications ^ | Jan 11, 2010 | Unknown
    COLLEGE STATION - Mango. If you know little about this fruit, understand this: It's been found to prevent or stop certain colon and breast cancer cells in the lab. That's according to a new study by Texas AgriLife Research food scientists, who examined the five varieties most common in the U.S.: Kent, Francine, Ataulfo, Tommy/Atkins and Haden. Though the mango is an ancient fruit heavily consumed in many parts of the world, little has been known about its health aspects. The National Mango Board commissioned a variety of studies with several U.S. researchers to help determine its nutritional value. "If...
  • White House backs off cancer test guidelines

    11/18/2009 8:04:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 84 replies · 2,963+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/19/09 | Rob Stein and Dan Eggen
    A top federal health official said Wednesday that the controversial new guidelines for breast cancer screening do not represent government policy, as the Obama administration sought to keep the debate over mammograms from undermining the prospects for health-care reform. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in a written statement, said the new guidelines had "caused a great deal of confusion and worry among women and their families across this country," and she stressed that they were issued by "an outside independent panel of doctors and scientists who . . . do not set federal policy and . . ....
  • Experts question motives of mammogram guidelines (Here comes healthcare rationing)

    11/16/2009 7:13:28 PM PST · by WeatherGuy · 26 replies · 1,076+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov 16, 2009 | Julie Steenhuysen
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Cancer experts fear new U.S. breast imaging guidelines that recommend against routine screening mammograms for women in their 40s may have their roots in the current drive in Washington to reform healthcare. Critics of the guidelines, issued on Monday by the U.S. Services Task Force, an independent panel sponsored by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Quality, say the new guidelines are a step backward and will lead to more cancer deaths. Here are some of their concerns. * Dr Carol Lee, chairwoman of the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Commission, said she fears insurers -- both...
  • 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...
  • Please pray for my brother-in-law who has Colon Cancer, Stage 4

    08/11/2008 6:48:26 PM PDT · by Sun · 77 replies · 141+ views
    Please pray for my brother-in-law who has Colon Cancer, Stage 4 It is inoperable because it is Stage 4, so he will have chemo treatments. They will put a port in his stomack.
  • Panel Urges End to Prostate Screening at Age 75

    08/05/2008 1:38:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 57 replies · 288+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 5, 2008 | TARA PARKER-POPE
    In a move that could lead to significant changes in medical care for older men, a national task force on Monday recommended that doctors stop screening men ages 75 and older for prostate cancer because the search for the disease in this group was causing more harm than good. The guidelines, issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, represent an abrupt policy change by an influential panel that had withheld any advice regarding screening for prostate cancer, citing a lack of reliable evidence. Though the task force still has not taken a stand on the value of screening in...
  • Tony Snow Has Died

    07/12/2008 4:03:09 AM PDT · by Bahbah · 2,354 replies · 5,835+ views
    Fox News | July 12, 2008 | Fox News
    Fox News is announcing that Tony Snow has died. Heartbreaking news.
  • Easily Overlooked Lesions Tied to Colon Cancer, Study Finds

    03/05/2008 4:50:13 AM PST · by libstripper · 7 replies · 105+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 5, 2008 | DENISE GRADY
    An easily overlooked type of abnormality in the colon is the most likely type to turn cancerous, and is more common in this country than previously thought, researchers are reporting. The findings come from a study of colonoscopy, in which a camera-tipped tube is used to examine the lining of the intestine. Generally, doctors search for polyps, abnormal growths that stick out from the lining and can turn into cancer. But another type of growth is much more dangerous, and harder to see because it is flat or depressed and similar in color to healthy tissue. Japanese researchers became concerned...
  • Dave Barry: A journey into my colon -- and yours (funny but serious)

    02/24/2008 10:56:07 AM PST · by nuconvert · 170 replies · 2,412+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Feb. 22, 2008 | Dave Barry
    Dave Barry: A journey into my colon -- and yours OK. You turned 50. You know you're supposed to get a colonoscopy. But you haven't. Here are your reasons: 1. You've been busy. 2. You don't have a history of cancer in your family. 3. You haven't noticed any problems. 4. You don't want a doctor to stick a tube 17,000 feet up your butt. Let's examine these reasons one at a time. No, wait, let's not. Because you and I both know that the only real reason is No. 4. This is natural. The idea of having another human,...
  • Green tea may protect against colon cancer (Polyphenon E)

    12/07/2007 4:35:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 379+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/7/07 | Megan Rauscher
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An extract of green tea wards off colorectal cancer, animal experiments show. According to research reported at the Sixth International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention, sponsored by the American Association for Cancer Research, a standardized green tea polyphenol preparation (Polyphenon E) limits the growth of colorectal tumors in rats treated with a substance that causes the cancer. "Our findings show that rats fed a diet containing Polyphenon E are less than half as likely to develop colon cancer," Dr. Hang Xiao, from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey,...
  • R. Scott Hitt, prominent AIDS and gay rights activist, dies at 49 (colon cancer)

    11/08/2007 8:55:50 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 190+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 11/08/07 | Daisy Nguyen - ap
    Dr. R. Scott Hitt, an AIDS specialist and the first openly gay person to head a presidential advisory board, has died. He was 49. Hitt died Thursday of colon cancer at his home in West Hollywood, according to John Duran, the city's mayor and a longtime friend. Hitt was chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS during President Clinton's administration in the 1990s. "I think Scott's legacy was drawing AIDS to the attention of the president. He was uncompromising," Duran said. "He was not afraid of challenging the president about what would make good public policy." When...
  • LA news anchor Hal Fishman diagnosed with colon cancer (Died this morning, 8/7/07)

    08/03/2007 9:08:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 668+ views
    Longtime KTLA Channel 5 anchor Hal Fishman has been diagnosed with colon cancer, which has spread to his liver, the station said Friday. Fishman was hospitalized after collapsing at his home on Wednesday, the station announced during its Thursday 10 p.m. newscast. Doctors discovered the cancer while treating him for an infection, said Rich Goldner, KTLA's interim news director. "Hal is awake and thanks everyone for their well wishes, and says he's going to fight this illness," Goldner said. "He is looking forward to coming back when he gets better." Fishman has anchored the station's 10 p.m. newscast since 1975....
  • 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,...
  • Director Edward Yang, 59, Dies Of Colon Cancer

    07/01/2007 6:25:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies · 235+ views
    AP) BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. Edward Yang, who won best director in 2000 at the Cannes Film Festival and was known for his realistic portrayals of modern Taiwan, has died of complications from colon cancer, a film industry consultant said Sunday. He was 59. Yang died at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Friday, Norman Wang told The Associated Press. Wang said Yang's family asked him to release the information to the media. Yang had been battling colon cancer for seven years, Wang said. The director studied engineering in Taiwan and obtained a master's degree at the University of Florida....
  • Grape Seed Extract Halts Cell Cycle, Checking Growth Of Colorectal Tumors In Mice

    11/13/2006 5:32:05 PM PST · by ConservativeMind · 38 replies · 2,245+ views
    Science Daily ^ | October 29, 2006 | American Assoiation of Cancer Research
    Chemicals found in grape seeds significantly inhibited growth of colorectal tumors in both cell cultures and in mice, according to researchers who have already demonstrated the extract's anti-cancer effects in other tumor types. Their study, published in the October 18 issue of Clinical Cancer Research, documented a 44 percent reduction of advanced colorectal tumors in the animals, and also revealed, for the first time, the molecular mechanism by which grape seed extract works to inhibit cancer growth. The authors found that it increases availability of a critical protein, Cip1/p21, in tumors that effectively freezes the cell cycle, and often pushes...
  • Study Questions Colonoscopy Effectiveness

    12/15/2006 10:45:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 49 replies · 2,045+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 14, 2006 | GINA KOLATA
    For years, patients and many doctors assumed that a colonoscopy was a colonoscopy. Patients who had one seldom questioned how well it was done. The expectation was that the doctor conducting the exam would find and cut out any polyps, which are the source of most colon cancer. But a new study, published today in The New England Journal of Medicine, provides a graphic illustration of how wrong that assumption can be, gastroenterologists say. The study, of 12 highly experienced board-certified gastroenterologists in private practice, found some were 10 times better than others at finding adenomas, the polyps that can...
  • John Forsythe treated for colon cancer

    10/12/2006 5:55:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 276+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/12/06 | AP
    LOS ANGELES - "Dynasty" star John Forsythe has been treated for colon cancer and he's recovering at an area hospital, his spokesman said Thursday. Forsythe, 88, was diagnosed with colon cancer Sept. 28 and was taken to a hospital where he underwent treatment over the past week, Harlan Boll said. "He seems to be in good spirits," Boll said. "They hope to have him home this weekend." Forsythe is best known for playing Blake Carrington on the hit TV soap "Dynasty" and being the voice of Charlie in both the TV and film versions of "Charlie's Angels."
  • Snow chokes up during first on-camera briefing

    05/16/2006 5:40:05 PM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 27 replies · 836+ views
    WASHINGTON - White House Press Secretary Tony Snow became emotional during his first on-camera press briefing Tuesday when the topic turned to his battle with colon cancer, which also claimed his mother's life. "I had cancer last year," Snow said when asked why he was wearing a yellow bracelet from fellow cancer survivor Lance Armstrong's LiveStrong Foundation. "It's going to sound stupid and I'll be personal here, but having gone through this last year was the best thing that ever happened to me." The former Fox News anchor choked up and fell silent in the James S. Brady Press Briefing...
  • Lawrence Lader, Champion of Abortion Rights, Is Dead at 86

    05/10/2006 2:36:17 PM PDT · by Borges · 55 replies · 1,523+ views
    NYT ^ | 5/10/06
    Lawrence Lader, a writer who so successfully marshaled his literary and political efforts in support of abortion rights that Betty Friedan, the feminist author, called him the father of the movement, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 86. The cause was colon cancer, his wife, Joan Summers Lader, said. Mr. Lader was a major voice in the abortion debate for four decades, becoming a lightning rod for its critics as well as a beacon for its proponents. He wrote influential books and articles on the subject, organized ministers to refer women wanting abortions to doctors as...
  • Celebrex may prevent colon cancer but still risky for heart, studies find

    04/04/2006 9:55:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 256+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | April 4, 2006 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE
    Associated Press WASHINGTON — Is a drug that might lower the risk of colon cancer worth taking if it also raises the risk of heart problems? That's a question people most likely to develop the deadly bowel disease may be asking after the latest research on the popular arthritis drug Celebrex. Two studies found the drug cut the chances of developing precancerous growths called polyps by 33 percent to 45 percent in people who already had had such growths removed. However, experts said the extra heart problems seen in those taking the drug mean it can't be recommended for preventing...
  • Pataki Remains Hospitalized; No Discharge Date Set

    02/28/2006 8:22:34 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies · 1,102+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 27 February 2006 | (AP)
    Gov. George Pataki remained hospitalized Monday nearly a week after undergoing a surgery to correct a postoperative complication related to an emergency appendectomy. Pataki, 60, continued eating some food Monday but also remained on intravenous nutrition and antibiotics to reduce the risk of an abscess... `The governor's doctors have indicated that there has been a slow return of normal digestive function because of the ruptured appendix,'' ... Pataki was originally to be released two days after the Feb. 16 appendectomy. ``The governor continues to be in good spirits and is reading, walking around and conducting state business,'' ...
  • N.Y. Governor Undergoes Second Operation

    02/21/2006 7:13:16 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies · 991+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2-21 | Associated Press
    Gov. George Pataki, showing no improvement five days after surgeons removed his appendix, was transferred Tuesday to a New York City hospital and underwent another operation. Doctors operated to alleviate a blockage in Pataki's digestive system, said his spokesman, David Catalfamo. Afterward, the governor was "awake, alert and resting comfortably," ... A blockage following abdominal surgery is relatively rare, said Daniel Herron, an assistant professor of surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan.
  • Thyroid drug reduces colon cancer risk by 50%

    01/01/2006 10:10:30 AM PST · by ddtorquee · 2 replies · 469+ views
    A joint US-Israeli research project has discovered that the drug L-thyroxin, most commonly used for the treatment of an underactive thyroid, can halve the risk of colorectal cancer (CRC). Scientists from the two countries announced at the current meeting of the American Association Cancer Research - Prevention Branch in Baltimore. "The effect was pretty dramatic," Professor Gad Rennert of the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine at the Technion Institute of Science, the head of the team, said at the conference. However, he added, "we have yet to understand the mechanisms. The literature on the subject is very minimal, but the finding...
  • WSJ: Pazdur's Cancer Rules - The FDA's oncology chief gets his revenge.

    07/06/2005 5:02:16 AM PDT · by OESY · 9 replies · 1,484+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 6, 2005 | Editorial
    ...FDA oncology drugs chief Richard Pazdur is the most important person in the U.S. government when it comes to cancer drugs, and he has never made a secret that he dislikes the accelerated approval process under which Iressa got the green light. Nor has he been shy about suggesting that the agency was railroaded in this drug's case. The truth is that Iressa-maker AstraZeneca simply refused to play by Dr. Pazdur's rules. In 2002 -- knowing it had plenty of data to qualify for accelerated approval -- the company rebuffed his requests for more trials and appealed directly to something...
  • Vitamin B6 Cuts Colon Cancer Risk (High daily intake reduced odds by 58 percent)

    05/05/2005 6:41:47 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 20 replies · 1,044+ views
    Health Day News ^ | 5/6/05 | Kathleen Doheny
    High daily levels of vitamin B6 may reduce the risk of getting colon cancer by 58 percent, claims a new study from Harvard Medical School. The research, published in the May 4 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, builds on other studies that have already indicated a strong preventive effect from the vitamin. "There are several smaller studies that have found a protective effect from dietary intakes of B6," said lead researcher Esther K. Wei, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. However, "this is the first large study of women...
  • Tony Snow Surgery A Success!

    03/01/2005 8:11:46 AM PST · by gopwinsin04 · 140 replies · 5,050+ views
    Lucianne ^ | 3/1/05 | Lcom staff
    We've just gotten word that Tony Snow's cancer surgery has been a complete success and he is on the road to recovery.Tony said last week that he could actually feel your prayers and it made him feel better.
  • Tony Snow has colon cancer ["Bad news, good prognosis"]

    02/14/2005 8:15:31 AM PST · by ladtx · 674 replies · 39,062+ views
    Fox News ^ | 14 Feb 2005 | me
    I just heard Tony Snow say he has colon cancer.
  • Study blasts colorectal screening test

    01/18/2005 7:33:03 AM PST · by JusticeTalion · 71 replies · 1,454+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 01/18/05 | Associated Press
    Potentially cancerous growths missed 95 percent of the timePHILADELPHIA - A common screening test failed to detect potentially cancerous colon growths 95 percent of the time, falsely reassuring patients and doctors, according to a new study.Researchers found that the digital, in-office test on stool samples was not as reliable as a six-sample test given to patients to do on their own at home — although even that test detected potentially cancerous growths less than 24 percent of the time."What we found is that it was pretty worthless," Dr. David Lieberman, one of the study's authors, said of the in-office test....
  • New Tests Predict Prostate, Colon Cancer Better

    04/07/2004 2:08:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies · 338+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Tue Apr 6,10:26 PM ET
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two new tests may predict who is most at risk of two top cancer killers, colon and prostate cancer, U.S researchers said on Tuesday. One test can show which men might be most at risk of colon cancer while the other points to who is most likely to die from prostate cancer if surgery or radiation fails. Both studies, done at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, are published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute). Dr. Jiang Ma and colleagues found that men with longtime high levels of C-peptide -- an...