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Eat Less Red Meat. Cows Rejoice!

Recently, it seems like there are an increasing number of studies supporting the idea that eating too much red meat is bad for our health.

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Late Chemo: Expensive and Unnecessarily Painful

Chemotherapy administered in the last months of life—which offers a boon to profit-seeking drug companies (one month’s supply can cost $10,000 or more)—significantly increased the odds that a cancer patient would require intensive treatment in the last week of life, late referral to hospice care, and death away from their preferred place, an investigation has shown.

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Medical Marijuana

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USC Study Links Animal Protein Consumption to Cancer

Could consuming a diet rich in animal protein be just as bad for you as smoking cigarettes?

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No Smokes

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Cancer Planet Is Upon Us

Cancer cases are predicted to increase worldwide by 70 percent over the next two decades, “from 14m in 2012 to 25m new cases a year, according to the World Health Organisation,” The Guardian reports.

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Climate Denial Cancer

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iKnife: The Surgical Tool That Detects Cancer

A new device takes seconds to find tumors during an operation; Attorney General Eric Holder gives a speech that questions vigilantism in the wake of the Zimmerman trial and rebukes U.S. drone policy in the process; meanwhile, most Americans believe political parties are corrupt. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Michael Douglas’ Cancer Caused by an STD That Can Easily Be Prevented

The movie star rejected embarrassment to say this week that his throat cancer was caused by HPV, a sexually transmitted disease that only 1 percent of boys are vaccinated against.

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Actress Angelina Jolie on Her ‘Empowering’ Decision to Have Her Breasts Removed

Angelina Jolie made her fortune as one of the most beautiful women in the world, and after having a double mastectomy to prevent against breast cancer, she writes, “I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”

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Fracking Ourselves to Death in Pennsylvania

More than 70 years ago, a chemical attack was launched against Washington state and Nevada. It poisoned people, animals, everything that grew, breathed air, and drank water. As their cancers developed, the victims of atomic testing and nuclear weapons development got a name: downwinders.

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Scientists Manipulate Cells With Computerized DNA

Researchers at Stanford University used genetic material to develop substances akin to “biological computers” that can monitor and possibly one day take control of cells into which they’ve been injected.

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One Drug to Shrink All Tumors?

A single drug has proven capable of shrinking or curing human breast, ovarian, colon, bladder, brain, liver and prostate tumors that were transplanted into mice by overriding a chemical that normally blocks the immune system from destroying cancer cells.

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Venezuelans Hopeful Chavez Will Win ‘Battle for Life’

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been in a hospital since Feb. 18 for treatment of breathing problems amid an ongoing battle with an unspecified cancer, but nearly three in five of his fellow countrymen believe he will return to power.

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Ailing Hugo Chavez Names Successor

Although he was only recently elected to a fourth term as Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chavez has flown to Cuba for yet another surgery to address malignant cancer.

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Did the Army Give Poor Missourians Cancer?

At the height of the Cold War, the United States government may have exposed thousands of predominantly black Missourians to carcinogens as part of a test of a secret biological weapons program.

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Christopher Hitchens: ‘Mortality’

“Mortality,” Jeff Sharlet writes of the late Christopher Hitchens’ small, posthumously published book of essays, composed while the author was dying of cancer, is death-writing “at its most generous and most human: just another man dying, making a joke and telling a story.”

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Female Official in Costa Rica Fired for Racy Video

Karina Bolanos, a vice minister in Costa Rica, was let go after a video of her claiming her longing to her lover while clad in underwear was made public on YouTube; Americans apparently throw away nearly half of their food; meanwhile, a 15-year-old used the Internet to create an advanced cancer test. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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U.S. Starts Cleanup of Agent Orange in Vietnam

Almost 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War, the United States has established a cleanup program to address the effects of toxic chemicals used during the conflict that continue to afflict the Vietnamese people with cancers, birth defects and other diseases.

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CounterPunch Editor Dies

Alexander Cockburn, editor of the political newsletter CounterPunch, lost a two-year battle against cancer when he died in Germany on Friday night.

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Diesel Smoke Causes Cancer, Researchers Confirm

After a week of considering the evidence, a working group of the World Health Organization determined that diesel exhaust is carcinogenic in human lungs. Underground miners, bus drivers and railroad workers are especially vulnerable, but the risks from traffic exhaust extend to the general population.

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Study: One-Sixth of Cancers Are Preventable

Cancer is caused by infection in one out of six patients worldwide, according to a medical review published in The Lancet Oncology. That means as many as 2 million people a year get cancer for lack of preventive vaccines and antibiotics.

Posted on May 9, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Asbestos Tsunami’ Is Ahead for Asia

Health experts say the coming decades will see an epidemic of asbestos-related diseases in Asian countries where the material is still used in construction. China and India, with their rapidly developing economies and huge populations, are expected to be the hardest hit.

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Study: Prescription Sleeping Pills May Cause Cancer, Death

Having trouble catching enough shut-eye? Consider this before reaching for the Ambien: According to a new study published in BMJ Open, the potential risks of popping pills to help you sleep may far outweigh the benefits.

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Hugo Chavez Needs a Third Surgery

The Venezuelan president will put his re-election plans on hold to return to Cuba to have a third operation on his pelvis, where his cancer may have returned.

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Mr. Fish

For Christopher Hitchens

It was like meeting a clown outside of his makeup, away from the hysteria of his profession, who appears lovely and handsome and noble, if only because he isn’t trapped in a spotlight at the center of a ludicrous pie fight. 

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Fighting Corporations and a Death Sentence

Four years after a health insurance company decided her life wasn’t worth saving, 18-year-old Miran Istina, who suffers from myelogenous leukemia, has dedicated her struggle to the global fight against the corporate control of politics. (more)

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Steve Jobs Dead at 56

Apple Inc. announced that its co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs, died Wednesday at age 56. (more)

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Susan G. Komen and the BPA-Breast Cancer Link

In the face of mounting scientific evidence, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a nonprofit devoted to wiping out breast cancer, has published statements on its website that dismiss links between the disease and the ubiquitous chemical bisphenol A (BPA), while simultaneously funding research exploring that connection. (more)

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Get Ready for Medicinal MDMA

A team of scientists in Britain is championing the cancer-fighting properties of Ecstasy, the touchy-feely party drug that makes you feel great whether or not it’s punching holes in your brain.

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Cancer Will Not Keep Hugo Chavez From Politics

The ailing Venezuelan president will run for re-election in 2012, according to a top government official, and intends to hold on to most of his political powers while undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba. Chavez has expanded the portfolios of his vice president and finance minister. (more)

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Study: More U.S. Men Than Women Die of Cancer

This is one of those scientific categories in which it’s better to come in second: According to a new study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, men in the U.S. are more likely to die of cancer than their female counterparts.

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Just in the Nick of Finally

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New Warning Labels

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Several U.S. Nuke Sites Have Sprung Leaks

With so much focus recently on nuclear power sources in certain other parts of the world, it’s important to note that the U.S. has some considerable issues of its own in that department. Take these results of a yearlong investigation into domestic power plants ...

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Cellphone Cancer

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Possibly Carcinogenic

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The Grim Beeper

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Cellphones Might Cause Cancer, Maybe

If you’re feeling confused about this issue, you’re not alone: Conflicting reports have been released, but now a group of experts from the World Health Organization is claiming that cellphones, under certain heavy-use circumstances, may cause cancer in humans. (more)

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Sugar: It Could Be Worse Than You Think

According to The New York Times’ Gary Taubes, who isn’t a scientist but is a journalist obsessed with the topic, the recent uptick in anti-sugar sentiment in nutritional (and lay) circles isn’t without basis. In fact, he goes so far as to essentially answer his headline question “Is Sugar Toxic?” in the affirmative.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Apple’s Personality in Chief Takes Medical Leave

No other company is as dependent on one man as Apple is on Steve Jobs. That’s the perception anyway, so when the Apple CEO announced he is taking another medical leave, the murmurs about the fate of the world’s second-most-valuable company began immediately. (more)

Posted on Jan 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Edwards Dies at 61

On Tuesday, Elizabeth Edwards, who fought a very public battle with her husband John Edwards over his private life even as she fought cancer, died of the disease in North Carolina.

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Aspirin: Cancer-Fighting Wonder Drug?

Aspirin has been touted as a potential heart helper, and Tuesday, the British medical journal The Lancet released some evidence that the humble analgesic might also reduce the risk of dying from various forms of cancer, and by an impressive percentage in some cases.

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Thank You for Not Smoking

In the first worldwide study of the effects of “passive smoking,” researchers at the World Health Organization have discovered that 600,000 people—a third of them children—die each year from secondhand smoke.

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‘Dying’ Hitchens Talks Mortality, Religion

In this frank discussion with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg and with Martin Amis, an ailing Christopher Hitchens stares down his own mortality and makes it clear that if he appears to embrace religion at any point ... (continued)

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A One-Shot Treatment for Breast Cancer

British researchers have demonstrated that a single, targeted dose of radiation in treating breast cancer can be just as effective as the prolonged course of radiotherapy that is commonly used to treat the disease.

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Tanning Machines Cause Cancer, Study Finds

File this one under the medical science of “duh,” but people who use indoor tanning beds are 74 percent likelier to develop melanoma, a new study has found. According to one researcher, “Our data would suggest that there is no safe tanning device.” Someone alert the cast of “Jersey Shore.”

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Cell Phones, Cancer and You

Here’s some good news for all of us who are tragically glued to our mobile phones: According to a new study, there may be reason to doubt the alarming cell-phones-cause-cancer theory, but it should be noted that this study was funded in part by the mobile industry.

Posted on May 17, 2010 READ MORE


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Cyber-Smackdown: Roger Ebert vs. Tea Party Tweeters

Roger Ebert isn’t exactly known for his political commentary, but he, like many adult members of the media elite, takes to Twitter to air some of his thoughts on matters not always pertaining to the movies. A group of tea-party-friendly Twitterheads apparently didn’t like what he had to say. (continued)

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