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  • William Peter Blatty, Author of ‘The Exorcist,’ Dies at 89

    01/13/2017 10:15:24 AM PST · by Cecily · 70 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 13, 2017 | Matt Schudel
    William Peter Blatty, an author whose novel “The Exorcist” and his later screenplay for the 1973 film about a demonic possession became a phenomenon and stirred fierce public debate about the occult, died Jan. 12 at a hospital near his home in Bethesda, Md. He was 89. The cause was a form of multiple myeloma, said his wife, Julie Witbrodt Blatty. Mr. Blatty was a junior at Georgetown University when, in 1949, he became mesmerized by a Washington Post story detailing the alleged exorcism by a Jesuit priest of a 14-year-old boy from Mount Rainier, Md. who was believed to...
  • Thalidomide teams-up with turmeric to kill myeloma cells

    07/02/2013 8:00:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 53 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 2 July 2013 | Sonja Hampel
    One of the curcumin–thalidomide hybridsCancer researchers in the US and China have combined the turmeric spice pigment curcumin and the drug thalidomide to create hybrid compounds that can kill multiple myeloma cells.Multiple myeloma is the second most common type of blood cancer, killing 20% of affected patients each year. The drug thalidomide, banned after causing birth defects when given during pregnancy in the 1950s, was recently rediscovered and approved for the treatment of multiple myeloma. Thalidomide works by disturbing the microenvironment of tumour cells in bone marrow. However, it disintegrates in the body. Curcumin, a yellow pigment from the common...
  • RIP Joe Kubert, comic book artist extraordinaire (Sgt. Rock, Tarzan, Hawkman)

    08/13/2012 1:15:39 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 15 replies
    BoingBoing ^ | 08/12/12 | Mark Frauenfelder
    Sgt. Rock and Easy Company are saluting comic book legend Joe Kubert, who passed away today at the age of 85.
  • Joe Kubert Dies at 85; Influential Comic-Book

    08/13/2012 8:03:37 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | Published: August 13, 2012 | By MARGALIT FOX
    Joe Kubert, a titan among comic-book artists whose work stretched from the Golden Age of the superhero to the gritty realism of the graphic novel, died on Sunday in Morristown, N.J. He was 85. The cause was multiple myeloma, his son Adam said. Mr. Kubert, who first plied his trade as a teenager in the 1930s and continued drawing in the hospital during his final illness, was among the last of the generation of comic-book illustrators whose work helped define the genre in the years before World War II. “He’s the longest-lived continuously important contributor to the field,” Paul Levitz,...
  • Patient's own stem cells used to cure cancer

    07/26/2009 4:19:57 PM PDT · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 25 replies · 1,678+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 27 July, 2009 | The Times of India
    MUMBAI: For 15 years, Rakesh Singh (name changed) went about his high-pressure job as a senior engineer in a central government firm with a transplanted kidney. Daily, he would pop immuno-suppressant pills to prevent his body from rejecting the donated organ. Then, about 18 months ago, he was struck by an "explosive" form of cancer called multiple myeloma — big cysts erupted across and within his body, impairing his ability to sign and speak. Singh's disease put doctors in the city's Jaslok Hospital in a bind about what line of treatment to follow: reducing the immuno-suppressants to let his body...
  • Thank you all, my dear FRiends, I am now in remission!!

    12/05/2008 2:25:43 PM PST · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 101 replies · 1,567+ views
    Me | Dec 5 2008 | Vicki Davisson
    Everyone, I would like to thank you all for your heartfelt prayers. In April of this year I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma without hope of remission. Today I received the news from my oncologist that the second biopsy, taken three weeks ago, showed no cancer cells. I need to thank many FReepers who prayed for me and sent me best wishes. Bless you all! May God richly reward you. I love you all!
  • Prominent political donor gets experimental drug without permission

    10/17/2008 11:20:43 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 20 replies · 1,645+ views
    Fierce Health Care ^ | 10/17/08 | Anne Zieger
    A prominent political donor for the Democratic party has apparently gotten his hands on an experimental drug to fight cancer over the objections of the drugmaker. The drug, Tysabri, which is manufactured by Biogen Idec Inc., is approved only for use in patients with multiple sclerosis or Crohn's disease. Biogen refused to give permission for it to be used in a single-patient investigation on the ailing donor, Fred Baron, in spite of pleas from many high-profile figures like former President Bill Clinton and cyclist Lance Armstrong. Nonetheless, Baron received the drug at the Mayo Clinic, which apparently managed to work...
  • Doctor: Stem cells, drugs fight myeloma, Trials show promise, researcher says

    05/10/2007 6:57:26 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 179+ views
    Palm Beach Daily News ^ | 05.01.07 | DAVID ROGERS
    Years ago, a diagnosis of myeloma — cancer of the immune system's white blood cells — often meant the patient had only months to live. Although mortality rates from the various forms of myeloma are still high, research in the past decade has increased the rate of remission and the lifespan of patients, according to Dr. Bart Barlogie. Barlogie, a leading multiple myeloma researcher, discussed efforts to improve survivorship and find a cure for the group of blood diseases Monday at Good Samaritan Medical Center. He is director of the Myeloma Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences....
  • Hollywood's vandal with a smile signs off

    01/28/2007 9:03:41 PM PST · by fishhound · 30 replies · 1,255+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | January 29 2007 | na
    LOS ANGELES: Danny Finegood, a prankster who famously altered the landmark Hollywood sign to read "Hollyweed", has died. He was 52. Finegood's large-scale wordplay was sometimes satirical, sometimes political and often both. His Hollyweed prank, in 1976, was timed to coincide with the liberalisation of California's marijuana laws. To change the sign, he used stones and rope and erected the fabric as though he was hoisting sails. "His parents were up early that morning to catch it," said his wife, Bonnie Finegood, who met her future husband in high school and married him in 1979. "They were very proud that...